RELEASE DATE: July 01, 2014
AUTHOR: Mya Robarts
GENRE: New–Adult, Dystopia, Romance.
SUMMARY: In post-apocalyptic North America, rape and sexual slavery are legal. Lila Velez, desperately wants to lose her virginity before the troops visit her town and can take it away by force. She makes plans to seduce her only friend, Rey, the most attractive man in her town. Lila does not love him but he is the only man who has shown her true affection, an affection she is willing to take as a substitute of love.
Lila’s coping mechanism to her mother’s rape and kidnapping is her secret. A secret that will bring her closer to Aleksey, a foreign, broody man. Lila does not trust him because his links to the troops and his rough, yet irresistible appearance. Aleksey offers Lila an alternative to her plans, a possibility that terrifies her…and tempts her in spite of herself.
All the while Lila will have to find a way to live in the constant company of death, slavery, starvation, sexual abuse and the danger of losing the people she loves the most.
I recently found this book while browsing through goodreads and after reading it’s blurb, I was very intrigued. The synopsis may sound horrifying and uncomfortable to some readers so this book is definitely not for everyone. At first, I was afraid I wouldn’t like this book but when I finally got into it, It was hard for me to put this down. The story was really captivating and it held my attention through out. Lila and Aleksey are wonderful main characters and I find their relationship quite intriguing. This is actually the first book from Mya Roberts and I’m quite impressed with her writing ability and narrating skill. I would definitely look forward to more books from her.
Lila Valez is a eighteen year old girl who lives in a cruel world where rape and sexual slavery are legal. In her world, being a virgin is a burden that brings a fate far worse than death so she desperately wants to get rid of it before it was taken by force by the military troops who are yet to arrive for the recruitment. To avoid such horrifying fate, Lila plans to seduce her best friend Rey, the most attractive man in her town. She doesn’t love Rey but besides her father, he’s only man who she’s most affectionate to. Unfortunately, things doesn’t go as she planned because her plan of seduction fails and she has to look for an other way to lose her V card. And then she meets Aleksey, a broody ex-soldier and now an accord cop who protects civilians. Lila hates soldiers after witnessing the horrifying incident of her mother’s rape but something in Aleksey captivates her. She gets irritated with Aleksey who thinks her plans are quite ridiculous and he wants to make a deal with her in exchange for an alternative to her plans. Lila is both tempted and terrified by the offer but it might be her last hope and hence begins their strange relationship which eventually leads to something more.
Lila is both innocent and strong character who never gives up hope even if the odds are against her. She’s sweet, caring and very protective of her family. This book has a major character development of Lila who goes through a lots of hard situations that finally make her into a strong woman . Aleksey is broody and mysterious character who has his own secrets to hide. He is so intimidating and I was quite intrigued when I met him for the first time. Lila and Aleksey first meet was hilariously awkward and I can’t say how much I enjoyed it. The romance is super hot and there’s lots of sexual tension between them that has made me fanning myself. Rey is a nice guy but he didn’t stand a chance against the alluring Aleksey. I also liked Lila’s family members especially Lila’s 11 year old cute sister Azzy who is quite witty and doesn’t act her age.
I loved the plot! It was well written and never failed to surprise me through out the end. The story moved in a great pace and the surprising twists in the plot along with the suspense has literally made me go crazy. Seriously, I had lots of feels while reading this book and I wish this book wasn’t a stand-alone. The world that the author has created is so fucked up and brutal. I don’t want to imagine myself living in such a violent world where rape and sexual slavery is legal. In this world, the woman are not only the victims for rape but men too. The writing is perfect and the book was told in Lila’s Pov. The main characters as well as supporting characters are well built and well developed. This book brings you not only romance but so much more.
Overall, it was disturbingly intriguing and compelling. As I already said this book is for mature readers only and not suitable for everyone, if you’re uncomfortable with rape, sex, slavery, abuse and violence then please avoid this book.
Do I Recommend it?
If you think you can handle it, then definitely read it!
Here’s some wonderful quotes from the book
“ You usually can’t recall all the people you’ve shared laughs with. But you rarely forget the people you’ve shared your tears with. ”
“Real love ought to be more like a tree and less like a flower. That’s the kind of love my parents had. Not so consuming and more everlasting. And you see that tree over there? Now it’s only showing green leaves, but during the spring it’s covered in flowers. Because as reliable as trees are, they can also speak of beauty and passion.”
“I’m a woman, Aleksey. I’m not the simplistic, flawless creature the world expects me to be. I’m imperfect, I’m multidimensional. I make mistakes all the time and I’ll make even more as life challenges me. And I don’t want to be afraid of messing things up. Firstly because I’ll learn from my mistakes, but more importantly, they’re what make me human.”
― Mya Robarts,
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