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The Jewel
The Lone City series, Book 1
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New York Times bestselling author Amy Ewing delivers a dark and riveting tale that "will have fans of Oliver's Delirium, Cass's The Selection, and DeStefano's Wither breathless."*The Jewel has many...
New York Times bestselling author Amy Ewing delivers a dark and riveting tale that "will have fans of Oliver's Delirium, Cass's The Selection, and DeStefano's Wither breathless."*The Jewel has many...
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  • New York Times bestselling author Amy Ewing delivers a dark and riveting tale that "will have fans of Oliver's Delirium, Cass's The Selection, and DeStefano's Wither breathless."*

    The Jewel has many meanings: wealth, beauty, royalty. But for Violet, the Jewel has always meant servitude.

    Born and raised in the Marsh, Violet is destined for the Jewel. She is trained as a surrogate for the elite and is bought by the Duchess of the Lake at auction. And she quickly learns that beneath the Jewel's glittering façade lies the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

    Violet must accept the ugly realities of her life...all while fighting for her survival. But before she can accept her fate, Violet meets a handsome boy who is also under the Duchess's control. A forbidden love sparks.

    But their illicit affair has consequences, which will cost them both more than they bargained for. And toeing the line between being calculating and rebellious, Violet must decide what, and who, she is willing to risk for her own freedom.

    *BCCB

About the Author-

  • Amy Ewing earned her MFA in Writing for Children at the New School and received her BFA at New York University. The Jewel started off as a thesis project but became her debut novel, the first in a New York Times bestselling trilogy. The other books are The White Rose and The Black Key. She lives in New York City. Visit Amy online at www.amyewingbooks.com or on Twitter @AmyEwingBooks.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    June 16, 2014
    First-time author Ewing adds to a genre saturated with stories of poor, beautiful girls forced to live among the upper class. Sixteen-year-old Violet Lasting is from the direst sector of the Lone City. It’s an island run by powerful royals who can no longer bear their own children and must hire surrogates, like Violet, with unique powers called auguries. In an annual auction, Violet is sold to the powerful Duchess of the Lake, who parades her around in fine dresses, but demands that Violet deliver a perfect daughter quickly. As Violet begins to realize the dangerous political machinations at play, the plot becomes further complicated as she falls for an off-limits guy. The idea of forced reproductive slavery provides an attention-grabbing hook, but thin worldbuilding and some narrative missteps (at least four chapters end with Violet falling into darkness after being drugged, and there are unfortunate references to characters’ almond-shaped eyes or skin “the color of dark brewed coffee”) don’t help the story stand out from the pack. Ages 14–up. Agent: Charlie Olsen, Inkwell Management.

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    Starred review from September 1, 2014
    Grades 9-12 *Starred Review* Violet, forced to leave her home in the Marsh to become a surrogate, will no longer be known by her name once she is purchased at auction. She'll be known as 197, the property of the Duchess of Lake, for whom she will bear a child. Her life will go from humble to opulent, but it will no longer be her own. Debut author Ewing gets inspiration from Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale (1985), but she does a delicious job of putting her twist on the surrogacy premise. Violet, who tells her own story, is by turns frightened by her fate yet bold in her choices. Her strength as a character is matched by that of the determined Duchess of Lake, who is carefully layered. Readers get a true sense of not just the social hierarchy but also the effect it has on the citizenry, from highest to lowest, through Ewing's excellent world building. This spills over into skillful descriptions that bring teens right into the Jewel, the center city where the royalty live, with each glorious gown, ornate adornment, and delicious morsel of food lovingly evoked. While Violet's forbidden romance is not the dominant story line, it intrigues. Still, the males look like they'll play more of a role in the next book, which readers will want ASAP.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2014, American Library Association.)

  • Andrea Cremer, international bestselling author of The Nightshade Series

    "With its taut, provocative plot and irresistible characters, THE JEWEL had me tearing through pages right up to the final, startling twist. I need the next book now!" — Andrea Cremer, international bestselling author of The Nightshade Series

    "Will have fans of Oliver's Delirium, Cass' The Selection, and DeStefano's Wither breathless with anticipation for the sequel." — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

    "Ewing writes a fast-paced story that takes readers into the inner workings of a society that is obsessed with power and perfection." — School Library Journal

    "Excellent world building... skillful descriptions." — Booklist (starred review)

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