Tuesday, June 11, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Edge of Truth by Natasha Hanova

Citizens who report to work on time, obey the Overlord’s laws, and stay off the Synbot’s radar, live long lives. Long, dull, monotonous lives.
It’s not a bad plan for someone with a hidden, emotion-based ability to trigger earthquakes. In a world pitted against her, sixteen-year-old Rena Moon strives for a life beyond working herself to death at the factory. Seeing an alternative, she risks selling relics from the forbidden lands at Market. It becomes the worst decision she ever made. Someone kidnaps her best friend in exchange for the one thing that would end her oppression.
Driven by loyalty, Rena and seventeen-year-old Nevan Jelani, soulful composer, green thumb extraordinaire, and the secret love of her life, plot to rescue her friend and reclaim her salvage. Still, the thought lingers whether Nevan is a true hero or another thief waiting for his chance at her loot. Events spin wildly, deepening Rena’s suspicions and pushing her limit of control. With more than her chance for freedom at stake, she must decide if she’s willing to kill to protect what’s precious to her. For once, the Overlord isn’t holding all the power, but can Rena live with being reduced to what she’s trying so hard to escape?

Natasha Hanova is an award-winning author of young adult and adult dark fantasy/paranormal fiction. Her short stories are published in Undead Tales 2, October Nightmares and Dreams, and Once Upon a Christmas. She is a member of Novel Clique, YALitChat, and an Affiliate member of the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc. She lives in Kansas with her wonderful husband, twin boys, and daughter.

I really enjoy the Dystopian genre and was eager to read Edge of Truth. To start out, it was a bit slow for me.  I know sometimes world building, background story has to take place, but this took a little too long for me.  But, after so long, events transpired and the pace picked up and I found my interest piqued; ready to find out more of our heroine Rena.
As you know with dystopian societies, we always find that there is one person or one rule that suppresses the majority of the people.  Edge of Truth has this element and we see Rena trying her best to stay out of trouble and stay off the radar.  Obviously that doesn't always happen and when we meet her, she and her best friend Blaze are enjoying some stolen moments of watching Rena's crush...Nevan.  It's funny, because you know she is going to mess up...lo and behold, she is stopped by a Synbot (a robot with human looks) and within those few minutes we learn so much about Rena.  The secret she is hiding and what she does to alleviate her stress.  And what does she do to get rid of all the things she keeps pinned up inside?  She goes out beyond the barriers....and on this one day when she needed to escape, she and Blaze stumble upon a hidden treasure...
Oh the possibilities that Rena can imagine with being able to trade off the treasure she and Blaze found...yet you can see where this headed, right??? 
Young girls taking in old trinkets and items to trade for cash?? Bargaining with market vendors who do selling and trading for a living??
Yeah, it lands us right in to the heart of this story...on a day when it is meant for fun, Blaze goes missing and turns Rena's world upside down.  All she can do is think about finding her friend.  Set in her ways, stubborn and one track minded, she begins asking people around the Solstice....when an unseen ally appears...her crush Nevan.
This is when things really picked up for me.  The tension created by her friend's kidnapping kept me on my toes all the while watching the relationship of Rena and Nevan bud and blossom.
I'm not going to tell you how the story goes...you will have to pick this one up and experience it for yourself.  I will say that Edge of Truth is unique, with well developed characters that pull you in to their intriguing journey.  An imaginative, creative, action packed story that is a pleasure to read.

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