Love is a taboo, a mere fantasy— foreign, unreachable, and dangerous.
Raised in a society where women have no rights, seventeen-year-old Thia Clay holds little hope for a bright future. When her parents sell her into marriage to elite member William Fox, Thia slowly gives in to despair. William is nothing but a cruel, selfish young man with no other interest than to serve his own.
Born illegally and forced to hide from the authorities his entire life, nineteen-year-old Chi Richards is an active member of the Underground—a rebellious group seeking to overthrow the government.
Chi only has one goal—to rescue his parents from the work camp they were forced into.
Meeting Thia was never part of the plan, and neither was falling in love with her.
If caught in their forbidden relationship, Thia and Chi could face a death sentence, and when devastating secrets surface from Chi’s past, Thia has to rely on her instincts to make a choice that could save her or destroy her forever.
I had the pleasure of reading very early copies of this book by my good friend Alice Rachel, and while I enjoyed it then, I adore it now. I’m so proud and impressed with this book, and I hope I can say the right things to convince you to give it a try. As always, these thoughts are my own, and while it may seem a tiny bit biased because this is the work of a friend, I can promise you that I mean every word of it.
Under Ground is the perfect haunting dystopian story. This is not a society we would want to be a part of, and there is a group of people called the under ground who know that there is more to life then arranged marriages and the seriously insane rules put in place by the cities government. So there is no lack of suspense, danger, and of course (being a YA romance) swoony boys.
The characters are well thought out and very diverse. You’ll fall in love with Chi and feel for Thia with every word written. There are moments that drag a little, mostly Thia’s inner monologue, and I only say that because in the beginning she’s so unhappy with her life so it’s a bit of a downer. BUT, it’s understandable why Thia is the way she is, so it’s easy to swallow the stiff parts to get to the good stuff. I wouldn’t have it any other way, I just want to mention it because if you do decide to pick it up I want you to know that it all works.
The end will have you in shock, and if you’re like me, in tears! I finished reading this book while in a very public place -standing in a signing line at Yallfest- and even though I knew the end I still had to fight back the tears. I’ve even read an early copy of book 2, but I can’t wait for the published version!
I gave Under Ground 5 stars, and I stand by each star. I recommend this book to fans of dystopian novels like The Giver and Uglies – books that take away free will. It’s a wild ride, and I hope you’ll join me on this one! If you happen to pick this one up, be sure to give it some love on goodreads, social media, and amazon! Indie books can use all the help they can get.