The Cityborn by Edward Willett

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The metal City towers at the center of the mountain-ringed Heartland, standing astride the deep chasm of the Canyon like a malevolent giant, ruled with an iron fist by the First Officer and his Provosts in the name of the semi-mythical Captain. Within its corroding walls lies a stratified society, where the Officers dwell in luxury on the Twelfth Tier while the poor struggle to survive on the First and Second, and outcasts scrabble and fight for whatever they can find in the Middens, the City's rubbish heap, filling the Canyon beneath its dripping underbelly.

Alania, ward of an Officer, lives on Twelfth. Raised among the privileged class, Alania feels as though she is some sort of pampered prisoner, never permitted to explore the many levels of the City. And certainly not allowed to leave the confines of the City for any reason. She has everything a young woman could want except a loving family and personal freedom.

Danyl, raised by a scavenger, knows no home but the Middens. His day-to-day responsibility is to stay alive. His sole ambition is to escape from this subsistence existence and gain entrance to the City--so near and yet so far out of reach--in hopes of a better life.

Their two very different worlds collide when Alania, fleeing from an unexpected ambush, plunges from the heights of the City down to the Middens, and into Danyl's life.

Almost immediately, both of them find themselves pursued by the First Officer's Provosts, for reasons they cannot fathom--but which they must uncover if they are to survive. The secrets they unlock, as they flee the Canyon and crisscross the Heartland from the City's farmlands to the mountains of the north and back again, will determine not only their fate, but the fate of the City...and everyone who lives there.

Title : The Cityborn
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ISBN : 0756411777
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 405 pages


Nick rated it ★★★★☆

October 05, 2017

Here is my full review for Fresh Fiction: If you liked Wool by Hugh Howey, you may dig this one as well.

Katelyn (Lost as Alice, Mad as the Hatter) rated it ★★★☆☆

April 26, 2017

"The Cityborn can save us, but there are so many things that could go wrong." Actual Rating: 3.5 The Cityborn is actually (dare I say it) somewhat unique for me in the science fiction meets dystopia book world. There is a city located in a huge floating structure. Within this structure's walls...

Ale rated it ★★★★★

June 24, 2017

One of my goals this summer was to fix my sleeping schedule and actually go to sleep at a regular hour for once in my life. Unfortunately, a week into that plan, I won an ARC of the Cityborn (in exchange for an honest review). As soon as it arrived, my well-intentioned plans went out the window,...

Austine (NovelKnight) rated it ★★★★☆

July 05, 2017

I've finally read a dystopian that I've enjoyed. Well, I suppose it's technically sci-fi but it FELT like a dystopian with the whole world-ending, have to overthrow the government vibes. The Cityborn is told from the alternating perspectives of Alania, raised on the highest tier of the city, and D...

All Things Urban Fantasy rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 24, 2017

Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE CITYBORN is fueled by its dystopian society. In a place only known as ‘The City’, there are clear lines between the rich and the poor. There can be so much intrigue to a class-ruled dystopia. It’s always fun learn about how these strange societies a...

Jessica rated it ★★★★☆

July 04, 2017

The City is a large structure that is thirteen levels tall which has created a caste system. On levels one and two have those that are scrapping by to survive with the poor to drug addicts. Each level progressively gets better until level ten which is the prison. Those that go to the prison are n...

Alexander rated it ★★★☆☆

February 21, 2018

TL;DR: Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. This story has a cool idea but far, far too much should have been left on the cutting room floor. I picked this up because the excerpt on the back was *perfect.* It suggests things, i...

Hayden rated it ★★★★★

September 22, 2017

A great adventure that poses interesting questions about duty, freedom and destiny.

Sarai rated it ★★★★☆

May 17, 2017

This book really intrigued me with its cast kind of vibe. It reminded me of Garth Nix's Seventh Tower series that I read as a kid and loved. The story moved along quickly, but kind of got bogged down in the middle. It picked right back up again though, with awesome action scenes and suspense that...

Hilary rated it ★★★★☆

June 26, 2017

In a world with limited resources, the Free Citizens are rebelling. The Officers have ruled with callous disregard for those on the lower levels, living in luxury and security while others must scramble to survive. And then there are Alania and Danyl, never quite fitting in and always wondering w...

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