A Nothing Named Silas by Steve Westover
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Dystopian - Older YA (16+)
Book Description: In the not-so-distant future, workers are forcibly drafted into their fields, and the Labor party chooses Silas. Because he's new, strong, and trained for Command, everyone wants to use him for their own purposes. But when a strange girl shows him that he can choose his own destiny, Silas must make his first real decision---which side he will fight for.
My thoughts: Stunned is an appropriate word in describing my feeling after reading this book. The concept behind this dystopian/slavery book is new and once again the word stunning comes to mind. It's hard to wrap my mind about the world that Steve Westover created.
Silas has trained all of his sixteen years to be the best. He is part of a competition of seven who try to place and receive the highest ranking to enter the dome/plantation of their choice. There are seven. One deals with security, this is the one Silas should get. He has been bred to command. But life doesn't turn out as planned and Silas ends up in Labor.
Silas immediately finds himself in a no-win situation. His mistreatment was horrible to read about. He endures and finds himself in the center of two factions in the Labor camp. He was brought to Labor to fill an agenda. The problem is which is the right one? How can he win? It doesn't help that he has a deep attraction to the leader's daughter.
If you enjoy a book that has plots within plots and twists and turns, this is definitely a book that you would enjoy. I enjoyed it, I just need to figure out what exactly happened and where can the story go from here. I will be pondering this book for a while, which is a good thing.