Feuds (Feuds #1) by Avery Hastings
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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What's it about?
Davis Morrow's life is perfect. She is perfect. Davis is a Prior, a member of the upper class that has been genetically modified to be stronger, smarter, faster, physically flawless and immune to illnesses that once affected ordinary humans. Since she is basically made to be better, she's expected to strive for greatness. Her friends and family are just like her. They live lives of privelage, never worried about anything except how good they look. Her father is a powerful man and is running for city prime minister, so her life is especially privileged. Davis is a ballerina training rigorously to qualify for the Olympiads. She loves to dance, but more than anything she does it to honor her mother's memory. Her mother was a famous ballerina who died giving birth to her. So, that is her life. Dance, party with friends, worry about nothing and look pretty. At least, until the night she meets Cole Everett.
Cole Everett's life is not perfect. He is not perfect. Cole is a Geneserian, a Gen, but the Priors would call him an Imp, for Imperfect. He lives outside of the city in relative poverty with the rest of the non-modified humans. The Imps are looked down upon and even feared by the Priors, but the truth is, they are just people doing whatever they can to survive. Because of Cole's size and strength, his way to get by and his only hope of making a better life for his family is to enter the FEUDS, an underground cage fighting ring run by corrupt Priors. He doesn't enjoy beating the crap out of people for money, but he's good at it, and it's money that he desperately needs. When he's approached by the current city prime minister, who is also an influential figure in the FEUDS, about helping him to bring down his political rival, he has no choice but to agree to do it. All he has to do is enter the world of the Priors and get an incriminating picture of himself and the prime minister's rival's daughter, Davis Morrow, and return to his miserable life to fight another day. Little does he know that he's one kiss away from his life changing forever.
Yes! Yes! I loved this book! A ballerina and a cage fighter get involved in a star-crossed romance while a deadly virus sweeps through a dark, dystopian future world where genetics separate the classes... um...awesome! Not only is it a cool and interesting story, but I truly enjoyed reading it. Avery Hastings' vividly descriptive writing does an amazing job bringing the story to life in my head. This was one of my most anticipated books of the year and it did not disappoint. I was originally drawn to it by the idea of a ballerina and a cage fighter, which, in itself is awesome, but when you throw in a dark, dystopian setting, political corruption, a breathtaking romance and a race against time to stop a virus, I was hooked. The only thing I DON'T like, is that I have to wait until next June for the sequel. That's kind of a bummer. But, at least there is a short eNovella prequel releasing in December (Rivals). It's not part of this story, but it's about Davis before any of this took place. I'll happily revisit this world again.