by Amy Engel
Paperback, 290 pages
Release Date: November 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: YA Dystopia
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Goodreads Summary: Ivy Westfall is beyond the fence and she is alone. Abandoned by her family and separated from Bishop Lattimer, Ivy must find a way to survive on her own in a land filled with countless dangers, both human and natural. She has traded a more civilized type of cruelty--forced marriages and murder plots--for the bare-knuckled brutality required to survive outside Westfall's borders.
But there is hope beyond the fence, as well. And when Bishop reappears in Ivy's life, she must decide if returning to Westfall to take a final stand for what she believes is right is worth losing everything she's fought for.
The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel is the long-awaited sequel of The Book of Ivy. This duology follows Ivy Westfall, the daughter of an underground rebel in a dystopian society called Westfall. Ivy’s grandfather founded the town, but lost the authority to govern the new nation. Instead, the Lattimer family mandates the town. Separating between the poor and the rich, the townspeople diverge in their lifestyles and opinions. The side of the poor are supporters of the Westfalls, while President Lattimer’s followers, the rich folks, approve of Lattimer’s dictatorship.
To keep peace, the two sides are placed in arranged marriages every year. Ivy, as the daughter of Justin Westfall, is expected to marry the son of President Lattimer, Bishop, at the age of sixteen. Her father and sister, Callie, eagerly hatch a plan for Ivy to break Bishop’s armor and use her advantage to kill him; thus taking down the heir of the Lattimer lineage and allowing the Westfalls to restore their power. Forced into a marriage she does not want, but at the same time, hoping to receive her father and sister’s approval, Ivy complies with the scheme.
As time passes, Ivy finds that Bishop is not what she had imagined him to be. Defying her family’s demand to kill him, Ivy sets a trap for herself so she can be caught. She takes the blame of the murder attempt and is casted out of Westfall. Ivy is left to die beyond the fence.
The Revolution of Ivy follows Ivy’s survival and growth outside the fence. Though Ivy faces natural obstacles, she receives aid from Caleb and Ash, siblings who live as itinerants in the wild. Throughout the story, readers see Ivy’s character growth and conflicting thoughts about her tangled life. During the first half, Ivy tries to accept that Bishop will no longer be a part of her life and puts him in her past. When Bishop suddenly appears before her, Ivy fights against him. Not wanting to resolve their conflicts and not willing to admit her innocence, seeing Bishop again is painful.
When news was brought back about Westfall’s chaos and downfall, Bishop and Ivy head back to save Callie from execution and to keep Westfall from crashing down into a civil war. With the conclusion filled with action, Bishop and Ivy prove to be worthy of mending the political disarray of Westfall.
The Revolution of Ivy is a page-turner that will keep readers at the edge of their seat with excitement. Its quick and steady pace allows for readers to stay fixated with the plotline. Readers will be left satisfied and content as they turn the last page.
Once more, Engel produced a novel of perfection, bundled with action, romance, and humor.
The Rating: (1-10): 8.5