Tuesday, February 26, 2019
The Rule of One by Ashely Saunders and Leslie Saunders
In their world, telling the truth has become the most dangerous crime of all.
In the near-future United States, a one-child policy is ruthlessly enforced. Everyone follows the Rule of One. But Ava Goodwin, daughter of the head of the Texas Family Planning Division, has a secret—one her mother died to keep and her father has helped to hide for her entire life.
She has an identical twin sister, Mira.
For eighteen years Ava and Mira have lived as one, trading places day after day, maintaining an interchangeable existence down to the most telling detail. But when their charade is exposed, their worst nightmare begins. Now they must leave behind the father they love and fight for their lives.
Branded as traitors, hunted as fugitives, and pushed to discover just how far they’ll go in order to stay alive, Ava and Mira rush headlong into a terrifying unknown.
(Synopsis from Goodreads).
Recently, I found out that Kindle Unlimited has a feature that also lets the user listen to audiobooks of select titles on Audible for no additional cost. I thought that this would be a great way to get through my existing TBR, so I've been trying to utilize it. The first book I chose to read this way was The Rule of One. I thought that the book was okay.
My main issue with The Rule of One was that it dragged in spots. I think that it could have been about 50 pages shorter, and still been a great book. It seemed like there was a lot of filler in the middle of the book. It made the book quite boring to listen to at times, and made it so that the full connection with the characters that I look forward to in every book I read just wasn't there.
Other than that, I did enjoy The Rule of One. I like the way the plot was written. It reminded me of a book that I read when I was a child by Margaret Peterson Haddix, which brought backa lot of welcome nostalgia. Even though the book brought back nostalgia, it had it's own unique spin on the one child storyline as well. I really liked the tropes that it implemented. I also liked the fact that there was no romance in the book whatsoever. That was very refreshing to see in a young adult novel. I wish more books would do that.
Other than a few issues with the pacing, I really did enjoy reading The Rule of One. I'm looking forward to reading the second book in the series, The Rule of Many, especially after that crazy abrupt ending of the first book. I was shocked at the cliffhanger in the end, and need to know what happens next. I plan on picking up the next book as soon as I can.
I give The Rule of One: 3.5/5.
Want to know more about the authors?
Ashley Saunders' Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17895699.Ashley_Saunders
Leslie Saunders' Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17322186.Leslie_Saunders
I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.