Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best.
Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home.
Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain.
Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.
The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me.
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter.
My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.
Original Rating: 4 stars
I had decided to reread this book closer to the release of the second book. My plans were somewhat foiled by a DM from the authors themselves when they asked me if I wanted to review their new version of the book. I couldn't help but jump on the opportunity!
I first read this book back in January as a part of my Mission: Impossible week. Getting back into it was mostly familiar, but some parts were foreign to me. The plot was basically the same, but there were some details I just didn't remember. (Whether those were the added/changed parts is hard for me to say because I really don't remember.)
Sadly, this book annoyed me a bit more than last time. In my original review I mentioned how much I liked Lexi. And I still do. But sometimes she got on my nerves. Mostly because it occurred to me how stupid she was being, whereas last time I was in pain along with her. If that puts you off, too, DON'T GIVE UP. She's great in the beginning and she's great in the end. Yeah, she's stupid. But at least she has some redeeming qualities. She's brave and tough and determined.
Rereading about her friendship with Alyssa was by far my favorite part. Alyssa is in such a small part of the book, but somehow she affects the rest of it in such a deep way... It was great. I fell in love with her so much quicker, probably because I knew her attitude was totally a defense mechanism. But still.
And what's a review of Branded without Cole? Not a review of Branded, that's what. I don't know why, but it seemed like the romance was less obvious in the reread than in the first time I read it. I mean, it's still obvious. And I obviously knew what would happen. But I found the pacing to be just right, especially where Lexi and Cole were involved. I think it was Zeus that kind of made the romance seem slower. But anyways!
Overall, rereading it was just as great as the first time. I can't pinpoint exactly what changed, but I liked it nonetheless. I am definitely on the lookout for the next book. Until then, I shall buy the paperback!
Rating: 4 stars
Recommendation: for anybody who needs a new dystopian