What I expected:
I downloaded this book a while back and had completely forgotten what the synopsis said it was about. So another book with no preconceived ideas of what it was about. I expected it to be an enjoyable read though.
What it was:
I did really enjoy reading this book, it was different than other books I’ve read recently. It was written differently, with a language style all of its own. I have even learned some post-apocalyptic swear words!
Sienna is the main character; she is due to turn 16 soon and as part of her tribes traditional laws, she will be expected to become a ‘bearer’. She will be partnered with a male from the tribe and have to produce a child every 3 years with him.
Sienna has feelings for Circ (a young male of similar age), but she knows she will likely be partnered with someone else, which is not something her mind seems able to cope with. She disobeys her father by associating with Circ and ends up in confinement, which she finds to be an interesting if painful experience. And the day of her sixteenth birthday is approaching.
In a changed world where the sky bleeds red, winter is hotter than hell and full of sandstorms, and summer’s even hotter with raging fires that roam the desert-like country, the Heaters manage to survive, barely.
Due to toxic air, life expectancies are so low the only way the tribe can survive is by forcing women to procreate when they turn sixteen and every three years thereafter. It is their duty as Bearers.
Fifteen-year-old Siena is a Youngling, soon to be a Bearer, when she starts hearing rumors of another tribe of all women, called the Wild Ones. They are known to kidnap Youngling girls before the Call, the ceremony in which Bearers are given a husband with whom to bear children with.
As the desert sands run out on her life’s hourglass, Siena must uncover the truth about the Wild Ones while untangling the web of lies and deceit her father has masterfully spun.
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