Pierce and Harmony live in the Omni society, where classes are divided into four groups, Drudges, Geeks, Healers and Artists. Having been abandoned as a baby Pierce is left as a Drudge until he takes the aptitude test at 18, until he saves Harmony, an Artist counted as the top tier of society, twice in one night. Catipulted into the spotlight, Pierce has to make a choice as to which section he wants to live in, and though the choice is pretty clear, he still has to deal with Sports Artist Malice, and his jealousy for all things Pierce has, mainly Harmony.
Oh my goodness! I very much hope that there is a second book, and if there was then I definitely want to read it, well I need to read it! This dystopia crosses the line between young adult and adult in genre. Not because it has sex scenes (it doesn't really, there are a few scenes where Pierce and Harmony get close, and one attempted rape) but rather the language and the characters just seem older. Of course this could simply be the way that I have interpreted the book rather than an actual fact, but whatever it was I enjoyed it!
Most books in the genre seem to be first person narrative, but again this book broke that mould, it was third person narrative which gave both Pierce and Harmony more time to be developed. This helped because otherwise I think one of the two characters would have fallen a bit flat, but the third person narrative allowed them both to have well rounded and believable characters.
The dystopia itself wasn't quite as controlling as others that I have read, though that could be because the characters that were followed in the book were the elite that had the most privileges, and so would be less controlled. The one aspect that it did seem to touch a lot was in pairing and romance, hence how Malice became possessive and jealous around Harmony.
Malice (as his name suggests) was an extremely easy character to hate, similarly his brother Axis was just as easy to dislike, though more subtle in the way that he was hateable. Other secondary characters were well rounded. Pierce's friend, Hale, reacted in a very realistic way to the things that happened around him, and Harmony's sister, Caprice, was a typical starlet but she had a different side that showed through.
This book was exciting, with realistic and engaging characters, and is well worth a read!
About this author
websitePierce only wants a shot, a real shot, and not just the excuses he’s been handed his whole life. Harmony wants to escape her future, the future she fears will be chosen for her. After their chance meeting, they might get exactly what they want.
Since taking over the US government years earlier, the Omni party has created a perfect existence. From consorts to job assignments, every choice, every facet of life is under their control. Each citizen has a specific role in one of the four strata. Seventeen-year-old Pierce is a Drudge, the lowest social stratum in society. For over two years, he’s hoped—prayed—that his upcoming aptitude test will finally free him from his virtual slavery and give him a chance at a better existence. When he rescues Harmony, an Artist and member of the most successful stratum, at a publicity event for her latest movie, his life takes an unbelievable twist. With his gallant act and good looks, he becomes a media sensation. Every stratum in society seeks his membership for their publicity, but as he becomes closer to Harmony, Pierce realizes what fame in the all-seeing eye of Omni is truly like. His choices will not only affect him but Harmony as well. The life Pierce thought he wanted may not be worth the cost to either of them.