First I want to thank the publisher for allowing me to read Branded through Netgalley!
Branded is not another dystopian YA novel. I loved the world that the authors have created. Imagine the end of our society, and a madman has taken over. He runs ‘The Hole’, a place where people who have been accused of committing sins is sent. There is no trial; no chance to plead your case- just one accusation and your life is an instant nightmare. The accused are branded, the color of your brand is dependent on the sin you are guilty of.
Lexi is one of these accused- ripped from her home and branded with blue, the color of lust. Finding herself in the hole, she must survive while being constantly guarded by Cole, who has been assigned to keep her alive.
Branded is a book with constant action. I enjoyed living as Lexi, a tough girl who survives when most would fail. Some of the decisions she and Cole make and get away with confused me, but I enjoyed the ending and understand why things happened the way they did. My only issue is the timeline. I have no idea how much time passed in this book. Months? It didn’t really say.
I was bummed that I couldn’t find a release date for book 2 and I really hope it will be written. Lexi and Cole have so much left to do, and I can’t wait to jump back in to their world!