Sunday, March 30, 2014

E-book Deals

So I recently found a few awesome e-book deals for real cheap. So awesome YA names are listed and you can purchase your e-book by clicking on the buttons below!

Taken by Erin Bowman
Offer Ends March 31
Barnes & Noble
Google Play
More retailers >> 

The Program

Barnes and Noble Deal of the Day



And She Was: A Novel of Suspense

Barnes and Noble Special Deals under $2.99



Unremembered (Unremembered Trilogy Series #1)

Barnes and Noble Special Deals under $2.99



How I Live Now
Barnes and Noble Special Deals under $2,99
~This is also a movie~



Extra Time on the Giveaway

Our Across the Universe giveaway is still going on! Technically today is the last day to enter, but due to some setbacks I elongated the contest time. It now has four days left and hopefully if you hadn't already...Enter!!! You can enter more than once but please, I'd hate to have to delete your entry, please US only. You can enter below or back at the original post here. The winner will be announced soon so check back in!

  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, March 28, 2014

Free Teen Event with Bookmarks Recap (Megan Shepherd & Kiera Cass)

So the other day I attended an AWESOME event with Megan Shepherd (author of Madman's Daughter). Unfortunately Kiera Cass (author of The Selection Trilogy), was also supposed to be present, but unfortunately was ill and thanks to the snow, caught in i think Virginia?

After I hid my copies of The Selection and The Elite in the bottom of my bag, realizing that I didn't follow the host's tweets to know she wasn't coming, and being somewhat embarrassed, I grabbed my self the sequel to The Madman's Daughter, Her Dark Curiosity.
I'd been needing it on my shelf and to make up for Kiera Cass' absent self, I spent the full price to buy the book, and got myself some pretty swag bookmarks and tea! THERE IS TEA FOR EACH OF THE BOOKS!!!!!!!

After delightfully acting like an idiot in front of the Bookmarks volunteers and spending $17 + tax on my new copy of Her Dark Curiosity (with deckled edges may i add!) I took my seat and looked for my notebook with all my questions in it. Guess what...IT WENT MISSING. Actually I just left it at home by accident but I re-wrote down as many questions I could remember which was only one and when they opened to the audience for questions I asked: 'How do you get over writer's block?' and you know what happened? She laughed. She laughed and told me that "when I (me) figure it out, call me (Megan). Yeah, stupid question I know. But she ended up giving real good advice. Like to at least get over it short term, don't write for about a week, don't read anything either, just watch TV or Movies or something. Do not engage in anything that has to do with literature. It stunts the gap that is slowly leaking writer's block. Leave it open.

Anyway, if you hadn't heard already, The Madman's Daughter has been approved for a movie deal. A script has been written and an actress has been signed on to play Juliette (Main Protagonist). All I can say is that she is known and I have a strong feeling it is going to be Hailee Steinfield. I don't know for sure, but I can just see it.
Second, I KNOW A SECRET THAT YOU PROBABLY DON'T KNOW!!!! I know what the 3rd book's title is! Na na na boo boo!
Okay, wow that was childish. But I do, and I can't tell, because I don't want to get Megan in trouble.
But trust me, it is a great name and it's based off Frankenstein.


I thought this would fit! ;-) 

So here are some pics of the evening. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Movie vs. Book DIVERGENT (5 STARS)

March 21st was the release of the Divergent Movie. Now some theatres were playing earlier showings on the 20th already but a good number still went on the 21st. Now if you were like me, you may have dressed up. I dressed up as Abnegation in a long skirt, brown boots, and a long sleeve grey shirt. I was totally pumped with my hidden chocolate bars and overly priced $7 Reusable Divergent cup. I mean, it had Four on it...What was I supposed to do?

Anyway, so I finally get back from the retard who was near refusing to honor my Free Popcorn with Sign up discount and I was like don't mess with me brotha. So the previews are flying by and suddenly I see the trailer for The Giver (Check recent Posts) and I'm like...

And then I see The Maze Runner trailer (Check recent posts) and all that *points up* turns into this...

Seeing the Maze Runner trailer a fifth time is even more incredible because you get to study it! The Grievers look amazingly sc-fi-ish. Minho is EXACTLY the way I imagined him and man Dylan O' o' man. Hehe, he just keeps getting better and better. 
Then The lights go down...and the previews end and then this huge thing comes on the screen

AND WE ALL FREAK OUT! Okay, I was just freaking out grabbing my friend's arm,
cutting off all her circulation. 
This is where the Movie vs. Book will begin. I'll try to give my honest opinion on scenes. 
I'll also try to list the differences. 


I'll try to be vague for those who haven't read the book....better yet, don't read this if you haven't read the book because I tend to have difficulties being vague when discussing bookish things. But I do believe the movie is still amazing with all the differences. Four is a serious hunk...just a saying. Everytime I saw him I just kept thinking...England...i will find a Theo James in England. 

  1. They skip some of the scenes during Tris's aptitude test. The only scene they show is the one with the dog and little girl. 
  2. The Factionless man who steals Tris's carrots on the way home from school, he does not appear. 
  3. Tris and Caleb do have the discussion about their aptitude tests but not technically where it's supposed to be. 
  4. I could be wrong...but I don't remember Tris seeing Peter bullying other Abnegation kids before the ceremony. 
  5. Since when was Four so humorous? I only remember he being funny once or twice in Divergent but a lot more in Insurgent. He had the entire theatre gagging on spit. 
  6. Tris does not hang over the edge with Christina. 
  7. They screw around a lot with both Tris and Four's fears. 
  8. Edward does NOT get stabbed in the eye. 
  9. Peter does not violate Tris in any way (Attack/ with Molly and Drew)
  10. Peter is not like Peter in the book. He's too soft. 
  11. Uriah and Zeke were not present, neither was Drew.
  12. Four does not get drunk by the chasm and tells Tris 'she looks good'. 
  13. Four does not turn off the simulation, Jeanine does. 
  14. Jeanine and other Erudite are in the room with Four while he is under the Simulation and Tris makes Jeanine erase the file, which leads into Tris not having to protect the chip which leads into events in Insurgent. 
  15. There is not parent day. They replaced that scene with Tris being pulled aside by her mother during the distribution of food or supplies to all the factions. 
  16. Jeanine did not visit Dauntless and see Tris's tattoos. 
  17. Four does not call out Peter on trying to kil Tris
  18. Eric doesn't bring Tris in from when she visited Caleb
  19. Jeanine didn't ever see Tris's fears
I know I'm probably missing a few other things, if you have anything to add please leave a comment below. 


I'll try to give just the basics since there are still a lot of similarities. Divergent is a long, intricate novel, with a lot of detail and scenes. It can't all be fit into a movie, but here is what was left alone. 

  1. Tory administered the Aptitude test
  2. Tris is the first jumper and Four does pull her out. 
  3. Four does walk away during the fights
  4. Christina does have to hang off the edge
  5. Christina does discuss moths
  6. Tris visits Caleb
  7. Tris does get attacked by Peter and Al
  8. Al does jump
  9. Natalie and Andrew and Will do die.
  10. Four and Tris do climb the ferris wheel
  11. Tris's fears are for the most part the same
  12. Four does administer the other tests
  13. Tris does get clipped by the knife when Four throws knives at her instead of Will
The movie was AMAZING and I loved it! Please still go see it. It's PERFECT! I can't wait for Insurgent which has been green lighted for production!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

My Interview with Author Lindsay Cummings

My Interview with Lindsay Cummings Author of The Murder Complex

{Publication Date: 6/10/2014 by Greenwillow Books}
{400 Pages} 
{Author: Lindsay Cummings}

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

1) What was the inspiration behind "The Murder Complex"?  

I saw a news story about a town plagued with murders…I really wanted to know MORE about it! So I put my own scifi twist on the story!

2) As a new and upcoming author, what advice can you give to other aspiring writers out there? 
Definitely read and write every day. Writing is a muscle, and if you don’t work it out, you won’t grow! Always stay positive, and have others read your work and give you feedback.

3) Why did you choose to start writing and when did you realize that you had an interest in becoming an author? 
I was sick the summer I graduated high school. I had tons of surgeries, and I didn’t know what to do with my life. I had to drop out of college, and when I realized that writing made me happy…I decided that MAYBE I could turn it into a career!

4) What are your biggest must haves while writing? 
Usually iced tea, and a snack. I also have to be alone!

5) What have you found to be one of your biggest struggles while writing?
Self doubt. I think every writer struggles with this. Over time, you just have to learn that it’s okay to write bad first drafts!

6) What is your favorite YA novel? If not YA, what genre? 
I love THG, Legend, Harry Potter, Delirium, Divergent, Under the Never Sky….wow, way too many. 

7) Best Advice ever given to you? 

Lauren Oliver said, “If writing is all you have, then writing is all you need!”

8) Who are some of your role models? (Family, friends, author, etc.)

The published authors that, no matter their successes, treats others like equals. I think that’s really something wonderful. I also LOVE Jennifer Lawrence. Like….a ton.

9) Some authors have said that 'when they began writing, they just knew that this was what they wanted to write about, and that their characters were the right characters'. How did you come to know that you wanted to write from 'Meadow's' perspective, and basically want to write this genre?
For The Murder Complex, I knew from the second I started writing. I don’t know why, it just clicked! Since then, other things I’ve worked on have been much, much harder. Sometimes it flows. Other times, you have to really work for it! I can’t explain why! :0

10) Have you found anything from your daily life transferring into your writing?
My weapons collection. 

Feels Society News

Hey Guys,

I hope i won't have to do another one of these, but in short. The Feels Society broke up. All that's left now is me, Sydney. I've been doing it for a while on my own anyway but this is just confirmation. Azelyn, Aliana and Kaylee are gone. I will continue to do what I have been doing. Posting on Instagram, the Blog's Twitter account, and on occassion Pinterest and Tumblr.
I will still blog.

Just because things have changed does not mean that there will be a noticeable difference, besides all the WE's turning to I's. Please continue to check in and follow.


Win a Divergent Nail Kit

Just the other day the Limited Edition Divergent Makeup Collection released into Sephora stores. The online store sold out basically the minute they got them in.
They have a shipment planned to come in again next week. DO NOT HIJACK THE DELIVERY TRUCK, just buy it online or call your town's Sephora Store or Counter and check availability. 

There are three different kits you can purchase: The Complete *BIG* Divergent Makeup Kit (Blushes, Bronzers, Illuminators, Lip Glosses, Eye Shadows, & Brush) A Divergent Nail Kit, (ENTER THE GIVEAWAY BELOW), and the Divergent Travel Makeup Kit. 
The Travel Makeup Kit has Eyeshadow and I believe Blush as well. There will be pictures with their links below. 

The Giveaway is thanks to Team Epic Reads, and is for the Divergent Nail Kit (NOT THE OTHER KITS) but the winner will also recieave a copy of the movie-tie in edition of Divergent by Veronica Roth. US and CANADA ONLY!

Divergent Cosmetics - Divergent Multi-Piece Collector's Kit
Divergent Makeup KitThis Set Contains: 
- 12 x 0.059 oz High Pigment Eye Shadows in Burnt Mahogany, Radiant Initiation, Peaceful Shimmer, Humble Sheen, Dauntless Ink, Abnegation Stone, Erudite Sapphire, Serene Vanilla, Bold Espresso, Intrepid Moss, Golden Honesty, Altruistic Almond 
- 3 x 0.059 oz High Gloss Transforming Eye Shadows in Choose, Diverge, Transform 
- 2 x 0.11 oz. Long-Wear Blush in Obscure Coral, Misty Rose 
- 0.11 oz. Shimmering Bronzer in Intelligent Bronze 
- 0.11 oz. Radiant Glow Illuminator in Gleaming Pearl 
- 4 x 0.13 oz. High-Shine Lip Glosses in Temptation’s Choice, Fear Not, Supreme Ritual, Natural Virtue 
- Double-ended eye and cheek brush 
- 3 x Get-the-Look cards


Divergent Cosmetics - Divergent 7-piece Nail Art Kit
Divergent Nail Kit

This Set Contains: 
- 0.285 oz High-Gloss Transforming Nail Lacquer 
- 5 x 0.285 oz Long-Wear Nail Lacquers in Midnight Calm (dark navy), Violet Abnegation (violet gray), Opal Compassion (opalescent purple), True Pearl (golden opal), Neutral Lace (beige) 
- 6 x Nail Water-Transfer Tattoos


Divergent Cosmetics - Divergent Multi-Piece Collector's Palette
Divergent Muli-Piece Collector's Pallete (Travel Kit)This Set Contains: 
- 3 x 0.059 oz. High-Pigment Eye Shadow in Candor Lace, Luminous Taupe, Envious Chocolate 
- 0.19 oz. Long-Wear Blush 
- 0.18 oz. Matte Bronzer 
- 0.13 oz. High-Shine Lip Gloss in Artistic Mauve 


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Giver Movie Trailer Reveal

The Giver has officially been made into a movie and the trailer just released today. The Giver is a novel written by Lois Lowry. Is this going to be on your To See list?
Also look below for a list of my favorite must see YA movie-adaption list below:


Jonas' world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

The Trailer: 

Sydney's List of Must-See Movie Adaptions: 

1) Divergent- March 21 2014 (BUY TICKETS NOW)
2) The Fault in our Stars- June 6 2014
3) The Maze Runner- September 19 2014
4) The Giver- August 15 2014

The Maze Runner Trailer & Poster Reveal

If you missed it, during the Monday night episode of Teen Wolf  the Maze Runner Trailer was released. Let me say, it is one of the best trailers I have EVER seen! Just where Thomas is running through closing walls...and every one's faces when Theresa calls out Thomas's name. It's like the new Lord of the Flies. The musical score is just the beat and tempo the movie needed. My mom ended up sitting down with me to watch it and lets just say she doesn't really read YA books....and her jaw was hanging open at the end. She slowly turned and all she said was...

"You have this book?"
"Of course..."
"I'm borrowing it." 

AHHH It's perfect! Well, watch it for yourself. Feel free to leave your reactions in comments below.

If you have not read the Maze Runner yet you have time before the movie releases in September.


"If you ain't scared, you ain't human." 

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He's surrounded by strangers--boys whose memories are also gone.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It's the only way out--and no one's ever made it through alive.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Praise for the Maze Runner series:

"[A] nail-biting must-read."
"Wonderful action writing--fast-paced...but smart and well observed." --"Newsday"
"Breathless, cinematic action." --"Publishers Weekly"
"Heart-pounding to the very last moment." --"Kirkus Reviews"
"Exclamation-worthy." --"Romantic Times"
"Gripping reading." --"Booklist"

Read the first book in the "New York Times" bestselling Maze Runner series, perfect for fans of "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent." "The Maze Runner" motion picture starring Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie Sangster, Will Poulter, and Aml Ameen hits theaters September 19, 2014!

Now if it isn't about time to show you the movie poster that was released as well the other day... low and behold...the maze walls....

    Doesn't it looks AMAZING!  I love how you can see the skyline behind the wall 
    and most of the maze.They really did a good job of making the walls look 
    dystopian and intimidating. I really can't wait bothering the movie theatres near me for
    a poster because you know...who wouldn't want a maze with a pea sized Dylan O'Brien running
    into it hanging on their bedroom wall? I wouldn't mind whatsoever. 


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Epic Reads Giveaway (1 HOUR)

While Tea Time is going on I am uploading the link to Epic Read's Giveaway. Since Harper Collins is moving buildings they're getting rid of their books, for the next hour (until 5pm) EST time make sure you enter. Enter only once, entering multiple times will not increase your chance of winning. No one knows what you'll get...but it is garunteed to be great.



Sunday, March 9, 2014

Fandom Jewelry

So I've been an Etsy addict for the past few months now, just opening my store and posting 3 fandom related items for sale. If you don't know what Etsy is, let me explain. Etsy is a website built to let your creativity flow, allowing sellers price and sell their homemade items. It ranges from clothing, furniture, and jewelry, to accessories and dishware. Etsy is full of great ideas and some awesome opportunities to make a dime. Now, like I said, I've just opened my online store and have uploaded my creations. At the moment my fandom options are limited to just Divergent, (Amity Trees and Abnegation Hands). Soon though I will finish another project I've been working on. A Shatter Me inspired bottle necklace. Please check out my store and feel free to ask any questions you may have.
If you do have questions, in the right side bar there is a contact form; please title it "Shattered Magnolias' Jewelry". That will insure that I do not lose or miss place this inquiry.

My store name is Shattered Magnolias and you can find the link to my shop below. There are also pictures with details below.

Amity Tree Charm (#2)

This is my second type of Amity Charm. 
This silver tree is hung off black chord and is symbolized as 'Peacefulness'
This is from the novel Divergent written by Veronica Roth

Abnegation Hands Necklace

This was my very first Fandom related creation
These are two hands grasping each other hanging off a silver necklace
This is also from the novel Divergent written by Veronica Roth
This is a copy of the necklace I gave to and worn by Veronica Roth at YALLFest 2013

Amity Tree Charm (#1)

This is my first type of Amity Charm.
This tree is encircled in a silver ring dangling off a silver chain
This is the symbol of Peacefulness from Divergent written by Veronica Roth


Divergent Tickets on Sale NOW!

Hey guys. Tickets for Divergent are on sale now! I got my tickets FINALLY after a lengthy search, several 'not playing in your area' web pages and a frustrating debate with both the box office worker and the manager whether the tickets were in the system. Finally I found the tickets, got my free e-book of Divergent and a chance to win a walk on role in Insurgent. Though the time to get the free E-book of Divergent is over, I believe the walk-on role sweepstakes is still live! You can find this chance on 

Buy your tickets now at a theatre near you before they sell out. This is gonna be a winner!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Bookmarks 10th Annual Festival & FREE Teen Event

So if any of you are fans of YALLfest then be ready to check out this other book festival! I actually just found this, well if you get all technical my mother found it, and it looks really cool.

Past authors have been Rick Riordan, Megan Shepherd and Leah Bardugo. 

More infromation of this event will be up soon, but until then I'll tell you some must know information and the backstory of the event.
Also, they're will be a Free Teen Event on Tuesday, March 25. Authors to that event will be Megan Shepherd (Author of The Madman's Daughter) and Kiera Cass (The Selection Trilogy). 
Each Event's information will be specified below along with the link to take you to the official website. 

Bookmarks Festival--- Event Info

Each year this event brings in a huge amount of authors that represent a wide array of genres and subjects. Bookmarks celebrated the 9th free-to-the-public Festival of Books and Authors in Winston-Salem, NC, on September 7, 2013. Readers of all ages were inspired by and learned from authors, illustrators, storytellers and chefs through readings, workshops, panel discussions, and creative and interactive activities for children and teens.

Date: Saturday, September 6th 2014 (9/6/14)
Where: Down Town Winston-Salem, NC
Cost: FREE
Time: 10 AM-5 PM

For those of you who would like to come but would need somewhere to stay, there are hotels within walking distance of the Festival, including:
For other information, please check out Visit Winston-Salem's website.

More info Coming Soon!

Free Teen Event--- Event info

Authors: Megan Shepherd & Kiera Cass
Date: March 25th 2014 (4/25/14)
Where: Southside Library  (3185 Buchanan Street Winston Salem, NC 27127)
Cost: FREE
Time: 6:30 PM

If you wish to pre-purchase a copy of Kiera Cass' or Megan Shepherd's books to read before they visit, call, or email Bookmarks. They have paperback and hardcover copies of both authors' titles. 

206 North Spruce Street
Suite 2 - A Winston-Salem, N
Phone: 336-747-1471

More info Coming Soon!

Panic Release!

It's finally here everyone! Panic has finally arrived in stores-- all ready to get into your hands. If you haven't seen or heard of Panic than go sit in the corner! -- Okay, no you don't have to do that, just read about it below.

So Panic is a YA stand-alone novel by Lauren Oliver, author of the Delirium Series and Liesel and Po.
Panic is a test of bravery and the result of a Summer gone wrong. Panic takes place each Summer in Carp, a dead end town (which I figured out was in New York, since it never was clear). Anyway, Lauren Oliver is supposedly going to take a break from the Young Adult (YA) genre for awhile so this constitutes as her last YA novel (at least for a while). Remember to read the summary of Panic below and head to your prefered book seller and grab this read. Also, check out our book review by clicking the link below.


{Published March 4th 2014 by Harper Collins}
{416 Pages}
(AUTHOR: Lauren Oliver}

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

Monday, March 3, 2014

New Book Trailer for Ruins by Dan Wells

Just got hold of the new book trailer for Ruins by Dan Wells and may I say, it looks PERFECT! It's made to look like an advertising commercial for Paragen that failed to air during the Super Bowl XCIX.

Ruins Summary
Ruins Information
Complete Trilogy
Ruins Book Trailer
Book Suggestions 

Ruins (Partials Sequence, #3)

{Published March 11, 2014 by Balzer and Bray}
{464 Pages}
{AUTHOR: Dan Wells}
{Book #3 in Partials Sequence}

Kira, Samm, and Marcus fight to prevent a final war between Partials and humans in the gripping final installment in the Partials Sequence, a series that combines the thrilling action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Blade Runner and The Stand.

There is no avoiding it—the war to decide the fate of both humans and Partials is at hand. Both sides hold in their possession a weapon that could destroy the other, and Kira Walker has precious little time to prevent that from happening. She has one chance to save both species and the world with them, but it will only come at great personal cost.




{Legend by Marie Lu}

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. 

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets. 

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills. 


{Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi}

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers.


{Article 5 by Kristen Simmons}

New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don't come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren't always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it's hard for her to forget that people weren't always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It's hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings—the only boy Ember has ever loved.