By Bethany Hagen
Penguin Group, 2014. 385 pgs. Young adult.
The recent theme of the world, post-apocalypse, needing ranks and almost becoming historical again in mansions, balls, and regency like manners is used in this book to create a struggle for a teen debutante. Madeline Landry belongs to a family that is looked as royalty and she loves her easy, rich, and socially fulfilled life. She meets a handsome guy, that although a part of her world, shows her the less fortunate and her loyalties are questioned. She wants to help those dying in the poor cities outside of her perfectly manicured home and as rebellion grows, has to make a choice.
I really liked the main characters in this teen book. I thought they were unique and they had some depth to them. I was really interested in the story line because in this dystopian like book, there are still those who have money and leave the dangerous work to people of a lower rank. I liked the blend of the fantasy that made it feel like a historical fiction.