North to Nara (Crimson Sash Book 1) by Amanda Marin – Review by Jessica Ranslow
Since discovering dystopian themed story lines, I have read several. Although I love the idea of seeing how the author sees a potential future world or society, I don’t always find that the story holds up to my hopes or expectations. Amanda Marin did not disappoint in how she described and painted the literary picture of a society after the “Expulsions”.
Neve Hall admires the work of the civil servants, but she respects and admires the Sufferers the most. These are the servants who are chosen to take on all of the pain, suffering, anxiety, or fears of the others. When Neve’s assigned Sufferer is suddenly retired, Neve unintentionally witnesses the exchange and is bothered by the things she is beginning to see around the Nation. Each person is anonymously assigned a sufferer so when Neve then accidentally learns that her new Sufferer is Micah Ward, the Sufferer who she has seen showing a level of compassion that is unusual even for the empathetic servants, she is torn between admitting that the anonymity has been compromised and wanting to have an opportunity to be close to Micah.
As Neve and Micah grow closer, Neve becomes desperate to change Micah’s inevitable fate, but at what cost? How far with Neve go to protect Micah and fight for love?
This book grabbed me from the beginning and kept the pages turning long after I should have turned out the lights.