277 –the number sewn into Simone’s shirt. The number that dictates her life at the protection camp. Regulated by a system of ringing bells, fortified cars, and rations, the survivors are protected from residual contaminates on the other side of the wall.
Breaking the monotony of the highly structured camp, Simone and her friend skip school to enjoy one of the last nice days of fall. An afternoon game leads them to a new part of the forest, uncovering more than they expected. All thoughts of protection and rules are shattered by the appearance of the ivory tower. A tower riddled with a history of danger and death.
When her friend shows up with a bruised face and thinly veiled threats, Simone has to decide how much she is willing to risk to find out the truth of the tower.
This was a short story so it went very quickly for me. It has a great plot and the characters were very well developed. The author builds up a lot of suspense about the Ivory Tower so that by the time the main character, Simone, makes her break to find out what’s there, you are on the edge of your seat and almost breathless with anticipation. This story brings to mind a concentration camp type environment. You are not quite sure as the reader what exactly brought about the need for this, but the story is a good one none the less. A 4/5!
Kirstin Pulioff is a storyteller at heart. Born and raised in Southern California, she
moved to the Pacific Northwest to follow her dreams and graduated from Oregon State
University with a degree in Forest Management. Happily married and a mother of two, she lives
in Oregon, and enjoys being a stay at home mom. When she’s not writing, she is busy with her
kids and church. This is Kirstin’s first venture into YA Dystopian, her other published work
includes a middle grade fantasy series.
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