The Jewel

The Jewel - Amy Ewing Going into this, I had read the two "prequel" novellas, and was largely confused overall. Upon finishing this, I still had that pervasive confusion, but also had the total apathy to finish the series!

This book has been billed as Margaret Atwood's [b:The Handmaid's Tale|38447|The Handmaid's Tale|Margaret Atwood|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1473094781s/38447.jpg|1119185] meets [b:The Selection|10507293|The Selection (The Selection, #1)|Kiera Cass|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1322103400s/10507293.jpg|15413183]. Now, I've never read Margaret Atwood's book, but I have read [b:The Selection|10507293|The Selection (The Selection, #1)|Kiera Cass|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1322103400s/10507293.jpg|15413183], and this is NOTHING like that! There is no world building done, which adds to the confusion, and the young women have no choice in being put up for auction. I was mostly bored with the discussions about the Lone City and the Founding Houses.

Violet was a very whiney and wimpy heroine. I couldn't see one thing that made her strong and worthwhile like America or even Katniss Everdeen was! Her "romance" was trite and almost insta-love, and the characterization was very superficial overall.

This just didn't impress me. I have the follow up novellas, so I'll likely read those at some point, but I doubt very seriously if I will read the rest of the novels.