I really enjoyed this book. It was one of the best Young-Adult novels that I ever read.
One of the main characters, Ruby, was my favorite. She was strong; she was a fighter, and a survivor. The story examines the horrible conditions of her life, and the oppressive way she’s treated. I keep wondering what the taste of her blood is? It couldn’t be the same as others because it has healing powers. And I can’t blame her for how she reacts at the end, because I thought that she was a teenage girl until I realized that she was 200 years old, and she’s the youngest in the congregation!!!
Sula, Ruby’s mother, also has special qualities. Although she does much to help the other slaves, I hate her reluctance to fight for her own freedom. Instead she’s always waiting for Otto to free them. I admire her trying to protect Ruby, but my question is, does she protect Ruby because she loves her daughter or only because she possesses healing blood? I really think that it is because of her blood, and that’s cruel.
Ford, the co-lead character is in love with Ruby. The romance between them is compelling, but sometimes I got angry with him because he refuses to accept that people believe in gods other than the one he believes in. Also he maintains a rude attitude in some scenes that I didn’t appreciate, and sometimes he seems selfish. But at the end his actions are justified, and make him a pivotal character.
Like I mentioned before, there were some sections that I didn’t like: some scenes were really cruel, too realistic and in rare cases stupid. But the end of this book really impressed me. I even held my breath during the last paragraphs because that kind of ending never ,ever passed through my mind.
I recommend it for sure!!!