Um...I loved these.
In all their Cinderellesque, soppy glory;
- I think it helped a grrreat deal that I didn't expect bulletproof social commentary, or a break from YA character stereotypes (and I found neither). I wanted some easy-read escapism, and I got it.
- The dystopian world is painted quickly, the dialogue is far-fetched, and the premise isn't new...but it is so easy to eat it up!
- If you like the idea of a reality TV show (The Bachelor) starring a heroine voice for a subjugated people (Esther) combined with some repressed royal attraction (Reign), you might just eat it up too.
- I could loosely link the books to The Hunger Games as well, but the commonalities lie in the dystopia and the love story, not the action: there is no fight to the death here. Suffice to say, there is very little action (although there is a weeee bit).
- Thankfully, the sensuality is kept to a steady simmer. This is not to say I'd slide this book across the desk to a 12-year-old student, but it is to say that there is no sleeping around (it is outlawed in the novel's society, in fact). There is a lot of yearning and longing, however.
- The language is kept clean too.
- I liked the protag!
- I read the series back to back over the course of about a week and was thoroughly entertained. Sue me.
- My library has these as e-books available for loan -- worth a look at your library if the stack copies have holds.
- There are also a bunch of novellas in this series.