The world has turned to ice. Only a chosen few survived the cleansing floods engulfed the earth, leaving people stranded in a cold, ice covered world. The Lex is clear about what happened, and how society should be run to prevent such a catastrophe from occurring again. Societal roles are clearly defined, and rules are strictly enforced.
Eva has just lost her twin brother. He was suppose to leave for the testing to prove his worthiness to become the next Argon. She puts her name forward in his memory. There is some surprise and disproval. Women do not usually test, it is not forbidden, but it hasn't happened in over 150 years. The testing is rigorous, and there are always some that do not survive. Will Eva be capable of surviving the testing?
I liked that part of the test in digging in the ice for artifacts from before the floods. When they find an artifact they have to research their object and explain how it was part of the downfall of society. Finding a unique item or one that is considered one of the worst of the old society is key to gaining social standing.
I received a copy from Soho Press* which was exciting because the book looked promising. It was a unique dystopian tale. I wish it moved a little faster. I also wanted more information about some things, but as it is the first book in a series, I think that information will come in later books. It was an easy read, and has the potential to be a decent series.
If you like dystopian tales you should give this one a try.
* Soho Press does not require a review or stipulate what kind of review should be given if you are inclined to review the book. It was simply part of a promotional event for their book. Winning this book does not change my review. It merely provides me with a book I might not have heard about or gotten to as soon.