ARC The Revealed by Jessica Hickman – 4 Stars

The Revealed

 

Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book one in series, release date June 17, 2014

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

Book Synopsis:

Lily Atwood lives in what used to be called Washington, D.C. Her father is one of the most powerful men in the world, having been a vital part of rebuilding and reuniting humanity after the war that killed over five billion people. Now he’s running to be one of its leaders.

But in the rediscovered peace on Earth, a new enemy has risen. They call themselves the Revealed – a powerful underground organization that has been kidnapping 18 year olds across the globe without reservation. No one knows why they are kidnapping these teens, but it’s clear something is different about these people. They can set fires with a snap of their fingers and create a wind strong enough to barrel over a tree with a flick of their wrist. No one has been able to stop them, and they have targeted Lily as their next victim.

But Lily has waited too long to break free from her father’s shadow to let some rebel organization just ruin everything. Not without a fight.

My Review:

Requested this one over at Net Galley on a whim.  The cover is beautiful and it sounded interesting.  Almost didn’t cause I have been reviewing so many requested reviews that I have fallen behind in books already on my to-read list.  I hemmed and hawed and finally hit that request button.  As you can see I was approved for a copy, still blows my mind that publishers do this for readers…, and I put it in line to read for review.  I AM SO GLAD I did.  Wow.  It was a really good book, couple points I will make later kept it from being five stars, but wow.  This one has potential to do really well I think.   This one is different from some of the other YA dystopianish books out there, and I’ll tell you why.

First of all it really didn’t feel like a dystopian book.  I’m struggling to find a classification to put the book in.  It has dystopian-ish qualities, but there are science fiction elements, political, and romance elements to the story as well.  The only classification that I would say it definitely falls into is the YA billing that the titles is tagged with.  The Revealed was a twist of a story that could appeal to readers of any of the aforementioned genres.

So what did I like about the book.  I loved that it kept me guessing.  A couple of points I kinda figured out, but most of the time I couldn’t tell which side of the good/evil fence a character fell on or what their motives were.  In the very beginning I wasn’t sure that I liked Lily. she was kind of whinny and came off as a rich kid complaining about her soft life and the other mean rich kids she was surrounded by.  The author did a good job of turning around my opinion of her though and I soon could see that yeah, maybe life wasn’t so great for Lily.  Just because she was comfortable and protected didn’t mean she was happy, didn’t mean she had anymore freedom than the rest of the teens in this world.

The premise of the story was also interesting.  I liked that we got in on this world as they were trying to rebuild things.  I also was intrigued by why were 18-year-olds disappearing and who this organization The Revealed was.  The fact that they had powers was also interesting.  How did they have them? Was it natural or man-made?  How were they able to move in and out of society without notice?  Why did they target this age group and only certain teen?  It all kept me reading.  Partially because most of these questions were not answered or even addressed until the second half of the book.

The first half was very much just a love story, a captivating one, but it had little to do with The Revealed.  The author focused on building up the chemistry between Lily and Kai Westerfield, who just happens to be the son of her father’s opponent.  This part of the story had a very Romeo and Juliet feel to it.  Star crossed lovers from rival families.  Who doesn’t love this type of romance?  In the second half of the book,  we are introduced to another potential love interest, but it just felt flat to me.  I don’t think the story needs it, lovers forced to be apart is enough of a draw.

So if it is so great what kept it from that fifth star?  Under age drinking is a major problem I had with the book.  Sure, it is a dystopian future society, but this is a YA book.  The main characters are all around the age of 18, none of them were 21 I believe.  In this world the author has created the rules might be different, but the teens in this one are not legal to drink until they are 21.  I thought the club scene set a bad example along with the lead character’s actions in that part of the book.  This is my only real complaint about the story.  If this could have been handled differently I would have gladly given it a five-star rating.

Through my digging I have come to believe that this is going to be part of a series, or at least I sure how it is.  The story left off at an interesting point, and I would love to see what happens next.  I think this series could continue to follow Lily or could easily jump to another one of the missing 18-year-olds.  I want to see how the author develops this world and the powers the teens have.  It is an interesting setting  Ms. Hickman has created I can’t wait to see what she does with it.

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