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The Union

(The Union #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  136 ratings  ·  64 reviews
After global warming and a second civil war devastated the former United States, two different societies rose from the ashes – the Union, a towering high-tech utopia, hugging the perimeter of the continent, and the devastated, untamed midsection known as the Ruins.

Seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor has an easy, privileged life in the Union. What she doesn’t have is any idea wh
Kindle Edition, 325 pages
Published November 18th 2014 by T.H. Hernandez
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Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
***4.5/5 Stars***

*After re-reading, I had to change my rating from a 4 to a 4.5.  Rooting for a heroine I love, falling all over again for a sweet, rugged, captivating man, and watching the story unfold made me realize how emotionally attached I was to The Union.  Add in the fact that I now understand a scene that left me previously distraught (lightbulb!  I get it!), well how could I not love it more?  It’s so fun to be back in this world!!*

Hernandez's debut novel was truly compelling.  The
George Clingerman
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was interested in reading the Union because I've had been on a trend of enjoying teenage dystopian future books (Hunger Games and Divergent come to mind right away). I may be an adult male, but I still like to read the occasional juvenile fiction book. A little light reading now and then is a perfect way to relax.

I was warned that this book might not be for me, they said it might be a bit too teen romance for me but I was cautiously optimistic anyway. I dived right in and was immediately intr
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
In general, I liked this book.  It was an enjoyable read and kept me interested.  However, there were some elements that just felt like they had been done before.  Perhaps it's the dystopian genre that's getting tired and this book has the unfortunate privilege of coming late in the dystopian game.  For a debut book (at least, as far as I can tell, it's a debut book), it's pretty good.  Let's get into some specifics, shall we?

1.  The plot.  This is the element that suffers the most from cookie-c
Macy Klingerman
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this. I like my dystopia with a little romance (surprise, surprise) and The Union satisfied this desire entirely. It has everything: action, adventure, political intrigue, hunky love interests.

Evan Taylor has always lived a sheltered life in the Union. She has family members high up in the government, and she's still in the public eye after the revelation that her father is a famous rock star. Add a step father who works in the fashion industry into the mix, and you have (for la
Rusty's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
I received this book free on a read and review basis.

For me this book started off strong and suspenseful but when the love triangle started things went downhill a bit.

I did get to like the main character Evan as she felt very realistic and I could relate to her many times during the book. The style of writing was also very good and suspenseful as well as the world building. I just wish there was less focus on the love triangle and romance side of the book as they were a bit boring and tedious. B
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book caught my attention from the start. There's a strong female protagonist and believable characters. Wonderful debut novel and I can't wait to read the rest of the series! ...more
Leah Dynes
Feb 12, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good series starter! The storyline is unique, I enjoyed some (and disliked other) characters, and I’m excited to check out the next book in the series to see how the series progresses.
Christina Marie
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
**This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review**

I had a blast reading this young adult dystopian tale. I had never heard of Hernandez until I was sent this book for review. And I am so glad that I got the opportunity to read this fantastic story. I am officially a fan of T.H. Hernandez and I need more of this series.

It's been a while I've read a really good YA dystopian book and so I was pleasantly surprised when I found myself enthralled in this tale by the tenth page. There's som
Jenny Elliott
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-dystopian
The first installment of THE UNION, by T.H. Hernandez, is a unique, dystopian, coming-of-age story that follows Evan, a privileged, yet lost young adult who sets out on a quest to find herself and her purpose. Throughout the story, Evan encounters equal amounts of love and danger, and finds herself emerging as an unlikely hero, committed to saving her communities and those she loves, and ultimately, to saving the world.

Hernandez is a deft writer and her skills particularly shine when it comes t
Karole Cozzo
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Futuristic adventure/romance is not usually my thing, but futuristic adventure/romance as done by T.H. Hernandez won me over in The Union. Hernandez depicts play-by-play action sequences with the finesse of Michael Bay, keeping the reader right in the moment and on the edge of his or her seat. And the romance? Yeeeeaaah, she does that, too. Not only did she evoke reader crushes on BOTH potential love options for Evan, but some secondary male characters as well (what's not to love about a brawny ...more
Chris Myers
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's rare when I rush to bed to curl up with a book I love, and The Union had me fluffing up my pillows and even staying late in bed in the morning to read. The story is about a girl finding her place in this world and ends up outside the Union and her comfort zone and in the Ruins, think rural America in the 1800s with just a few more comforts but not many. The Union is a socialistic society while the Ruins are the old West.

When Ev is kidnapped and thrown into the wilds, she escapes and a famil
Larissa Trageser
A page turning book, set in a beautiful world. I could barely put it down. The writing, like the narrator, is straight forward and clear, managing to describe a detailed and unique future without slowing down our becoming heavy with words. Evan Taylor is truly likable despite her particular and extensive privileges. She is wonderfully straight forward and self aware, and acknowledges her limitations without being overwhelmingly self deprecating. And the world she lives in is even better, a fine ...more
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, 2015
**I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.**

What a great story!!! I gobbled this book up in no time because the urge to not put it down was too strong. To be honest, I can’t come up with anything negative to say because it flowed perfectly.

I can’t wait to see more of this series!
Apr 10, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
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After global warming and a second civil war devastated the former United States, two different societies rose from the ashes – the Union, a towering high-tech utopia, hugging the perimeter of the continent, and the devastated, untamed midsection known as the Ruins.

Seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor has an easy, privileged life in the Union. What she doesn’t have is any idea what to do with the rest of her life. She only knows she wants to do something mean
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Union by TH Hernandez is a book that I am so glad I read! This Young Adult novel is packed with an incredible story and an even better start to a new series you need to keep an eye on!

Evan is the perfect heroine of this story. She is the understated beauty, kind, and intelligent, yet headstrong and always running head first into situations. She combines the innocence of youth with the responsibility and expectation of adulthood that will set the course of her future. As she takes steps to fi
kelly {BookCrushin}
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia, young-adult
I absolutely loved The Union, the first book in the series of the same name. I read this book back when I was reading and reviewing book 2, The Ruins, for the blog tour back in June of 2015. At the time I was focused on the tour for book 2, so I never wrote a review for book 1, now that I am looking back, writing a review without all of my feelings and knowledge is harder than I thought it would be, but I will do my best, but it will be shorter than my usual reviews, which in no way says anythin ...more
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book isn’t quite what I was expecting. From reading the synopsis, I was honestly expecting more… Divergent. Ya know? Something that’s been done before. The thing is… this isn’t Divergent. It isn’t Hunger Games, or any other dystopian YA book out there. It is its own story, and Hernandez has developed her own style of writing. Enjoy it for what it is. Unique.

The Union won’t be for everyone. It’s not crazy exciting or fast paced, but I don’t think it needs to be. It is almost entirely charact
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank the author for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Doing so does not sway my review in any way.

A coming of age story, where the main character is trying to find her way in life but also finds more than she bargained for. Yes, not a unique story in itself, but the author took that basic notion and created a full and lush adventure with it. Readers will have to hold on to their seats tight, because there is action of some sort
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
T.H. Hernandez creates a rich world set over 100 years into the future, after a second civil war and damaging climate change. I was quickly drawn into the story of Evan, a high school graduate trying to figure out what to do with her life. Evan enjoys a comfortable high-tech, sustainable life in The Union - what the United States has become since the war. Everyone has roof top gardens and takes public transportation. But over the summer following high school, she discovers not everyone lives as ...more
Jamie Cs
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Union sucked me in with the first sentence. In fact, I read it so quickly after that that I had to go back and read it again before reviewing.

Evan Taylor, the "heroine" of this tale, is a well-educated, somewhat wealthy child of the Union, where children are encouraged to choose their career and enter an apprenticeship right out of high school. Unsure of her inclination, she heads out with friends for the summer to think it through. What follows is nothing like what she'd expected. I won't r
Pam Richardson
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This isn't normally the genre of book I would read, YA/dystopian future, but I do like futuristic novels so I gave it a shot. I have to say I'm so glad I did, I couldn't put it down. For T.H's first novel, it is exceptionally well written, the plot has just enough angst, action to not be overly angry, but also not dull and boring. I cannot wait for the next book to come out. Evan is a great main character, a young heroine who takes care of herself, and takes charge, so refreshing to see that, a ...more
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
If you like futuristic adventure mixed in with young adult romance, then this is the book for you. TH Hernandez presents two new worlds – the environmentally conscious utopian society of the Union and the wild, raw beauty of the Ruins. In the process of finding herself, Evan is torn between two societies and two boys. As the only person who cares enough about both the Union and the Ruins she finds herself caught in the middle of a conflict that only intensifies as she fights for her survival and ...more
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm such a fan of this book that I created an account on goodreads just so I could recommend it! I love the unique first person present tense choice by the author and it kept me right in the moment. The story immediately captured my attention; I was hooked and couldn't put it down until I finished it. Now I'm left hanging in anticipation for the next book!! I've read the popular books in this genre and this one holds up right along with them. I can already picture it as a fabulous movie. Highly ...more
Kim Crowder guarnaccia
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book. The opening scene set the stage for the rest of the novel. It was passionate and descriptive and such a well balanced read. So many times I lost myself in the story, feeling like I was there with the characters. The book has a lot of well thought-out "futuristic" elements that I found myself thinking "how cool would that be!" I can't wait to read Book Two! ...more
Paula M
Oct 20, 2014 marked it as dnf
Shelves: for-review, arc
I'm really confused. I though this is gonna be a kick ass YA dystopia. This is just about a girl torn between two guys who are both hot *eye roll* and they live in a ~different world~ Pffffft. I swear, there was like 2-3 chapters dedicated to her date. Can't even survive a chapter without mentioning the boy's name. Sigh..... ...more
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Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This was one if those books where I wasn’t sure if I would finish it after a few pages. But turns out I loved the book. I really didn’t care for Evan in the first few chapters, she seemed very immature and annoying and every time she came close to Bryce her brain seemed to shut off.
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Judy Trageser
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Totally enjoyed this book. The plot kept me turning the pages. Although at times the main character could try the patience of a saint she remained lovable because of her loyalty to her friends. Sometimes her choices were not well thought out she always strived to improve and do her best for others.
Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)

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I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a review. This does not affect my opinion.


The Union is a romantic dystopian set in what's become of the United States after a second civil war. Unsure of what to do with her life, impulsive Union citizen Evan goes on a cross-country luxury train journey with her friends to find herself, only to be kidnapped by citizens of the Ruins. This unfortunate event changes Evan
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor has just finished high school and needs to get away for a while before she begins the next chapter in her life. Evan and her two best friends decide to go on a trip. Evan hopes that she can find out who she is and what she wants to do with her life on this trip.

Evan and her friends are at a restaurant when she has to go to the bathroom. On her way out Evan feels an arm slide around her waist. Evan tries to fight off her attackers I mean she gives it her all but bef
Lelia Taylor
Feb 25, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: need-to-b-n
4.5 stars

It’s been a while since I’ve read any post-apocalyptic and/or dystopian books, mainly because I guess you could say I got obsessive. Okay, I greatly overindulged to the point of being saturated 😄. Anyway, this one piqued my interest, especially since I was being offered the audiobook, and I’m SO glad I decided to join the tour.

Evan’s story is downright enthralling, aided by the author’s vivid worldbuilding so that I understood from nearly the beginning what her young life is like and th
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