Stripped of their birthright and shunned by the people of Ashlund, Una and her family are forced to live on the fringe of society as Scavengers. There is no question that her family's bond is strong, but the law of the Authority is stronger...and soon it will come to collect her. After all, the family is on borrowed time already.
When a night of torment and truth reveals well kept secrets, Una takes new freedoms, free from the Authority, her family, and possibly her fate. Pulled between the life she's always known and a world where status and rituals are everything, Una struggles to understand a culture that has rejected all she holds dear. As Atchem comes to an end and she learns who she really is, will Una find the courage to do what it takes to ensure her family's survival, or will she find the faith to follow her heart?
"An excellent story in a well-built world populated by fascinating characters; full of a ton of things you won't see coming...Una’s tale is a rough one, but very well crafted and I did enjoy it (even the dark bits). It was a heavy read, and it took me longer than usual to finish. That is, in part, due to the severity of the world of Scavengers and Citizens. But it’s also a credit to the author, and the depth and breadth of the world she has so artfully created and the plots she has delicately intertwined within it. There were loads of things I never saw coming, which is not something that happens often. Perhaps it shouldn’t be that surprising – so much happens in this story, that encapsulating it is nearly impossible without either a twenty page precis or spoilers (hence the difficulty in putting genre parameters around it). The characterization is fantastic."
"This book has a premise that is both interesting and intriguing. Una is about to be a woman, and that means she can become a slave, surrogate or wife. Not much of a choice, but then something happens. She meets Blue."
"To say that Scavenger Girl is a captivating dystopian world full of danger, intrigue and romance really does not do this story justice."
"Welcome to The Hunger Games meets Star Wars! Wow, this was a great book!It was like nothing I've ever read before, and I read a lot. Una lives in a sort of dystopian,(horrible in my opinion) society. Her family was stripped of their title, making them scavengers. If the Authority thinks Scavengers are in the wrong, they can harm them and kill them with no consequences. It's terrifying, really."
"Jennifer Arntson had me hooked from the first chapter with a world of totally different societies, each with their own beliefs, customs and lifestyles. The characters were well developed and very likeable, each tugging at your heart."
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