Aya’s world involves hiding from the businessmen and traders who hunt women for sport and then sell them at the markets. She is ripped away from the only family she knows and forced to survive with a group of girls waiting for auction. As the plot unfolds, she makes new friends and enemies; and in the process, learns new truths about herself.
This book was different from the Article 5 series in many ways and yet so similar (in a good way). The characters are strong and the plot nonstop from start to finish. There is so much humanity; both good and bad, in the characters. Hoping to see more from these characters.
“I think of Salma’s last words to me in the shop-that we are just women. As if that weren’t enough. It makes me sad-not angry, nor bitter. She always wanted more and in the end settled for nothing.”
“But,” I say, wetting my lips, “but, if trust was a thing you could hold in your hand, I would give mine to you. I’d let you have it forever and never ask for it back.”
Recommended Grades: 8 and up
Overall Opinion: Recommended