I discovered this gem of a book through one of my paperwhite ads. The cover caught my eye, and the book description hooked me enough to download and start reading.
The world opens intriguingly. Everyone is identified by their Chrome or the color of their essence. 14yr old Asheva is of the Black Chrome clan. We join Asheva as his father takes him to an execution, and the pace doesn’t slow down. A war is declared, family and friends die, and within the space of a few chapters, Asheva commits a crime and becomes a fugitive.
The world-building was superb, the suspense built deliciously, and at the risk of giving away more spoilers, I’ll just say my only disappointment was that it ended too soon.
4 out of 5 stars.