Fifty years ago The Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society.
To punish the guilty, he created the Hole, a place where sinners are branded according to their sins. Sinners are forced to live a less than human existence in deplorable conditions, under the watchful eye of guards who are ready to kill anyone who steps out of line.
Now, LUST wraps around my neck like thick, blue fingers, threatening to choke the life out of me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit, and the Hole is my new home.
Brutal and savage violence.
Every day is a fight for survival.
But I won’t let them win. I will not die in the Hole.
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter. My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.
Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an advance reader copy in exchange of an honest review.
I am...conflicted. In part, I liked this book but there were things so frustrating about the story!
The general idea was good. I love dystopia and a society where people get branded with the seven deadly sins seems really original. However, the book could definitely use some more worldbuilding. I want to know about the world outside the Hole, how the judicial system could simply be replaced by an Inquisition in the modern times. I wanted to know more about the Hole too.
This book could really use an editor. It has some major flaws, some parts of the dialogue made me roll my eyes and the characters lacked development. Also, I saw a lot of tell instead of show.
Lexi was constantly crying or falling or getting herself in trouble only to be safe by Cole at the last minute. For god sake, she was so weak! And I didn't really got to see her growing as a character, because all she did was fall in insta-love and learn to fight all of a sudden.
The characters were horribly flat. All of them. There was a dog in the book to provide comic relief (?). I don't know, man, this didn't feel real to me.
So, I liked the concept of a world dominated by religious freaks. The Hole and this all situation reminded me of the Holocaust and that could really get me engaged with the story if only I could relate to any of the characters. This society was awful and enraging, the rebels were preparing themselves to die in order to save the rest; it had all the right ingredients to make me feel. And I did feel at some parts. I just think I could pass without the crappy romance and the crappy protagonists.
I liked it, but it could be better. I can't recommend it, because there are wonderfully written dystopias out there and I would rather see everyone spending their time reading them.
3 out of 5 stars