Ivy Westfall is beyond the fence and she is alone. Abandoned by her family and separated from Bishop Lattimer, Ivy must find a way to survive on her own in a land filled with countless dangers, both human and natural. She has traded a more civilized type of cruelty–forced marriages and murder plots–for the bare-knuckled brutality required to survive outside Westfall’s borders.
But there is hope beyond the fence, as well. And when Bishop reappears in Ivy’s life, she must decide if returning to Westfall to take a final stand for what she believes is right is worth losing everything she’s fought for.
*I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Ivy has been cast out of Westfall, and now the real hardship starts, trying to survive. The outside is hard, but I have to admit she’s not as bad it as I was expecting. When she meets some new friends, things are definitely looking up. She has started a new life, one of mostly hunting, but most importantly she’s not alone.
When she left Westfall, it was with a broken heart. Ivy loves Bishop, but the fact that he didn’t believe in her innocence hurt her. Now when he shows up, there is a lot of anger and confusion. She can’t believe he came after her. Though the guy is crazy about her, so not all that surprising. He’s such a great guy, not at all like his father.
While they are settling in their new life, Ivy’s thoughts often wander to Westfall. The family they left, the people they care about, and the town in general are on her mind. Decisions need to be made, and maybe they even need to return back home.
For a dystopian adventure novel, I was surprised how little fear I felt. Ivy’s circumstances aren’t ideal, but I never feared she wouldn’t make it. I mean people get killed here, and it felt almost cold. It’s all about survival, I just never felt that they were in real danger.
In the end I mostly loved Bishop and Ivy connecting again, though it takes a while. Ivy is stuck in her head with her emotions, and instead of talking about it, she shuts him out. It takes a lot of coaxing and patience from Bishop, to get her to open up again. These two are just adorable.
While not the most exciting dystopian romance novel, I did enjoy it. The focus was mostly on the characters, and the action took a back seat. This ending has left me with a satisfied feeling, and I’m glad for Bishop and Ivy, they could us the happiness in their life.
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