Review: Under Ground by Alice Rachel

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“My heart is an ocean of sorrows slowly drowning me, and I let it.”


Date Published: October 30, 2015

Published by:

ISBN: 9781507532898

Pages:  432

Status: Read on December 21-24, 2016

Rating: ★★★★


SUMMARY:

Love is a taboo, a mere fantasy— foreign, unreachable, and dangerous.

Raised in a society where women have no rights, seventeen-year-old Thia Clay holds little hope for a bright future. When her parents sell her into marriage to elite member William Fox, Thia slowly gives in to despair. William is nothing but a cruel, selfish young man with no other interest than to serve his own.

Born illegally and forced to hide from the authorities his entire life, nineteen-year-old Chi Richards is an active member of the Underground—a rebellious group seeking to overthrow the government.

Chi only has one goal—to rescue his parents from the work camp they were forced into.

Meeting Thia was never part of the plan, and neither was falling in love with her.

If caught in their forbidden relationship, Thia and Chi could face a death sentence, and when devastating secrets surface from Chi’s past, Thia has to rely on her instincts to make a choice that could save her or destroy her forever.

This edition contains two additional short stories.


REVIEW:

I received a free copy in exchange of an honest review, along with the novella, Losing Ground.

To start off, Under Ground showed a world wherein women were viewed as mere objects and after a war, women outnumbered men leading to women being replaceable. They were forcefully married to any men their family chose and if they were rejected by the man’s family, the woman was disown and cast off her place in the society.Our main character is a 17-year old Thia Clay who was forced to be married to a wealthy William Fox. Because of her loyalty and love to her family, Thia would do as she was told even if she doesn’t want anything to do with the marriage. William soon proved to be a cruel man who has no second thoughts about the feelings of Thia or any other woman he made contact with. Thia would often isolate herself in her room where she loves to write poems about the women rights in their society but this is considered a taboo that’s why she kept it all herself.

On one of the events in William’s school where Thia must show up to give her support and to publicly announced herself as William’s betrothed, she met a guy named Chi. They made a connection and a brief moment in one of the school’s ball, they met at a secluded area. Here, Thia learned about the imperfections of their so-called perfect society. She learned the cruelty of those in the higher hierarchy  and what happens to those who do not followed the laws. Chi also revealed that he’s an Unwanted, a second child born from an upper-middle class family who was only allowed to have one child. Chi is part of the Underground, a rebel group seeking to make people aware of injustice in their society. His only goal was to free his parents from the camp they were forced to work into after being caught. Thia joined the rebel group after the pre-nuptial night with William who tried to rape her and was saved by Chi on the last minute.

The book is pretty thick with over 400 pages but it is fast-paced and the story is interesting. It managed to successfully sparked the feminist side of mine because it’s so infuriating that women had to suffer just because they outnumbered the men. The main characters, Thia and Chi, are also interesting. Thia may be viewed as whiny but it’s understandable given her situation and I loved how she’s willing to sacrifice her freedom and be married to William for her family’s sake. I also loved how she developed to become a brave woman, though not so brave when they attacked the camp. Chi, on the other hand, is quite mysterious but he truly see Thia as who she really is and love her dearly.I also love that he respects Thia so much! Wow, I’d liked to have a Chi for myself please. But I do like to see more of their relationship in the next books because the ending of this book is a major cliffhanger.

Overall, it is a very interesting read for me. If you’re a fan of dystopian genre and forbidden loves, this is a good read for yah! The creativity, writing style, action, steamy romance, heart-aching family moments and revelations will hold you till the end.

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