An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I can definitely see why this one's getting so much hype - it's essentially The Hunger Games in a setting that's closer in appearance, military, and technology to the ancient Roman Empire on which Panem was loosely based. This book has just about everything you can expect in a dystopian - an oppressed young woman, a young man who's stuck in the system, evil overlords, an evil Commandant (ugh, the Commandant.) It's pretty high up there with The Young Elites and Snow Like Ashes as one of the best fantasy dystopians of the last year or so.
Book 2...where are you?
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