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Under Ground

(Under Ground #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  228 ratings  ·  130 reviews
Genre: YA Dystopian Romance / YA Forbidden Romance
Recommended for: 16 +
POV: Thia Clay

Love is a taboo, a mere fantasy— foreign, unreachable, and dangerous.

Raised in a society where women have no rights, seventeen-year-old Thia Clay holds little hope for a bright future. When her parents sell her into marriage to elite member William Fox, Thia slowly giv
Paperback, First, 432 pages
Published October 30th 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published 2015)
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Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thia Clay lives in a society where women have no rights and her parents have already arranged her marriage a few years ago when she was only thirteen. Now at seventeen Thia has a meeting with her soon to be husband William and learns what a cruel and selfish man he is.

Chi Richards is even lower in society that Thia as the second born to a family his whole existence is illegal. When This meets Chi she is drawn to him and finds herself lying and sneaking off for this strange boy for the first tim
Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
This was the first book I've read by Alice and it was okay for the most part. In this world, the women have no rights and are basically only good for marriage and breeding. Men have all the power and it was really awful to witness.
I had quite a few issues with this book. I didn't connect to any of the characters and I wasn't a fan of the main character. I sympathized with her due to some of the things that happened to her but other than t
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Checkout my full review and giveaway on my blog!! http://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot....

Thia lives in a world where women are treated as objects. After a terrible war, the women out number the men causing women to be replaceable. Thia is married to a cold boy named William. She continues with this engagement in order to better help her family. Yet her family does not care for her own well being. She hasn’t really meet anyone who cared about her till she meets Chi (pronounced like Shy). Chi see
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars!

Dang I need more. Definitely gonna pick the next books in this series. I need to finish this series.

Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
The author of this book, Alice Rachel, was VERY VERY kind enough to send me a physical copy of her book and to write a review for her! I haven't read all parts of the book yet, since my edition came with a few extra stories, and also sent me an extra novella about another character! I'm excited to get to those and see the story from other characters points of view.

But, I really did love this book. I was hoping it was going to be good, since it's got a great rating on goodreads; I wasn't disappoi
Niña Magsael
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
"My heart is an ocean of sorrows slowly drowning me, and I let it."

I heard so many good reviews about this one and it did not disappoint. Raised in a society where women have no rights, we follow the story of seventeen-year-old Thia Clay that is sold to marry a selfish young elite man etc etc.

Yes, I judged this book by its cover. The cover screamed romance and I did not expect it to have a futuristic dystopian theme. I also noticed that the first parts of the book focused m
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon

*** 3 Cranky Stars ***

Under Ground by Alice Rachel is set in a dystopian future and in the aftermath of wars and famine. Society is highly stratified where women are second-class citizens, reduced to wives and breeding machines. A good marriage secures the social class for families, a woman’s reputation and her role inside society as well as maintaining the status quo of how that world operates.

We meet the main character, Thia, on the eve of her engagement to William, a boy from a prominent fam
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I started reading this book last nigh and finished it today. I could say that I devoured it.

This is the first book by this author that I've read and let me tell you, it won't be the last.
It is not just the writing style (which is a huge deal for me) but also the pacing and the way that this author represented the characters to us.
And while this is a romance I was struck with the story behind it.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Under Ground by Alice Rachel is a great start to a new series. I was hooked just from the description, and it did not disappoint. It is a story of a dystopian society, and the crazy laws regarding relationships. I loved the main character Thia, but at times got frustrated with her emotional weaknesses. However, she won me back by the end of the book. The book has a lot of suspense and is a real page turner. I loved it, and give the book a 5 star review. I cant wait to read the next book in the s ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a world where women outnumber men wouldn't women have more power? Not in this book. Women are treated as second class citizens and have no say in how their lives are run. Men have all the power and treat them as possessions. I was not a fan of the main female character she was a little too impulsive and yet she was very submissive. The main male was a much better character, he was shaped by his experiences and yet he still had hope for a better life. This is the first book in a series and I g ...more
Fran Zoch, LSoR
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Women have no rights in this world and that means you have no say so in who you marry or what you do.

Thia is being forced to marry William and she does not want to he is not a nice person.

Chi is what you would call from the wrong side of the tracks he was born illegally and has to hide from everything, now he is set on rescuing his parents from a work camp but he runs into Thia and now all bets are off, they weren't planning on falling in love and now Thia has some major decisions on her hands.
Maria Vickers
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book...I don't even know where to begin. It is a powerful book that is brilliantly written. I loved it from start to finish and highly recommend you one click on this today. I think it's something everyone should read. The characters, the plot, everything. Pick up your copy today. 5 stars!! ...more
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Under Ground by Alice Rachel is the first book in the Under Ground Series! This just happens to be my first Dystopian style book, and I have to say I wasn't sure what to expect, I had this whole thing built up in my mind as to what I thought it would be, and Alice Rachel completely blew it out of the water. Like I said, never having read this genre I wasn't really quite sure what to expect, but this was a great introduction to the genre. I would definitely give this story a 5 star read!

In the
Nancy J. Sandidge
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: Under Ground ( Under Ground #1)
Author: Alice Rachel
Stars: 4

I'm fairly new to the dystopian genre. Besides the main popular ones that came out the past few years that became movies. Alice Racheal kept me engaged in this book. It's the first in the Under Ground series.

In a world where women outnumber men, and women have no rights, Thia Clay doesn't hold any ideas of having a bright a beautiful future. Women mostly don't have the freedom of choosing who they marry, and Thia’s engagement was
Charity Beecham
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Under Ground, by Alice Rachel is a great read. Thai just wants to live a normal life but her heritage makes her life far from normal. She is being forced into marriage by someone she doesn’t even know very well. She should be happy because her fiancé, William, is actually young and decent looking while other girls are forced to marry men much older than her. But still, she can’t shake the fact that she is being forced to marry someone she has no emotional connection with. She hates her life and ...more
DarkRaven Reviews
Underground by Alice Rachel is a book about opression towards the female gender and societies.

This is the first book in the series and the first from this author I have read. It definitely made me want to read more from this author. I love how it's a contstant struggle for the couple to be together. The author portrays this beautifully. I read this in one sitting and even though I wasn't necessarily going to pick this one up but I am so glad that I did.

An absolutely captivating read that I plan
Misty Ziegler
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
****4 stars****
Under Ground (Book #1) by Alice Rachel

“Under Ground” is a YA Dystopian Romance by Alice Rachel. I give it 4 stars. The story follows Thia, a young female growing up in a society where your standing is determined based on whether you are male or female and whether you are lower, middle, or upper class. The number of women far outweighs the number of men and marriage isn't for love, it's arranged almost as a financial contract, to help the women’s families with their social standin
Rhonda Pulk
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give this book a four star rating.I really like the storyline and the details in this book. I did struggle a little getting grabbed by the story in the beginning as I felt it was a little slow going. Underground is the story of a civilization trying to cope with reforming and trying to exist after a catastrophic flood that left the country under water and cut off from other countries. Families were forced to live on rations which were distributed according to race and status. Whole groups of p ...more
Melinda G
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can you imagine imagined being born into a society where women have no rights? Have you ever tried to in vision yourself being told what you can say or not say, where you can go or not go; or being told who to look at or not look at? I have tried to place myself in these women shoes and even in my imagination it is a scary thought. I feel so blessed that was not the life that I was born into. I mean absolutely No disrespect to anyone I just do not for the life of me believe that I could handle t ...more
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Note: Book received from author in exchange for an honest review.

There are so many things I could say to start this review, but I will begin simply by saying I just loved this book. The premise itself sounded so interesting, but it became so much more than that the further into the book I got.

The beginning starts slower, mostly as it is focused on world-building the dystopian society our main character, Thia, lives in. Pieces of the world's background and culture are scattered throughout, so t
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I like to start off by saying that I didn't buy this book; I found it on a bookshelf in a hotel (which they let you take for free). That being said, I didn't go into reading this book with any expectations, but I really like it. I would liken this book to titles such as Wither, Matched, and Birthmarked. Perhaps even to non-dystopian novels like 'Sold' and 'I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorce'.

This book in undeniably a futuristic dystopian novel, but, unlike most dystopian novels that seem a bit mor
J. Kahele
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am beginning to bypass blurbs before reading books. This one in particular I saw on Goodreads and snapped it up without even reading what it was about.

At first, I thought this was a historical romance. But as I read on I realized this was not the case.

After a cold war hits, the world is controlled by the authorities. The laws are quite simple, women have no rights and are forced to marry to survive and for our heroine Thia this is the case. She is to be married to a man William, who is selfis
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review: (copy provided)
Five stars!
Book one of a trilogy.

Wow what a debut for this author! I was kindly given a review copy of this book from her and I'm so happy I read it. It was actually a fabulous read and it was something I may not have picked up on my own. That's why it's so important to keep open about the books you read because there can be that one that you were waiting for, that diamond in the rough that knocks your socks off and you didn't ev
John Winston
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those instances where I knew absolutely nothing about the book when I started reading, not even the genre. It usually ends up being a game to see how fast I can pick out the particulars like whether it’s horror, mystery, YA, fantasy, sci-fi, etc and then comes the story. And this one came with a vengeance: a robust dystopian YA with a kick. Let's start with the point of view. I’m no fan of first-person narrative unless it’s done well, with either a likable protagonist, a frenetic ...more
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When the darkness meets the light, in fear it shall flee.
Not all is what is seems, open your eyes and you will see.
When the chains break apart, the enslaved shall be free.
When the world has changed, a new dawn it will be.

Thia Clay lives in a total patriarchal society, I am not sure if live is the right word, she's just existing. Men have the right to accept and reject women, as women outnumber them. Women have no right to object, they have to go with the flow. And if they're rejected by men, the
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

“Love is a taboo, a mere fantasy- foreign, unreachable, and dangerous.”

Under Ground is the first book in the Under Ground series by Alice Rachel. It is a YA Dystopian Romance/ YA Forbidden Romance, with action, adventure, drama and suspense woven through the storyline.
Thia Clay lives a dreary existence, born into a society where the women outnumber the men, but where the men hold all the power- women have no rights, no voice, they are completely expendable and replaceable. So much so tha
Kylie Kaemke
I had the pleasure of reading very early copies of this book by my good friend Alice Rachel, and while I enjoyed it then, I adore it now. I’m so proud and impressed with this book, and I hope I can say the right things to convince you to give it a try. As always, these thoughts are my own, and while it may seem a tiny bit biased because this is the work of a friend, I can promise you that I mean every word of it.

Under Ground is the perfect haunting dystopian story. This is not a society we would
Shannen Pondoc
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Love is a fairy tale, a luxury not even the rich an afford."
Just by merely reading the tagline of this book, it had catch my attention and made me interested on whatever it is inside the book. I knew it would give me a good read and I'm going to earn something meaningful from it.

At first, I thought it was just a simple, lovey-dovey story that is very predictable and cliche, with the fixed marriage concept and stuff. But, that was just at first. Thrill and excitement have filled me as I contin
Kaylin Beach
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Being a woman in this world is anything but enjoyable. The fairness of our situation makes me mad, but I can never fully acknowledge it, even to myself. In my heart, there is this hidden place where anger is always boiling. I constantly try to quiet down the wrath raging inside me because showing anger would be dangerous, maybe even fatal."

Under Ground by Alice Rachel is AMAZING! I always say that I love books and stories that are different, and this book is definitely one of them!

This book go
Daisy Gonzalez
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
*Book provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

I love when authors send me their books and then I can message them the second I finish it! It feels good when you can give your feedback to the author themselves, so thanks Alice for sending me your book and for allowing me to fangirl to you! ;)

I thought I was done with dystopian books after The Hunger Games but nope! This book sucked me back in! There's just something about books that are about cruel world rules that I love! The reason
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