I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Polaris Uprising by Jennifer Ibarra
Published by Tiwala Books Genres: Dystopian, Sci Fi, Young Adult
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
In less than seven years, eighteen-year-old Ryla Jensen will succeed her father as the president of Neress, a nation where all citizens are cared for from the moment they’re born. Fed, sheltered, even educated—every need of theirs is met.
The only price they pay is their free will.
Groomed since childhood to take on a role she’s not even sure she wants, Ryla’s only escape from the pressures of duty is her sister, Alanna. But when her eyes are opened to the oppressive regime her father built, she begins to question everything she’s set to inherit—and finds herself at odds with her sister’s blind allegiance to their father.
Torn between loyalty to her family and the fight for freedom, Ryla must decide just how far she’s willing to go to make a stand and risk losing the person she loves most in the world: Alanna.
Firstly, although this is a dystopian it is viewed from a different perspective. Everything looks all cozy and cuddly to the people in the government, namely the President’s daughters, Ryla and Alanna. Seeing this from a new view really made it fresh and exciting and the plot just flew by!
Both sisters have completely different stories and Polaris Uprising tells both of them side by side. The plot is about the sisters and how they each handle the stresses that are being thrown at them. And both come out completely different people in the end.
I was absolutely loving the characters. So much so that I swear my heart was palpitating through most of this book. It starts when Ryla meets Tyler and the anticipation and fear does nothing but ratchet itself up and up and up until the end! So much so that I kept wanting to sneak glances to see what was going to happen. And all of the characters in this really have pivotal roles, even the side characters are quite important and it was fabulous to get a feel of everyone that led to a great plot.
As information is revealed, and as a reader I was figuring out and seeing one of the sisters starting to put information together, the real dystopian part of this starts to come through. At first it didn’t seem so dystopian but it’s the best kind of horror, the kind that slowly sneaks up on you! The twists in this are what really got me. I loved that this was so different from the normal dystopian perspective, plus having the two sister’s points of view, but the plot was just fabulous. Seriously had me on the edge of my seat the entire time!
There is QUITE the cliff hanger in this baby! But I didn’t even care. I need a breather from all of the anxiety this story gave me, some more chocolate and coffee, and then I want the next book… like ASAP!
This is a fabulous YA dystopian. Best of 2014!