My edition: hardcover (own)
Rating: 3.5 stars
Not all are free.
Not all are equal.
Not all will be saved.
One world belongs to the Equals aristocrats with magical gifts- and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.
A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.
Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?
A boy dreams of revolution.
Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.
And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.
He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate-or destroy?
I have been seeing this book around on Goodreads. This having several mixed reviews, I was skeptical, but thought better of it. When I went up to Barnes & Noble I saw this and just had to have it. Along with six other books.
As the story begins, we learn that in England, commoners must give ten years to servitude or better known as slavedays. The aristocrats or better known as Equals are set apart from commoners due to Skill. Equals pass skill by blood. Therefor Equals only marry other Equals. There are times when an Equal will socialize with a commoner but there is no marriage between Equals and commoners that we know. Equals are pretty much like royalty.
Abi has tried to keep her family together by applying to serve an Equal family at the Equals estate. When it comes time to go they find out that not all are going to the Equal’s house. Luke, Abi’s sixteen year old brother, will have to got to Millmoor, a slavetown, to work in the factory. While at the Equal’s estate Abi must work with the middle son Jenner, while her little sister is to look after the eldest son’s daughter who was born to a slave girl. Even though her father and mother are there, they aren’t mentioned much. Abi feels as if she gets Jenner’s trust and affection he can help her out with getting Luke to Kyneston. Luke meets a girl named Renie on the first day he is in Millmoor. He starts a friendship/partnership with Renie to help people throughout Millmoor. Luke realizes that he can make more of a difference at Millmoor.
So, I’m still mulling over what has actually happened in this book. I feel Luke’s story was more thoughtfully processed than Abi’s. I really didn’t feel like there was much to Abi’s story about Abi herself. It seemed her P.O.V. was mostly to update on what was going on at Kyneston than Abi’s story. I didn’t even really get if Abi had any feelings for Jenner. I feel as if James would have left out Bouda’s P.O.V. and been able to develop Abi’s story a little further then I would have been able to buy it. Now Luke’s side I was fully interested in. I actually feel as if James should have made the whole book about Luke instead. His story is probably the only reason I kept reading. If this didn’t have Luke I would have probably DNF. I mostly just wanted to only read Luke’s parts and skip the rest but I didn’t. I forced myself to read them. It seemed with Luke’s side I was getting answers and every other P.O.V. I was getting more questions on what’s happening.
This is a good story. Would have been better in my eyes if some parts were a little more developed. The ending caught me by total surprise. Once the Proposal Ball hit everything started to move fast and get really good. TO BAD IT WAS THE DAMN ENDING!!! I will be getting the second book. Well when it comes out of course.