Seventeen-year-old Pierce is a Drudge, the lowest social stratum in society. For over two years, he’s hoped—prayed—that his upcoming aptitude test will finally free him from his virtual slavery and give him a chance at a better existence. When he rescues Harmony, an Artist and member of the most successful stratum, his life takes an unbelievable twist.
With his gallant act and good looks, he becomes a media sensation. Every stratum in society seeks his membership for their publicity, but as he becomes closer to Harmony, Pierce realizes what fame in Omni is truly like. His choices will not only affect him but Harmony as well. The life Pierce thought he wanted may not be worth the cost to either of them.
***I received this ebook as a gift in exchange for an honest review.
Triggers: Omni contains scenes that may be triggers for some-assault, violence.
- Omni is a colorful dystopian where manipulation and appearances triumph over morals. Everyone is able to be bought with deceit and heavy-handed threats. The world is detailed and reads seamlessly, it feels natural. Each new bit of knowledge about the society fits and it’s almost as if you can feel the monotony and clockwork meticulousness of the Omni rulers.
- Pierce is a hard-headed knight. He comes to the rescue, fists swinging. Gallant, chivalrous one moment and roguish the next, he is sexy in his rough around the edges way. A little bit of a bad boy, Pierce is always in trouble, he doesn’t know when to stop and gives into his impulses. Underneath, he’s a big softie with a huge heart. The way he looks at Harmony, as if his world begins and ends with her smile will make you melt.
- Harmony is trapped in a world of expectations and public appearances. Her wants are lost to the greater needs of the public. Harmony yearns for freedom even though she’s in the lap of luxury as an Artist, it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Harmony lives in a perpetual state of fear and has no control over her love life. Harmony’s terror is real, some scenes are graphic and horrifying, the anxiety builds rapidly. When Harmony meets Pierce, it’s like she saw the beauty in the world for the first time, to possibility of happiness. Harmony puts everyone before herself and her selflessness is taken for weakness. Harmony grows and learns her voice.
- Together, Harmony and Pierce are perfect, they complete each other. They feel safe, comfortable, and excited almost immediately. There’s an airy, sweetness to their relationship despite everything working against it.
- Hale and Pierce’s friendship was more of a brief interlude than anything else. Their interactions (when they happened) were playful and brotherly, you could feel their love and trust. However, there wasn’t enough of it. Hale and Pierce’s friendship is a crucial element of what makes Pierce the man he is. The sense of joy and hope that Hale brings to the world was not as potent as it could have been. In short, Hale was a sweet, charming guy that I wanted more of and was lost to a whirlwind of relationship drama.
- The climax was lacking the detail of the forward. The suspense, the terror, the loss, none of it was as impassioned as the opening scene. From the moment of doom to the end, Pierce’s reactions were muted and didn’t mesh well with his character. Up to that point, he was fiery and impulsive and suddenly, acceptance? It didn’t sit well.
- The bid war between the Superiors was puzzling. The obsessive need to possess Pierce lacked foundation other than the superfluous notion that he could be popular. While he did have a fan encounter or two, the mass hysteria of celeb status was absent.
Andrea Murray has been teaching English for longer than most of her students have been alive. She has taught everything from elementary reading groups to concurrent credit classes. She is currently teaching junior high language arts. She has a BSE and an MA in English. She lives in a very small town in Arkansas with her husband of nineteen years and their two children. In addition to teaching, she also blogs on Chick Lit Plus, writes young adult fiction, and recently completed her fourth novel, Omni, a YA dystopian based on the story of Paris and Helen. Andrea has also written The Vivid Trilogy, a YA paranormal romance. When she isn’t doing that, she’s probably reading or watching bad B movies.
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