The Surrendered by Case Maynard
Published September 20th, 2016 by Blaze Publishing
Genres Dystopian, YA
After a financial collapse devastates the United States, the new government imposes a tax on the nation’s most valuable resource—the children. Surrendered at age ten—after her parents could no longer afford her exorbitant fees—Vee Delancourt has spent six hard years at the Mills, alongside her twin, Oliver. With just a year to freedom, they do what they can to stay off the Master’s radar. But when Vee discovers unspeakable things happening to the younger girls in service, she has no choice but to take a stand—a decision that lands her on the run and outside the fence for the first time since the System robbed her of her liberty. Vee knows the Master will stop at nothing to prove he holds ultimate authority over the Surrendered. But when he makes a threat that goes beyond what even she considers possible, she accepts the aid of an unlikely group of allies. Problem is, with opposing factions gunning for the one thing that might save them all, Vee must find a way to turn oppression and desperation into hope and determination—or risk failing all the children and the brother she left behind.
I really love the dystopian genre so when I received an ARC to the second book in this series, I obviously had to start by reading the first book. Overall I give this book 3.5/5 stars. I really enjoyed the writing and the world building, however because I read so many dystopian books, I feel that it is sometimes hard to find books that don’t remind me of other books. I did like the concept of this book, that the government start taxing the children and when or if their parents can’t pay the tax, they end up working off the debt doing hard labor in places like the Mills. I enjoyed Vee as a main character, as well as some of the other characters such as Cason and Ramsey. The author does a good job at including romance in the book without letting it become the whole story and overshadow the plot. There were a few plot twists and overall the book was very interesting and held my attention throughout.