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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

REVIEW, BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY - Ruination (Worlds Apart #1) by Amanda Thome

Ruination (Worlds Apart #1)

Release Date: 04/15/14

Summary from Goodreads:

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 enough?

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.

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4 out of 5 (really liked it)

I received this book from YA Book Bound Tours as part of the blog tour in return for a fair and honest review.

This story starts with the heartbreaking scene of Nessa's mother dying and she is having to look after the baby when she is only 5 years old herself. Then it moves forward and Nessa is older and getting ready for her 'leap' test as she enters their idea of adulthood. Both herself and her lifelong friend, Garrett, are taking the test together and this is their chance to better themselves and move into Central - that idealistic place where everyone wants to be.

Of course, their world isn't as perfect as they think and things go awry. This for me is where the story really picked up as it had dragged slightly up to this point. After this point, it moves along at a fair pace with everything that happens to Ty and Nessa. Garrett isn't really mentioned much after this apart from to say that he is in Central.

As you may have gathered, there is a love triangle in this between Ty - Nessa - Garrett. It will be interesting to see what happens in book 2 as so far, Garrett really hasn't done much to win me over. I am firmly on Ty's side and hope for them to have a HEA. Following the cliffhanger ending though, anything is possible.

Fast plot, well-written characters, excellent world building. Recommended for all fans of dystopian.

About the Author

Amanda Thome is the Author of Ruination, book one in the Worlds Apart dystopian trilogy. Amanda grew up in Maine and later moved to Pennsylvania where she obtained her bachelor’s degree from Ursinus College. She later received her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University. Amanda currently resides in San Antonio, TX with her husband Clint.

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  1. Thank you for sharing, I am happy to have been a part of your blog! If you would like an ARC of book two please message me at: - Amanda Thome

    1. Thank you for the offer, Amanda, and I may have to take you up on that! I need to have some more 'Ty' time lol :)