SciFi Book Review: Renegade

Renegade by J.A. Souders

Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s believed that everything is perfect. Her world. Her people. The Law.

But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into Elysium’s secluded little world, Evelyn comes to a startling realization: Everything she knows is a lie.

Evelyn (Evie) is a complex and tortured young woman. Her missing memories cause her confusion and grief. And through her haze, she doesn’t realize what has been happening to her until she meets a Surface Dweller named Gavin. Souders’ underwater world is a fascinating place, full of mystery and lies. It’s enchanting, but deadly.

Dystopia fans should definitely check out this first installment in a unique and inspired trilogy. Meshing science fiction and YA romance, Renegade is a pulse-pounding, adventure with plenty of thrills and chills. Nearly impossible to put down, the dark setting with mystery and intrigue makes for a captivating read. The suspense builds to a climactic yet satisfying ending that will leave readers pining for the next in the series.

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