Release date: January 2nd 2018
Seventeen-year-old Serendipity “Pity” Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. She’s been offered a life of fame and fortune in Cessation, a glittering city where lawlessness is a way of life. But the price she pays for her freedom may be too great….
In this extraordinary debut from Lyndsay Ely, the West is once again wild after a Second Civil War fractures the U.S. into a broken, dangerous land. Pity’s struggle against the dark and twisted underbelly of a corrupt city will haunt you long after the final bullet is shot.
I love westerns so I was really excited for this futuristic throwback to the Old West. The world building of a dystopian wild west was really intriguing and I loved the characters, especially the main character of Pity. She was very badass and she showed a lot of growth through the book. The book was fast paced and impossible to put down.
Pity was tired of the way she was treated at home, abused by her father and seen as almost worthless by him and her brothers since she was a girl. She had only one friend and they had plans to escape together when her father announced his plans to marry Pity off. She met many great, interesting characters along her way to and in Cessation, along with plenty of action where she got to show off her skills as an excellent sharpshooter. She would be someone that anyone would want by their side during a gun fight. I loved seeing her learn to open up to trusting new people and struggle with huge decisions.
There were so many great characters that I found myself getting invested in and I wanted to know more about them. The more Pity got to know them, the more interesting the dynamics got. Some standouts were Max, the love interest; Finn, Pity’s best friend; and Selene, the city’s ruler.
The book was fast paced, as mentioned, and there was plenty of action. It didn’t take long to get lost in the pages and the politics and setting of Cessation reminded me a bit of the Capitol in the Hunger Games. There was a good balance between moments of friendship and lightness, and the ruthlessness expected from a western in a dystopian setting. This book has definitely made me excited to see what Lyndsay Ely comes out with next.
*I received a copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music in exchange for an honest review.