Slave by Laura Frances
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
**** 4.5 Cranky Stars ****
Hannah is a worker in a post-apocalyptic world where there is no sun, no moon and only gray. In terms of hierarchy, workers are one step above the outcasts, but far below the Watchers.
Watchers police from every corner, wall and angle. Militant and armed, Watchers will enforce with brutal results - ones that Hannah and everybody else is only too aware.
When revolution happens, Hannah is unprepared. So too are the workers who have been conditioned to be invisible and accept their fate. They were banned from looking at their own reflection.
Freedom is in their grasp or at least the possibility of it, but it's dependent on overcoming trauma and working with people who they feared the most.
This was an interesting read. I finished it in one sitting. Frances has a way of moving the pace along and keep you turning pages.
With a cast of intriguing characters, history and mystery that unfolds adding depth to the story, Slave is a solid start to what should be an exciting series.
There are a couple of things I'd like to raise for consideration. Frances does an excellent job of exploring trauma and how people who have been traumatized act and/or behave. This is not one of those stories where the lead character suddenly overcomes their past and turns into the leader of the revolution.
Rather, Hannah exhibits behavior that, at times, can be frustrating. Given her background, however, I thought this was more realistic to someone who has been conditioned to be a worker-slave.
Personally, I believe Frances' lost some opportunities in the action department. Tension mounted and then deflated.
In saying that, I think the up close and personal scenes of confinement and terror were very good.
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