Review: Amongst The Ruins – Saewod Tice
Eight clans now rule the land; their only purpose is to re-establish themselves amongst the survivors of the earth’s collapse. Breeding any, and every, woman is the only way this can ensured within each clan. Yet there are those who do not agree with this decree.
Shilo yearns to free herself of the stigma surrounding her origins. Her pale skin and hair set her apart from those around her, a fact that her mother does her best to keep from everyone else. Try as she might, she doesn’t quite understand as to why she must keep her differences hidden. Yet hide them, she must, for her family’s survival depends on it.
Traveling with a group of nomads who intend to find their own place within the world as they now know it, she and her family encounter hardships along the way – hardships that seem to follow their every wake no matter where they go.
Presented with the opportunity to better herself, Shilo decides to take the chance and train herself into becoming a soldier for the new clan that she and her family have inadvertently stepped into. A sudden attack throws her into the hands of another clan where women are nothing but a means for which to breed, something that she refuses to allow. Fighting for her life, she makes her escape at the cost of alienating her family. While this is not a choice she makes willingly, she knows that it’s the only way that she’ll ensure that they’ll remain safe from harm.
As she learns to assert and defend herself, she begins to make peace with who, and what, she is. Yet she can never forget those that have always meant the world to her. When she’s given the chance, albeit reluctantly, to reunite with her loved ones, she’s thrust into a decision that will completely change life as she knows it. While everything inside cries for her to reject what she must do, she knows that it’s the only way for her to obtain both her safety and that of her family. Even if it means that she must give up her freedom in order to achieve it.
This was such an amazing book. I loved every minute of it. Saewod is able to paint such a vivid picture that gives us a glimpse of what the world would be like if it were to completely collapse. While the ending was left in a cliffhanger, of sorts, it makes way for what’s next to come. I look forward to reading the next book in the series when the time comes.
Synopsis: In the year 2220, only about 15% of Earth’s population have survived and thrived after the Nuclear Disaster of 2020.
With the collapse of modern society, the population has regressed into eight clans.
Amongst these clans, an unusual girl grows from child to adult.
Raised on the run and in hiding, Shilo wants to be free of the expectations of women. But in a ruined world where anyone could be an enemy, only the radiation-twisted mutants are clearly identifiable. A fertile female is a precious treasure, and any lapse in caution can mean a loss of the freedom she longs for.
Training as hard as a soldier would, in order to free herself from social constraints, she finds herself faced with an offer from a new clan–an offer that provides her with what she desires. But her recently found independence brings discovery, and discovery brings two very different men from her past—and each of them is determined to claim her.
One is obsessed with owning her, the other desires her as the only person who can make him love again.
About The Author: Saewod Tice lives in Central Pennsylvania with her husband and two children. A self-proclaimed foul mouthed, book nerd who loves reading genres ranging from Young Adult to Horror to Erotica.
To escape the structured, methodical confines of her day job, she delves into her overzealous imagination producing dystopian worlds and romances. When not writing or spending time with her family, she embraces her Computer Geekdom through the internet. Including being a member of Writing.com, TextNovel writing forums, and RWC group.