Summary from pub:
In the village of Martindale, hundreds of miles north of the new English capital of Windsor, sixteen-year-old Silver Blackthorn takes the Reckoning. This coming-of- age test not only decides her place in society – Elite, Member, Inter or Trog – but also determines that Silver is to become an Offering for King Victor.
But these are uncertain times and no one really knows what happens to the teenagers who disappear into Windsor Castle. Is being an Offering the privilege everyone assumes it to be, or do the walls of the castle have something to hide?
Trapped in a maze of ancient corridors, Silver finds herself in a warped world of suspicion where it is difficult to know who to trust and who to fear. The one thing Silver does know is that she must find a way out.
I keep thinking dystopian is done. There are SO many dystopian young adult books, I should be sick of them by now, right? But I’m not because they are SO GOOD!
This isn’t just dystopian, it is also fantasy and has science fiction elements too. If you are a fan of any of those three things, you will probably adore this book.
Silver is a fantastic character. I adored her immediately. She is brilliant and uses that brilliance throughout the book, and not just for herself. She is also extremely kind and doesn’t discriminate against those of a lower class. She is also brave, not just in the big ways, but she is brave in small ways to help others.
The class issues in this book were fascinating and made it more than just another YA book. At first, the offerings, for the most part, stuck to the others in their class. Once they realize what their situation is, they realize they need each other, no matter how much they grew up with.
And their situation is quite disturbing. The King is a fantastic villain because you can picture a ruler like that. There is always more going on behind the scenes and that is also all really good.
This is one of my favorite reads of the year. It has everything I had hope for and more.