She has no name.
She has her knives; her training; her halo.
The first and second give her the tools and the skill to defeat the opponents she is pitched against each month. The third frees her from pain and fear. From any kind of emotion at all. Everything is as it should be. Everything is as it should be, until…
When a newly-named Kit escapes the Sanctuary after killing her best friend, the last thing she needs is another knife in her hand. Or Ryka, the damaged, beautiful blonde boy, who she refuses to let save her. Still learning how to process the onslaught of her new feelings, the sights and sounds of Freetown are overwhelming and strange. There are a hundred differences between her old home and her new one, but one thing remains starkly similar: the matches. Yet where the blood in the Sanctuary landed only on the colosseum floor, Kit will quickly learn that a river of red runs through Freetown’s very streets.
Freed from the oppression of a society who stole her right to feel, the true horror of her old life leaves Kit wondering if she really has been freed at all. Would she be better off without the crippling horror of all the blood on her hands, or is the love of one boy worth living through all the pain?
Raksha is the call of the dead. The rumbling chant for fresh blood from the other side, the demand for sacrifice. The colosseum is behind Kit. The fighting pits await.
You have been called to the fights.
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The book starts out fast paced and adopts a steady pace throughout but is interesting from cover to cover (okay, I read an eBook.. so there were technically no covers.. but you get the point!) The world the author set up was cruel and I found myself angry throughout for what they do to the Falin. No, really, there was genuine anger involved.
I. Love. The. Characters. Like I said before, I grew attached to Asha in the first few pages. And Ryka..... ooh, some of the things he said and did....
As for Kit... you know I love me some bad-ass heroines. They are the BEST.
Getting back to the whole cruel Government. This book is definitely not for the squeamish. It is for readers who can handle some heartache and some gore. There were some pretty harsh elements in the book, so no cookie cutter love story for the adoring fan-girls This shit was hardcore. I mean, my emotions were everywhere, but you know what? I freaking loved it. And I cannot wait for the next book. There is so much left that needs to be explained! O: I do not have all the answers! D:
(also, bonus points for sarcastic humor, epic fights, and endearing characters <3)
And a treat, since this trailer is AMAZING