Published by St. Martin's Griffin on September 2, 2014
Reviewed by: Libbie
For Davis Morrow, perfection is a daily reality. Like all Priors, Davis has spent her whole life primed to be smarter, stronger, and more graceful than the lowly Imperfects, or “Imps.” A fiercely ambitious ballerina, Davis is only a few weeks away from qualifying for the Olympiads and finally living up to her mother’s legacy when she meets Cole, a mysterious boy who leaves her with more questions each time he disappears.
Davis has no idea that Cole has his own agenda, or that he’s a rising star in the FEUDS, an underground fighting ring where Priors gamble on Imps. Cole has every reason to hate Davis—her father’s campaign hinges on the total segregation of the Imps and Priors—but despite his best efforts, Cole finds himself as drawn to Davis as she is to him.
Then Narxis, a deadly virus, takes its hold--and Davis’s friends start dying. When the Priors refuse to acknowledge the epidemic, Davis has no one to turn to but Cole. Falling in love was never part of their plan, but their love may be the only thing that can save her world...in Avery Hastings's Feuds.
Having just finished FEUDS I’m having a problem – I’m still not entirely sure what it was about. Set in the future, check. Dystopian, also check. There are Priors, there are Gens/Imps, and they sort of co-exist. Except when they don’t. There’s an imminent election and whispers of a disease. And an underground fight club deal that can save a family from life in the slums. Somehow.
A lot can be said for authors that let their readers draw their own conclusions about how a world became the way it is. At the same time, without some degree of world-building, the plot gets lost in a sea of questions. That’s what happened to me while reading FEUDS. I wanted to like the story, but I couldn’t stop questioning things about the Priors, and the Gens/Imps. I wanted to know more about the FEUDS and the Olympiads – they were vital to the story, but never explained to the point I could focus on *why* they were so important. All I had were the characters telling me that they were.
I can usually accept some sketchiness in fleshing out the world of a new book, but in this case, it kept me from connecting with the story, and the characters, and FEUDS became something to finish rather than a story that intrigued me. Maybe it’s because I’ve always preferred books where the author shows me rather than tells me.
With the cliffhanger ending, I can only assume that there will be a second book even though one isn’t listed on Goodreads. If there is, I don’t think I’ll be diving back in for a second dip in the pool. If dystopia is your thing, by all means give FEUDS a shot, because it is an interesting premise, I just couldn’t get past the holes.