Diamond City

Wednesday Bks. Jan. 2020. 400p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250220448.
Gr 10 Up–A teen assassin tries to complete her latest assignment without being killed or double-crossed. Aina Solis was taken from the streets where she was addicted to sniffing glue and has been trained to be an assassin for hire. Her boss, Kohl, gives her a very dangerous, very difficult, and very lucrative assignment. The payout will allow Aina to gain her independence and become her own boss. When she fails to kill her target, Kohl takes all her money and puts a price on her head. Aina must work together with friends and enemies alike to take down her target and save her life in the process. This novel takes place in a world controlled by Steels, wealthy industrialists who have taken over the country after defeating the religious Inosen. Religion is outlawed: Aina’s parents were killed because of their ties to the Inosen religion. There is a strong divide between the poor religious people who live in crime-ridden neighborhoods controlled by gangs and the wealthy Steels. Aina alternately chafes against Kohl and wishes to start her own business on her own terms while also secretly harboring an attraction to Kohl. Full of action sequences that will compel readers to keep turning pages, this book is ideal for those who enjoy fast-paced stories, though readers hoping for world-building and character development will be better served by other books. Give to fans of dystopian stories similar to Suzanne Collins’s “Hunger Games” trilogy or James Dashner’s “Maze Runner” series.
VERDICT An additional purchase for libraries with heavily used young adult collections.

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