The best kinds of dystopias are the ones that tell stories that seem more probable than impossible. Not only has Djanikian written this kind of world, but she has also created a book that reflects current day political and ethical dilemmas. Her characters have to make critical decisions that don't just affect a select few, but possibly their whole world. This story has a little bit of everything: romance, science and adventure. But what will really keep readers up late at night are the tough questions the book asks about right and wrong.

Natasha has grown up in a society that promises long-lasting health, happiness and peace. She works hard at her job in the Office of Mercy to keep her society safe from outside dangers and tribes. Her whole world changes when her mentor and crush, Jeffrey, fight to have her come along on a mission outside the borders of their home. Natasha is kidnapped and her experience reveals some truths about the outside tribes, her world and herself. She has to decide what side she’s on, who needs her help the most and must re-evaluate her own beliefs. (VIKING ADULT, Feb., 320 pp., $26.95, ISBN: 9780670025862, HC, 15 & Up)

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