Title: The Jewel
Author: Amy Ewing
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Hardcover: 358 Pages
Stand Alone or Series: First book the Lone City Series
How did I get this book: Library
Why did I read this book: Honestly I just wanted to catch up on all the series I have missed out on in the last couple of years I had no expectations going into this book!
I could not get over the forbidden love! It was rare for YA in that it was a slow burning romance and the two characters connected on such a deep level! I wanted to scream at them for being so stupid sometimes but it made for one hell of an ending!!
The other surrogates were so interesting to read about. They were all treated in different ways depending on their owner. We didn't see them as often and that almost made them that much more compelling, my heartstrings pulled for them too.
There is a magic system in this book that is unique to the surrogates it isn't mentioned in the description and It really threw me off, at first it seemed really out of place but by the end of the books the plot begins to come together and the meaning of the magic system makes more sense. I think it would have blossomed so much better in a high fantasy and the reason behind the magic could have been explained in a few different ways. . . it is a cool magic system to read about it just isn't ideal for this novel. To it's credit I haven't read the whole series yet so more information may come to light that makes it make more sense.
Did I mention the ending!! OMG!! My jaw just dropped!!! The developments are wholly unexpected I loved it! I am so glad that I read this after the second books has come out becuase I cannot cope with waiting to read The White Rose for a whole year!
The un-originality is what really bumped this down to a 4 star book for me. The Jewel and The Lone City seemed too much like Panem and the Capitol from the Hunger Games Series. I am dying to get one Dystopian that is all together original. Maybe a dystopian future of another country . . . something other than the same old same old future of the United States. . . But really that is me just complaining about Dystopians in general and not this specific novel.
Great love story, dynamic characters, shocking twists! A winner if you can get over the cliche dystopian aspects.