Title: An Ember in the Ashes

Author: Tahir, Sabaa

Call #: Teen Fiction TAH

For those who like dystopian literature, the theme of this book will seem pretty familiar; a government taking away individual rights of its subject and those who fight back.  However, An Ember in the Ashes offers even more. Set in a world mirroring the Roman Empire, the characters are strong, but also know their weaknesses. Laia and Elias, the main characters, are very different, but soon learn they fight for a common cause. Throughout the story, they both grow and evolve, challenging themselves and those around them. The end of the story will leave you eager for the second book.

Reviewed by: Kelsey Breen

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