The Union (The Union #1)
By: T. H. Hernandez
Publisher: T. H. Hernandez
Publication Date: November 18th, 2014
After global warming and a second civil war devastated the former United States, two different societies rose from the ashes – the Union, a towering high-tech utopia, hugging the perimeter of the continent, and the devastated, untamed midsection known as the Ruins.
Seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor has an easy, privileged life in the Union. What she doesn’t have is any idea what to do with the rest of her life. She only knows she wants to do something meaningful, to make a difference in the lives of others.
When she’s kidnapped and taken into the Ruins as a pawn in a dispute involving her boyfriend, Bryce, her ideal world is turned upside down. What she learns while in the Ruins shakes her faith in everything she’s ever known, from Bryce, to her family, and even the Union itself.
Now Evan must choose whether to stay with Cyrus, the sexy, resourceful survivor who believes she’s in the Ruins for a reason, or return to the only life she’s ever known. But when she stumbles upon a dangerous plot that threatens both worlds, her decision could tear her apart.
The Union is a futuristic young adult romantic adventure
T. H. Hernandez offers an interesting take on a futuristic America, a heroine you can root for in Evan, and a questionable love triangle. However, the rest of the cast of characters, from villains to friends, was well written enough to save the book from love triangle doom.
Let’s start with Evan. She’s spunky, a city girl who can live with getting her hands dirty, and, though she has a limited experience with relationships, has enough of a level head to not confuse “head over heels” lust with love, even if the other party is waxing on about their feelings. She can hold her own in a fight fairly well, but can also be immensely caring and compassionate.
The other characters, both the ones in the Union and those in the Ruins, were well rounded, with Evan’s friends from the Union feeling like friends with a long term past and her new acquaintances in the Ruins becoming family. The villains were done right, with no cliches, felt real, and were just creepy enough without being overdone. As for the love interests however, one fell flat, with him admitting his feelings in a rather uninspiring manner compounded by the fact that he had dated a girl who made it her life mission to harass Evan, and the other as a player with a long line of one night stands who “just needed to find the right girl,” a continuation of a rather exhausting trope.
Overall The Union opens up a series I wouldn’t mind continuing. While I am not too interested in the love plot, I am interested to see where Hernandez takes Evan and how she resolves the issues that threaten the Union.
T.H. Hernandez is the author of the young adult futuristic/dystopian series, The Union. The first book, The Union, was a finalist in the 2015 San Diego book awards in the Young Adult Fiction category.
When not writing, you can usually find her reading, finishing more than 200 books over the past two years. She loves pumpkin spice lattes, Comic-Con, Star Wars, Doctor Who marathons, Bad Lip Reading videos, and all things young adult, especially the three young adults who share her home.
When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside her head, T.H. Hernandez lives in usually sunny San Diego, California with her husband and three children, a couple of cats and a dog who thinks he’s a cat, often referred to as “the puppycat.”
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