Hey lovely readers!
Here’s a book review for you. Thanks to Skyscape and Amazon Publishing for the lovely physical ARC!
“In the near-future United States, a one-child policy is ruthlessly enforced. Everyone follows the Rule of One. But Ava Goodwin, daughter of the head of the Texas Family Planning Division, has a secret—one her mother died to keep and her father has helped to hide for her entire life. She has an identical twin sister, Mira.
For eighteen years Ava and Mira have lived as one, trading places day after day, maintaining an interchangeable existence down to the most telling detail. But when their charade is exposed, their worst nightmare begins. Now they must leave behind the father they love and fight for their lives. Branded as traitors, hunted as fugitives, and pushed to discover just how far they’ll go in order to stay alive, Ava and Mira rush headlong into a terrifying unknown.”
I absolutely loved the idea for this book, it’s about identical twin sisters and written by identical twin sisters. That just sounds awesome.
Ava and Mira are very closer, because they absolutely must be. They live in a world with a one child rule, so they must pretend to be one single person every single day. I thought this idea was so fascinating, because this means neither of them can really be their own person. I found this book to be an incredibly unique YA dystopian, because its sole focus is on these two sisters. Their relationship is examined so thoroughly.
A large theme of the book is the lack of individuality between the girls. It’s a constant battle of who are we. Which parts of their combined lives belongs to Ava and which belongs to Mira? Who are they really? There’s such an intense and interesting mix of feelings between the sisters. They love each other so much and they want to keep each other safe, butt there is also anger and resentment. If one of them hadn’t been born, the other could have had a normal life. Admittedly we all get a little jealous of our siblings or friends, but what must it be like for these two girls. They’re each other’s best friends, the person they care most about in the world, but their very existence puts the other in constant danger. And the other surprising fact about this book, no romance anywhere. I love a good romance (obviously, haha) but I loved that this book was just about these two girls.
I will say that some of the tropes and twists were a bit predictable. I imagine that’s because I’ve read pretty much every other YA dystopian there is haha. I think anyone who loves a good dystopian book will love this and I’m so excited for book number two.
Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! ❤ Adrianna
*Cover and synopsis from Goodreads