This proof was given to me for free by the publisher, Hodder Children’s Books. This does not influence my opinion in any way.
London has been targeted by extra-terrestrial life; large pipes fall from the sky, sucking teenagers up into a world that is entirely unimaginable.
Amy Sullivan surrenders in a quest to save the teenage population. But nobody can prepare her for what’s on the other side of the pipes; a grim and gruelling dystopian world run a specialised government. In order to save the human race, she must literally fight the other species.
Then Amy meets Caesar, a boy who doesn’t seem entirely normal.
Amy must decide what’s more important – saving planet Earth, or following her heart – wherever it might lead.
YALC 2017 was absolutely ridiculous on the proof front. One of the proofs I saw flying around that I ABSOLUTELY had to get my hands on was this gorgeous proof of I am Traitor. Even though I had never heard of it before, the short description immediately screamed at me and I wanted to read it asap. Not bad for a book that had literally one review on Goodreads…
I had never heard of Sigmarsdóttir (try to say THAT 10 times fast) before, but she quickly became an author whom I’m going to keep my eyes out for. With a combination of preludes before every part in the book and diary entries before every chapter, she expertly kept the suspense up and I couldn’t put I am Traitor down at all.
No one has any answers to the questions that the silence arouses. No one knows why. No one knows what will happen. The only thing I know for sure is this: There is nothing I can do except wait for my turn.
They took my brother. My brother is gone. So is Matilda. I think I might be next.
It definitely helped that Amy isn’t any “chosen one”. Circumstances made her step forward, but there is absolutely nothing special about her. This was so interesting to read! FINALLY someone ordinary and flawed tries to save the world.
The best part however, were the small tidbits where Sigmarsdóttir touches some important questions without overly analyzing them. What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to save humanity? Would you sacrifice the fate of the few to save many? I love reading books that make me think, and I am Traitor was definitely one of them.
The cover, title and short description (I do have to admit that the one I read was different to the one at the top) made me want to read this story immediately and I wasn’t disappointed! There aren’t a lot of standalone sci-fis out there and if you’re going to read one, make it I am Traitor, you’ll love it. Oh and don’t worry, that romance thingie isn’t as cheesy at it sounds.
Have you read this book? If not, does it sound interesting to you? If yes, what did you think? Let me know in the comments!