About the Author: Julia J Simpson writes New Adult romantic speculative fiction, influenced by her love of historical eras and fondness for imagining life on earth after a blank slate. Favorite authors include Katherine Mansfield, Maggie Stiefvater, Leigh Bardugo, and Philippa Gregory. She is also a fan of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, and all things Jane Austen. Julia lives in Florida with her husband and zoo of rescue animals.
Genre: New Adult, Dystopian, Romance
Synopsis: As a ministerial daughter, Synda May Ivey has a duty to her family and to all of Floridian—but she has no interest in galas, garden parties, and high-tech society life. With everything in disarray after her father's death, marriage to her aristocratic childhood friend is the last thing she wants. After escaping to a world of simplicity in the low-tech tractlands, life couldn't be more perfect. Silver Glen is everything she'd hoped for, and Wilken Kirby might help her forget about the noble Everton Greer. But with her overbearing stepfamily in pursuit and her true identity cloaked in deception, her two worlds may not stay separate for long. Having seen her nation through different eyes, she may find it difficult to choose freedom and love over duty.
Where do I start? For one, the world building was fantastic! Julia did an excellent job creating a world called Floridian which is the state of Flordia divided into multiple parts. The rest of the world isn't mentioned, but this was never a cause of concern for me because everything was portrayed so well in Floridian that I never wanted to know about the rest of the world.
The society Julia created is also well-developed. Rich, ministerial, families and their servants have easy lives in technologically advanced cities. Tractlanders are denied access to this technology, and although at first, a simple life may seem appealing and wholesome, dangers arise constantly.
I think this book does an excellent job of showing that the grass is always greener on the other side. The main character, Synda, wants the simple life of a tractlander. However, the longer she remains hidden away in the tractlands, the more she sees life isn't as perfect and appealing as she once thought. Synda is also very strongwilled, opinionated, and decisive, which easily makes her one of my favorite characters. However, all of the characters in this book were written and developed in such a way that I know this book will stay with me for a long time.
The book is loosely based on Cinderella, but in a more refreshing way than other retellings. Truly, this book is unlike any I've read before, and I can't wait to read more by the author.
P.S. The cover is gorgeous!