I WILL TELL YOU THE SAME THING I TELL EVERY SLAVE.
THE RESISTANCE HAS TRIED TO PENETRATE THIS SCHOOL COUNTLESS TIMES. I HAVE DISCOVERED IT EVERY TIME.
IF YOU ARE WORKING WITH THE RESISTANCE, IF YOU CONTACT THEM, IF YOU THINK OF CONTACTING THEM, I WILL KNOW
AND I WILL DESTROY YOU.
Laia is a slave.
Elias is a soldier.
Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
With a 4.20 rating already on GoodReads (thanks to Advanced Reader Copies sent out by the publishing houses and author), this book has quickly become one of the ‘must reads’ of 2015. With an inspired backdrop of Ancient Rome, Sabaa Tahir touches on all topics from family and love, to sacrifice and class-struggles.
Now take this with a grain of salt, but I think my closest comparison would be Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Both focus on the struggles of a lead female character who is depicted as being a slave, and have a lead male character who is born into the higher caste (Military ranking’s for this book; Princes in Red Queen). Oh, and we can’t forget the star-crossed lovers trope that falls so neatly into the books. I bet that sounds a lot harsher than I meant it to be. I love those particular tropes, almost as much as I enjoy reading and sleeping.
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