Today I'm reviewing The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel.
Summary from GoodReads: Ivy Westfall is beyond the fence and she is alone. Abandoned by her family and separated from Bishop Lattimer, Ivy must find a way to survive on her own in a land filled with countless dangers, both human and natural. She has traded a more civilized type of cruelty--forced marriages and murder plots--for the bare-knuckled brutality required to survive outside Westfall's borders.
But there is hope beyond the fence, as well. And when Bishop reappears in Ivy's life, she must decide if returning to Westfall to take a final stand for what she believes is right is worth losing everything she's fought for.
Review after the jump!
Review: This series was everything that I wanted The Selection series to be. It didn’t skimp on tough issues with Mary Sue characters. At the end of the first book, Ivy truly seemed to pick the best option available to her at the time and accepted the consequences. That sets us up for this book, which doesn’t shy away from separating our two love interests. Instead Engel opts to give them breathing room, let Ivy mature and come into her own as a character, and further develop the political intrigue in Westfall. I loved this book. Verdict: A standout in the crowded genre of YA dystopians.