Author: Leti Del Mar
Publisher: Rambaldi Press
Published June 18th 2013
Format: eBook | Pages: 341
Genre: YA, Dystopian, Romance
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review
★ ★ ★ ★ (4/5) Stars!
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Land of the Unaltered takes place in a world where beauty is most definitely on the outside. Fashions come and go and as they come and go the people of this world will go through repeated plastic surgeries to keep up with the latest styles. Throwing in wild hair and eye colors to match as one would accessorize with a pair of shoes. (Honestly! At one point a character was mentioned as having tangerine colored hair and contact lenses to match!)
Rose is different. She grew up in Civitas, the capital of the Confederation, where everyone is altered. Having grown up with the mother she did, Rose made a decision early on that she would never herself get altered. She wanted to remain herself. That's just not something you do where she's from. But her own mother has been altered so many times Rose feels like it's effected her mentally, like every time she went under another little piece was chipped away and I don't just mean things such as the nose on her face!
Due to who her father and his family is within the political community, they live under the constant fear of death threats and assassination attempts. Needing to get away from everything, Rose goes to visit her Aunt Ivy in Eureka, which is part of The Land of the Unaltered. Aunt Ivy is Eureka's doctor and escaped the life of the capital years ago.
Rose takes a job at the lumber mill and is assigned as an assistant to Flynn, who's father runs the mill. Ahh Flynn. I loved this guy. He's completely awkward, never says the right thing, quiet and likes to keep to himself. It was nice for a change to not read a guy who was oozing with self confidence. This story is told in dual POVs of Rose and Flynn so we get to know both of them really well.
I really only have one slight problem with this book. And honestly, to hear myself saying this just sounds weird! But, The book really focuses quite a bit on Rose and Flynn and their building relationship. Don't get me wrong I adored it and it was sweet and all. The thing is I'm still sort of in the dark about how their world came to be. There wasn't a lot of world building except for the fact of knowing about how things are now. I really wanted to learn what happened to get them to this point you know? Some dystopians it's a virus others there's a huge world war, lots of possibilities. When it comes to labeling something Dystopian I feel like a bit of back story is a must.
As a romance, this book nails it but as a Dystopain it's not quite there, though almost. Regardless it was still a very enjoyable read and still had me turning page after page excited to see what happened next with Rose and Flynn and I'm now anxiously awaiting the next book to see what happens next! There's a storm brewing in the Confederation and I look forward to seeing what happens to it's people!
Thanks Leti for having me be a part of the blog tour and being able to read this book!!
Want to see what you've missed so far? Click here for the list of tour stops from Leti's website! :)