Friday, February 05, 2016

Review: THE UNION by T.H. Hernandez

Publication Date:  November 18th 2014 
I got a review copy courtesy of YAReads

Goodreads Synopsis:
After global warming and a second civil war devastated the former United States, two different societies rose from the ashes – the Union, a towering high-tech utopia, hugging the perimeter of the continent, and the devastated, untamed midsection known as the Ruins.

Seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor has an easy, privileged life in the Union. What she doesn’t have is any idea what to do with the rest of her life. She only knows she wants to do something meaningful, to make a difference in the lives of others.

When she’s kidnapped and taken into the Ruins as a pawn in a dispute involving her boyfriend, Bryce, her ideal world is turned upside down. What she learns while in the Ruins shakes her faith in everything she’s ever known, from Bryce, to her family, and even the Union itself.

Now Evan must choose whether to stay with Cyrus, the sexy, resourceful survivor who believes she’s in the Ruins for a reason, or return to the only life she’s ever known. But when she stumbles upon a dangerous plot that threatens both worlds, her decision could tear her apart.

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Rating: 3.5 hearts!
Evan Taylor has everything she ever could dream of. She lives in the lap of luxury, but she is trying to find her purpose. In order to find her way on things, she decides to go on an adventure with her friends Lisa and Colin. Then, she gets kidnapped from the perfect world into the Ruins, which supposedly is uninhabitable. Her life is turned upside and everything she learned about the Ruins could be wrong. Can she still go back to her luxurious life back at the Union?

Let's start on the positive things about this book. I do not really like dystopian novels, but The Union is a pleasant surprise for me. I can relate to Evan very much. She was able to take a 180 degree turn. She was able to surpass the obstacles that came her way. I enjoyed the writing style in this novel. T.H. did an outstanding job of making the characters someone you would root for. Story-wise, it was fast-paced and it's not as heavy as the usual books in the same genre. Very easy to follow!
On the downside, I want more action scenes, but the book focused more on the romance than anything else. It is really going to appeal to those dystopian romance lovers out there. I want the characters to plot against the government and take down the evil ones!  I also wanted a cliffhanger ending, but it was a bit too rushed for me.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Union. The world building was great. There was a clear distinction between the Union (utopian) and the Ruins (dystopian). The Ruins reminded me of the TV show called Revolution, where the people did not rely on technology. Recommended for everyone who wants to read about a story of finding yourself, a story of great friendships and family ties.

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About T.H. Hernandez :
T.H. Hernandez is the author of the young adult futuristic/dystopian series, The Union. The first book, The Union, was a finalist in the 2015 San Diego book awards in the Young Adult Fiction category. When not writing, you can usually find her reading, finishing more than 200 books over the past two years. She loves pumpkin spice lattes, Comic-Con, Star Wars, Doctor Who marathons, Bad Lip Reading videos, and all things young adult, especially the three young adults who share her home. When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside her head, T.H. Hernandez lives in usually sunny San Diego, California with her husband and three children, a couple of cats and a dog who thinks he’s a cat, often referred to as “the puppycat.



  1. Great review, Carmel! Thanks so much for joining the Union & The Ruins blog tour!


  2. I love the eye on the cover of Union. I love your review! xx

  3. Looks like an interesting books ;)


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