Hiran lives in the Colony, a zoo where human teens are kept on display by the casians, a species of scaly, green creatures who’ve put themselves in charge. The Colony is on earth, but an earth long devoid of any natural human population. That’s why Hiran is a slave, why every human is a slave—because casian scientists brought them back from extinction to play music, entertain alien tourists, and to breed.
But the zoo isn’t the only trap Hiran’s in. He’s in love with Roisin, but she doesn’t love him. Their romance is a façade designed to keep the casians from wiping their memories and sending them back to Steptoe House for rehabilitation. At least at the Colony, they know the truth of their hopeless existence.
Still, when Hiran’s ex-girlfriend, Beth, arrives unexpectedly back at the Colony, it reminds him of everything he’s lost. And as the casian regime becomes more brutal every day, Hiran rebels the only way he can, sowing dissent between the humans and their keepers. But rebellions have failed before, with fatal consequences. Hiran doesn’t want to die, but does he have anything left to lose?
I picked this book up because I'd read Discord and enjoyed it. The perspective in this book moves from Beth (in Discord) to her ex-boyfiend Hiran. It shows us what happens when the teens leave the school and go out into the colony. The Casians keep the humans there so that the humans can provide entertainment for them, like we keep animals in a zoo. When things start to go wrong and the Casians decide to terminate their experiment with this batch of humans must come to an end, Hiran and his friends need to get everyone out of the colony and into the relative safety of the wasteland outside the bubble that they are kept in.
A good fun adventure, compelling and interesting. As with a lot of YA fiction, although the characters are young, they handle some deep emotional themes (like love, death and miscarriage). One of the things I really liked was how the 'Aliens' (technically, they're not Aliens, they're the new dominant species) were totally non-humanoid. There's a brilliant conversation about how the sun and the stars are all wrong too.
I was aware when I started this book that the first book had a giant mystery, strange clues, and a big surprise to carry it through. The author would really have to work hard to pull off a sequel with anything like the power of the first now that all the mystery and surprise were over. Well, Katy Hate pulled it off. There is plenty of excitement and change is in the air, so there is surprise after surprise to get us well through book two and looking forward to book three.
Another good read from Katy Haye. DISSENT isn't as fast-paced as some of her other books, but as the sequel to DISCORD it continued the story in a satisfyingly surprising way. I liked the narrator Hiran, and I loved the way the characters are now developing and flexing their muscles.
I'm now waiting for the third in the series and wondering who the main protagonist will be!
Eerie story of a small group of teenage musicians and their strange keepers. The Colony is nothing more than a zoo, the teens kept for the amusement of the nasty creatures who imprisoned them. Katy Haye continues her "Twilight Zone" type saga with the second installment.
As the story continues, it becomes more and more intriguing, while at the same time some things are made clearer. Fantastic world-building, villains you can really hate and some loveable characters who face heart-breaking choices. I loved this second part of the Echoes of the Earth series and am very much looking forward to the conclusion.