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Saturday, September 17, 2016

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes
 by Sabaa Tahir
480 pages
Published by Razorbill

Plot: When Laia's brother is arrested for treason, she seeks out those who would help to free him.   But, when she seeks the help of the Resistance, a group of rebels determined to overthrown the Martial Empire, she finds more questions than answers.  Amd, after agreeing to become a spy in return for their help, Laia realizes the secrets and dangers go even deeper the more involved she becomes.

Under the Martial Empire everyone is a slave, even if you are their finest solider like Elias.  Determined to graduate from the military academy at Blackcliff, Elias makes plans to desert and be free from his duties, much of which include killing innocents.  But, before he can do so he crosses paths with a slave named Laia who complicates his plan of escape.  To makes matters worse, he's chosen to compete for the chance to become the new Emperor.  A opportunity he doesn't want but can't refuse.

Review:  I LOVED this book.  I can't say that enough.  I though the story was so original and interesting!  I really enjoyed the POV switch between Laia and Elias and think their relationship was developed really well.  As much as I disliked the Commandant, she was a very good villain.  You never knew what she was going to do!  Very unpredictable and kept me on the edge of my seat!  Everything about this story was great and it's definitively one of my favorites so far this year.  CANNOT wait to read book 2.  Recommend for 14 and up!

Rating: 5 BIG hearts!