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The Surrendered

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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  62 reviews
After a financial collapse devastates the United States, the new government imposes a tax on the nation’s most valuable resource—the children.

Surrendered at age ten—after her parents could no longer afford her exorbitant fees—Vee Delancourt has spent six hard years at the Mills, alongside her twin, Oliver. With just a year to freedom, they do what they can to stay off the
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Published September 20th 2016 by Blaze Publishing
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Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Blaze Publishing and NetGalley.)

This was a YA dystopian story, about a world where children were taken from their parents and put to work.

Vera was an okay character, but I found it hard to care what happened to her. Her impulsiveness just kept getting her into more and more trouble, and she just never thought about what she was doing before she did it, which irritated me.

The storyline in this was about Vera finding her baby sister amon
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Vee Delancourt and her twin brother Oliver were surrendered to the government when they were ten because of a tax on families with more than one child. When their younger sister was born their parents tried to make the tax for a while but just couldn't do it and the twins refused to be separated so both were given over to the government.

After six years of being a slave and forced to work at the Mill the twins are almost to adulthood and freedom. But one day a young girl arrives that looks very
Chelsies Reading Escape
Actual Rating. 3.5 Stars

I love when a dystopian makes me question the workings of society. This book had me wondering what I would do to fix things in that dystopian world. Like most dystopians, it also made me appreciate what I have. This novel had some emotional topics that added depth to the story and the writing was easy to follow. I like how it focused on family and didnt have too much romance. I really hope theres a sequel because I see a lot of potentiel for this story and the characters
Candace Robinson
I haven't read a good dystopian YA book in a while, and this one was fantastic. It made me take a look at the terrible things that could really happen especially to children. I loved Vee, and I thought she was a strong character. There was plenty of action and betrayal to keep me wanting to keep on reading. Cason was a great friend and romantic interest, and the romance did not over shadow the plot at all. I did want to know more about Ramsey. I loved her! I can't wait to read the next book. Ful ...more
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
First of all, I would like to thank Blaze Publishing for providing me with a digital copy in exchange of a honest review.

This was so much fun!
I really liked the characters and the many plottwists! The story was really catchy and Vee is a super strong character! I loved Carson!
The whole idea with the children being surrendered was really unique and special! I honestly can't wait to read the Sequel with comes out in September 2017!
S.F. Benson
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I found Case Maynard’s “The Surrendered” to be an intriguing tale which made me think—just what would happen if the United States fell.

Maynard did a good job of delivering a story about a system (incidentally called The System) which employed child slave labor and tyrannical adults. Elements of the slave trade appear in “The Surrendered”—the beatings, the dehumanization, the Overseer and Master roles, the disregard for human life. Maynard even found a way to slide in a reference to the Union.

Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Note: A copy of this book was provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This Dystopian plays in future America after a financial breakdown, when The System has taken over and parents have to start to pay The Tax. Those who can't afford The Tax for their children after age 8 have to surrender their children to The Tax where they are sent to work camps, only one child per family is free. The camps are watched by Regulators and have an Overseer all controlled by the Master.
In this sys
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Surrendered is an interesting take on the United States and the troubles we are currently in. With election season right around the corner - and quite possibly the most controversial election - Case Maynard presents us with her perspective of what could happen to our country if control is lost. And while I could connect some of the elements of her work with Unwind by Neal Shusterman, her ideas and voice are clearly her own. I found this particularly refreshing in today's cluttered literary w ...more
Ari Reavis
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm kinda straight down the middle with my like and dislike of this book.

Likes: The action. I hated the people who controlled this system of children slavery and wanted them to get what was coming to them. Some action happens pretty early on involving the Vera and kept going from there. I was always wondering if/when the Regulators would catch up with Vera.
There were a lot of secrets and mysteries going on. I liked trying to figure out what was happening and who to trust (although I didn't real
Jennifer Wright
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Surrendered was awesome.
I read it straight through from the moment I started. Stopping only for sleep, hygiene and to take care of my children. You know, feed them and stuff.

I am not going to give out any spoilers, of course, but I'll tell you a bit about my thoughts.

I found the characters well written and fleshed out. The main character, Vee, is spirited and sassy. She and her brother were surrendered at a young age and are close to being released from the system. Even in servitude, the sp
I really love the dystopian genre so when I received an ARC to the second book in this series, I obviously had to start by reading the first book. Overall I give this book 3.5/5 stars. I really enjoyed the writing and the world building, however because I read so many dystopian books, I feel that it is sometimes hard to find books that don't remind me of other books. I did like the concept of this book, that the government start taxing the children and when or if their parents can't pay the tax, ...more
Wow…a strong heroine, with exceptional supporting characters, add in a non nauseating romance, and this book has it all.

Book Title: Surrendered
Author: Case Maynard
Series: Surrendered #1
Genre: YA, Dystopian, Love & Stuff
Publisher: Blaze Publishing
Source: I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Blow Me Away by Breaking Benjamin ft. Valora --This book is rather awesome and Breaking Benjamin is REALLY awesome. I'll be the one to save us all…♫

Ratings Breakdown

Plot: 4.8/5
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Unputdownable, edge of the seat stuff.

World building was spot on, I could visualise everything. I didn't see the words but images, I lived every word in the book. The characters were spot on too.

There were curveballs coming from every side, I was so engrossed in the book I couldn't put it down. I'm so eager to find out what happens next...

Highly recommend for the YA dystopian lover.

I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Oct 02, 2016 rated it liked it
My biggest problem in life is having high expectations.
It doesn't matter if we are talking about simply ordering food or buying a house, my imagination is always running wild and I set myself up for disappointment when I shouldn't. So maybe 3 stars for me (btw, on goodreads this rating means "i liked it") will mean a couple more for you.

On the plus side, I loved the cover, the concept and the turnarounds. On the not-so-positive side, I would probably recommend this book to readers that didn't g
Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
This was a well written and fast paced story that grips you and keeps you wanting to continue reading this book. The world building was outstanding and the characters were beautiful and heartbreaking. It is full of unexpected twists and turns and I went through a range of emotions while reading this book. I felt anger towards the parents that kept having children knowing they couldn't afford the tax and then I would feel guilt for thinking that way because maybe they thought they'd be able to af ...more
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
*** I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ***

This book is perfect for fans of Divergent and the Hunger Games. The story gives the reader a scary look at what could happen to society if the world sustained financial disasters that knocked out governments and led to us being thrown off the grid. Well-developed characters and a plot that keeps you guessing, this is an interesting what-if novel.
L.L. Hunter
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Surrendered is a stunning debut novel from author Case Maynard. This is a new and unique dystopian story which is a breath of fresh air. The writing is superb and I think this author and this book will go places. I recommend it to all lovers of this genre. 4/5 stars
Case Maynard hit a home run with her debut The Surrendered. I really enjoyed this book and can hardly wait to see what she releases next.

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Imagine a world in which one has to pay taxes for each of their children (more than 1 child per family) and these taxes are so high that rather than pay them, people send their en masse to farms and workhouses where they are treated as slaves. I should think that people would consider birth control in this case, but apparently this is also something that has been lost in the transition towards a Dystopia society.

Maybe, just ma
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

Stars (Out of 10): 9/10 Stars

Overall Thoughts: This book actually made me want to start reading Dystopian again. I have read so much of the same thing over and over, that it felt like dystopia was just a formula that writers kept filling in with different names and backstories. Over time, without really meaning to, I stopped reading as much dystopia as I once did. However, this book seemed almost like a breath of fresh air! It
Anniken Haga
I'm not a big fan of YA Dystopia anymore, but this book is short, so I gave it a shot.
I got surprised.

I don't know what it was, but this book started out really good.
It had a cruelty we see every day in this world - if we open our eyes and pay attention - and so it was easy to ''relate'' to.
Unfortunately it lost me about halfway through.
A lot started happening, and it grew to be too much.

Other than that it was a good book.
The writing is OK. The author uses a bit too many words at times, but
Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
I received this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was fantastic! It is a very compelling dystopian that will make you think about so many issues. While reading this I kept putting myself in the shoes of some of the characters. I felt very connected to the story. This book felt very real.

I very much enjoyed the main character, Vee. She is very bold, and a little headstrong. I admired her unwavering love for her brother, and her will to help
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2016
I have been on a serious contemporary binge for the last couple of months, so throwing in a dystopian, and a great one at that, was extremely refreshing! I kept picking up the book right before bedtime so it took me about 4 days to get just 10% in. Yesterday, I finally got some free time and I devoured the remaining 90% of the story!

Our main character, Vee, is a fireball and that caused for zero downtime. The Surrendered was action packed from start to finish and Case Maynard really did a great
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: genre-dystopian
I’d like to Thank Netgallery for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for a honest Review.

I gotta say that the premise was very interesting and captivating. It’s all about a Dystopian society where children have a Tax that is really high and has to be paid by the parents otherwise their children are forced to be surrendered and work in Mills. It’s a horrifying idea that only one child is exempt and the others can be taken away very easily, because many people just cannot pay
Maham Farhan
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A little synopsis:
It's a dystopian so it obviously takes place in the future and America has been declared by The Master under The Tax, because of which people have to pay fees to keep their children with them, if they are not able to or won't, they will have to Surrender their children to The Mills no matter how young, to take part in child slavery. The main character is Vera who was surrendered at a very young age along with his twin brother but they are one year away from freedom and the rest
United Indie Book Blog
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Surrendered is a great story of Vee, a young woman put into servitude with her twin brother by their parents who are unable to make the taxation requirements of the government. However Vee is not cut from the cloth that an obedient servant should be made from. Her high spirit and sense of social justice pits her against those in authority. Generally, this does not work out well for Vee, but that doesn't stop her.

The Surrendered is a young-adult dystopian novel, in the best sense of this genr
Oct 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

Actual rating - 3.25

I felt quite sorry for the characters in this, but I can't say I loved them.

There were a few parts in this where it started to lose my interest slightly, but it didn't drag. It actually felt like quite a quick read still, which was good. Other than those few parts, it was an okay read.

Overall, An okay read.
Beautifulday4makeup The-book-and-Me
I received the ebook in exchange for an honest review on netgalley.

This is a rather short book, so I didn't expect a lot of dept. I was wrong... The concept behind the story I found very interesting and intriguing. I loved reading this book!
Paige Green
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 5/5

Genre: YA Dystopian

Recommended Age: 15+ (trigger warnings: sexual abuse/rape, mature language, and violent death of children).

I received a free copy of this book because I’m a rep of Blaze Publishing. This relationship did not sway my opinion in any manner.

After a financial collapse devastates the United States, the new government imposes a tax on the nation’s most valuable resource―the children.

Surrendered at age ten―after her parents could no longer afford her exorbitant fees―Vee D
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Surrendered 4.5/5⭐️s
1. Okay, here's the thing; I loooove this book so far (I'm on page 136). Imagine how invested I am, to not be able to write notes up until page 136(out of 242), which means there are only 106 pages left.
2. The book has an even amount of action, adventure (if you can call it that) and romance.
3. The pace is fast, but just at the right kind of "fast", in my opinion. Things escelate quickly, but not quickly enough to be called rushed.
4. Another plus of the books is that it'
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