Author: Jessica Sorensen
Publication: March 14, 2012
Publisher: Jessica Sorensen
Summary taken from goodreads:
When the disease spread through the world, people had no choice but to go into hiding. The Colony is hidden deep underground, far away from the vampires—humans that were transformed by the disease. The vampires are hideous, starving, and they will kill any human they come across.
Seventeen-year-old Kayla is a Bellator, a warrior that protects The Colony. In order to survive, there are three rules she must follow:
Rule #1—Never go out after dark.
Rule #2—Always carry a weapon.
Rule #3—No matter what, never EVER get bitten.
But what happens when the rules Kayla has always lived by can no longer apply?
The Highers run The Colony and accept nothing less than perfection. One slip up can mean death. Kayla has always worked hard to follow the rules and strive for perfection. But during a moment of weakness, she lets her imperfections show. Her punishment is worse than death. She is chosen for The Gathering and is thrown out into a world full of starving vampires.
No one has ever survived The Gathering, at least that’s what Kayla’s been told. But when she runs into a group who insist they were once part of The Gathering, Kayla discovers the Highers have been keeping secrets. Secrets that could lead to a cure.
2 STARS - IT WAS OKAY
I'm usually all for mysteries slowly unraveling as a story progresses, but this book was pretty much ridiculous when it came to that. I was halfway through the book and still had no clue what was going on. Every time someone or something was going to explain what was going on, something else had to occur to interrupt the explanation, and I was right back at square one. It was only near the last third of the book that anything important really happened, and of course, nothing was completely explained at the end; there always has to be a cliffhanger to entice the reader to get the next book.
And Juniper/Kayla was hard to empathize with. She was basically emotionless. Well, other than being confused, she really didn't show any other emotions, which took me a long time to get used to. She might be like this for a reason, but the fact that she showed no character growth by the end of the book really frustrated me. I felt like I got no where in the book.
The plot was interesting enough though. The theories for the Highers and vampires was pretty cool, and I would love to see more of Monarch's story, but I doubt that'll be revealed until much later. The writing wasn't bad, although I noticed a couple of typos throughout the book that was a little distracting.
Something else distracting was that the cover lied. She did not use a sword AT ALL in the book. I was quite disappointed about this. (Swordfighting is freakin' awesome.)
Dunno if I want to read the sequel. Someone's going to have to convince me to.