Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Publisher’s Weekly says Steve Westover’s “A Nothing Named Silas” falls “somewhere between ‘The Hunger Games’ and Ayn Rand’s ‘Anthem,’” which means it is sure to appeal to Young Adult readers.

The book is Westover’s fifth novel.
Silas doesn’t exist…not really. But neither does anyone else he knows. Bred for a life of Command, Silas’ life is thrown into crisis when he’s drafted into a menial life of Labor instead. Everything he knows about himself is about to be challenged.

When he steps through the entrance of the domed Labor shield and see’s prisoners hanging in cages overhead, Silas’ worst fears are confirmed. What he can’t see is that insurrection is brewing under the shield and the insurgents have devised a role for him to play. Silas must determine which side he will fight for as he learns the truth about who he is and why he was drafted into a life of Labor.

“I think at some point every teenager questions his or her value and wonders about who they really are,” said Westover. “In Silas’ case, the answers are both enlightening and disturbing. I wanted to write an exciting adventure full of political intrigue and self-discovery to show everyone that there is something special in them.”

Readers of all ages are sure to enjoy this dystopian adventure.

Hardcover, 304 pages

Published September 10th 2013 by Sweetwater Books

First line:
"Silas, you know what you've got to do."

This book is like DIVERGENT meets PARTIALS meets POSSESSION.
What a ride.
Sixteen year old Silas has been trained to be strong and win at any cost. In the most important race of his life, the one that will place him in the best 'dome', he loses. Now, instead of living his life in commander, he starts out his life as an abused slave.
Leaders, government, even Silas are not what they appear to be. There are some great twists in this book, twists I did not see coming.
Mr. Westover did a great job with his world building. I liked how Silas was so enthralled with trees and birds because he'd never seen anything outside the dome where he was raised.
This is a dark dystopian read.  I'm actually surprised Cedar Fort published it. This book would fit in nationally.

Rating: PG 16
V: Yes, + one graphic murder scene
L: No
S: Kissing



3 1/2 STARS
Thanks, Netgalley!

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