Reap by Casey Bond
Synopsis: The remnants of the United States of America have been divided. From five enormous, technologically-advanced cities, the Greaters rule over the Lessers.
In the Lesser village of Orchard, things are not as perfect as Abby Kelley thinks they are. When the apple harvest draws near and the Greaters’ engineered fruits become too much for one village to handle alone, reinforcements from neighboring villages are called upon.
Having to choose between her best friend, whom she has no romantic feelings for, and mysterious newcomer Crew, Abby finds herself in the middle of a harvest that she had no intention of becoming a part of. She becomes involved in a situation that threatens the strict rule of the Greaters, and just might give the Lessers hope for a better tomorrow. But, can she help the Lessers without losing Crew?
Review: I was warned by my friend Anna Coy that I’d want to throw my kindle across the room by the time I was done reading this book.
Abby Kelley lives in a dystopian world where she is a lesser. Her whole village is. There are Greaters in the world that rule over them. Having lived with her aunt since she was little, this is the only life she knows. She doesn’t know anything about her parents or where she came from.
Her best friend, Kyan, would do anything to get her to notice him. Her feelings for him are truly platonic though. He can only hope that he can convince her that a life with him would be better than a life with a stranger. He has his own issues though as he’s promised to someone else.
The village that Abby lives in grows apples for the Greaters and the harvest this year is too much for their small village to handle. So reinforcements are brought in. That’s when she meets Crew. He seems a lot difference than the boys from her village. His hands are softer, his skin isn’t tanned from working outside, and he seems to have some pretty nice clothes. Kyan notices the differences and warns Abby, but Abby is already too drawn into his arms to notice.
In the end the differences should have been noted and her whole world and the lives of those in the village are turned upside down by a huge turn of events. A twist I hadn’t expected at all.
In the end Abby must choose how she wants to live her life and it’s not how she had pictured it at all. The game has changed and she’s nothing but a pawn to some of the people.
If you love YA Dystopian books then you have to read Reap. Casey paints an amazing picture in vivid detail with her words. If she doesn’t write the second book faster I may have to track her down and crack the whip!