This book begins with narration by Juneau, a 17-year-old girl living in Alaska with a small group of fellow survivors of World War III. Or so she believes. Very early on, raiders take away all the villagers except for Juneau, who was out hunting, and she is determined to rescue them. She soon discovers that there was no war, and the rest of the world has continued on like before. Juneau doesn’t understand how and why she and all her peers were lied to their whole lives. But she is about to find out.
Enter Miles Blackwell, 18, a goof-off who has been suspended from school and now seeks to re-enter his father’s good graces by finding the girl – Juneau – that his father’s company is seeking. Miles doesn’t know why Juneau is being sought any more than Juneau knows why her life has been a lie, but over the course of the story we find out many of the answers, while Juneau and Miles find they have little choice but to learn to trust one another.
Evaluation: The premise is a bit unrealistic, but I would have responded more positively were it not for the inclusion of some mystical elements and the most frustrating non-ending cliffhanger I’ve encountered in ages. Nevertheless, the story is creative and has good suspense. However, I would strongly advise waiting to read this book without having access to the sequels.
Published by Harper Teen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2014