"My name is Maxton and I'm a trader."
"I live on a soulless planet where gravity, oxygen, and everything else are sold to the highest bidder on the black market. People are sold on the black market , too. You have to work really hard not to become one of those people. Pay your taxes, keep your friends and family close, and more than anything else - don't get caught by the Militia. But all the rules changed for me the day I found her."
"My name is Sophelia and I'm a stowaway."
"I've been a slave for almost as long as I can remember. Waiting for the one day, one second, for my proprietor to turn his head so I could run and never look back. Now I'm on the run. And on a planet where no one is on your side and people would turn you in for a good meal or a piece of silver, being on the run on Landu is the last place you want to be."
"I won't survive without him."
"I can't breathe without her."
I've never read any books by Shelly Crane before but when I saw the cover and read the blurb I knew I was jumping on this one head first regardless. I'm glad I did too because it was even better then I expected. The writing style, the plot and the characters were all really nicely done but the world building was brilliant. It was original and creative and I could tell that a lot of thought went into it, by all the little details that were accounted for.
The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because about midway through the story started getting bogged down with hot & heavy make out sessions and back & forth relationship angst issues between two of the main characters Sophelia and Maxton. Now I don't mind a little romance in a sci-fi/dystopian story if its done well but in this case I thought it was just way too much and it distracted from and overshadowed an otherwise really fantastic story line. Plus the characters are only 17 year old virgin teenagers so the whole hot and heavy, draw you a picture, make out sessions just weirded me out especially since I have a teenage son. I think those scenes should be reserved for more mature adult character roles and toned down a notch in a ya series.
All-in-all, I enjoyed the story, I think the series has a lot of potential and I'm definitely going to read the next book. I just hope though, that in book two, the author will let the incredible world and plot shine through and ditch the excessive unnecessary romance.
*I received this ARC from NetGalley & Red Coat PR in exchange for an honest review.