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Tarnished (Perfected #2)
by Kate Jarvik Birch
Release Date: 2015
Summary from Goodreads:
Freedom comes at a cost…
Ella was genetically engineered to be the perfect pet—graceful, demure…and kept. In a daring move, she escaped her captivity and took refuge in Canada. But while she can think and act as she pleases, the life of a liberated pet is just as confining as the Congressman’s gilded cage. Her escape started a revolution, but she’s trapped, unable to get back to Penn—the boy she loves—or help the girls who need her.
Back in the United States, pets are turning up dead. With help from a very unexpected source, Ella slips deep into the dangerous black market, posing as a tarnished pet available to buy or sell. If she’s lucky, she’ll be able to rescue Penn and expose the truth about the breeding program. If she fails, Ella will pay not only with her life, but the lives of everyone she’s tried to save…
Tarnished caught me off guard. There is so much more going on than I had intially thought! It is so much more than just a story about human pets. It is about the struggle to be recognised and treated as equals, about friendship and love, sacrifice and shrugging off the cloak of naivety and waking up to the realisation that the world can be a really dark place where the majority of people prefer to turn a blind eye to atrocities as long as it doesn’t directly involve them or theirs.
I loved the political intrigue and Ella’s resilience and tenacity in the face of all the adversity and real danger they face. I did think she could be really naive and helpless which for the main character, I didn’t really admire; she hadn’t really grown as a character. Missy on the other hand is so selfless and brave and extremely patient with Ella that she became my favourite character and felt to me like the heroine .
Most of the characters were believable and developed and I couldn’t help but relate on a personal level with Missy and Ella. I found the plot to be creative, original and intriguing and I was riveted to the pages until the very end.
I recommend this for fans of dystopian novels.
Book One (Perfected):
Praise for Perfected:
“Compelling, imaginative, and unique. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!”
— Mary Lindsey, author of Shattered Souls
About the Author:
Kate Jarvik Birch is a visual artist, author, playwright, daydreamer, and professional procrastinator. As a child, she wanted to grow up to be either a unicorn or mermaid. Luckily, being a writer turned out to be just as magical. Her essays and short stories have been published in literary journals including Indiana Review and Saint Ann’s Review. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and three kids. To learn more visit www.katejarvikbirch.com
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