Title: Edge Of Truth
Author: Natasha Hanova
Publication Date: June 6th 2013
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Citizens who report to work on time, obey the Overlord’s laws, and stay off the Synbot’s radar, live long lives. Long, dull, monotonous lives.
It’s not a bad plan for someone with a hidden, emotion-based ability to trigger earthquakes. In a world pitted against her, sixteen-year-old Rena Moon strives for a life beyond working herself to death at the factory. Seeing an alternative, she risks selling relics from the forbidden lands at Market. It becomes the worst decision she ever made. Someone kidnaps her best friend in exchange for the one thing that would end her oppression.
Driven by loyalty, Rena and seventeen-year-old Nevan Jelani, soulful composer, green thumb extraordinaire, and the secret love of her life, plot to rescue her friend and reclaim her salvage. Still, the thought lingers whether Nevan is a true hero or another thief waiting for his chance at her loot. Events spin wildly, deepening Rena’s suspicions and pushing her limit of control. With more than her chance for freedom at stake, she must decide if she’s willing to kill to protect what’s precious to her. For once, the Overlord isn’t holding all the power, but can Rena live with being reduced to what she’s trying so hard to escape?
I didn't expect to like this book as much as I thought. Edge Of Truth was different than some other dystopian books out there, in this book, it had a bit of paranormal twist in it.
The main character Rena is a 16-year-old girl who is one of the "Others". She keeps it a secret because if the government found out, they would take her, as well as other "Others" out there. I can related to her in some ways, but to be honest, she was a bit weak for my liking. I ended up liking her best friend, Blaze, better than her. Rena is strong in some ways, like dealing with the death of her mother and now dealing with the new woman that has gotten into her dad's arms. I could feel her annoyance towards the fact that her mother just died and her father is already moving on with another woman. But to take her mind of her family problems, she has a secret crush on Nevan, a boy who is quite famous towards the girls.
Nevan is pretty protective over Rena. When we first meet him, he seems quite and very secretive. But when we get deeper into the story, we get to know more about Nevan as he begans to open up more towards Rena.
The only thing that I thought was missing from the story was that there were parts that were really confusing to understand, and there were a few questions left answered. Like, why are there "Others"? It doesn't seem genetic, but there were no reasons. And why did the Government take the "Others" away? What harm could they do? Those were the questions that I wanted the answers for while I was reading the book. But other than that, I like the plot, the characters and the mystery of the caves and the artifacts hidden within the caves.
Natasha Hanova is an award-winning author of young adult and adult dark fantasy/paranormal fiction. Her short stories are published in Undead Tales 2, October Nightmares and Dreams, and Once Upon a Christmas. She is a member of Novel Clique, YALitChat, and an Affiliate member of the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc. She lives in Kansas with her wonderful husband, twin boys, and daughter.