Title: The Pearl Savage
Author: Tamara Rose Blodgett
Source: ebook from author
Seventeen-year old princess, Clara Williamson, lives an old-fashioned existence in a biosphere of the future.
When her sadistic mother, Queen Ada, betroths her to an abusive prince of a neighboring sphere, Clara determines to escape Outside, where savages roam free.
Clara escapes tyranny only to discover the savages are not the only people who survived the cataclysmic events of one hundred forty years prior.
Once Outside, Clara finds herself trapped, unable to return to the abusive life of the sphere while facing certain danger Outside.
Can Clara find love and freedom with the peril that threatens to consume her?
Let me first start off by saying a HUGE thank you to Tamara for giving me a second chance with her. I had to call a DNF (Do Not Finish) with one of her books. It just wasn't for me. But being the generous author that she is...she offered me a chance to read a different book from a different series of hers. And once I started I knew I would love it. So unlike anything I have read. Almost a mixture of Steampunk/Dystopian/Fantasy.
Living in the confines of her Sphere, Princess Clara is treated anything but royal like. Clara lives with the abuse at the hands of her drunk mother, Queen Ada. And now her betrothed, Prince Frederick, is also abusing her. Willing to risk the Savages and the possible tainted air outside her sphere, Clara and good friend, Charles, concoct a plan to escape into the Outside.
Little did she know that the Savages living in the Outside have other plans for her. They hope to use Clara as a means for negotiating a truce to have their people and the sphere-dwellers live in peace together. But what starts out as a well laid plan soon disintegrates and all hell breaks loose. Will Clara find the freedom she so desperately seeks? And will the Savages be able to find peace among the sphere-dwellers in order to help save their own?
The people of the sphere still live, talk and dress as if they are back in the late 1800’s. And I absolutely loved it. They enter these spheres when the Earth was covered in Ash. And it’s as if they were stuck in that time period for the next 140 years. Luckily the people Outside still survived after the destruction on earth, but they were always considered Savages. The whole idea that Tamara came up with was unique and fascinating. I truly became addicted to both life styles the people inside the spheres and out lived.
A lot goes on in the story, so pay attention. I mean it’s not a complicated story to follow…but so much goes on you will want to stay focused. Almost every character in the book has their own agenda when it comes to Clara, so lots will happen. And just when you think Clara will end up with someone, the author shakes things up a bit and you are left thinking ‘did she really just do that? Oh yeah, she did. I loved how I had no idea what was coming next; always taken completely by surprise.
Revenge, pride, lust, sacrifice, friendship, and power all play a part in this fast paced, phenomenal story.