When Laia's brother is arrested, she is forced to try to survive on her own, which means finding the rebellion that she believes her brother was a part of. The rebels agree to help free her brother if she goes under cover as a slave at the academy where the empire's warriors are trained. That's where she meets Elias, a warrior-in-training, someone who feels as trapped as Laia does. Elias longs to run away from the academy and be free. But they will soon discover they are apart of a much bigger picture and their destinies are intertwined.
This book was getting a lot of hype (like most of the books I'm reading lately). While I did enjoy this book and do plan to continue on with the series, I wasn't completely amazed by this one. It's definitely not one of my favourites. It was fast paced and interesting enough, but I found it very unoriginal. I found it very similar to other young adult fantasy novels I've read in the past. And I found that I didn't like any of the side characters at all. The writing was still good and I heard the second book is better than the first. I gave this book 3.5/5 stars.