Vee Delancourt and her twin brother Oliver were surrendered to the government when they were ten because of a tax on families with more than one child. When their younger sister was born their parents tried to make the tax for a while but just couldn’t do it and the twins refused to be separated so both were given over to the government.
After six years of being a slave and forced to work at the Mill the twins are almost to adulthood and freedom. But one day a young girl arrives that looks very familiar to Vee and Olived, it is their younger sister Jane. Wanting to find out what had happened to make their parent surrender yet another child Vee takes a risk but ends up suffering the consequences and things get out of control. Now she’s on the run and outside the fence for the first time in years.
The Surrendered is a dystopian read based on a time when children are basically used as slaves for all sorts of purposes, some extremely disturbing. The book is full of foul characters that you love to hate due to the things that they do but it certainly was a thought provoking and emotional read.
There were some things in here that seemed a bit predictable but then others that really caught me by surprise. I can honestly say though it was a fast paced engaging read from start to finish just wanting to know if there was hope that this world could ever be turned into a better place than it was.
Overall, a pretty good but a bit disturbing young adult dystopian.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.