Published – September 2nd 2014
Classification – Young Adult Fiction
Summary – Violet Lasting, known as #197, was raised in the Marsh, the poorest part of the city. After she was “diagnosed” she had to be trained to be a surrogate for the royalty in the Jewel. Violet must accept her life, but will she be obedient?
Thoughts: **may contain spoilers**
Plus, it helped that there was a person in a dress. Apparently I like picking up books with girls in gorgeous dresses (Exhibit A, Exhibit B). I know, don’t judge a book by the cover right…but it looks so pretty. In fact it is so attractive it was 27th out of 448 books on goodread’s Most Beautiful YA Covers of 2014 and 31st out of 1,009 books on Best Covers of 2014.
The book was somewhat not engaging..until the end of chapter 10. Wow.
However, while the plot was captivating, there were plenty of holes in the plot. For me, these took a lot of the credibility away from Ewing. Some of the cracks in the plot include:
- Violet hasn’t seen a boy since she was around 10 years old and the first time she sees Ash she imagines kissing him and starts hyperventilating. Bad romance much?
- The second time she leaves the palace for her second ball she doesn’t have to wear a leash but every other surrogate does? Why?
- Violet never checks or listens if anybody is coming when she defies the Duchess. Wouldn’t you want to make extra sure you don’t get caught?
- She was impregnated and had a miscarriage all in one day?
- It went from breakup to makeup in two pages. Really?
So yeah, many holes. If you are super cynical of underdeveloped romance, I don’t suggest you pick up this book.
With all that being said, however, this dystopia land is still interesting enough to me that I want to finish the series. Her second book, The White Rose, just came out October 6th, 2015.
Conclusion: Although I cringed my nose a few times at the writing throughout the book, I still will pick up the next book in the series.
Have you read The Jewel? What do you think? Should I pick up the second book?