Cyra is the sister of a brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people.  Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power – something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies.  But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand:  she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe.  Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless.  Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his bother out alive – no matter what the cost.

Then Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world – and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable.  Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

In the two or three days it took me to finish this – I actually finished it yesterday – I was captivated.  Veronica Roth left a few cliffhangers in it, so I can’t wait for the next one.  I don’t want to wait.  I need more now.

That being said, I didn’t like the uneven distribution of the point of view.  It was divided between Akos and Cyra, but I feel like it was a little heavy on Cyra’s point of view.  That may have been because lot of the story had to do with Cyra and her brother, but Akos was right beside her for the majority of it.  I don’t understand why the chapters didn’t alternate between Akos and Cyra.

It was also kind of hard to tell the difference between the planets, cities, and countries.  Thuve is simple enough because it is a nation as well as the name of the planet.  But Shotet is a whole different concept.  At first, I was under the impression it was just a group of people, because Cyra’s brother Ryzek was fighting for it to be recognized as a nation.  So I was confused when Cyra referred to it as a country.  Maybe Roth can make it clearer in the later books.

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