REVIEW: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
In this book we follow the story of Vitalia, a teenage girl with a weak heart. Not truly a weak heart as in emotional, but a weak heart as in, its congenital heart failure, and its getting worse. Her parents do the only option that is legally available to them. They take her and their younger son to the capital city where hopefully, the Nine members of the council will determine that Vitalia's case is absolutely awful enough, and she is worthy enough, for them to step in and give her a new heart.
During their trip into the capital, Vitalia and her little brother evade the underground black market of body parts that the government has unwittingly created as they wait for her time before the Council and their judgement that will ultimately determine her life.
This book was very well-written, though I found the beginning to be hard to get into and a bit sluggish. The last third of the book completely swept me away, and by the end, I completely fell in love with the book. The ending had a horrifying twist to it that made me need to read the next.