"Wren MacAvoy works as a coal miner for a domed city that was constructed in the mid-nineteenth century to protect the royal blood line of England when astronomers spotted a comet on a collision course with Earth. Humanity would be saved by the most groundbreaking technology of the time. But after nearly 200 years of life beneath the dome, society has become complacent and the coal is running out. Plus there are those who wonder, is there life outside the dome or is the world still consumed by fire?
When one of Wren's friends escapes the confines of the dome, he is burned alive and put on display as a warning to those seeking to disrupt the dome’s way of life. But Alex’s final words are haunting. “The sky is blue.” What happens next is a whirlwind of adventure, romance, conspiracy and the struggle to stay alive in a world where nothing is as it seems. Wren unwittingly becomes a catalyst for a revolution that destroys the dome and the only way to survive might be to embrace what the entire society has feared their entire existence."
Ashes of Twilight by Kassy Taylor is half environmental commentary, half dystopian thriller and entirely good! Wren was a good protag who I enjoyed for the most part. I did not like her romance storyline that much because I felt it all happened way too quickly. After a couple dozen pages or so, maybe even less, Alex and Wren are already proclaiming their love for one another and I just did not buy it. I guess love at first sight does exist, but when sooooooooooooooo many YA books have that element it loses it's effectiveness/romantic appeal, extremely quickly. But other than that I liked Wren and thought for the most part she was strong female character.
The description and the prose of the novel were both pretty good. The descriptions of the tunnels and the world beneath the Dome were realistic and nicely described, without being overbearing. I could feel the suppression and claustrophobia of the world in the tunnels, and understand both Alex and Wren's needs to escape and find out more. The fear of not being sure how much longer you'll be able to live because of the lack of energy sources were genuine, simply because of the exploration through the writing.
While I thoroughly enjoyed Kassy's take on the dystopian/post-apocalyptic future, the novel did remind me of other books such as The City of Ember and Pure by Julianna Baggott. However, which that being said, Kassy does create her own world and her spin on the 'mole people' was fresh enough through it's characters and mysteries, that it wasn't annoying like it could have been in lesser hands.
Overall, Kassy Taylor's Ashes of Twilight was a thrilling and pace building novel about survival, with characters trying to find the truth about the world they live in and themselves. I'm very interested to read the sequels!
Buy Ashes of Twilight Here: http://www.amazon.com/Ashes-Twilight-Trilogy/dp/0312641788
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