Feuds by Avery Hastings
Series: Feuds #1
Publication Date: September 2nd 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Source: NetGalley, St. Martin's Griffin
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In this breathless story of impossible love, perfection comes at a deadly cost.
For Davis Morrow, perfection is a daily reality. Like all Priors, Davis has spent her whole life primed to be smarter, stronger, and more graceful than the lowly Imperfects, or “Imps.” A fiercely ambitious ballerina, Davis is only a few weeks away from qualifying for the Olympiads and finally living up to her mother’s legacy when she meets Cole, a mysterious boy who leaves her with more questions each time he disappears.
Davis has no idea that Cole has his own agenda, or that he’s a rising star in the FEUDS, an underground fighting ring where Priors gamble on Imps. Cole has every reason to hate Davis—her father’s campaign hinges on the total segregation of the Imps and Priors—but despite his best efforts, Cole finds himself as drawn to Davis as she is to him.
Then Narxis, a deadly virus, takes its hold--and Davis’s friends start dying. When the Priors refuse to acknowledge the epidemic, Davis has no one to turn to but Cole. Falling in love was never part of their plan, but their love may be the only thing that can save her world...in Avery Hastings's Feuds.
Avery Hastings does a great job in bringing to light the divide between classes in dystopian novels. The world of Feuds is one that is immensely divided between the Priors and the Imps. Any contact between the two is strictly forbidden. After all, Priors are the superior class and the Imps are nothing more than filthy, lowly creatures. When Davis Morrow, an aspiring ballerina falls in love with an Imp, it brings their two worlds crashing into each other.
Hastings doesnt hold back when it comes to developing a novel in which hierarchy plays a huge role; she embraces it fully and its clearly evident in the world building seen in Feuds. I was really interested to see how politics would come into play in this novel, and while were given a bit of a sneak peek, were not fully emerged into it. In that instance, Im curious to see how the political aspect of Feuds will develop in the sequel.
Truth be told, Hastings focuses primarily on the romance between the two main characters. By all means, Davis and Cole should hate each other, but as they spend more and more time together, they start falling deeper and deeper in love. I want to say that I fell in love with this couple, but I just cant. The romance in Feuds is of the insta-love kind, and as Ive said before, I find those relationships a little harder to digest. I felt like Davis fell in love way to fast, without really getting to know Cole. And while Cole mightve been privy to the truth, but I still felt like they needed time.
Regardless of my thoughts on the romance, Feuds is an action-packed read that captures your attention pretty easily. The novel ends on a slight cliffhanger, which makes it clear that a sequel is to come, so Im curious to see how that will go about. Nevertheless, if youre into dystopian novels that deal slightly with science, the make sure to check out Feuds!