Edge of TruthNatasha HanovaPublication date: June 6th 2013by Sapphire Star PublishingGenre: YA DystopianCitizens who report to work on time, obey the Overlord’s laws, and stay off the Synbot’s radar, live long lives. Long, dull, monotonous lives.It’s not a bad plan for someone with a hidden, emotion-based ability to trigger earthquakes. In a world pitted against her, sixteen-year-old Rena Moon strives for a life beyond working herself to death at the factory. Seeing an alternative, she risks selling relics from the forbidden lands at Market. It becomes the worst decision she ever made. Someone kidnaps her best friend in exchange for the one thing that would end her oppression.Driven by loyalty, Rena and seventeen-year-old Nevan Jelani, soulful composer, green thumb extraordinaire, and the secret love of her life, plot to rescue her friend and reclaim her salvage. Still, the thought lingers whether Nevan is a true hero or another thief waiting for his chance at her loot. Events spin wildly, deepening Rena’s suspicions and pushing her limit of control. With more than her chance for freedom at stake, she must decide if she’s willing to kill to protect what’s precious to her. For once, the Overlord isn’t holding all the power, but can Rena live with being reduced to what she’s trying so hard to escape?
When I first read the synopsis for Edge of Truth, my immediate thought was, "Oh, I have to read this." I have a weak spot for any dystopian fiction, and hardly am I ever left disappointed. Thankfully, Hanova keeps the ball rolling and my love for it soaring!
Edge of Truth is about Rena, Blaze and Nevan, essentially. I can't really tell you all too much, as this is a spoiler-free blog, but I can tell you that this story, while it is dystopian and dark and horrible in all the right ways, along with some paranormal-heroin, has just enough reality in it to make it wonderful and beautiful and so much fun to read. It is fast paced and not rushed, dramatic but not overdone. There is romance but it isn't smothering. There is friendship but it isn't lame. THIS, everyone, is what a good novel looks like.
I highly recommend. Whether you like YA or not; dystopian or not; READING or not... You will love this novel.
Natasha Hanova is an award-winning author of young adult and adult dark fantasy/paranormal fiction. Her short stories are published in Undead Tales 2, October Nightmares and Dreams, and Once Upon a Christmas. She is a member of Novel Clique, YALitChat, and an Affiliate member of the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc. She lives in Kansas with her wonderful husband, twin boys, and daughter.