Title: Black City
Author: Elizabeth Richards
Source: Bought own copy
A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.
In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.
When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.
Since I would be part of the PH Blog Tour of the second book Phoenix, I decided it is just right that I review the first book, Black City.
The two genres that I usually read are chick-lit and young adult as what I've mentioned on my past blog posts, the first being my favorite. Whenever I read a YA book, I make sure that the synopsis is anything I haven't read about yet, I know I'm done with love triangles and vampires and werewolves. When I first saw the synopsis of Black City, I thought it's the 'usual stuff'. Wrong guy-right time kind of story. Boy, was I wrong! It's The Hunger Games meets Warm Bodies. When the description said, 'Dark', it really is dark to the point that I had nightmares. I like how Elizabeth describes characters, settings and scenes, which is so vivid, you can easily feel the intensity. Black City is a dystopian book, which the heaviness of the story is seeped into my very heart that I needed to read something happy after I was done with it.
Of course, the book wouldn't be appealing without the characters. There's Ash, whom I like, because I'm always into bad guys outside-nice giy inside kind of girl, though he's a haze/drug dealer in this book which I would never approve of a guy, but I know he doesn't have a choice because he is not accepted in the society. There's Natalie, whom I also like because although sometimes she is afraid, she still follows what she thinks is right. Beetle, whom reminds me of Ron Weasley, whenever his ears would turn pink everytime Day would talk to him. Day of course, who is the typical nerdy nerd but I believe shoudn't be angry with Ash in the first place if Beetle decided to be hooked on haze. Of course let's not forget Rose, Madame Buchanan and Sigur who are the 'black and white' of the story.
Well, I am excited to actually find out what will happen to the characters in Phoenix, and if The Wall will finally be removed. I hope Ash and Natalie survive with their feelings for each other intact when there are people trying to destroy it.
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars.