by Hilary Thompson
Published by Self Published on January 15, 2014
Genres: Young Adult Science Fiction
Source: Blog Tour
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The people need Justice, but she's not listening. One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three cities. Now the community of Asphodel is trapped underground, waiting for the prophesied maiden of Justice to return and save them from their Fates. Sixteen-year-old Astrea is supposed to be this savior - too bad for them she isn't a believer. Trea fights against her false destiny: she rebels against her family and friends, then refuses her arranged marriage to the charming but deceitful Lexan. Learning her life is in danger, Trea is forced to trust Lexan - until she discovers a power she never knew she had, and one he already knew he did. As betrayal closes every door, Trea decides she must submit to her stars and accept her fate. Then a handsome stranger offers her an unexpected escape and the chance to create her own destiny.
I was drawn to Justice Buried first by the cover which is really eye catching. The synopsis also appealed to me because it had been a while since I read a Dystopian novel. I am so glad I took a chance on this book because Justice Buried is an exciting story!!
I have read a couple of Young Adult Dystopian novels and they all have the common theme – a society that appears perfect, young characters that rebel, and a love triangle. Justice Buried has all this but I found the story unique and creative. It did start out slow and at first I was confused with the description of the society, Asphodel. But as I continued to read I came to the realization that Asphodel is actually a future society that is built underground on Earth. We also learn that the society is designed around astronomy, which is easier to accept than most science fiction worlds. I think it would have been helpful if the author had included a brief prologue describing this Earth, that way readers would have had a smooth transition into the story.
Even though the story started slow I did love the characters of Justice Buried. Astrea (aka Trea) is 16-years-old and is believed to be the “savior” of Asphodel. Her entire future has been planned for her – who she will marry, what vocation (job) she will have, and that she has to save Asphodel. Of course this is a lot for anyone to deal with, especially a 16-year-old. So rather than go along with her “destiny” Trea fights it at any chance she gets. This is what I love about her. Trea may come across as a spoiled, unruly kid but really she is fighting the “perfect” society that she lives in. This society determines a person’s fate on their astrological symbol instead of what a person truly wants. Trea’s choices are taken away from her and she isn’t given a chance to learn who she is. All she knows is who she is supposed to be. Trea is a strong character which I always love seeing in Young Adult story.
I also really liked Lexan, the boy that Trea is arranged to be married to. Lexan is also part of the prophecy that will save Asphodel. Trea has always had a dislike for Lexan because she felt he was untrustworthy. As the story develops secrets are revealed and we see a different side of Lexan. Lexan is charming, loyal and heroic. So for the love triangle I am torn between Lexan and the mysterious stranger Stian. I can’t help but like both guys, which is always a good sign for me of a great writer! The author developed both these characters so well that it isn’t a clear cut decision of who is good or bad. There are so many twists to this story it kept me entertained and glued to the book. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
Justice Buried is an impressive debut for author Hilary Thompson. There are so many Young Adult Dystopian books to compete with and I think the author does a great job of standing out. Justice Buried has something everyone will enjoy – mystery, adventure and romance. I highly recommend this to fans of Young Adult!
Astrea – Sophie Turner, Sansa of Game of Thrones
Lexan – Toby Regbo, Prince Francis of Reign
Stian – Taylor Lautner, Jacob of Twilight series
In case you missed it I featured Justice Buried for last weeks Book Looks post. This is a weekly meme that combines a love of books with fashion:
The people of Justice Buried have started a society underground, called Asphodel. Right away I couldn’t help but think of the beautiful caves of Sedona, Arizona as the setting. The society may live underground but everything is built upon the beliefs of Astrology. Everyone’s jobs, clothing and mates are determined by a person zodiac sign. Each person is given a facial implant to showcase their zodiac sign. Astrea is the young heroine of this book and is destined to fulfill the prophecy – be the savior of Asphodel. Being the savior she has diamonds as her facial implants on her temples, which is why I found the picture of a model with crystal eye decorations.
This outfit is for Astrea’s Choosing Day – the ceremony which her family announces her mate. The shopkeeper selected a dress for Astrea based on her Aries sign:
The dress is exquisite. Brilliant veins of orange and red flow around me, catching the true fiery pigments of my hair. The light fabric envelops my body, showing off muscles I have recently developed and curves I never knew existed. A lower skirt of ash gray, sewn with thousands of tiny crystals, swirls beneath the ribbons of sheer red fabric, sparkling in competition with the diamonds in my cheek and lighting up my dark gray eyes. The neckline is low enough to cause me embarrassment, and the back dips as well, held in place by a dozen thin strands of crystal.
As soon as I saw this dress I knew it was perfect for Astrea! It isn’t red but it does remind me of flames, fire being the element for Aries. The shoes and accessories finish off the look.