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#BookReview + Dreamcast: Justice Buried by @HilaryLThompson #Giveaway

The people need Justice, but she’s not listening.

One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three cities. Now the community of Asphodel is trapped underground, waiting for the prophesied maiden of Justice to return and save them from their Fates.

Sixteen-year-old Astrea is supposed to be this savior – too bad for them she isn’t a believer.

Trea fights against her false destiny: she rebels against her family and friends, then refuses her arranged marriage to the charming but deceitful Lexan. Learning her life is in danger, Trea is forced to trust Lexan – until she discovers a power she never knew she had, and one he already knew he did.

As betrayal closes every door, Trea decides she must submit to her stars and accept her fate. Then a handsome stranger offers her an unexpected escape and the chance to create her own destiny.

Book Review

Maya's Review for Justice Buried

This is a brilliant young adult dystopian novel about a post-apocalyptic world rules by the stars, where people have to live underground and their messiah is a girl. I had to smile at that knowledge. Yay to girl power. Except this girl, Astrea doesn't really believe in what everyone else around her seems to believe. And I don't blame her. Right from birth she's been groomed as the reincarnation of the Star Maiden. And like any teenager this gets to the point where she rebels against the established order. I loved her spunk.

The story has many elements including an arranged marriage. Of course Lexan who is her pre-chosen spouse has his own doubts about the union, even though he accepts it with more dignity than Astrea.

I love the layers of this story, the elements of mystery and danger that is constantly there making you flip the pages while sitting at the edge of your seat. I don't read YA fiction very often but I'm really glad I picked up this one.

Easy to recommend to all YA fiction lovers.

Author's Note: this is not a full-length sequel to Justice Buried. It is a short novella telling Lexan's side of the story!

There will come three…

A child of peace, born in a place of war.
A child of right, born in a place of many wrongs.
A child of lawfulness, born in a place with no laws.

The secrets of Asphodel continue to spill as Lexan tells his side of the story.

Lexan has been pretending for so long that he barely remembers why. All he knows is that it’s getting harder to be the image of perfection that everyone expects. With Keirna plotting murder, Saloman having visions, and Trea throwing tantrums, Lexan just might be ready to risk his world for the chance at a better one.

Dream Cast

This casting isn’t necessarily about who I would pay to play in my movie, but rather who I picture in my head when I’m imagining a scene. Having a distinct face in mind helps me visualize how the characters would look and sound as they react to the events and people around them.

Astrea (Ah-stray-uh)
Sophie Turner. Totally stealing this idea from blogger (LINK) because I had never found a real person to be Astrea. I had a mental image, though, and this actress is spot-on. The brilliant hair, the feisty side-glance, the angry, innocent beauty. The main difference is Astrea has grey eyes, like smoke.

Lexan (Lex-ehn)
Douglas Booth. Such a pretty, pretty boy. Even without the Boy George makeup. He should really have blondish hair for a perfect Lexan, but those eyes? Perfection.

Stian (Sty-ehn)
Jake Gyllenhaal, when he’s a little bit laughy and a lot bit scruffy. The main difference is Stian’s eyes are green, and I believe Jake’s are blue. Eh, no big deal.

Taye Diggs. He visited my high school dance class one year, and I haven’t exactly forgotten…he seems the perfect blend of serious eagle-eye, fun uncle, and secret-keeper extraordinaire. (No spoilers, but he keeps a big one!)

First Leader Keirna (Keer-nah)
Lucy Liu. She’s great at funny, but I think she could easily pull off what Kate Winslet does in Divergent – the switch-flip between caring leader and psychotic visionary. (I’m remembering Kill Bill!) The haircut, jacket, and slightly imperious smile in this pic are how I usually visualize Keirna too.

Author Biography (Long)

Hilary Thompson was born to parents who made a habit of taking roads less traveled. But she was also a Libra, a first child, and an independent, willful child, so she has made a habit of taking a few roads on her own.

After trying on hats made for artists, architects, restaurant and retail workers, landscape designers, legal secretaries, and professional students, she retreated back to her first loves of education and writing.

Hilary now teaches high school full time, writes whenever and wherever she can, and reads as much as her eyes can handle. She also tries not to spoil her own independent, willful children or neglect her wonderful soul-mate of a husband too much. She tends to ignore laundry baskets and dirty dishes.

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