What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias' death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
I picked this up after getting a Barnes and Noble giftcard for Christmas. It is unusual for me to just stumble across a book I haven't heard much about, but was glad I tripped over this one. The characters tell this story from alternating points-of-view. For awhile I felt frustrated that their paths had not crossed yet, but it was worth the wait. The author spends a lot of time on each character, crafting them into people you like even though each one is incredibly different from each other.
The biggest complaint I have heard about this story is what people are calling "world-building". Some readers were disappointed that we weren't given more information on the natural disasters that destroyed the East coast. There is some mention of a rebel part of the United States, but isn't central to the story (yet?) so not much detail is given. I am witholding judgement on this part of the story since this is the first in a series, and I wouldn't be surprised if Lu adds to the setting as the story continues to develop.