Author: Erin Bowman
Published: April 16,2013
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 360 pages
Category: YA Dystopian
There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.
They call it the Heist.
Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.
Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?
One of the reasons why I loved this book, would be the twists/revelations. The book started when the main character's brother was Heisted. When Gray found a little from his mother, who actually deceived the brothers' date of birth, is when he looked for answers, and it is when the fun began. I myself did not expect what was outside Claysoot. I guessed that when they climbed off the Wall, they'd be alive. But revealing that Claysoot is an experimental environment, surprised me. I felt sorry for the people, who were treated like participants in Big Brother, difference is, they did not volunteer.
The plot started normal, yet when you divulge chapter after chapter, you wouldn't be able to stop. Curiousity made me finish the book in a day. In every turn, there's a revelation that would surprise you.
The main character. Stubborn and always follows his gut-feeling. Very good with bows,since he is a hunter at Claysoot.
The healer's daughter. Tender and loving. She is Gray's love interest. I can relate to the character, when people see her as the kind and weak girl, but inside she is this strong, determined one.
Reminds me of the princess in the movie Brave, maybe because she grew up in a place that made her numb and strong. Gray is conflicted of his emotions when they are together.
Leader of Taem. The bad guy.
I can say, I am looking forward to the second book, and I hope Claysoot would be given their freedom, as well as Dexter, Seasalt and the Group A citizens.
Rating: 3.8 out of 5 Stars.