by Haley Sulich
My rating: 4 stars
Publisher: Write Plan (May 10, 2018)
Publication Date: May 10, 2018
Genre: Sci-fi | Dystopian
Print Length: 382 pages
You may live as a soldier or face death. Choose wisely.
Solanine Lucille wants her little sister back. Eight years ago, the government kidnapped her sister Ember, stole her memories, and transformed her into a soldier. But Solanine refuses to give up. Now that she and her fiancé have located the leader of a rebel group, she believes she can finally bring Ember home. But then the soldiers raid the rebels, killing her fiancé and leaving Solanine alone with her demons and all the weapons needed for revenge.
After raiding a rebel camp, sixteen-year-old Ember doesn’t understand why killing some boy bothers her. She’s a soldier—she has killed hundreds of people without remorse. But after she fails a mission, the rebels hold her hostage and restore her memories. Ember recognizes her sister among the rebels and realizes the boy she killed was Solanine’s fiancé.
Ember knows she can’t hide the truth forever, but Solanine has secrets too.
As their worlds clash, the two sisters must decide if their relationship is worth fighting for. And one wrong move could destroy everything—and everyone—in their path.
Crimson Ash by Haley Sulich
CRIMSON ASH by Haley Sulich is a powerful tale of loss, emotional torment and choices when one sister flees to remain free and another is taken captive to become a robotic soldier without her memories, emotions or the freewill to fight against the false world she has become part of.
Solanine lives with the memories of the night she let go of her sister’s hand and lost her to a cruel and twisted government who stole her memories and created a killing machine. Years later, their paths will cross again, standing on opposite sides of the war. Ember has no memory of Solanine, or the man she just killed, but this time, it felt different. After being captured by the rebels, Ember is “cured” of the virus, her memories returned, but those memories could be the very thing that will drive a permanent wedge between the sisters.
Haley Sulich’s dystopian tale is filled with angst, self-doubt, self-destruction and heartbreak as a group of rebels fight back against the government that has destroyed their world. Gritty, dark and filled with a constant sense of turmoil, this edge-of-your-seat read has a shaky opening that gains ground and runs full-throttle throughout. Twists, turns and the seemingly impossible odds add a sense of action and adventure as David stands against Goliath, with an unknown outcome.
If you like your reading able to stay one step ahead of where you THOUGHT it was going with emotions running hot throughout, you’ll be lost in this “reality” as the hours fly by.
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Write Plan! This is my honest and voluntary review.