"They are the most brutal Empire we have known for generations.
I am a seventeen year old slave boy, who must endure a life of servitude and sacrifice to keep my family alive.
They took away my mother, my sister, my friends, everything I have cared for including my love.
I inadvertently struck out and my actions started a chain reaction which led to war and a full scale rebellion.
They have sent two armies to crush our resistance.
I have an army of 300 maltreated slave children.
They have an army of 5000 battle hardened men.
I have hijacked an armoured State train.
They have a limitless arsenal of the most sophisticated weapons on the face of the earth.
I have promised my army of slave children to get them to freedom or die trying.
They have vowed to kill every single slave child and have promised to handsomely reward the one who brings my head.
I have made a pledge to my younger sister and will cheat death as many times as it takes to fulfil it.
They are planning victory celebrations as a foregone conclusion, and have ordered ingeniously gruesome deaths for my soldiers and our families.
What they don’t know is…we have a stolen nuclear warhead in our possession and we intend to deliver it to the Emperor’s doorstep."
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*
To be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect when I began reading this book. It thoroughly surprised me. I read it in a little over a day, granted I was traveling so that gave me plenty of time to read. This book moves along as fast as the train the characters are on. You quickly get caught up into the action and wanting Joseph to succeed.
This book reminded me of The Hunger Games, so if you enjoyed those novels this one would be right up your alley. This book is darker, and deeper I feel though. The fact that those being persecuted are religious people is deep, as it has happen in real life. Malik does a great job developing his characters and having the reader feel for them. As a reader you become connected without even knowing it. You have to keep reading to see if Joseph can win and save his wife.
Read this book, you will not regret it. It's well written, fast paced and makes you think. It's a quick read as well.
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