Terrified of the contamination and the creatures it has created, humanity hides behind The Wall. No one knows what lies beyond the wasteland. Maya has never thought much about what might still be out there, lurking in the forgotten places. But when she’s thrust into the unknown, she is forced to question everything she has ever been told. Not everyone outside died, some of them became something… else. As her heart is torn in two, every choice she makes is harder than the last. What she discovers will change her forever. She knows she will probably die, but Maya has seen enough of death and she won’t let it have her without a fight.
The cage of lies encases them and only the truth can set them free.
Maya is an orphan. She lives all alone in an apartment in ‘The Wall.’ After a huge tragedy(man made) everyone still alive lives there. The outside world is contaminated, the humans that are left outside are more animal like. There are systems in place for all inside ‘The Wall’ to be taken care of, “For the greater good of the population.” Or so she was always taught….
Maya’s best friend Taylor wakes her up one morning really excited. They get to go out there…. Outside ‘The Wall’ to do research to find out if the land is contaminated for expansions for the city. Of course they found leftover food, photos, some clothing and other family items. They also see parts of dead trees for the first time. Aaaaaaaaand a tree swing!!! Who hasn’t played on one of those? Well, Maya pushes Taylor and doesn’t realize she needs to move until its too late. She’s hit by him and the swing, thrown backwards, cracking her mask(part of the mandatory protective suit). I have to admit, I laughed really hard here!
At first things seem fine, then they’re not! Taylor did what he thought was the right thing. It ended up sending him and Maya to ‘SubWar’. Just for the record, I would have taken my chances with the contaminations over that!! SubWar is where they send their inmates. Instead of housing and feeding prisoners they send them to kill each other. Like here you would get a couple years for certain crimes, there you would get a certain amount of battles to live through in order to be released. Lesser crimes get ‘Messenger’ titles (that was Maya and Taylor). That still doesn’t keep you safe though…
JUST BECAUSE IM TELLING YOU ALL THIS DOES NOT YOU CAN SKIP THE BOOK!!!! I AM NOT DOING IT JUSTICE AT ALL!!!!
Anywho… Laurie(a Warden) trains them and one other SubWar messenger. She becomes their friend though, and helps them out a lot. After getting lost in the middle of battle Maya and Taylor go looking for Laure. When they find her Taylor is grazed with a bullet and knocked out, here we meet Coal. He saved their lives (all three) and helps them escape into the forest back to his town.
YES!!! There is an outside world! With trees, and grass, and no contaminations! And apparently good looking, strong men and women. But few families. They only way they can get Taylor medical attention is by agreeing to go on a crazy mission to an old bunker for information. What do you think? Of course they went! Along with Coal’s sister, Alicia, and best friend Hunter.
They get into a whole lotta tough spots! From fighting with coyotes, to the Creepers(the humans more like animals) and have a blast completing the mission. Okay, so maybe not a blast, but Maya and Coal finally admit their feeling for each other!! After the mission is complete, we find out HUGE news! Maya may not be an orphan after all….
Did I give away too much? I hope not! I absolutely LOVED this book and trust me, you will too! Its kind of a cross between The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Island(recently reviewed this series). Then again, its nothing like them! Its hard for me to explain, but you will love it!
Susanne Valenti is such a great storyteller, you will forget your reading a book at all. She has an amazing imagination, and knows how to put it to paper! If ya don’t believe me ask my husband, I’ve stayed up until I couldn’t see straight because I just could not put it down!
AND…There’s going to be more? I cannot wait for the next book. I’m not tryin to be rude, but I sure hope your a fast writer 😀 If not, I’ll be reading Chained a few times!