Monday, December 31, 2018

{Book Review} Ash by Shani Petroff & Darci Manley

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Title:  Ash
Series: Destined #1
Publisher: Polis Books
Date:  March 16th, 2015
Pages:  368
Source:  Purchased

Purchase: Amazon

Destiny is pre-determined. It is strictly monitored. It is unchangeable. Or is it?

Madden Sumner’s life is a whirlwind of privilege and perks. Born into the elite Purple ring, she is fated to be a Minister of the Seven. Although her position comes with the burden of great responsibility, she’s nothing if not confident in her future. After all, Destiny Specialists have determined how she will fulfill her life’s purpose, and they are never wrong.

Her classmate Dax, an Ash, is clinging to the opposite end of the spectrum. While everyone around her knows what destiny awaits them, Dax’s fate is… missing. Isolated and ignored, she refuses to let her lack of status define her.

For their entire lives, the government has told Madden and Dax where they will live, who they will love, and who they will be. Yet after a stunning twist of fate, Dax and Madden’s paths collide in ways neither could have possibly imagined. The two are forced to question their own past, present and future as they realize who they are is not necessarily who they were meant to be.

Ash, the first book in the Destined series, is an unforgettable journey into an alternate future which will leave readers wondering just how much we can control our own fate.

Destiny is calling. Will you fight for yours?

I purchased this book in Feb. of 2016, after reading a few reviews on Goodreads I decided not to read it right off the bat. And with other books coming out, and working it just sat on my kindle. Well, I honestly don't know what most of the lower starred reviews were talking about.
I loved this book and had to force myself to put it down just to get some sleep.
Dax and Madden are the main characters and the story switches between their points of view. Dax is a "Blank" Ash and Madden is a Purple. There are a total of seven rings of color within the New City. This is all the "New World" after a catastrophic event happened that wiped out most of the world's population.  Now everyone is classified at birth based on his or her extracted destinies.
The story is actually well written and kept me swiping page after page until 3 am. The first half does drag a little, but it soon picks up with action and mystery. all surrounding Madden and Dax.
Definitely can't wait for the next book, though I see it may be a bit longer as only one of the authors is now taking it over.

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