Summary: What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths–until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
If you were a fan of Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games, then you will like June, who is a tough female in this book. June has lived in an environment where she accepted everything told to her, but when she begins to look at the world around her she realizes she must look outside of what she believes is the truth to discover what really happened to her brother, Metias. A great read with plenty of action. – Kathy, Teen Librarian