Cruelest Oblivion; Cruelest Oblivion Duet #1
(#1 within a duet)
Publication Date: November 7, 2022
Genre/Tropes: Duet/New Adult/Dystopian/Suspense Romance
Author: Michelle Heard
Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars
Wow!! I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the pages! This dystopian world was so easy to get sucked into that I didn’t want to leave and I can’t wait to return for the second half of this riveting story.
While most of the book is told through the POV of Jai it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the moments when I got a look into Chance’s thoughts, but considering we begin this story with Jai who has grown up in the protected world of Ecocity it becomes very clear that following the path of this young woman is something powerful.
When we first meet her she’s shy and virtuous, but that is how she was raised. That is how everyone was raised in Ecocity, but when she is thrust into a new environment with the Deviants, more specifically with Chance, who both scares her and excites her, all kinds of new emotions surface that she’s never felt before, and her path to becoming someone new really begins. This is why reading the POV of Jai was really exciting. I loved reading her transformation.
This is just the first half of the book duet and I already couldn’t put the book down once I started it. My heart never stopped racing as Jai ran for her life, jumped across rooftops, experienced her first kiss, and began shoving all of her virtuous thoughts in the trash. That is only part of the story which made this adventure so exciting and I can hardly wait for the next part to continue to see how this dystopian world ends.
From USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author Michelle Heard, comes a new, full-length Dystopian Romance novel.
Over the past four decades, the dome over our Ecocity has protected us from the deviants living in the forbidden territory. Since the great war ended, our lives have consisted of virtue and order.
Once a year, seven people are sent out to the forbidden lands to see if there are any deviants worth saving. None have returned, only increasing people’s fear of what lies beyond the safe border of the dome.
When I’m chosen as a crusader, the world, as I know it, is ripped from under my feet. In the forbidden territory, I learn things I never dreamed existed – a world I’ve been totally oblivious to. I meet people who freely show emotion and affection. People who dare make their own choices.
It’s frightening and the opposite of everything I’ve ever known.
Suddenly, I have to fight for my life. I’m thrown into chaos where time is running out to become a skilled fighter who will be an asset for the coming war. But my mind’s bombarded with questions – who’s right and who’s wrong? Which side should I fight on?
I don’t belong in this world filled with cruelty and depravity.
Then there’s Chance, my reluctant trainer. The man is the definition of deadly and so attractive I struggle to think straight around him. I’m also pretty sure he would love nothing more than to snap my neck. Cruel, impatient, and harsh, he’s a brute who seems annoyed by my existence.
Honestly, I’m not sure I will survive living with the deviants, never mind fighting in a war. Unless I find my courage and learn to fight for myself, I fear this new world will crush me.
This book contains mature language, graphic violence, and explicit content.
CRUELEST OBLIVION is book #1 and ends on a cliffhanger. SWEETEST AWARENESS will conclude the duet.