Friday, December 5, 2014

Blog Tour: Ruination (Worlds Apart #1) by Amanda Thome

Publisher: Athena Alley Press
Release Date: April 5th 2014
Rate: Average (3 stars)

What if everything came down to a single test? If your life was defined at seventeen, could you handle it? Could you accept your fate leaving the ones you love, or would you risk it all and stay?

One test stands between Vanessa and Central. One chance to make the leap across the walls to a better life. At seventeen, Central considers Vanessa an adult. Her labor role, marriage, and housing divisions will be dictated by her performance on the leap.

Dedication and unfaltering friendship has bonded Vanessa to Garrett as they fight for their chance to leap into Central. But what happens when love overtakes reason? When defiance in the name of love creates an unintentional fracture in their nation.

Without warning Vanessa is at the mercy of the nation that’s supposed to protect her. Exiled and abandoned she must fight but she find’s she’s not alone. With her heart divided she seeks her revenge, but will her stand be enough?

Ruination is the next YA dystopian trilogy that will hook you from the start! If you liked Veronica Roth's Divergent series or Suzanne Collins Hunger Games series then be prepared to get addicted to Ruination.

Ruination was a good read to get back into the Young Adult Dystopian genre once again. 

Having a story that brings the best of Divergent and the Hunger Games must be a great read, so I didn't think it twice when I was offered the chance to read this book. 

To sum up a bit, Vanessa needs to take a test when she's seventeen so she can be assigned a role in society. However, nobody knows that Vanessa is different: she has seen things before they happened. Like her mother's death or an attack to her city. But when her test goes wrong, she finds herself fighting against the nation that was supposed to protect her. 

I really liked the setting, the action and the plot idea the author thought about for this book. I found myself intrigued by the love triangle and wanting to learn more about what would happen to the main character.

However, I think the story left some things unanswered. I didn't quite understand the reason why the Central are the bad guys or why they do what we learn in the book to their citizens. It's kind of in the open to the readers to find their own assumptions and I didn't like to not know all the details.

I enjoyed the story because I got excited about Ruination being similar to Divergent or the Hunger Games, but I think this what made me judge more the book from the very first page. I am a huge fan of The Hunger Games and Divergent and I don't like to compare books from one another, but the resemblance was way too much to Suzanne's trilogy and Veronica's. It's what you would expect from a Hunger Games-Divergent mash up. I enjoyed it, but was not surprised to know what would happen next in the story as I kept reading.

The plot was okay, but I found myself kind of bored at the beginning 'cause it was a bit slow and that made it difficult to get me attached to the story. However, the story progressed and the whole action came in a rush and I was left breathless and wanting that action more spread throughout the whole story.

Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't as excited as I thought I would be once I finished the book. Despite this, if you have a break and you want a YA dystopian novel to read, Ruination is a good one.  

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Amanda Thome is the Author of Ruination, book one in the Worlds Apart dystopian trilogy. Amanda grew up in Maine and later moved to Pennsylvania where she obtained her bachelor’s degree from Ursinus College. She later received her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University. Amanda currently resides in San Antonio, TX with her husband Clint.

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