Sunday, January 8, 2012

Amongst the Ruins (The Chronicles of 2020) by Saewod Tice - Review

From the very beginning of this story, during a delivery performed at knife point, I was hooked. This story was a non stop adventure through one girl's life in a world that is trying to recover from nuclear disaster. 

Shilo is different and that is something that her family tries very hard to hide from everyone. Shilo and her family live in a world that is trying to recover from the Nuclear Disaster of 2020. Few people still populate the world, and all that do have formed 8 clans. It is a world where, for the most part, men rule everything. Men decide who live and die, men decide where everyone will go, men decide what a person's job will be, and men decide who the women will belong to. Women seem to have just two jobs, and that is to serve the men and repopulate the world. This is why Shilo is hidden. She is very rare in this new world. 

We get to follow Shilo's journey through this world as she grows and discovers herself. She makes a very important decision to never let a man own or dictate her. So many things happen to Shilo. Shilo trains as a soldier, and she moves, not usually willingly, through many different Clans' regions. Her escapades are many and at times I felt so sorry for her that so many things could happen to one girl. Eventually Shilo has to make a very important choice. She can be with a man who she knows only views her as property, or she can be with a man who truly loves her, although Shilo seems to not know this. 

The characters were amazing. They were all explained so well, everyone from Shilo's mother Kahrn to the twisted mutants, the Nigredo. This post nuclear world was explained beautifully. In my mind I could clearly picture these people and places thanks to all the descriptions. 

I loved so much about this book. I only had a few problems. One is that every once in a while there were weird punctuation problems, or spaces missing between words. These were small issues though, and they did not take away from the book for me at all. My other problem is where is the next book? I want to know what else happens to Shilo. I want to know what happens to this world and all of it's people. Saewod Tice will definitely be on my authors to watch list. I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next. 

Rating: 5 out of 5

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