Author: Caragh M. O'Brien
Recommendation: Must Read
Level: High School
Summary: Striking out into the wasteland with nothing but her baby sister, a handful of supplies, and a rumor to guide her, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone survives only to be captured by the people of Sylum, a dystopian society where women rule the men who drastically outnumber them, and a kiss is a crime. In order to see her sister again, Gaia must submit to their strict social code, but how can she deny her sense of justice, her curiosity, and everything in her heart that makes her whole?
Review: I really enjoyed the second edition to this trilogy. The plot line continues without interruption, and the characters continue to be developed. I think that most young adults and adults alike will enjoy this thrilling romance. The recommendation that I would give this novel is a PG13 for maturity and content because of the main character's, Gaia's, career as midwife. Early in the novel Gaia is approached by a pregnant teen who asks for help miscarrying. Gaia then goes through an internal debate over the topic. At the end of the novel, Gaia must also choose between saving a mother's life or the life of an unborn baby. These are such heavy topics for anyone under the age of 13. There is also another small scene (page 275) that is questionable in sexual content for young readers. I am excited to read the third!