*ARC provided by the author for an honest review*
Avant Nation takes place in a Dystopian future. The country has been divided into two nations that are at war with each other: Avantica and the LUD. In Avantica, technology and efficiency rule, and people’s lives are completely planned out. Everything from what they learn as they are “grown” in a lab type environment, where they work, and even when they die is planned for the good of the society as a whole and not the individual. People are classified by their dominant personality trait. Clara is a compassionate who dreams of being a doctor someday, but society has different plans for her. She is forced to make the most of being just a medical technician. She is just happy that she is not a defective even though that is how she feels at times because she doesn’t always agree with society, but speaking up could cause her many problems. So she puts her head down and does the work she is supposed to do. That is until a loved one goes missing.
Hawk, classified as a Rugged because of his athleticism, is a school friend of Clara’s who has been assigned to the military. He too struggles with thoughts that he could be defective, but he also has to keep these thoughts to himself until one day when he and Clara are thrown together on a secret mission to save Avantica. The two struggle with their secret thoughts of being defectives as well as their growing attraction to one another. Will Clara and Hawk put their own thoughts first or do what they can to save Avantica?
I could go on and on talking about this book, but there are so many plot details that I wouldn’t want to give away. I thought it was a fantastic book. It started off a little slow, but not in a boring way. It just took me awhile to get ahold of what the main conflict would be, but the details and the description of this future world were very interesting to read. The main character was easy to relate to, and I enjoyed seeing her struggle with her raw feelings compared to what she was taught to believe. I have to say that it was not a YA book that I would feel comfortable reading with my middle school kids because there were so many sexual references, but it would be a great book for older teenagers and adults.
I can’t wait to read book 2 and see what happens next in the Avant Nation.
Name: Avant Nation
Author: C.D. Verhoff
Paperback, 301 Pages
Publisher: Misty Moon Media
Release Date: March 19, 2015