I loved the premise of this story! The story takes place in the future and follows Astra and Felix in the year 2524, just when the year is going to turn into 2525. In this future, men and women are separated, the women to work the fields, and the men to be soldiers. Everyone is created in a laboratory and it is a crime to simply be born.
I loved seeing Astra and Felix learn about each other; Felix has never seen a female before—as a solider, he would have been executed had he touched a female; and Astra is being hunted for the crime of being born. She has spent time in The Box, which is a prison, where her eggs were harvested and the rape was a common thing. These two are wary of each other at first, but as they get to know each other, they start to rely on each other more and more. It is Astra who helps keep Felix—this “perfect” soldier alive—and it is Felix who helps figure out the mystery of the Clockmaster who’s ice shack they are taking refuge in.
There is much about the “old world” (think our time) that they have no clue about. It is only recordings that the Clockmaster left in his basement for them that tell of things obsolete—such as Christmas. And didn’t that just break my heart, that these two had no clue what Christmas even was or the meaning behind it.
While I wouldn’t classify the first installment as a love story yet, I can see where it is leading to. At times, it felt a bit stilted, but otherwise, this was a fast moving story, and one I really enjoyed.
My rating: 4/5 stars
*I was sent an arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!