Ruination (Review)

Ruination (Review)
Title: Ruination 
Author: Amanda Thome
Publisher: Athena Alley Press
Published Date: 30th March 2014
Rating: 3 Stars
Synopsis: What if everything came down to a single
test? If your life was defined at seventeen, could you handle it? Could you accept
your fate leaving the ones you love, or would you risk it all and stay?

One test stands between Vanessa and Central. One chance to make the leap across
the walls to a better life. At seventeen, Central considers Vanessa an adult.
Her labor role, marriage, and housing divisions will be dictated by her
performance on the leap.

Dedication and unfaltering friendship has bonded Vanessa to Garrett as they
fight for their chance to leap into Central. But what happens when love
overtakes reason? When defiance in the name of love creates an unintentional
fracture in their nation.

Without warning Vanessa is at the mercy of the nation that’s supposed to
protect her. Exiled and abandoned she must fight but she find’s she’s not
alone. With her heart divided she seeks her revenge, but will her stand be

Ruination is the next YA dystopian trilogy that will hook you from the start!
If you liked Veronica Roth’s Divergent series or Suzanne Collins Hunger Games
series then be prepared to get addicted to Ruination.

A fast-paced, action-packed series that will keep you on the edge of your seat
and begging for book two! It’s the perfect trilogy to read for those looking
for the next addicting young adult series. 

Review: I
haven’t read a dystopian book in a pretty long time, and that is simply because
I got a bit sick and tired of them. I do believe it can be hard to find
originality in the series. So when I started this one, I wasn’t too sure what
it would be like. I am happy to say that I enjoyed it well enough, but it
wasn’t all good points.
Like when I read Dark Secrets by Shea Berkley, this book
and I didn’t get off to a good start. It came down to the fact that we are
introduced to two main characters – Nessa and Garrett. Garrett is in love with
Nessa and Nessa is pretty sure she is in love with him. But she refuses him
every time, because she doesn’t know how much time she might be able to have
with him. That frustrated me because I didn’t want her to regret doing nothing
with him when she had the time, instead of putting it off. So it bothered me
quite a lot to see her constantly refusing him with such a petty reason.
This seemed to be Nessa’s life motto without her even
knowing it!
And the second thing was something dumb she did. Nessa’s
mum died when she was younger, so she hated death. So what does she do? For the
sake of a game she gets Garrett to swallow some poison and he has to ‘play’ to
find the cure. I mean, how dumb could that be? She starts panicking as he
starts to die because of the poison and just wanted to shake her because she
had done the dumbest thing someone could do >.>
But steadily this book did get better. I actually
realised I missed reading dystopian books and I liked the feel of this one. The
book managed to play a few tricks on me (I can’t elaborate without spoilers)
but I fell for them and then it made me appreciate the skill of the author.
There is a bit of a love triangle in this one, but at the
same time there isn’t. Nessa is never torn between the two guys. She loves one,
moves on, and then loves the other. But what happens is she has both in her
mind – her first love and her current love, and her emotions are getting
twisted between the two. So I am not sure what to call that? Anyway, I am
The world building in my opinion was pretty weak. I spent
the better half of the book not sure how the world worked in general and though
there was enough basic understanding for us to know how things functioned, I
felt like everything could’ve been explored a lot more. But it was okay.
I also felt like at times this book had a lot of similarities
to The Hunger Games and Divergent in a way, and then Matched when they had the
banquet. But maybe that is simply dystopians being similar because they are the
same genre? I’m not sure.
I enjoyed this one enough to want to read the sequel.
Especially as this one ended on a cliffhanger!
Olivia’s Question: Have you ever had to take a break from
a particular genre?
Olivia-Savannah x

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