In exchange for peace for Earthfell, twice every year there is a selection in which sixteen young people between the ages of 18-20 are chosen to be offered to Lord Toric, the alien Lord of Calisto. They are to compete in a tournament in which the female winner will become a part of the Lord’s harem and the male will become one of his servants.
Maya believes that she is safe from the selection as the clan she belongs to has already had a volunteer chosen that has been in training. But when the girl dies shortly before the selection it comes to a random draw in which Maya is chosen. Saying goodbye to her life and family Maya heads to Calisto to fight for her life in the games.
Sapient Salvation is very much like a sort of cross between the Hunger Games and the Selection series for a slightly older audience. Like in the Hunger Games the losers of the selected will not survive after the challenges. But like the Selection series a part of the competition is impressing Lord Toric. In this story though there are a lot more sexual situations involved although not overly graphic.
The book started off a little slow paced for me as we meet Maya and learn of the setting and her story but once involved in it I couldn’t help enjoying the read as I did like both the Hunger Games and the Selection. Sapient Salvation definitely did a better job with the world building than the Selection series and was a lot deeper and darker in content more along lines of the Hunger Games.
With the idea that this is taking place on a distant planet and alien race during a battle for control of Earth this series has certainly set itself apart. When finished with this first book I was quite intrigued with where it was going and would definitely continue the story from here.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.