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The Selection meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this darkly riveting debut filled with twists and turns, where all that glitters may not be gold.
The Jewel means wealth, the Jewel means beauty—but for Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Born and raised in the Marsh, Violet finds herself living in the Jewel as a servant at the estate of the Duchess of the Lake. Addressed only by her number—#197—Violet is quickly thrown into the royal way of life. But behind its opulent and glittering façade, the Jewel hides its cruel and brutal truth, filled with violence, manipulation, and death.
Violet must accept the ugly realities of her life … all while trying to stay alive. But before she can accept her fate, Violet meets a handsome boy who is also under the Duchess’ control, and a forbidden love erupts. But their illicit affair has consequences, which will cost them both more than they bargained for. And toeing the line between being calculating and rebellious, Violet must decide what, and who, she is willing to risk for her own freedom.
“This powerful debut, with equal parts light and darkness, makes for a fascinating story. Ewing expertly handles surprising twists, lyrical prose, and a chilling plot, keeping the story fresh. Violet’s perspective is believable, and the romance is perfectly sweet and suspenseful.”
RT Book Reviews (4½ stars)
“Ewing writes a fast-paced story that takes readers into the inner workings of a society that is obsessed with power and perfection.”
“Will have fans of Oliver’s Delirium, Cass’ The Selection, and DeStefano’s Wither breathless with anticipation for the sequel.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Rescued from poverty in order to help royalty, Violet Lasting grows to hate her gilded cage in this dystopian debut…Offers a well-built world, an appealing heroine, and an unusual blend of magic and science.”
“With its taut, provocative plot and irresistible characters, The Jewel had me tearing through pages right up to the final, startling twist. I need the next book now!”
Andrea Cremer, internationally bestselling author of the Nightshade series