When her sadistic mother, Queen Ada, betroths her to an abusive prince of a neighboring sphere, Clara determines to escape Outside where savages roam free.
Clara escapes tyranny only to discover the savages are not the only people who survived the cataclysmic events of one hundred forty years prior.
Once Outside, Clara finds herself trapped, unable to return to the abusive life of the sphere while facing certain danger Outside.
Can Clara find love and freedom with the peril that threatens to consume her?
Review by: Scott
The Pearl Savage by Tamara Rose Blodgett takes place in a world that has seen better days. The advanced societies were protected from whatever even wrecked the air of the world by living inside of high tech biospheres. Although everything in them seems to be run on steam so it's a forward/backward kind of thing.
Princess Clara is the primary character of the book and her life isn't what you would think for a princess. Her father died a few years ago and since then her mother (who has never cared for her) now openly despises her. In her mind Clara is something to sell off as a wife to a neighboring kingdom so she can stay wasted off of the wine they produce. Luckily for Clara she is a sincerely good person and has some pretty incredible friends to help her deal with her horrible mother. After meeting her husband-to-be and finding out what her life could be become she is left with no choice but to escape into the possibly tainted outside world. It is well known that there are savages that still exist outside the domes, but they are the creatures of nighttime horror stories told to keep children in line. The reality of the savages are they are a simple people who are in trouble. They would like to communicate with the people inside the domes to try to get help, but aren't sure that it will do any good.
I became of fan of Tamara's writing while reading her Death Speaks series. To be perfectly honest I was a little iffy on this one as it gets advertised a bit as a romance and that is a slippery slope for me. I will have to say however that just like the romantic elements in her other series it is not overwhelming. There is a stronger romantic theme in this book than I normally enjoy, but it is done well and there is plenty of character development and action to keep me attention focused on the book.
The book has a wonderfully unique setting inside the domes. Completely contained and totally self reliant biospheres powered by steam populated by a Victorian Era society. That scored some pretty big points with me as I love the idea behind steampunk and this book has a bit of that feel to it. This is a great book for highschool plus readers, as it has a bit of graphic content, and anyone who enjoys post apocalyptic stories and romances.
Review copy provided by the author.