Claysoot, boys become men at age fifteen, but women rule the town.All men are heisted, vanishing into thin air
at midnight on their eighteenth birthday.No man has ever escaped a Heisting.Those that try come back burnt and unrecognizable if they flee over the
Wall that surrounds Claysoot.The town
holds an elaborate banquet and remembrance ceremony on each man’s eighteenth
birthday so that friends and family and say goodbye.
is devastated when his brother, Blaine, is heisted on his eighteenth birthday. He discovers a secret about he and his brother
that makes him determined to avoid his own heisting.
goes over the Wall to find answers and is followed by Emma Link, who he
secretly loves. They find themselves in
the city of Taem when rescued by members of The Franconian Order, the army that
governs the city. When Gray and Emma
doubt the true intentions of the Order and its leader, Frank, they are
manages to escape and goes in search of the rebels that The Franconian Order is
trying to wipe out. What he discovers
about Claysoot, its beginnings, the rebels, and The Franconian Order cause him
to doubt everything he has been raised to believe. This
debut novel by Erin Bowman grabbed me from the start. I had previously read several chapters as
they were revealed on a blog tour, which compelled me to buy the book when it
was published. The concept of boys
disappearing at the stroke of midnight on their eighteen birthdays I found
Bowman’s world building was amazing! The
people of Claysoot are very primitive and do not have ordinary things like
cars, photos, guns, and glasses. To read
descriptions of new things as seen through Gray’s eyes was like playing a
guessing game. The way Taem is portrayed
feels similar to a futuristic type city like the capital in The Hunger Games.
are a number of surprises, twists, and turns that I was not expecting and a
love triangle! Readers, get ready for a
great ride! The sequel, Frozen, comes out on April 14,
2014! I give this book 4 out of 5 fleur
de lis and recommend it for high school and public libraries.