Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best.
Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home.
Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain.
Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.
The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me.
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter.
My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.
ARC Provided in exchange for honest review.
I Freaking Loved this book!
Okay, so the cover is not that inviting to me.. though it's relevant to the book, I actually passed it by quite a few times. But I figured Dystopian is one of my favorite sub-genres, and add a bit of romance and you've got me. So I started reading it, and the rest is history!
Branded is a bit weird, definitely a bit gruesome, and dark; but there's something about it that compels you to keep reading. I really like the dystopian setting, though it's still a bit foggy to me. I think part of it is still a bit of a mystery. The forbidden romance *swoons* love it!!!
The Hole holds the sinners of the Seven Deadly Sins. They are branded for life and sentenced to live out that life within it's walls. It's a fight or die life, and no place for Lexi. She is issued a guard, Cole and destined to serve her life out as a nurse in the hospital. Lexi and Cole try to fight their attraction, but there's just no way around it! The ultimate sin is to love a sinner. The couple fight against all odds to be together, but the increasing violence within The Hole may keep them apart for good.
Branded has to be one of my favorite dystopian reads yet. It is fast paced, action packed, and just an overall experience to read. I 100% recommend this book, you'd be silly not to read it.
Since I loved this book SO much, I've decided to give away an ECopy of Branded, gifted through Barnes & Noble or Amazon! Good Luck!