I have an interesting YA dystopian to review today, Mystic City, by Theo Lawrence.
The Story- Aria Rose is in love with Thomas Foster. At least, that’s what she’s been told. She actually has no memory of her secret love affair with Thomas, because a drug overdose left her in a coma.
The fact the Foster family is the sworn enemy of her own family leaves a bitter taste in Aria’s mouth, and she decides to discover her memories on her own. She travels from the high rises of the rich and famous to the ground level of the mystics and poor.
Not the best place for a debutante, Aria is rescued by Hunter, a mystic with incredible powers. Hunter causes Aria’s heart to race and her memories to stir. Suddenly Aria is caught in a war between her family and the mystics, and some hard truths are brought to light.
My Thoughts- A really good YA mystery and dystopian thriller. You know from the beginning that something is off with Aria’s memory loss, and you spend the rest of the book enthusiastically looking for clues. The author does a fine job engaging the reader and paces the story well. I found myself intrigued the entire time.
I also got an emotional rise from the story, I can’t tell you how, because it involves the main plot, but the story of Aria’s family is troubling and really pivotal to the book.
Mystic City is a different type of dystopian with great elements of sci-fi and mystery. A great read for 14 and up.