Published by: Entangled Teen
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Beyond the fence. I am still alive. Barely.
My name is Ivy Westfall. I am sixteen years old and a traitor. Three months ago, I was forced to marry the president's son, Bishop Lattimer—as all daughters of the losing side of the war are sold off in marriage to the sons of the winners. But I was different. I had a mission-to kill Bishop.
Instead, I fell in love with him.
Now I am an outcast, left to survive the brutal savagery of the lands outside of civilization. Yet even out here, there is hope. There is life beyond the fence. But I can't outrun my past. For my actions have set off a treasonous chain of events in Westfall that will change all of our fates—especially Bishop's.
And this time, it is not enough to just survive...
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The first book, The Book of Ivy, was one of those books that stayed with me long after finishing. I knew when I completed it, there was so much more to this enchanting Dystopian read, and to my absolute satisfaction, The Revolution of Ivy was underway. When the publisher sent me an ARC I nearly broke my kindle ... I couldn't get to this highly anticipated sequel fast enough.
Often in a series, what starts out so promising and amazing, fizzles out in the sequel. But Ms. Engel delivers yet again in this action packed, follow up that exploded with twists and turns right up until the very end.
A Dystopian read is never an entirely happy one. It is riddled with what caused the original structure to crumble, those impacted and ultimately how to survive. We learn in The Book of Ivy how this world collapsed and the answer inside the wall was a very structured way to live where girls and boys are forced into arranged marriages and that's when we meet the presidents son, Bishop, and the enemy of the president, Ivy. These two are forced to marry but we learn through Bishop that you can't judge a boy by the name he carries.
Bishop was such a gentleman in The Book of Ivy. He decimated every pre-conceived notion Ivy had formulated in her head ... as it was poisoned by her father's hate. Ivy is charged with the task of killing her husband but when it comes down to it, love wins out and costs her a one way ticket to the other side of the wall where she's been told since she's had the capability of understanding, that no one survives on the other side.
In the Revolution of Ivy, not everyone does survive, but she does. This stunning sequel is about her survival and ultimate resolution. The only spoiler I'll give here is that Bishop arrives to save Ivy from what I perceive to be herself and her own doubts and fears. He is a rock, her rock, and my love only intensified for him in this sequel.
If you're a fan of Dystopian, treat yourself to this gem of a series. I loved The Revolution of Ivy!
About the Author, Amy Engel:
Amy Engel was born in Kansas and after a childhood spent bouncing among countries (Iran, Taiwan) and states (Kansas; California; Missouri; Washington, D.C.), she settled in Kansas City, Missouri, where she lives with her husband and two children. Before devoting herself full-time to motherhood and writing, she worked as a criminal defense attorney, which is not quite as exciting as it looks on television. When she has a free moment, she can usually be found reading, running, or shoe shopping.