I turn on the faucet for a long while only to discover ice-cold water rushing out. The water never warms and I begin to understand. The Commander thinks he can wash away my soul by freezing me to death. He thinks he can destroy me by stripping away my possessions. But he can’t and I won’t let him take my memories, my ambition, and my pride.
He thinks I’m so easily broken.
The Commander doesn’t know anything about me, what I grew up with, what I endured—the father I lost, the mother I hate, the brother who walked out of my life, and the stepfather I was forced to accept. He thinks since I was rich, making me poor will cause me to give up. What he doesn’t understand is that, after my father passed away, I grew up behind walls of hatred. I had nothing, but had everything at the same time. I owned expensive clothes, enjoyed good schooling, and lived in a nice home. But my body was just a shell protecting an empty, desperate heart. My life was a colorful façade.
I had so much time to sit and think. I spent the majority of my life between four walls. I was abandoned, neglected, starved, betrayed, and abused. I’ve already been treated like the scum of the earth, so the Hole is nothing new. He wants to erase every sign of my existence on this earth, but I won’t let that happen. He can strip me naked, but he’ll never reach my soul.
It’s personal, completely personal.
Review by J. Hooligan
I found the whole concept of people being marked and condemned based on which of the seven deadly sins interesting. It made me think over which sin I would probably be sent to The Hole over. (probably Gluttony, due to my addiction to the internet)
The romance in the book was a little off for me. I just had a hard time getting into it. Not to say I didn't like it - because I really did want to see them together.
As for the ending, without giving away spoilers... it wasn't what I was expecting. I wish things were explained a little better.
I would like to read more from this series, and I would like to thank Angela Pratt from I Feel the Need, the Need to Read for heckling me about this book. It isn't one I will soon forget.