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Blue Out Book Review

Blue Out

Author: Miranda Storm

Pages: 370 pages

Genre: YA Dystopian

Published: 4th July 2022

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Synopsis:

“Welcome to Ararat, the verdant, hostile home of the Elites.”

The year is 242 Post Inundationem. Global flooding has submerged most of the Earth’s former landmass in water. The Masses struggle to survive on the low-lying plains, while the Elites party on the heights.

When sixteen-year old Naya DeLora is recruited into Eden Academy, the prestigious school for the Elites, to become their new swim champion, she seems to have struck gold. But life on Ararat Heights is not what it seems. And Naya has a secret. One that could save her life—or cost her everything.

My Review!

Thank you to the authors for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Reading Blue Out took me right back to the years I was obsessed with everything and anything dystopian.

Global flooding has covered the majority of earth in water, causing society to be split up in terms of who has the higher ground. Naya lives closest to the beach, in buildings that were only meant to be temporary after their homes were flooded when the barrier broke. When a bet against a small group of elites for the use of the beach for volleyball falls in her favour, Naya discovers that she may have a secret she never knew existed. She can swim, and fast. Once she’s back at her school, she is forced to stand in for another student at a swimming competition, and reveals her speed to everyone, including the visiting elites. Following this competition, she is recruited into Eden Academy for one of the swim teams. Eden Academy is a school for the elites. Naya is taken away immediately before she can say goodbye to her mother.

‘”Don’t slap me,” he whispers. Then he brushes a hand over my cheek and suddenly his lips are on mine and in that moment there is only us and the stars sparkling in the evening sky.’

On Ararat, the home of the Elites, Naya is introduced to her host family and struggles to fit in to begin with. Her swim team end up being the same people that she encountered on the beach back near her home. Once she’s settled in, she quickly realises that not everything is at it seems on Ararat. I loved discovering what was happening to her at the same time as she was. I had my suspicions and I can say I was correct but there were a few twists I did not see coming.

I am happy to report that there was a romance subplot! Gillian is the captain of an opposing swim team, and he is very mysterious. The second half of the book ramps up the suspense and Naya does a lot of digging into the Elites and their secrets, whilst trying to discretely figure out what is happening to her. I thought the world building was intriguing and the characters had many layers, especially Naya’s host sister, who I spent a lot of time debating whether I liked or hated her!

I really loved this book and after that cliffhanger I am in desperate need of the sequel!

Keep reading,
Georgia x

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