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The Decemites The Echelon Book One by Ramona Finn

In a dystopian world, people live in the Dome to protect themselves from the toxic air and mutants outside. The gretha needed to make clean air is mined outside the Dome by specially selected and trained people called Decemites. The Decemites are injected with nanobots which allow them to breathe the outside air and quickly repair any damage done to their bodies, making them virtually indestructible.

Our heroine, Myla, is a Decemite…well, not exactly. Her parents were both Decemites, and they passed on their nanobots to her. There is not supposed to happen…ever. Myla’s parents have died before the story begins, and she has been adopted into a family living in the Dirt. The Dirt is the bottom area of the Dome where most of the people live and work, etching out a living and doing the bidding of the upper echelon. Her adoptive family knows of her abilities, but no one else does.

Then one day, her adoptive sister, Ona, is chosen to become a Decemite. When Ona fails to return from her first mission outside the Dome, Myla demands answers but is stonewalled. She sneaks outside the Dome. In her desperate search for her sister, she discovers the Outsiders and a world she did not know existed. Yet the Outside’s world is perilous, depending on trading with Decemites for getha. But are the Decemites really plotting to exterminate the Outsiders and their family way of life? What is true, and what is a lie?

I enjoyed this story. I would not put it in the same class as The Hunger Games but still wanted to keep reading to the end. It is a fast-paced story, and you begin to suspect the motives of the leader of the Dome. Why does the leader with the nanobots have an extraordinarily long life, while the Decemites seem to have short lives? I am not a fan of zombie-like mutants, but they do not have a major role in the story.

The Decemites is a clean story which only rarely uses “potty” words - I have read Christian novels which use the same amount. I understand that Ramona Finn is a pen name owned by the publisher, Relay Publishing, similar to how several different authors used Franklin W. Dixon for the Hardy Boys books.

If you enjoy dystopian novels, you will likely enjoy this one. I understand there are two other books in the series. I am not sure I am sufficiently interested to read them, but maybe one day.

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