Okay, so let's get on to my review!!!
World of Shell and Bone by Adriana Ryan
First off, look at the stunning cover!
Totally gorgeous, right?
Summary: In a world ravaged by a nuclear holocaust, Vika Cannon knows there are no guarantees: no guarantees of safety, no guarantees that your neighbor is not actually a spy for the government, and no guarantees you'll be allowed to emigrate to a new life in China.
New Amana is dying. Food and water are scarce, and people suffering from radiation-caused mutations--the Nukeheads--are the new class of homeless.
Vika has just one purpose: to produce healthy progeny using a Husband assigned by the Match Clinic. Unhealthy children are carted away to Asylums to be experimented on, just as Vika's little sister Ceres was, eight years ago. Parents incapable of producing healthy progeny are put to death in gas chambers.
When she's assigned a Husband shortly after her twentieth birthday, Vika expects him to be complacent and obedient. But Shale Underwood has a secret. He is a member of the Radicals, the terrorist group intent on overthrowing the government. And Shale has information about Ceres.
As she learns more about the Rads's plan, Vika finds herself drawn to Shale in ways she'd never imagined. When freedom calls in the way of a healthy pregnancy, will she betray her government and risk death for Shale and Ceres? (from Amazon)
Okay, so if you've read Flawless Ruins by Kiera Nicolas, you'll think that this book is like it by the summary, but it's definitely not. This is a wonderful book that stands on it's own uniqueness. (I'm not saying that Flawless is a bad one; it's actually amazing as well.)
This novel is a great one for the "New Adult" section, which means you're an older "Young Adult." The characters are very believable, and you start to wonder whether this could happen.
Amana is an overcrowded place that was destroyed in a nuclear war. It's an unsettling place where the air is so filled with chemicals that it burns to breathe. It's where you have to watch what you say and do, because you have to treat everybody like they're going to turn you in for one reason or another, and nobody will believe that you're innocent. As a woman, you better be able to pass a ridiculous fitness or be extremely fertile, or you're "discarded." Any unhealthy or physically impaired children will be taken away, so you must also hope that that doesn't happen. But, then again, the citizens say "it's for the best." Oh, and love? Well, that's not what marriages are based upon. Men are solely called "Husbands," and are assigned to you. They should be obedient, cook, and clean. (That doesn't sound too bad, actually... loljk.) If you were lucky, you got to go to China, where there was plenty of room.
Vika never really questioned these things. And, looking from her point of view, it's understandable. Each new surprise in the novel will make sense to you. Also, the novel will explain everything, answering any questions you have while reading it, so no worries there. The characters are whole and convincing. The storyline and secrets will have you in their grasps for the entire novel. I honestly experienced no slow parts, and couldn't guess what was going to happen in the novel by the first few chapters. It was like an adventure; one that I am more than happy to have gotten to go on. This book had me emotionally involved and invested, wondering how everything was going to turn out.
In all honesty, what Vika is facing seems like what women our age (twenties) are facing: too many decisions and expectations to have everything together, your life all planned out. Everything seems fine until you hit that point, and wonder why you never thought to question your future or why nothing is going as planned anymore. (This is now coined as a "quarter-life crisis.") The novel will have you relating to Vika and the world around her, including her mother.
In Conclusion: In the end, I honestly am trying to review without giving any other little surprises away (like the names... you'll get it...), so I'm just going to say that this novel is wonderfully written, and it had me reading it nonstop. You'll realize how far one can go to right some wrongs, no matter how long it's been, and that maybe following everybody else's schedule and expectations aren't what is right for you.
I hope that you guys enjoy this novel even just a quarter of how much I did!
Recommendation: Just read it. Wherever and whenever. But, like, RIGHT NOW.