Published by Balzer + Bray on August 27th 2013
Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.
At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.
As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.
I LOVED THIS BOOK. there aren’t enough stars in the spectrum to express how much I loved it. It’s engrossing from the very beginning and the pages just kept turning as I progressed deeper into the story. I didn’t want to put the book down and was upset when I had to; the story kept me up at night thinking about what was going to happen next. I loved how the book was told from both Rachel and Logan’s points of view — it really helped intensify the story for me. You experienced what both of them were feeling as the events in the book unfolded — meaning you FELT IT. I felt the hatred that both of them had for the Commander, when they experienced loss, I felt it, and so on. This book is a wonderful, turbulent, engrossing thrill-ride of epic proportions that left me hungry for more.