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The Union Kindle Edition
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From author and body-positive activist Leah Vernon comes a daring dystopian novel that explores the power of friendship in a future society built on violence and division.
A thousand years in the future, a Black elite class reigns. The lower classes toil in the fields or scrape by in blighted cities, serving their rulers in a cruel, divided world.
Among the Elites is eighteen-year-old Avi Jore, born to a powerful father and destined to rule. But as she comes of age, Avi cannot help but notice the injustices in her world—the treatment of enslaved workers, the oppression of the lower classes. Her disillusionment grows when she meets Saige Wilde, a mixed-race enslaved girl whose only goal is escaping beyond the borders of their brutal nation.
When Saige saves Avi from an assassination attempt, their paths become intertwined in ways they never imagined. As Saige plots her path to freedom, Avi tries to enact change from the inside. But it’s a complicated endeavor, fraught with danger and malice.
Together, their efforts could spark a revolution—and underscore the staggering power of friendship.
Publisher Note: This title was previously self-published as Impure. This edition of The Union includes substantial editorial revisions.
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Underneath the current of the dystopian world of this book, set one thousand years in the future, is a tale of an unlikely friendship between Avi and Saige. They live at odds with the deeply divided overthrown United States in which they live, where race is king, citizens of the Lower Resident communities are in danger of being killed off by a deadly experiment, and anyone of mixed race is a criminal.
Avi is an elite from a powerful political family. Saige is a mixed-race worker turned fugitive after an uprising gone wrong in the lower divisions. They are not supposed to cross paths let alone become friends. Avi, who is in line to succeed her father and assume political power, becomes disillusioned by the injustice she sees around her. Saige is wiser than her years, has seen a lot, and wants nothing more than to escape. But when the two come together, their vision for themselves and for society expands. I hope you love this book as much as I did.
—Melissa Valentine, Editor
About the Author
Leah Vernon is an author, body-positive activist, and the first international plus-size Hijabi model. During her double master’s program, she started a blog about being a fat Black Muslim in Detroit experiencing everything from eating disorders to anti-Blackness. She’s been featured in ads from Target to Old Navy and even made it to the New York Times and HuffPost. She currently resides in New York City. Connect with her on Instagram (@lvernon2000) and on her website: www.LeahVernon.com.
- ASIN : B09MT7Y5H2
- Publisher : 47North (Dec 1 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 6051 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 335 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1662500351
- Best Sellers Rank: #179,248 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #52 in Black & African American Science Fiction
- #1,700 in Dystopian Science Fiction (Books)
- #2,037 in Dystopian Science Fiction (Kindle Store)
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I couldn't understand if she was aiming for forgiveness or revenge. Are we supposed to be rooting for the black elites who commit atrocities against the whites? Or hoping the whites & "impures" rise up against their oppressors?
I guess what I've taken away from it is that power corrupts, no matter who is in charge.. male or female, black or white.
At times I felt parts were jumping a bit. Not in any serious way but it did sometimes cause me to go back and make sure I hadn't missed anything.
I kinda ended up assuming all the workers were white and the elites were black but im not sure it was always very clear. I wasn't sure what colour the soldiers were and I ended up thinking more about colour of skin than I ever have.
It reminds me very much of The Hunger Games. The clothes, the attitudes, the drugs, more so when Saige went into the Cube, a survival of the fittest where Elites were watching and judging.
I dont think Saige and Avi were characters that are easy to like. They are complete polar opposites. One being miserable, angry, selfish and the other naive & giggly. With both I wished they'd just give it a rest.
It wasn't really very "scientific" 1000 yrs into the future and you'd think they'd have more than hoverbikes and laser guns. I think that may have been a little lazy on the authors part.
This was offered on an amazon first reads by the way. Rather that it being labelled under Sci fi it may better belong in teen fiction?
Secondly, and more annoyingly it's so crammed with "storylines" that it's impossible to keep up.
It's almost as if the author had an idea for a series of books and someone said "Nah, just cram it all into one volume. It'll be fine" She's a domestic worker, then she's arrested, then she escaped, and then she's arrested again, then she's in prison, then she's a farmworker, then she's arrested again, then she's in a fighting ring, then she's training to be a watchman, then she's in a 'to the death' competency test. All of this in the first two-thirds of a 329-page book? No depth, no winding path, just one event after another, after another with no explanation as to how we got there. It reads, like "What I did on my Summer Holiday - We went to the zoo and then we saw the elephant and then we went swimming one day and my friend fell down....." Ugh! I give up! Nul pwa!
There is sloppy editing in places that often hinder the reading experience.
The ending leaves room for sequels.