Live Once Trilogy 1:
Chanda Stafford

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication date: 5.8.2013
Pages: 297

Date read: 10.9.2014
Recommended by: Red Adept Publishing, Read 2 Review

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Mira works on a farm in the ruins of Texas, descendants of the defeated rebels.  Though she’s given her heart to Tanner, their lives are not their own.
            When Socrates, the powerful First, chooses Mira as his Second, she is thrust into the bewildering world of the rich and influential.  Will, a servant assigned to assist her, whispers of rebellion, love, and of a darker fate than she’s ever imagined.
            With time running out, Mira must decide whether to run to the boy she left behind, to the boy who wants her to live, or to the man who wants her dead.

This is a really interesting story.  It’s told from two points of view – Mira and Socrates.  Socrates isn’t just a First, he is the very first First, and he has chosen Mira to be his Second.  Mira lives on a farm in Texas with her mom and brother, is “in love” with her best friend … and never thought she would ever be chosen for this position.  She is also not happy about it at all.

I am always curious about dystopian futures and when I saw that this one involved Texas (my home state), I had to give it a read.  I love that the Texans were “rebels” and that, during the Immigration War, they bombed the White House and Pentagon, unhappy about what the government was doing.  As with most of the dystopian books I have read, there are bits of reality snuck in, twisted just a little bit so that, if you want to be all “conspiracy theory,” the future written is a possibility.  

I also really like this First-Second idea.  It’s intriguing and the fact that it was written from both points of view allows you to see inside each person’s head.

There are some unexpected twists and turns throughout the book that really impressed me.

This book was well written and a lot of fun to read.  It is definitely one that I would recommend to others. 

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