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Republic of Ruin: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Series (Legacy of Debris # 1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Forget life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness... Surviving is a feat in and of itself.

Seventeen-year-old Ellie Hudson immerses herself in the few things the Supply Wars haven't destroyed—her ranch work and secret baseball games with her best friend.

But her power-hungry stepmother is leading a group of domestic terrorists in an effort to start another Civil War and fra
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Celia McMahon
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 A huge thank you to the author for the review copy!

After a series of deadly wars, America has been thrust into a post-Edison world where survival is contingent on how you defend what little you already have. Ellie lives on a farm with her stepmother, Theresa, and two stepsisters, and spends her time tending to the animals, and playing baseball at a ruined stadium with her best friend, Johnny. When Theresa marries again, she moves the girls into a mansion where Ellie is forced to act mute and
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it

Republic of Ruin is a Cinderella retelling, but without magic, the first book in a post-apocalyptic survival series.
We are following Ellie, a girl who lost her father, her country, but isn't ready to forget or stop preserving the American dream.

I liked Ellie and even though she took a few questionable choices, I was eager to see where they'd take her. She's a girl who's ready to do anything for her friends and country. She's brave, reckless and loyal.
Ellie is been dealing with grief and gui
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, ebooks, indie-author
Cinderella-esque retelling.
Evil Stepmother.
Completely believable national destruction.

What more does a book need? I will tell you what it needs.... more books with more of this great story. Luckily for us this is only the first in Legacy of Debris trilogy.

Ellie is a fierce independent individual who is trying hard to fight for the few people that are left that she cares about, the great state if Texas, and her nation. The United States is in the midst of destruction and ma
Brie Body
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing

This book is absolutely amazing! It was honestly the dystopian Cinderella-ish retelling that I didn’t know I needed. Set in a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by war and void of any technology, due to a series of events involving an EMP, Ellie must somehow survive this new landscape, her evil stepmother and a wave of terrorist attacks that threaten everything she holds dear.

Things I loved (which was pretty much everything):
- The Complex well-written characters
- Ellie: rarely do I really like a
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic YA post-apocalyptic story with a smart, fairytale twist.

Ellie lost her father shortly after all technology on earth was rendered useless, and the Supply Wars that subsequently followed. The country fell apart, but Ellie managed to keep a patriotic spirit and hope in her heart that the things she loved about Texas, what used to be Texas, could be found again. She wanted to rebuild. To bring back baseball. To reawaken the spirit that her dad had embodied, which was “
Matthew A.
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5.0! I really enjoy dystopian novels, and "Republic of Ruin" has all the necessary/realistic elements, and more. The world-building is perfect, giving enough details about a war between nations that has impacted one local Texan community and the rest of the U.S. (or what remains of the U.S.) in drastic ways, pushing civilization back multiple generations of innovation/technology. This is a timely work, given today's political climate, the destructive force of modern weapons, and other factors, e ...more
Natalie Hedman
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Post apocalyptic Cinderella retelling with some twists. Ellie is a relatable and likable heroine and Jackson was dreamy. Action packed and fun to read! Can't wait for the next one ...more
Saffron  Roberts
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Republic of Ruin is a YA gem.

This book incorporates everything that makes a story great - characters that make your heart ache, twists and turns that ensure you're never comfortable, an atmosphere of intense danger. But it goes a step further in the story it tells underneath, one of bravery, unity and freedom.

I loved watching Ellie grow from being an isolated, abused child, ridden with guilt, to a woman ready to fight for what's left of her country. The world here is alive with Texan culture a
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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"Republic of Ruins" is not only my introduction to L. Blaise Hues, it was also my attempt to read more dystopian novel. And what a lovely way to keep going deeper into the genre, than with this novel.

The book has this fairytale retelling element to it that I absolutely love. I haven't read many novels that are retellings, but I enjoyed the elements added by the author, which made the story unique and just perfect.

In this first novel we are introduced to a lot of amazing character. Firstly, to El
Aliyah Herondale
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to the author for giving me an ARC!

A cinderella retelling in a dystopian setting, with the author’s unique storytelling. Mmm chief kiss!

Before starting this book, I was worried I might have a hard time getting into it because it was post-apocalyptic and dystopian but then I read the first chapter and I was like uHM OK I HATE MYSELF FOR NOT STARTING THIS SOONER. The world and writing was easy to follow, it was straight to the point and there was no any dragging scenes or chapter
Marti M
Jan 31, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2021
Thank you so much to the author for sending me a copy of this book to review!

This book is a dystopian take on a Cinderella retelling. Seventeen year old Ellie Hudson is living in Rock Ridge, Texas just a few years after the whole world experiences power outages that force them all to go back to farming, trading, and bartering. Her father has remarried to a truly terrible woman named Theresa, who has two daughters that torment Ellie constantly. After her father dies, Theresa makes it her mission
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
(Thank you so much to Lara Blaise Hues and Aethon Books for the ARC of Republic of Ruin - book one in the new post-apocalyptic YA Legacy of Debris series.)

Set in Texas after a devastating series of wars has left the country (and the rest of the world) ravaged and nearly unrecognizable, Republic of Ruin follows the story of Ellie, a strong-willed heroine with a heart of gold. Despite an evil bitch of a stepmother, two difficult stepsisters, and a whole slew of hardships, Ellie is determined to pr
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars! Great YA novel!
I absolutely absorbed this book! This book is a fractured fairytale, set in a dystopian future America. The main character, Ellie, is an all-American girl, living in a heart breaking situation. She is not the classic damsel in distress. She is a Cinderella that played a game of baseball with her best friend rather than attending the fancy gala. She has insecurities that make her so relatable. I see a lot of my own teenage heartbreak throughout her story of romance. Elli
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Republic of Ruin is book 1 in the legacy of debris trilogy by L. Blaise Hues .I really enjoyed it. The writing style was so refreshing and I didn’t feel like it dragged anywhere.

The story is about Ellie Hudson who’s lost her father and is currently living with her evil stepmother and step sisters. So yes, she is like Cinderella. She is living in a world with no electronics after an EMP took out all electricity in the United States. Can you imagine? No kindle? I think I would not be able to survi
Chelsey DiBacco
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to this wonderful author for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

“I’d feel like eating apple pie or a Philly cheesesteak and playing baseball.”

When the war is over, and what’s left of America is in ruins.. Ellie Hudson just wants her life to be back to normal.
Forced to live with her stepmom and stepsisters, she is the Cinderella of the family. When her stepmom marries the mayor and they move in with him and his son Jackson, Ellie is swoon for him. But the
Liz Khan
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author to write a review. It was an absolute pleasure to read this unusual dystopian tale, the first book in a trilogy. Give me a post-apocalyptic re-telling of Cinderella story anytime!!
The writing style was smooth. There was a lot of important information in the prologue that helped me to grasp a solid understanding of the premise of the story. The author painted a believably bleak world where there was no electricity and people’s lives went back to the
Taylor Wilson
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a post-apocalyptic Cinderella retelling with a dark twist that was such a fun read!
It was filled with friendship, love, and determination.
The book was also incredibly patriotic and I can imagine all the feels it would give my American friends to read!
The main protagonist Ellie is a spunky, baseball loving girl. She was fierce and courageous, and I absolutely loved reading about her journey to save her little town of Rock Ridge from a civil war. In addition, the secondary characters
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Inspired by Cinderella, Republic of Ruin takes nothing from it beyond the framework of the evil stepmother, indifferent/cruel stepsisters and the love interest. And yet, L.Blaise Hues has taken that framework and turned it up to 11 for her debut.

Central to the story is Ellie. Set in the post-apocalyptic state of Texas following a major war and terrorist attacks and mourning the death of her father, Ellie fights to hang onto what little enjoyment she has left, which includes her family's ranch an
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Here's a book that almost slipped under my radar unnoticed... but I'm sure glad it didn't! 😊 This is another top quality work published by Aethon publishers. Aethon has this knack of getting great authors, and matching them to top quality narrators, giving me a book I didn't know I needed!
This is a Cinderella tale wrapped around a near-future apocalyptic story. Say what? I mean I always loved Cinderella, but wrapped in an apocalypse?!?? how's that gonna work? Well it actually worked beautifully!
Shannon Lane
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
A fun twist on a classic fairytale.

The Supply Wars have destroyed life as Ellie Hudson knew it, throwing everyone back to a lifestyle without technology, but she holds true to her American values as she uncovers a plot from her evil stepmother to begin another civil war.

Anyone who loves post-apocalyptic storylines, fairytale retellings, and/or baseball will enjoy this first book in the Legacy of Debris trilogy. The characters are unique, as is the plot that keeps the reader on their toes until
Amanda Hernandez
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a modern retelling of Cinderella with a post apocalyptic, southern twist!
This captures the fairytale without shoving it down your throat. It adds some southern flare of a Texas setting (love it ❤️) and of course it happens in a post modern world where the worst that can happen already has. That’s right no internet or communication outside of your area. It was chilling in that aspect, but that aside it was a fun and adventurous take on the classic Cinderella and her prince (or soldier i s
L. Blaise
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Amazing book. I’m definitely not biased. ;)
Teresa Love
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Amazing!!! So freakin good!!!! I loved every single thing about this book!!!

Thank you so much, Lara Blaise Hues, for sending me this book to read and review!!! I also adored being able to message the author while I fangirled over the emotions and situations of the book.

This story follows Ellie who is the main protagonist. She’s like the Cinderella in her family. After the Supply Wars, America has become a no technology world. Idk what I would do without my phone, Instagram, my heart rate on my
Rachel ~EnchantedWoodBooks
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to the lovely author for sending me not just this book but the following two books as well! I am so excited to read them and see what happens next in Ellie's life. Happy book release day! February 2nd- it is now available on Amazon - print and ebook and on Audible. The following two are being released this year too in the next few months.

This book is a post-apocalyptic dystopian Cinderella esque retelling set in Texas after a war which has depleted resources, causing conflict
Jan 31, 2021 rated it liked it
“We lost the war. Everyone lost. So much for the home of the brave. We were brave. But now, well, now we’re scared. And scarred.”
L. Blaise Hues, Republic of Ruin

Forget life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness...Surviving is a feat in and of itself. Seventeen-year-old Ellie Hudson immerses herself in the few things the Supply Wars haven't destroyed — her ranch work and secret baseball games with her best friend. But her power-hungry stepmother is leading a group of domestic terrorists in an ef
Gil T
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
Takes from Cinderella, but Better

I have to admit when it first started with the main character, Ellie, living with her stepmom and 2 stepsisters in her father’s house, I was a bit concerned. This has been done and overdone. But I have to admit the changes made to the story and the way the author made it her own, was definitely worth the read. Was it ‘based’ on Cinderella? Yes, but it evolves into a better story.

Ellie lives with her stepmother and two stepsisters. Her father passed away after com
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
A post apocalyptic story with a touch of a darker Cinderella retelling. Republic of Ruin is centred around a small town in Texas after several wars destroyed the world and an EMT took out all technology.

Humans struggling to survive and come to terms with a new world are still at odds with each other. Ellie, a passionate, courageous and fierce character, fights for the love of her country and her family even when the odds are against her. She is a beautifully written protagonist and so easy to r
Lira リラ   ✧lirareadsallday✧
Review coming soon. My hurt has been shattered 💔 I'm not gonna review it until I finish the second book. ...more
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it

Thank you to the author for providing me with a free digital copy of this book for exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Republic of Ruin is a post apocalyptic Cinderella retelling. It follows Ellie Hudson after a series of world wars that has destroyed her house, her city, and her family. When her stepmother remarries, Ellie finds she can’t trust her and feels like something terrible is on its way.

Republic of Ruin has a great amount of friendship, romance, and a badass femal
Sarah (In A Book Bind)
Overall this book was a good, easy to read dystopian novel that left me with a lot of mixed feelings.

There were moments that were really great about the book, and some that just baffled me. WARNING Minor spoilers ahead, mostly to do with world building (hence why I didn’t select the spoiler button!)

The first thing that really struck me about the book was the level of patriotism. I’m not sure if this is because I’m not American, and this is common there, or if it really was over the top. But it
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