Kristen here! It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I’ve been busy with edits and such for my book that comes out in October! So glad to be back.
It’s book Friday! Today I’m excited to review a wonderful book with a gorgeous cover!
Title: The Revealed
Author: Jessica Hickman
Genre: Young Adult
Lily Atwood lives in what used to be called Washington, D.C. Her father is one of the most powerful men in the world, having been a vital part of rebuilding and reuniting humanity after the war that killed over five billion people. Now he’s running to be one of its leaders.
But in the rediscovered peace on Earth, a new enemy has risen. They call themselves the Revealed – a powerful underground organization that has been kidnapping 18 year olds across the globe without reservation. No one knows why they are kidnapping these teens, but it’s clear something is different about these people. They can set fires with a snap of their fingers and create a wind strong enough to barrel over a tree with a flick of their wrist. No one has been able to stop them, and they have targeted Lily as their next victim.
But Lily has waited too long to break free from her father’s shadow to let some rebel organization just ruin everything. Not without a fight.
If you’re looking for a new type of dystopian book, The Revealed is your book. It was definitely different from the other YA dystopian books out there- The Hunger Games and Divergent. I have to say this story has more of a science fiction feel to it, along with the political, romance and supernatural elements added into the storyline to give it push beyond the typical dystopian story. And Hickman adds a twist with the powers, making me think of the X-Men and the inhumans from Agents of Shield. Who doesn’t want powers? I would love to fly or shapeshift into animas!! Or crawl on walls like Spiderman…
Ok…Truthfully, I’ve read this story twice- once last summer and again this summer. I forgot how this story draws you in and keeps you reading until the very end to find out the secrets behind the Revealed and why they target Lily. You want to find the answers to why 18-year-olds are disappearing and how their powers develop. What caused the war? Hickman does an awesome job at pulling the reader along until she addresses most questions during the second half of the book. Genius!
The characters were well written. We see Lilly’s desire for freedom and her struggles between her parents, The Revealed and especially Kai. I was unsure about Kai but he grows on you. He’s very mysterious and you don’t know if he’s a good guy or bad guy. Then there’s Rory. She’s Lily’s best friend and one of my favorite characters. She’s feisty, strong and makes anyone want to be her friend.
The story was imitative, suspenseful and filled with some surprises. Hickman’s writing style is flawless and amazing. The pages and the story leave you wanting more. I want to know what happens next but I guess that will be revealed in the second book. I can’t wait to read the next installment of The Revealed series and see where Hickman takes us next.
Should you read it? Yes! Jessica Hickman did a wonderful job with this debut novel. Bravo! If you can’t wait for the next Hunger Games movie or you’re craving some mutant action, read The Revealed.