If she survives, the world will know she’s innocent.
Locked up with nine notorious and potentially psychotic criminals, Evalyn must fight the prison and dismantle her past to stay alive. But the system prized for accuracy appears to be killing at random.
She doesn’t plan on making friends.
She doesn’t plan on falling in love, either.
Ten convicts will enter the Compass Room but there's no guarantee any will make it out alive. Evalyn and the other nine have agreed to be tested and punished but what if they turn on each other? Who if anyone can be trusted and is it possible for any of them to beat the Compass Room? Monitored at all times Evalyn faces her greatest fears but survival may just be the one thing she cannot achieve.
This is a slightly futuristic young adult novel but apart from the technology used doesn't feel particularly like a sci-fi story so don't be put off if you don't enjoy that sort of book. The story causes the reader to question just what is right and what is wrong. Ms Harian cleverly doesn't give immediate answers about the heroine's past and we see previous events unfold as the story progresses. I liked that approach. It made the book far more engrossing as I kept guessing why exactly Evalyn agreed to her admittance to the Compass Room.
The idea that our innermost thoughts and emotions determine how we react is not a new one but the treatment and prejudice encountered in this book gave me pause. For every action there is a reaction and sometimes it's unforgivable.
Did I enjoy reading this book? Yes, and I would happily read more from Ms Harian even though it's not my usual genre. The tests reminded me of the old Running Man film but the atmosphere had a more contemporary feel. Fans of such books as Divergent and The Hunger Games will probably devour this happily. I loved the heroine, Evalyn, although I'm still not convinced by the romance aspect.
Well written and thought provoking, definitely worth a read.
This is an e-book only. The Kindle version is $3.79 and the Nook edition is $3.99