Review: The Union by T.H. Hernandez

Title: The Union (The Union Series #1)

Author: T.H. Hernandez

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

Number of Pages: 325

My Rating: 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in order for me to beta read the sequel. I liked it enough that I decided to write a review.

After global warming and a second civil war devastated the former United States, two different societies rose from the ashes – the Union, a towering high-tech utopia, hugging the perimeter of the continent, and the devastated, untamed midsection known as the Ruins.

Seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor has an easy, privileged life in the Union. What she doesn’t have is any idea what to do with the rest of her life. She only knows she wants to do something meaningful, to make a difference in the lives of others.

When she’s kidnapped and taken into the Ruins as a pawn in a dispute involving her boyfriend, Bryce, her ideal world is turned upside down. What she learns while in the Ruins shakes her faith in everything she’s ever known, from Bryce, to her family, and even the Union itself.

Now Evan must choose whether to stay with Cyrus, the sexy, resourceful survivor who believes she’s in the Ruins for a reason, or return to the only life she’s ever known. But when she stumbles upon a dangerous plot that threatens both worlds, her decision could tear her apart.

HOLY. CRAP.

I really enjoyed this. I like my dystopia with a little romance (surprise, surprise) and The Union satisfied this desire entirely. It has everything: action, adventure, political intrigue, hunky love interests.

Evan Taylor has always lived a sheltered life in the Union. She has family members high up in the government, and she’s still in the public eye after the revelation that her father is a famous rock star. Add a step father who works in the fashion industry into the mix, and you have (for lack of better terms) one spoiled girl. Not to say that Evan is snotty, but she is sheltered and pampered. She’s been told her entire life that there is no life in the Ruins. That all of the people that lived there were wiped out, and life is not sustainable.

She finds out that this isn’t true at all when she is kidnapped by men who claim to be using her as a pawn against her new boyfriend, Bryce. Evan begins to wonder why Bryce would be involved in anything that dangerous. While in the Ruins, she meets Cyrus, a boy who changes her entire outlook on life itself. It’s from him and his friends that she learns that maybe the Union, and the information that the Union feeds it’s people, isn’t everything that she thought it was.

The storyline really sucks you in, and you find yourself turning page after page. I really loved how much development that Evan’s character goes through. Like I said before, she starts out as this sheltered, naive city girl. By the end of the book, she’s hardened. She knows how to survive.

With great characters and an intriguing storyline, The Union is sure to draw you in and not let go. Without a doubt, I give this title five out of five stars.

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