Friday, March 25, 2016

Review: Lie to Me - Gracen Miller

In the 23rd century, war has ravaged the planet. 

A biological weapon has decimated the population, and those who remain have been driven to desperate measures to survive. Over the course of a century, evolution delivers an answer — the Xeno gene, which provides its bearers with immunity to disease. All adolescent girls are tested for the X-gene, and carriers are obligated to bear children for the good of the human race. 

The promise of salvation comes at a terrible price. 

Stone Emmerson, heir to a position of supreme power, is surprised to learn his best friend Kella is an X-gene carrier. He’s quick to claim her as his own, but as a mere servant, Kella can’t help but doubt his motives. Before he can offer the protection of his name, she escapes his household. Mourning her loss, Stone becomes a black sheep among his peers by focusing on the welfare of his people. 

While survival and freedom hang in the balance… 

Starting over under an assumed name, Kella is a founding member of the X-Diplomats, a radical group dedicated to stopping enforced X-gene testing and promoting equal rights for commoners. Years pass before she crosses paths with Stone again. As the web of deceit that has come between them unravels, their love begins to grow. But can Stone turn a blind eye to Kella’s violent revolution and see the justice of her cause? Or will their differences prove too great to overcome? 

What price would you pay to break the chains of oppression?

Once again Gracen Miller takes us on a compelling journey we cannot help be get engrossed in from the start. Stone Emmerson is one of the elite. He is the young heir to a district that tests young girls for this elusive Xeno gene. You would think that possession of the X-gene would be a good thing. These are the girls who will grow up and be able to produce the next generation at a time when having healthy children is a rarity. Instead possessing the X-gene is a one way ticket to sexual slavery. Young girls are sold on the auction block to the highest bidder like cattle. Kella is a servant in Stone's home and Stone's best friend. When she is finally old enough to be tested and it is discovered that she has of the rare X-gene Stone's father auctions her off. This is where the story really gets interesting as in an effort to save her Stone purchases Kella. Setting off a long series of misunderstandings and Kella's flight from all that she has ever known.

A series of misunderstandings and several years later, Ella, or Mac as she has come to be known, and Stone, who has grieved for his best friend all these years, come face to face again and unbelievably, the story gets even better!

Miller shows us a world where things are perfect, if you are an elite, but far from it from the other side. A world where those fighting the system for equality for all, especially X-gene carriers, are considered terrorists and punished. And those charged with law and order encourage the sexual slavery of children. I never thought I'd read a book and root for the “terrorists”. However, with every attack and every coop, Miller had me rooting for the X-Diplomats and you will be too.

Once started, I could not put Lie to Me down. With strong main characters and even stronger secondary characters, this is a series you do not want to miss. I hope Miller decides to write Creed and Reaper's stories. I can't wait to see what those two can get up to and meet the lucky people who get to take those two on.  

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