Saturday, April 3, 2021

Review: The Union (The Union #1) by T.H. Hernandez @TheresaHernandz

The Union

The Union #1

by T.H. Hernandez

Published: December 4, 2020

Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult, Science Fiction

Blurb:

After global warming and a second civil war devastated the former United States, two different societies rose from the ashes – the Union, a towering high-tech utopia, hugging the perimeter of the continent, and the devastated, untamed midsection known as the Ruins.

Seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor has an easy, privileged life in the Union. What she doesn’t have is any idea what to do with the rest of her life. She only knows she wants to do something meaningful, to make a difference in the lives of others.

When she’s kidnapped and taken into the Ruins as a pawn in a dispute involving her boyfriend, Bryce, her ideal world is turned upside down. What she learns while in the Ruins shakes her faith in everything she’s ever known, from Bryce, to her family, and even the Union itself.

Now Evan must choose whether to stay with Cyrus, the sexy, resourceful survivor who believes she’s in the Ruins for a reason, or return to the only life she’s ever known. But when she stumbles upon a dangerous plot that threatens both worlds, her decision could tear her apart.

The Union is a futuristic young adult romantic adventure.


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My Review:

Seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor has just finished high school and needs to get away for a while before she begins the next chapter in her life. Evan and her two best friends decide to go on a trip. Evan hopes that she can find out who she is and what she wants to do with her life on this trip.

Evan and her friends are at a restaurant when she has to go to the bathroom. On her way out Evan feels an arm slide around her waist. Evan tries to fight off her attackers I mean she gives it her all but before she can get away a hand with a cloth in it slams her in the face and the next thing she knows she wakes up in the Ruins.

Evan has lived her whole life inside the walls of the Union. The Union was created after the United States was devastated by a second civil war and global warming. After the war, everyone fled to the coast, and a new government was formed into what is now known as the Union.

Evan has lived a really good life in the Union with all her needs taken care of and never wanting for anything. Everyone in the Union has been taught all their lives that no one lives in the Ruins as no one could survive in a barren wasteland.

When Evan wakes up in the Ruins she soon learns that what she has been taught is all wrong as they are survivors in the Ruins. People who have lived there all their lives. People who were born in the Ruins.

After meeting some of the people who live in the Ruins and getting to know them especially this one guy Cyrus Evan has a tough choice to make. After she learns that someone is planning something that could prove to be disastrous for both worlds, the Union and the Ruins she has to decide if she wants to stay with her new friends in the Ruin or return to her friends and family in the Union.

I love dystopian worlds and once I picked up The Union I couldn’t put it down again until I had read the last page. I was drawn in from the beginning with a utopia world I don’t read many books set in a utopia world but I would like to. I would like to have known more about this utopia world and the dystopian world as well. I can’t wait to read more from this world. 

While I was reading The Union I could see it all in my head as if I was watching a movie. The writing was so descriptive that I could see the clean world of the Union and I could also see the barren wasteland of the Ruin. The world-building was some of the best writing I have ever seen or read.

I could just picture myself right there with all the characters looking over their shoulders or standing right beside them as if I was a part of their world. The characters just seem to come alive on the page and I felt as if I had known them all my life.

I would recommend The Union to anyone who is into dystopian, futurist stories with a little romance on the side. 


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