Branded (Sinners #1)
Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki
June 28, 2013
Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and
murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were
the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded
according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best.
Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been
accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home.
Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain.
Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.
The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me.
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter.
My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a dystopian
book. Not only that, it’s been a long time since I’ve read a book with a world
that is so unique. The authors have created a world that is so elaborate and
dark, and it’s just so interesting. I think that’s what I loved the most about
The authors waste no time getting the story
started. You’re thrown right into Lexi’s story. Lexi has been branded a sinner
(specifically for lust), and is sentenced to a lifetime in the Hole, which is
basically an extreme version of prison. Those first 50 or so pages, you’re fed
so much information about the world and the character’s story that it’s a bit
overwhelming. I think that’s the only criticism I have about this book. The
first third of the book is so jammed pack, that for me, it felt like I didn’t
have any time to breathe and digest everything that was going on.
But from that point to the end of the novel, I
couldn’t stop reading. The story went by fast. And I loved how the characters
developed. Lexi turned into a much stronger female character, which I always
love going into books. Cole grew on me. I didn’t really like him at first. He was
an asshole, but like most fictional boys I love, his assholishness subsided and
his softer side came through. Cole and Lexi’s romance was really enjoyable. It
was a slow burning romance that developed into something really passionate and
Overall, this unique world that the authors have created
really made this book for me. While it had a few grammatical errors and had
things moving a little too fast for my taste to be considered realistic, this
was a really solid book. I’m excited to see how the story progresses in later
3.5 stars/ 5 stars
About the Authors
Abi and Missy
met in the summer of 1999 at college orientation and have been best friends
ever since. After college, they added jobs, husbands and kids to their lives,
but they still found time for their friendship. Instead of hanging out on
weekends, they went to dinner once a month and reviewed books. What started out
as an enjoyable hobby has now become an incredible adventure.
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