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In this debut novel, two worlds collide amid clashes of power, honor, and what it truly means to be brave.

Tommy Shore is the son of the most important man on Aeren—a high-ranking politician who wants nothing more than to take away all of the rights of the lower-class cottagers. Tamsin Henry is the daughter of a revolutionary man who has hopes of overthrowing the corrupt po
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 10th 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Although listed as teens, this read much more like a middle grade book - complete with heavy handed sermonizing/moralizing and a very abrupt happy ending. For what we have is a fantasy with serious messages about white European colonization of the 18th and 19th century. It's about socio-economic enslavement (rather than racial) and clearly it is aimed at the British. As well, statements about hubris and the sins of the f
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Kimberly Vanderbloom
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
It took ne awhile to get through this book. I loved the concept of the book and writing was good. It was written a little younger than I anticipated. It got a little repetitive at times. I overall enjoyed and would definitely read something else from this author. I received this in a Goodreads First Read Giveaway.
Katherine Diavatis
Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Meh.
Elizabeth
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
**Goodreads First Reads**

I think this was billed as a young adult novel; however the writing came across as more of a middle grade style. Overall it was an okay book though I didnt really get interested in the story until near the end where it finished rather abruptly.
Kathy Martin
Aug 28, 2015 rated it liked it
This was an interesting story about right triumphing over might. The government is controlled by the Zunft government who are the major landowners and business owners. The Cottagers are the ones who work the land and do all the work the upper class doesn't. They are essentially tenant farmers on the Zunft land. A revolution is brewing among the Cottagers who want equal rights. Tamsin Henry's father is a journalist and one of the leaders of the revolution. He gives Tamsin the task of setting a fi ...more
Nicole
Jun 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I really looked forward to reading this book because it sounded like it would be full of action, smokey rebellion and two teens fighting to change their world. While all of those elements were indeed part of the story, the majority of the book focused on politics, and it was boring. The plot started off with a bang but then it got dredged down with political manuvering. A lot of the plot was spent reiterating th ...more
Christian Hedger
Sep 12, 2016 rated it liked it

I really looked forward to reading this book because it sounded like it would be full of action, smokey rebellion and two teens fighting to change their world. While all of those elements were indeed part of the story, the majority of the book focused on politics, and it was boring. The plot started off with a bang but then it got dredged down with political maneuvering. A lot of the plot was spent reiterating the point that the current power structure was bad, something readers and even the cha
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Barbara
Two teens on opposite political sides find that they have more than they thought they had in common in this book that could represent the future. Fourteen-year-old Tommy Shore is the son of the leader of the Aeren Islands. His father, Colston, is a fierce taskmaster, and while Tommy has always known that his father was relentless, he comes to realize just how far he will go to reach his goals. Honor means nothing to the man, as Tommy learns to his disappointment. In the case of Tamsin Henry, who ...more
Michelle
Aug 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Fourteen-year-old Tommy Shore has lived a sheltered, privileged life with his every need attended to. His father is the chief administrator of Aeren and the most powerful man in the country. But when a rebel faction revolts, Tommy is unwittingly pulled into the fight and his eyes opened to the plight of the serving class. Tommy meets Tasmin, the daughter of the rebel leader. Through her, Tommy learns the truth about his father and their way of life.
The premise is promising, but fails to deliver.
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Simon
Feb 06, 2016 rated it liked it
A world rocked by revolt and corruption. This is the world Tommy Shore lives in. He is the son of an important Zunftman and lives a life of luxury. Tamsin Henry the daughter of the leader of a massive revolt also lives in this world. Once Tamsin and Tommy meet, Tommy discovers that he lives in an unfair unjust world.
For a debut novel for an author I thought it was decent. The story was very slow and the author could've put the main events in more broadly written chapters. It is a feminist novel
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Blue
Sep 16, 2015 rated it liked it
I really loved the idea of this book. It's about a group of rebels "The August Five" in a fantasy world fighting for better rights. I felt like it was more geared towards middle school kids and not YA, but that was okay. I wished the ending had been more realistic, but overall it was pretty good. Received copy through Goodreads giveaway.
Justine
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
I received this book in one of my subscriptions, The Bookish Box. I had never heard or seen this book until then. The premise seemed cool, it's not something I have read a lot of books like it. I enjoyed the rebellion aspect and that it showed that not all people are who they seem. But I did find the overall read slow.
Billie
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
A preachy middle grade? young adult? novel that uses a fantasy setting to moralize about the gap between the 1% and the rest of us. Maybe if it had been a little bit longer, read a little bit older and had a more developed society/theme that was more than "rich bad, poor good".
Patty Welch cable
Dec 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Way too wordy. Boring. Storyline that I just didn't care about. Very anti-climatic.
Shelley
*Recvd via Publisher* Expected publication: November 10th 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Orchid
May 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I've been trying all week to get into this book, and I just cannot. Nothing about it is catching my attention, sad to say.
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