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In a world of the far future, the great City of Indra has two faces: a beautiful paradise floating high in the sky, and a nightmare world of poverty carved beneath the surface of the Earth.
Lex grew up in an orphanage deep in the dark. But even as a child, she instinctively rebelled against her fate the time when she would be judged either useful to Society or forced to live among the mutations in Rock Bottom, the lowest level. When she is chosen to become an elite cadet of the Population Control Forces, only her fellow cadet Kane truly understands her longing for freedom.
Unknown to her, one girl secretly shares her defiance. Livia Cosmo, the Orphan Airess, may live on a sky island surrounded by wealth and privilege, but she is just as restricted as Lex. Rigid discipline governs her every movement, as she learns the art of becoming a Proper Young Woman, the belle of the Emergence Ball, ready to be picked for cohabitation by the finest of the Proper Young Men. Her future is assured, until an intriguing encounter with a young man named Kane changes everything.
For that is when Lex s and Livia s destinies collide .
Approached by an old enemy to help save Kane from mortal danger, Lex sacrifices her Special Ops career to find him in the Islands among the clouds. Her search, high above in the beautiful spires of the City of Indra, brings her instead to the airgirl Livia. Lex and Livia should have nothing in common, and yet they share a kindred yearning for escape from the strict rules that bind them...and a mystifying identical mark. Brought together by danger, they set out to find Kane, but what they discover is even stranger than either dreams."
- ISBN-13: 9781451694420
- ISBN-10: 1451694423
- Publisher: Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing
- Publish Date: June 2014
- Page Count: 344
- Reading Level: Ages 14-17
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-06-23
- Reviewer: Staff
Two smart, strong, but very different orphans narrate this dystopian adventure, a debut for the youngest Kardashian sisters. Spirited Livia, the daughter of a revered geneticist, grows up privileged but stifled on an island in the sky, while hotheaded Lex survives an unloving orphanage underground and is recruited into the military. When Kane, Lex's love interest and fellow soldier, is arrested during a botched attempt to assassinate Livia, Lex goes to rescue Kane—meeting Livia, in the process, and learning that they share a forbidden connection. Through the girls' alternating perspectives, readers get a sense of the corrupt world that has emerged after a mysterious "Great Catastrophe," where nature is now synthesized and the only way to see an ocean is virtually. Details about the two worlds the girls inhabit are creative, though the plot that emerges after they meet is rather predictable. Even so, abundant action—including a hair-pulling fight, a high-speed chase on flying machines, and an attack by hideous beings known as "mutations"—provides momentum. Unresolved conflicts set the scene for the next installment. Ages 14–up. Agent: Mel Berger, William Morris Endeavor. (June)