The Polaris Uprising
Publication date: October 30th 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
In less than seven years, eighteen-year-old Ryla Jensen will succeed her father as the president of Neress, a nation where all citizens are cared for from the moment they’re born. Fed, sheltered, even educated—every need of theirs is met.
The only price they pay is their free will.
Groomed since childhood to take on a role she’s not even sure she wants, Ryla’s only escape from the pressures of duty is her sister, Alanna. But when her eyes are opened to the oppressive regime her father built, she begins to question everything she’s set to inherit—and finds herself at odds with her sister’s blind allegiance to their father.
Torn between loyalty to her family and the fight for freedom, Ryla must decide just how far she’s willing to go to make a stand and risk losing the person she loves most in the world: Alanna.
My Review: 3.5 Stars out of 5 ***
What to start with? First of all I love sci-fi, dystopian, after the war type books. I love feisty heroines that don’t think twice about kicking some butt. I also love conflict. This book had all of that.
Ryla and Alanna are sisters, daughter’s of President Jensen of Neress. Neither question the world their father has built since the war since the population are provided with everything they need. Everything that is but free will.
Alanna is about to marry Owen, the son of the Security Minister. It will be a marriage of convenience, one that socially and genetically will be beneficial. Ryla is being groomed to take over as President in seven years when she turns 25.
The first half of the book was a little slow and I have to confess to being a little confused at times because it’s written from both Alanna and Ryla’s POV. I think I struggled with that until I got used to the switch.
I loved the ‘Hunger Games” feel the world had (no arena’s I promise) and I really liked that Ryla wasn’t as brain washed as she first seemed to be. Through Alek, her new tutor we meet Tyson his son. I really liked him. He liked to kick back over the grip the government has on society.
After an incident involving a rebel movement Ryla asks to be included on all matters of the state. She is beginning to wonder about the perfection of the world she lives in. Especially after the execution day.
About half way through the story starts to pick up some momentum and Ryla has to make some tough choices about what she will do when she assumes the role as leader. She knows she cannot continue her father’s legacy, but what is she to do?
One night changes everything, Ryla and Tyson are is serious trouble and something tragic happens that will change Ryla forever. The domino effect of that night sets into motion a set of events that simply cannot be trusted, there’s a wedding, an assassination, a culprit all that cannot be trusted.
Ryla’s fate is set, so is Alanna’s.
I have to say, the ending dialogue and scenes between Alanna and Ryla (not necessarily together) had me getting goosebumps. The book definitely grew as the story unfolded and set itself up nicely for the second installment.
Jennifer Ibarra grew up on a steady diet of books, Star Wars, and other fantastic feats of the imagination. Her debut novel, The Polaris Uprising, is the first book in a trilogy and mixes dystopia with family drama, romance, and political intrigue.
She lives in Silicon Valley, where she does marketing for a tech company and spends her time running, cooking, baking, and keeping up with celebrity gossip.