Goodreads Synopsis: “After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.
This year, it is my turn.
My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.
But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.
Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…”
Characters: 4.5/5 Stars
So we have our main character, Ivy, we have the president’s son, Bishop, we have an angry older sister, [insert name here], her father who is a man of a few sides, the president, the president’s wife and we have a few background characters and a dead character we learn a lot about.
Ivy Westfall is married off to Bishop Lattimer, who she is supposed to hate. I liked her character. I thought that she reacted like a normal person would. The only thing is that if she was trained and mentally considered ready to kill Bishop, I thought that her dad would have at least prepared her for if he was at least pretending to be nice, but then we couldn’t have the book.
Bishop was amazing. I loved his character. And that’s all I can say about him because spoilers. His father, the president, was okay. I liked him better as the book went on. His mother, on the other hand, was okay in the beginning, then I hated her by the end.
Ivy’s family was horrible. I hated both of them.
Plot: 5/5 Stars
The overall plot was really good. I just liked the whole premise of the book. Although from the synopsis you might think it’s a general dystopian, I think it was unique in it’s own way. I had never read a book where the main character was supposed to kill her “to-be” husband.
I really liked how the plot progressed. It could go from one chapter being all nice and flowery, to a cold and icy chapter. I hope you understand what I mean by that.