In a post-apocalyptic future, seventeen year old Lozen spends her days hunting monsters for the Ones. The Ones run Haven, the place where she and her family live.
Living in Haven wasn't their choice; the Ones decided for them because they wanted Lozen for her skills of killing monsters. Killing her father and uncle, they took Lozen's mother and two siblings knowing she would for them in order to keep the rest of her family safe.
So Lozen is a monster hunter for the Ones - people who were genetically enhanced before the Cloud came and technology ceased to work.
Lozen hunts monsters and waits for her chance to escape with her family. Lozen is the only one who can save them from the Ones who want to rule this post-apocalyptic world.
I was excited about this book as soon as I saw the cover. It just looks so awesome.
I've been reading books by Joseph Bruchac since 2009 and this isn't the type of books he usually writes. A lot of his stories are based on Native American legends, but none other than this one (at least that I know of) is set in a post-apocalyptic future. So, this is different for Joseph Bruchac.
I wasn't really getting into it when I first started reading it it. I felt it was a bit slow and hard to connect to Lozen at first. But it really picks up and I love Lozen. She is such a great female character. She is strong, cares about her family and I love that Mr. Bruchac didn't feel the need to push a relationship with Hussein. Yes, Hussein says he likes her. But that's as far as it goes.
There is nothing wrong with a love story, but I am glad this book didn't become that, that Lozen stayed a strong character and didn't become stupid at sight of having a chance to be with a guy.
But, I've found that Joseph Bruchac writes very good female characters. All the books of his I've read with female characters they are strong and independent.
I think it was an original and very creative story.The world is interesting and so are the characters. How it ended, it sort of seems like the author could write a sequel if he wanted to. And if he does, I'll definitely be reading it.