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.
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The planet of Eldon, formerly Earth, controls its citizens with religion and a strict, but corrupt moral code that holds great consequences when broken. Women are not allowed to go to school, except to train as wives upon their 19th birthday. They are property of men that are held in high regard. Education for all has gone by the wayside and knowledge of religion is revered. Infrastructure is crumbling, everything is polluted and people are dying. Zelenka is unique, her parents married for love and educated her including how to read and write. Now, Zelenka is spying for the Amaryllians, the people who defected from Eldon. Fianna, an Amyrillian is trying to set up an interplanetary trade in order to rescue some of the more enlightened Eldon's. Zelenka makes the decision to follow Fianna to a new planet when the man she believed loved her, Fraco, refuses a love match. With Zelenka's 19th birthday approaching, leaving Eldon is her safest bet. Amyrillis is paradise for Zelenka, but not for long.
Days of Reign is a unique dystopian read that takes common elements of our current society and brings them to the extreme to create a horrific world, but one that is not to different from our own. Zelenka's character was easily relatable, an educated women in a society where women were supposed to be owned or kept, she is working for a way out and takes it. Fraco is a very interesting character, he seems motivated by love, but is stunted by the world he lives in and how he has been raised. He is willing to destroy an entire planet in order to get back the woman he believes he owns. The world building on Eldon and Amyrillis is detailed, I could easily picture degradation of Eldon and the serenity of Amyrillis. The books is written from multiple points of view, some of which I didn't quite understand the purpose of, at least yet. The first part of the book takes place on Eldon and is fast paced and laced with danger. The second half takes place on Amyrillis and is idyllic and refreshing, but slower paced as Zelenka takes in a new culture. There is foreboding danger lurking, however which rises to a shocking and sudden cliffhanger ending.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.