Branded (Sinners #1)
by Abi Ketner, and Missy Kalicicki
Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best.
Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home.
Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain.
Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.
The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me.
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter.
My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.
What would you do if you lived in a world where you were guilty if you were accused? If you were branded for life for sins you did not commit? If you were thrown into a horrible prison called The Hole to fend for yourself and fight daily to survive? This is the horror and the hell that Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki created in Branded.
Lexi is a young woman who has been forced into the Hole and branded for committing the sin of Lust. She is immediately given a guard and escorted to her new “home”. She learns the rules in The Hole. She is is fortunate enough to have been given an assignment in the hospital.
Cole is her guard and she soon discovers that this is not the norm in The Hole. She is very grateful for his protection. Sinners branded with Lust are frequently given the “job” of being a prostitute. She escaped that fate and is sent to work daily. She is leered at and she discovers that without protection, she would become a frequent victim to the depravity that surrounds her.
Cole saves her time and again. He is a handsome guard who soon discovers that Lexi is not all that she seems. Lexi soon discovers that The Hole is not all that it seems and Cole becomes someone who she finds herself falling for.
In The Hole the biggest sin is falling for a sinner. Both the sinner and the guard are dealt with swiftly and painfully. The guards take their frustrations out on the sinners. They are viewed as sub-humans. The Commander is the ultimate authority and he is the man behind the current system. He is never seen but he is all seeing. The atmosphere is one of fear and hate.
For some people in The Hole, all hope is lost and they simply give up. But for a few, they dream of a better future. Of crystal clear blue waters and sunny skies. They know that they can be more and have more for themselves and the future generations. They are the roots that take hold and refuse to be pulled.
This book was EPIC! This is the DEBUT novel for both authors. It was simply amazing. This was slightly off genre for me. This is a young adult dystopian fantasy. It is all story with a love story in the mix. There were no graphic scenes and I would rate it PG-13. I usually go for the more adult stuff but I did not find this one missing anything at all.
It was simply magnificent.
Great job! 5 Stars!
***A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.***