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For the past two months, Kitty Doe’s life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister’s niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever.
But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she’s accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape.
As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she’ll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in – but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price? (Goodreads)
Kitty is an amazing character! Raised in a group home and thrust into a dangerous situation, she refuses to passively sit back and let others dictate her life. While she has limited choices, she does her best with what she has. Is she the best and brightest? No. But she’s smart and resourceful, and that makes a difference.
Once Kitty was sent to Elsewhere, the plot really picked up! What a fascinating place! Made me think of a Russian gulag, or what I imagine a Russian gulag would be like. It’s a jail, but one where no one gets out alive.
Everyone has an assigned job, lives in bunkhouses, eats horrible food, and is provided with only the basic necessities in order to survive. What an incredibly bleak existence.
Kitty’s assigned job, once I understood what was happening, is absolutely horrifying. What’s even more horrifying is that no one thinks it’s horrifying. How they can be so matter-of-fact about doing something so heinous is just another example of how terrible life in Elsewhere is!
There are a couple of coincidences in this story that I didn’t buy into, but understood that they were necessary in order to move the plot where the author wanted. I just wish they could have been handled in a better way. Still a good story, but not as believable as I’d like. I know it’s fiction, but I still like my fiction to be at least possible in real life, know what I mean?
There’s a big ending with lots of action and a surprise twist, so I’m curious to see what the author does next!