This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Silver Blackthorn #1
Published on July 1, 2014
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
In the village of Martindale, hundreds of miles north of the new English capital of Windsor, sixteen-year-old Silver Blackthorn takes the Reckoning. This coming-of-age test not only decides her place in society - Elite, Member, Inter or Trog - but also determines that Silver is to become an Offering for King Victor.
But these are uncertain times and no one really knows what happens to the teenagers who disappear into Windsor Castle. Is being an Offering the privilege everyone assumes it to be, or do the walls of the castle have something to hide?
Trapped in a maze of ancient corridors, Silver finds herself in a warped world of suspicion where it is difficult to know who to trust and who to fear. The one thing Silver does know is that she must find a way out . . .
Even though Dystopian novles have become quite popular these days, I have to say this genre isn’t something I would normally read. However, since I’ve watched few Dystopia novels turn movies, and I liked the movies (I didn’t read the books) I thought I would give it a go.
At age 16, each teens will have to take a test that will determine their place in the society. There are four levels: Elite, Member, Inter, and Trog. Then among these teens, they will also choose those who will become the “Offering”.
What people doesn’t know is the prestige title of “Offering” literally means scarifying. People who were chosen to go into the Windsor Castle are basically entertainment for the King. The King is moody and cruel, and the Offerings are treated like cattle. In order to survive is to not be noticed, and keeps your head down. However, the feast that is held by the end of each week, ensure very little to none of the Offerings would survive.
I don’t think the book explain what are the four levels stands for, just that Elite is the superior, where Trog stands the lowest. Silver is a Member, also an Offering. How the ‘test” determined isn’t clear, neither is how they picked the Offerings.
I didn’t think the cover of the book really fits the story, it gives an impression that Silver would be doing a lot of battling, which isn’t the case. I do see the similar theme in the Hunger Games, and Divergent. I thought the ending was the best part of the story, there were surprises and clever strategies involved. This book does keep you on edge, however can be a bit drag from time to time. At first the secondary characters were more like a background in the book, however they do become more involved towards the end of the book.
I found this book mostly predictable, not very original, and does shares similar theme, structure and concept with other Dystopian novels. I don’t think this book is for me, but fans of Dystopian novels with a strong female heroine might enjoy this book.