I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Branded by Abi Ketner, Missy Kalicicki
on June 28, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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Also by this author: Hunted
Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best.
Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home.
Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain.
Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.
The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me.
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter.
My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.
Branded is a unique dystopian. I never would have thought to mix the deadly sins with a setting like this. Ketner and Kalicicki did a wonderful job.
I really like Lexi. She’s a girl who has no reason to want to live, but finds reasons to keep fighting for hope. She has so many things she’s fighting with what happened to her as a child. It’s heartbreaking, and I’m in complete awe that she still wants to find some kind of happiness. Cole is used to following orders. He finds it hard to think about those orders when he’s around Lexi. He’s definitely swoonworthy, and has to choose between what he thinks is right and wrong. Alyssa and Sutton are side characters that I adore. Alyssa made me feel so much joy at times. Sutton is a sweet man, and has genuine sincerity for those in the Hole.
Branded is fast paced novel. It seems like everything happens in a short span of time, but it’s actually over a few months. There was one part that reminded me a lot of a scene in Hunger Games, but otherwise the plot was unique. There were twists, and turns, and things I never saw coming. I’m excited to read more about Lexi and Cole.