Book Reviews

Tithe by Claire Vale

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 231
Series: The Offered #1
Genre: Dystopian, YA, Romance
Published: April 14, 2020
Rating: 3 stars


Pair up or be Tithed!

Two things are ever certain in Ironcross: the beasts outside the wall and the Tithe.

When Senna Rhys turns eighteen, she must go through the Tithe, a rite of passage to adulthood and a selection process that claims ten souls for the treaty with the wall. The unpaired are chosen first—securing the next generation to supply the Tithe is the foundation of Ironcross’ survival.

There’s Gabriel, the gorgeous boy next door with blue, blue eyes. He’s been my best friend since forever. He’s the keeper of my heart.

There’s Kane, arrogant and self-assured and darkly beautiful. He wants everything but my heart and has an irritating habit of catching me when I fall.

There’s Ironcross. The wall that keeps the beasts out. The fear that keeps us in. The Alders who rule with ruthless clarity.

Above all else, there’s the Tithe. The pact and sacrifice and pairings that bind our world.

Tithe is a post-apocalyptic romance and adventure with some disturbing themes set in a dark, dystopian world.


The story starts off with our heroine on her 18th birthday. Two days before the tithe. Ironcross is a small community that the first settlers walled themselves in when the plague devastated the world and left what is called ferocious beasts outside the wall. Then a family, the Alders, made a deal with the beasts. The Tithe in which ten people who just turned 18 will be sent to the wall. What that means isn’t really explained to the people. All they know is once it’s tithe year over the course of two weeks ten will be gone, never to be seen again.

To tell the truth, I have no idea how I feel about this book. I skimmed. I wasn’t totally invested in the characters. I can’t even tell if this was a love triangle or quadruple or more than four people. There really is too much going on with the whole partner situation. I’m still confused about what exactly the Tithe is.

The heroine started out with the right guy. The guy who was good for her, but I guess he’s the hero, makes a hard moral decision and it throws everything off balance. I don’t think I will go on with the series. I am just not interested in seeing what happens to those who have been tithed and those who haven’t.