Submerged (Outbreak #1)
by Nicole Sobon
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 14th 2013
Submerged is certainly a dystopian that you can really sink your teeth into. From the get go, we are introduced to Taylen; the rebellious teen who is always sneaking off to the outside compound of the sealed Sector walls. In Taylen's world, the state of Florida is shut off from the outside and residents are divided into different Sectors known as Family, Widowed and Homeless and
all teens are required to enlist in the guard or the clinic by their seventeenth birthday.
I love the fact that the author wasted no time at all in developing the story and we dive into action right at the beginning. Taylen is a strong female character who has the courage to stand for what she believes in. It is also interesting to see her character's development through out the story as her actions unwittingly sparked a change in the controlled society that she lives in. When Taylen are forced to flee her Sector, she uncovered an earth shattering truth about her own world and get s to meet a mysterious guy called Grate. Eventhough Lex is introduced earlier on as Taylen's supposedly childhood friend/love interest who joined Troum's guard, it is easy to see how she gets atttracted to Grate. Taylen felt betrayed by Lex loyalty to his superiors while Grate seemed much more reckless and carefree.
With it's intense, gripping action, unique plot and amazing world building, Submerged is certainly a dystopian series to look out for. I really can't wait for the next book!