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I absolutely love historical fiction and read a lot of it; I love to learn history this way.  I also enjoy reading science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller and non-fiction science.

Broken Lies

Broken Lies (Broken, #1) - Claire Vale

The only world that Lake Devlin has ever known is one that is flooded by climate change.  Only several cities remain in the waterlogged world. Locked deep in the melting ice sheets, the world received another surprise, a virus that turns people into rabid monsters or Living Corpses.  Inside the city walls Lake, her family and friends are relatively safe, approved babies are vaccinated from the virus and The Guard patrols the walls.  Upon graduation, Lake and her friends Ava and Ralley decide to carry out their voluntary term within The Guard.  Lake thought she would take a cushy fashion apprenticeship, but when her best friend Ash returns on leave from The Guard and things heat up between the two, Lake decides to do her civic duty.  The Guards may not be as easy as Lake thought and Ash may not be all that she thought either.  When the four friends are chosen for a special assignment, they learn of dangerous secrets that their government has been holding from everyone.

I was really interested in the plot of this book,a dystopian world destroyed by global warming plus zombies, awesome.  This book took a little while for me to get into, the first half was pretty much an average teen-aged girl's life in a very different world. I was very interested in the virus and how the world was handled the increasing water levels, unfortunately a lot of this wasn't explained.  There were some glimpses of this at the very end with the reveal of the secrets.  The plot picked up for me when Lake, Ava and Ralley entered The Guard.  The Living Corpses were intriguing, but there wasn't much action with them until the end.  I was a little disappointed in Lake's reaction to everything The Guard tried to teach her, it seemed that she was not even trying to learn anything in The Guard, especially after she meets up with Ash again, and even more so when a love triangle is revealed.  I was also extremely disappointed with the fact that Lake and Ava are expected to be pawns, but we will see.  Overall, an ok dystopian young adult novel with an interesting plot. not-so-strong female characters and a cliffhanger ending.

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