Date Published: January 3, 2014
Date Read: 2/17/15
Rating: 4 stars
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Avene was sentenced to prison at thirteen for a crime she didn’t commit. Now she has a chance to win her freedom back – if she enters the Headhunters Race. Second prize isn’t so bad either, an upgrade to the Leisure Prison if you make it to the finish line. To win either prize, Avene and the other prisoners must navigate one hundred and fifty miles of dense forest, desert, and worst of all, cannibal territory.
With a mechanical collar timed to strangle the prisoners if they’re not back in nine days, Avene allies herself with seventeen-year-old McCoy, another prisoner that insists on helping her at every turn and a boy she’s trying hard not to fall for. Together they battle nature, other prisoners, and the timed death collars to win the coveted prize. But when Avene is tested with one deadly conflict after another, she realizes there is more at stake than winning her freedom – first she has to survive.
My Thoughts: I liked the main character Avene in this story. There were some side characters I was not to fond of though. The plot was interesting with the whole concept of having to complete this task in a certain time frame or you will die no question about it. That made the story a little tense at times when the collars would tighten up after so much time had passed. I really liked McCoys character, I thought he was great. Overall the story was pretty good. I did find a few flaws with it but it wasn’t anything that really detracted from the actually story itself.