I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.True Calling by Siobhan Davis
Series: True Calling #1
Published by Siobhan Davis on 01/28/2015
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Welcome to Novo: Your new home in Space
For Ariana Skyee, Planet Novo was everything it promised to be until the authorities introduced "The Calling" as their response to repopulation. Now, all seventeen-year-olds are to participate in this Bachelor-style pageant to find their perfect match, marry, and have children.
But that’s not Ariana’s only concern. Thanks to the government-sanctioned memory erase, she has no recollection of Zane, the mystery boy who haunts her dreams. Things are further complicated when the pageant commences and her feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify. Together, they start to realize not everything about their new home is as it seems.
Entangled in a dangerous web of deceit, Ariana sets out to identify the truth. Conflicted over warnings that Cal isn’t trustworthy and alarmed at the government's increasing interest in her, she doesn’t know where to turn. But her search for the truth comes at a high personal price. When her world implodes, discovering the past shapes her future with devastating consequences.
TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS. ONE SHARED DREAM.
In this book, humanity has been decimated and the best and brightest are relocated to a new artificial planet called Novo. There they must deal with a totalitarian government that wipes their memories and controls every aspect of their life. Ariana is forced to participate in a government-sponsored matchmaking show while slowly being recruited by the resistance. She falls in love with a boy but (love triangle…) her boyfriend from Earth shows up too (who she doesn’t fully remember).
While this book has a science fiction genre, its fairly shallow and doesn’t always make sense. The book is set in the near future but there is no way mankind’s technology could make an artificial planet as described in the book. The characters are pretty strong in the book but I felt the romance was a bit forced and the love triangle fell a bit flat since it was mostly one-sided.
This wasn’t a horrible book but it wasn’t stellar either. I think it is entertaining and it is certainly a good page turned. But in the end, it leaves a bit to be desired.