Ava, daughter of the captain of the Parastrata, lives with the other women on the ship in total subservience to the men. Women and girls are only allo...moreAva, daughter of the captain of the Parastrata, lives with the other women on the ship in total subservience to the men. Women and girls are only allowed jobs like animal care, working in the dye room, and child care. When she gets word she is to be married to someone on a ship her family trades with she is thrilled. She thinks her future husband is Luck, the boy she's been secretly in love with for a long time. But, things don't go as planned. Ava is caught in a terrible position and forced to run for her life. She only escapes her family's wrath with the help of a supply runner heading back to Earth. Ava has to learn how to live in the place she has feared her entire life without only the name of her as a contact. Ava struggles to survive and when she finds out she might be able to go back to her home, she has to make the toughest decision of her life.
I think the ending was too abrupt. I think there were some things about Ava's life on the Parastrata that weren't explained very well.
I'm not sure if there is a sequel planned for this book or not, but I think it would make a great stand-alone.(less)
Welcome to a distant future in America where the President of the United States has been assassinated and the American People’s Party has taken over....moreWelcome to a distant future in America where the President of the United States has been assassinated and the American People’s Party has taken over. Radley, a seventeen-year-old, was sent by her parents to Haiti to volunteer in an orphanage, but when she hears about the turmoil in America she is determined to get home to her parents. She jumps on the first plane she can with the hopes that the man who runs the orphanage can get a call through to her parents by the time she lands.
After waiting at the airport for hours it is clear to Radley her parents aren’t coming. She gets a ride to the bus station so she can get home on her own, but when she arrives she finds out that strict travel restrictions have been put in place that will prevent her from purchasing a ticket without approval signed by the government allowing her to cross state lines. Even worse, the APP has declared Martial Law and is putting anyone who even seems to be a problem in jail. Exhausted, with no cash, worthless credit cards, and a dead cell phone, Radley does the only thing she can – walk.
Radley walks until she can’t take another step, rests in as much safety as she can find, and eats whatever she can get in her hands. When she finally gets to her neighborhood and sees her parents’ cars in the driveway she feels an amazing amount of relief – that is, until she realizes that no one is home and that the police keep knocking at her door. Finally, after she’s eaten everything in the house that wasn’t spoiled, Radley decides to go North and attempt to cross into Canada to avoid the APP and hopes she'll find her parents eventually.
Safekeeping is told in first person and a lot of it is Radley’s thoughts and observations of the world around her. Karen Hesse does a fabulous job showing Radley’s character development. She changes from a very sheltered and taken care of kind of girl to someone able to survive on her own. This is a frightening look at something that could easily happen in our world and I think that is why this story is so compelling. (less)
THE HUNGER GAMES + The Bachelor. Honestly, there isn’t really much to this story, but I couldn’t stop listening to it. (I did the audiobook for this o...moreTHE HUNGER GAMES + The Bachelor. Honestly, there isn’t really much to this story, but I couldn’t stop listening to it. (I did the audiobook for this one.)
So, the Prince needs a wife. Girls of a certain age fill out a form and then 35 are chosen lottery style to go live in the palace until they are eliminated from the competition. The time table is totally up to the Prince. It could take days, weeks, or years. The number goes from 35 until eventually there are only Top 10 left and they are called the Elite. Then he chooses his wife from those final ten girls.
I don’t know why I wanted to listen to this book so much once I started, but I did. I absolutely can’t stand the thought of competing for a person. There is no way I could sit back and share the person I liked with other girls. I would be seething with jealousy if he was kissing the other girls for sure (which he does). This is the same reason I can’t stand those shows like The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. It is just creepy and skanky to kiss and cuddle and date so many people at once and expect to find a meaningful relationship. Anyway….
What I needed more of was world building! There was some explanation of the wars, current political troubles, caste systems, etc… But, I didn’t get a good feel of what life was like. For instance, America is a 5 (five) which includes artists. Her father is a painter, her brother is a sculptor, and she is a singer. (In fact, her last name is Singer.) Anyway, we never even go with her on a singing job or see her interact with people in her province.
Oh, I forgot to mention the love triangle. Of course America is in love with someone lower than her in the caste system. He can’t provide for her and gets upset and breaks it off with her. He is the only reason she put her name in the lottery anyway. Will she be able to put aside her feelings during the Selection?
The sequel is called THE ELITE so you know that America makes the cut. Will I listen to it/read it? Yes. I want to know what happens - who she ends up with.(less)