I have to say that this was an intense book! Commander Rehz Akran offers Anna Lee a chance at life, die in prison or train for a mysterious mission and have a small chance at surviving. Anna Lee decides that a small chance is better than no chance but she sure did not know what she was in for! Her training is brutal and very intense, so readers be aware that this book has very dark scenes! I spent a good portion of this book not liking Rehz at all but as the story develops, the mystery was slowly revealed and I came to understand his methods. Anna Lee is one strong and intelligent woman who slowly wins Rehz's heart and that convinces him that he must do everything in his power to help her survive if he wants a chance at winning her love.
I will repeat that some of the training sessions in this story are very brutal but the intense storyline is so attention grabbing that I devoured this book in less than 2 days. With the mystery of the Tributes slowly revealed and understanding that Rehz's cruel techniques are all geared to the Tributes survival, readers will also come to sympathize with both the trainers and trainees. This is a well written story with unique characters that left me looking forward to the next book in this sci-fi series. 4 stars ~Booklover Sue