“All his young life, Noah has longed to see the sky he’s only heard about in stories. For over one hundred years, Noah’s people have toiled deep beneath the Earth preparing for The New Dawn – the historic day when they will emerge to reclaim the land stolen by a ruthless enemy.
But when Rebekah, the girl of his forbidden desire, discovers a secret their leader has been so desperate to keep, Noah suspects something is wrong. Together, they escape and begin the long climb to the surface. But nothing could prepare them for what awaits outside.
Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy for review
Year Of Publication: 05.08.2016
My rating: 3 stars
In this story, we follow Noah who works in the underground hoping that one day they will be able to leave and see the sky that’s been promised again so we see Noah going about his day to day life until he finds out a secret he was not supposed to and meets Rebekah. I was slightly disappointed because I didn’t get to know Noah as much as I would’ve liked or any of the other characters, especially in terms of physical descriptions.
However, it was interesting to see Noah as he was trying to figure out what he wanted and go against the beliefs and doctrine of this world. Unfortunately, we do not seem to get to know Rebekah that much as we only get to see what Noah wants to see and he is smitten with her. I did like the role that she played in opening his eyes and pushing him to ask himself some questions and she becomes the catalyst of this story.
In this world, the workers are divided into different groups by sex and have to work and meet a certain quota for the parts they are meant to build for these machines that will help them get back on the surface of the world once the time is auspicious. It was strong 1984 vibes with the Mother as a figure of authority, control and hope in this society filled with rules and regulations and this were accomplished well as more often than not I would feel angry at this society and its limitations. I did like the Mother character for what it represented and how it sparked an internal conversation within the reader, however, I think that at times she showed some emotions that were too out of the character that she should’ve portrayed.
I had some issues with the pacing because it felt reaaaaally slow at times with events that seemed repetitive and could’ve done without, but overall I enjoyed it. I did not expect that ending so I was really impressed and I am curious about the sequel and how that’s going to look like.
Overall I enjoyed this book even if I had issues with things here and there and I would recommend it if you like slow-paced ya dystopian books reminiscent of 1984, but with a twist.
Do you have any Dystopian recommendations?