I may be a bit toooo old for these books, but alas I crushed it late last night while unable to sleep ( we are talking 4 am here folks....)
While the other girls in the walled city-state of Baalboden learn to sew and dance, Rachel Adams learns to track and hunt. While they bend like reeds to the will of their male Protectors, she uses hers for sparring practice.
When Rachel's father fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the city's brutal Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector: her father's apprentice, Logan—the boy she declared her love to and who turned her down two years before. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father's survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself.
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.
Originality: Is this steampunk? Steampunk in training? Hunger Games-esque? I just couldnt figure out what the level of technology happening here is meant to be. I cant tell if that made it original or a crazy mishmosh of ideas.
Absurdity: 8. There was an unexpected level of violence in this book, and more then once I was like.... gasp! whhhaaat!?.and this lead to high levels of absurdity, especially in regards to why the Commander would ever care so much about Rachel.
Paranormal Romance: 5. Paranormal? Not really. Romance? HIGH POINTS. There is alot of swooning, especially mid-battle. Not that Logan doesnt seem hunky... but Rachel may have overreacted to her 2-year sulk that starts out the story of their love.
Level of Harry Potterness: 4. It just isn't. There is a story of twists and turns, a new world, and some definite character challenges, but overall, it seems written at a younger level, but with the violence, it is a bit of a strange mixture.