They were born together and they will die together. One strong Alpha twin and one mutated Omega; the only thing they share is the moment of their death.
The Omegas live in segregation, cast out by their families as soon as their mutation becomes clear. Forced to live apart, they are ruthlessly oppressed by their Alpha counterparts. The Alphas are the elite. Once their weaker twin has been cast aside, they’re free to live in privilege and safety, their Omega twin far from their thoughts.
Cass and Zach are both perfect on the outside: no missing limbs, no visible Omega mutation. But Cass has a secret: one that Zach will stop at nothing to expose. The potential to change the world lies in both their hands. One will have to defeat the other to see their vision of the future come to pass, but if they’re not careful both will die in the struggle for power.
This could have been a really interesting book but large parts of it didn’t make any sense. At the beginning the main character Cass escapes from what is basically a prison. For most of the story she is trying to find her way to an island. A safe haven for Omegas. But even though there are presumably people out looking for Cass we don’t see them till nearly the end of the book. Most of the time there is no sense of danger even though Cass is being hunted by these people.
While escaping the prison Cass rescues a guy, though there is no real reason why she rescues him. For most of the novel he hinders her escape attempt more than he helps. In fact it feels that the only reason he is in the book is to be a love interest. Which eventually turns into a love triangle like all “great” YA books.
The thing is the premise for this book is really interesting. It is set in a post apocalyptic world around 400 years after an explosion which we can assume – as there is machinery and electricity (even though it is banned) – was the result of an atomic bomb. This could have been a really good book but alas it was not.
*I received a copy of this book from HarperCollins UK in exchange for an honest review.