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Ash: A Destined Novel by Shani Petroff
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Ash: A Destined Novel

by Shani Petroff

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After the Event, in which seven billion people died, the survivors created a system to ensure nothing like that would happen again. People are placed into what is essentially a caste or “ring” system, starting with the highest, most powerful Purples through the rainbow to the lowly Ashes. As people are born, specialists extract their destinies, down to the day and time – and to maintain order, all must fulfill their destiny. Dax is a rarity, a Blank – one whose destiny could not be extracted, the lowliest of the low. Madden is an elite Purple, being groomed to take over a position on the ruling board. After Dax’s brothers commit the ultimate sacrifice in the name of breaking free from pre-determined destinies, Dax and Madden are thrown together in a plot of intrigue, secrecy, and danger.

While many elements of the plot are left unexplained – for instance, how exactly does a specialist extract a destiny from a baby? – the action is never sparse in this newly-wrought science fiction novel by Petroff and Manley. VERDICT: For lovers of stories about rebelling against “the system,” like The Hunger Games and Divergent, the Destined series is bound to entertain and enthrall. ( )
  amandacb | Mar 13, 2015 |
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Your destiny is not your own. The government has decided who you will be, who you will date, where you will work,if you will prosper or if you will perish. And the government will execute those who disobey. But who is watching the government?

Dax and Madden are teenage girls raised on opposite ends of this seven-ring spectrum. Dax's destiny is to live as an Ash, society's outcast, and will live out her life in squalor. Madden is a purple, or Ultraviolet, society's royalty and destined to rule as Minister. Dax and Madden's destinies have prescribed from birth--but fate has something else in store for them. Soon Madden and Dax will find themselves united when a catastrophic event forces these two young women to question their own pasts, present and future, as they realize that who they will be is not necessarily who they were born to be.

ASH, the first book in the "Destined" series, is an unforgettable journey into an alternate future, which will leave readers breathless while wondering just how close Dax and Madden's futures are from our own. Everyone has a destiny. Will you fight for yours?

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:04:15 -0400)

Madden's life is a whirlwind of privilege and perks. Born into the elite Purple ring, she is fated to be a Minister of the Seven. Although her position comes with the burden of great responsibility, she's nothing if not confident in her future. Her classmate Dax, an Ash, is clinging to the opposite end of the spectrum. While everyone around her knows what destiny awaits them, Dax's fate is... missing. After all, Destiny Specialists have determined how she will fulfill her life's purpose, and they are never wrong. Isolated and ignored, she refuses to let her lack of status define her. Destiny is calling. Will you fight for yours?… (more)

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