Series: The Lone City #1
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Good Reads Rating: 3.85 Stars
Genre: YA Dystopia
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Good Reads Summary:
The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.
Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.
Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence… and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.
“Do I hear two million?” the auctioneer asks.
The diamond scepter is raised immediately. Then the rose. Then the scepter. My heart slams against my ribs, the rush of my blood roaring in my ears. Could I really be sold to the Electress? It seems foolish that I’d never considered it—I guess I’d always figured the Electress would go for Lot 200. Why go for fourth best when you can have first?”
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*Quotation taken from ARC, and is therefore subject to change in the final copy