I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Revealed by Jessica Hickam
Published by SparkPress on June 17, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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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.
Political intrigue. A nation on the brink of re-establishment. A secret organization. Kidnappings. Power to control the elements. Sounds fascinating, right? Well, it had a lot of potential. And a very pretty cover. Lily Atwood is the daughter of one of the presidential candidates, which means that she is wealthy and privileged and shouldn’t have a care in the world. Unfortunately, she has been targeted by The Revealed, a secret organization who kidnaps 18 year olds, and they are never heard from again. Lily is being kept under house arrest until she turns 19, and guarded by her father’s top-notch security team. But somehow The Revealed keeps getting past security and they are taunting Lily with notes of her inevitable future kidnapping. Lily also keeps getting past security, at least briefly, in protest of being locked up. She figures there is nothing she can do to stop The Revealed from taking her, so she may as well have some fun. Lily came across as very immature – she made a lot of poor choices and was downright annoying at times. I liked her friend Rory a lot, though, and would’ve liked to have learned more about her. Cue the love interest – Kai. The son of her father’s political rival, Kai is a boy (known in the tabloids as being a wealthy playboy) that she has known since she was a child, but has hated since she overheard him making some really mean comments. Suddenly this boy that she doesn’t like or trust becomes someone she can’t get out of her head. Huh? This seemed underdeveloped and just didn’t work for me. The buildup to Lily’s kidnapping by the Revealed took too long, and then the rest of the book felt rushed. I wish we would’ve been given more details about what happened in the past. What happened to destroy most of the country? Does Kai have a backstory that we need to know about? There was also a love triangle shaping up toward the end of the book that I felt was unnecessary. Having said all of that, I will read the next book in the series. This was an interesting enough premise that I am willing to give it another shot and hope for more details, more action, and less love triangle.