Thursday, June 1, 2017

ARC Review: The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson

The Sandcastle Empire
Author: Kayla Olson
Publication: HarperTeen (June 6, 2017)

Description: Before the war, Eden’s life was easy. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.

Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. And even though Eden has lost everything to them, she refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores.

Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves. But the solace is short-lived when one of Eden’s new friends goes missing. Braving the jungle in search of their lost ally, they quickly discover Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected.

This island might be deadlier than the world Eden left behind, but surviving it is the only thing that stands between her and freedom.

My Thoughts: This book tells the story of a girl named Eden who was once one of the privileged but is in an internment camp when the story begins. She has lost everyone she loved. She saw her boyfriend killed in front of her when the Wolfpack took over. She was separated from her father who was one of the most important engineers in the fight to develop habitats that would protect people from the rising polluted waters. She is convinced that her father is dead because the wolves gave her a vial containing his blood and teeth. She is determined to escape the camp and find her way to a sanctuary island that her father described in a fieldguide that is her only remaining possession from him.

She escapes with some other people from the camp and one young girl who is a disaffected wolf. They have harrowing adventures getting to the hidden island but then discover it is not what they thought it would be. The are joined by some young men who are part of the rebellion that is trying to overthrow the Wolfpack. They have still more adventures and learn that things are not as they seem and that they can't trust each other or themselves.

This is a dystopia. It is a science fiction story. It is also the story of trying to overthrow those in power when the odds are very much stacked against our heroes. It was an action packed story with all sorts of exciting episodes. The science was cool! I liked the underwater habitat that is being built. I found the mind control practiced by the Wolfpack to be extremely creepy. If there was a problem with the story, it was that I never did feel connected to Eden or any of the other characters.

Fans of science fiction adventure will enjoy this one. 
Favorite Quote:
It's the forgetting that's the hardest: those quiet, still moments just after waking, the blissful peace of a girl who never lost everything she ever loved.

It's the forgetting that's the hardest, because how could I forget?
I received this one for review from Edelweiss. You can buy your copy here.

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