Published: 26th April 2017
Author: Laura Pritchard
In the times after the reformation, the leaders of the new world have created the perfect society. There is no exaggerated wealth or famishing poverty. There is no starvation or crime or disease. The citizens of the sectors are secure and well nourished, forever protected by the life the Monarchy have so gracefully afforded.
No one mentions the things that are lacking. Constance thinks about it often.
At the age of sixteen, Constance is snatched from her family in a twisted ceremony called ‘Removal.’ Forced to reside in the Citadel, the fortress of the Monarchy, she faces a brutal induction to evolve into a soldier of the Brigade; sworn peace keepers of the sectors. While she grapples with the feeling of revolution that rage in her mind, Constance is trained by Calloway, the guard with an elusive past who shadows her every move.
Remaining peaceful, however, is the last thing on the minds of the inhabitants of sector six. Uprisings and rebellions are common place with her own kinsfolk being injured and killed as a consequence. When the time comes, Constance must decide which side she will choose in a battle that will determine her future. It is a choice that she should never have to face; weighing her own life against the lives of those that she loves.
Think Hunger Games and Divergent mixed together to give you a starting point to how the world of Monarchy has been created and where things might go.
So as the eldest child in the family on her sixteenth year Constance is required to join the Brigade for the Monarchy as part of the Removal. She needs to be strong and not let them break her, something her father is adamant she does, first bit of advice he’s given her in years. She is to go to the Citadel to train to either become a peacekeeper, warrior, or another role within the Brigade if they aren’t strong enough, for the Monarchy and society. When taken from Sector 6 she is not alone, Annabeth is taken with her. At first she sees her as nothing more than weak from how she acted when the guards took them away. The longer she is with her though the more she sees that appearances can be deceiving as to be smart is as good a skill as being strong. Mental and physical strength is needed to survive but the whole idea of training is to break the new recruits so they can be molded into just the right way to be the perfect weapons of choice when or if the need arises.
The Monarchy felt the need to create the Brigade seemingly for the good of all people, not just themselves. The time before the reformation was bleak but now there is no poor/ wealth divide, no one going hungry, all are equal with what they have. Crime, disease and hunger plagued their society but things have changed. Nothing is ever quite as it seems though. They might not have those things but you just don’t want to mention what you don’t have – true freedom being on of those things.
When taken to the Citadel the training begins and it’s just as bad as they had been told. Their trainer Lex being the demon from hell, a complete hardass but needs to be so he can break them so they can become the soldiers he needs them to be. Each new recruit gets a guard (another Brigadier) to watch over their every move. They are your shadow, watching your every move, meant to intimidate you with barely a look. Everything they do is to break you, so to truly survive you need to be strong. But how much can you handle before your resolve snaps? New recruits need to stick together and they do (to start with anyway). That way they need to break the group of 15 not just one. Makes the Brigadiers job harder and your inner strength stronger. Not long before peoples characters start to change and they start to think of themselves alone.
Though Constance thinks of herself as alone, even with the others going through the same training, she feels a connection to her brigadier; one I think he feels too. She passes the training to become an armed guard, along with two others Daisy and Theo. It’s her brigadier who is now going to show them the ropes and she finally finds out his name, Cal. What they just went through was induction, now the real training begins and it only gets harder.
It seems Sector 3 (where Theo is from) and Sector 6 are starting to cause trouble for the Monarchy. The Brigade is soon going to be called in to stop it. Seems a rebellion is in the making and the new recruits are about to be thrown right into the middle of it.
Constance goes through a variety of emotions towards what she has had to become. Starts out hating the Monarchy with forcing her to become a member of the Brigade. Her views change as she starts to be viewed as a leader within the training programme. She wants to rebel but needs to learn what battles to push and when to hold her tongue as she may cause more trouble than help those that need it. They are made to believe that the Monarchy help to keep everyone alive but the more you learn you more you feel it’s more about control and experiments to play God. She needs to be careful of how many emotions she shows as dangers will soon find her. She may break and start to follow the rules but the more she learns about her new world the more she comes to resent it in different ways. She is made to do things she didn’t think she would be able too but needs to protect her friends. Theo, Daisy, Cal and her have created a unit, one that they strive to keep together but soon to be pulled apart.
You do get vibes from Hunger Games and Divergent within the story a bit but it’s still a good read with interesting characters that draw you into the world they are a part of.
4 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.