For four hundred years, the Church has led the remnants of humanity as they struggle for survival in the last inhabited city. Echo Hunter 367 is exactly what the Church created her to be: loyal, obedient, lethal. A clone who shouldn’t care about anything but her duty. Who shouldn’t be able to.
When rebellious citizens challenge the Church’s authority, it is Echo’s duty to hunt them down before civil war can tumble the city back into the dark. But Echo hides a deadly secret: doubt. And when Echo’s mission leads her to Lia, a rebel leader who has a secret of her own, Echo is forced to face that doubt. For Lia holds the key to the city’s survival, and Echo must choose between the woman she loves and the purpose she was born to fulfill.
Berg's promising debut, the first of a planned duology, stars a conflicted heroine who must fight for what she believes in and make a terrible choice. Echo Hunter 367 is a clone living in a strange world 400 years after the Fall, when civilization was almost destroyed. Unrest is brewing around the approach of the tithe, when girls are taken by the Church to serve as nuns (surrogate mothers for the hunter clones), and the cityens' uneasy relationship with the Church is coming to a head. Echo is charged with protecting the Church and the people that live beyond its boundaries, but she's plagued with doubts about the Church's infallibility. When she's send to find a man called the Warder and report on whispers of a rebellion, Hunter is eager to serve. However, when the Church fails to take action after a violent incident, Hunter is excommunicated for speaking out, and only in the city beyond the Church does she find purpose. Echo must balance her loyalty to an organization that betrayed her with the interests of the individuals she's come to care about. This intriguing story will have readers eager to pick up the second volume.
Love love love it!
This is an excellent story...futuristic, current...and so very plausible! Each character was well defined; reflecting their own stories within the larger story. The love story in the midst of the drama was one of the best! As I read this book and the other in the series, I could picture the movie in my mind.