Published on August 20th, 2014 | by Andrea Liu0
“Violet Lasting is no longer a human being. Tomorrow she becomes Lot 197.”
In the Lone City, possessing great beauty and talent means a life of servitude where your entire worth is determined by the highest bidder. For some girls, being auctioned off as a surrogate to the royal families is a chance to live the glittering lifestyle of the rich and powerful. For Violet Lasting, it means a life devoid of choices, where your body is nothing more than a commodity to be displayed, used, and abused. In the inner city known as The Jewel, Violet is suddenly thrust into a world where friendships exist only as façades and cruelty and violence ensure power and status.
Début author, Amy Ewing, presents a shocking new YA series where brutality, duplicity, and jealousy is barely veiled by the sparkling dresses, luxurious balls, and overwhelming opulence that exists in The Jewel. The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Selection in this story where Violet’s sole purpose is to produce an heir as she is forced to become a surrogate for the Duchess of the Lake. Petty rivalry among the royals soon escalates to murder and violence in the blink of an eye.
The life of a surrogate is not easy as they are auctioned, purchased, collared and leashed, and displayed as trophies for the rich. But in this ugly reality, Violet manages to finds a bit of happiness when she meets Ash, a handsome gentleman hired as a companion for the Duchess’s petulant niece. Both Ash and Violet know the danger involved in their association but they can’t stop the mutual attraction. As the forbidden romance blooms, Violet must make a difficult decision: will she give up Ash for a chance at freedom?
Why You’ll Love It:
Political intrigue, strategic alliances and shocking moments reminiscent of the Game of Thrones series will keep you on the edge of your seat. You never know what will happen next when the royal families get together. The scandal, the lies, and the outright brutality displayed by the royals will have you turning the page and gasping in disbelief. And of course who can forget the romance? Violet’s difficult life in the Jewel is made hopeful by Ash. He’s gallant and lovely, and together, they discover what it means to love in a place where they are forbidden to do so. Fans of the Hunger Games series, the Chemical Garden Trilogy, and The Selection series should definitely check out this novel.
Choice Quote: “It seems like for every time the Jewel makes me angry or uneasy or sad, I discover something beautiful in it.”
Published by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins.
Available for sale on September 2, 2014.