Book: The Queen of All that Dies
Series: The Fallen World #1
Author: Laura Thalassa
In the future, the world is at war.
For the last decade, King Lazuli of the Eastern Empire has systematically taken over the world. No one knows much about him other than a series of impossible facts: he cannot die, he has not aged since the conflict began, and he wants to rule the world.
All Serenity Freeman has known is bloodshed. War has taken away her mother, her home, her safety. As the future emissary of the Western United Nations, the last autonomous region of the globe, she is responsible for forging alliances where she can.
Surrender is on the horizon. The king can taste it; Serenity feels it deep within her bones. There is no other option. Now the two must come face to face. For Serenity, that means confronting the man who’s taken everything from her. For the king, it means meeting the one woman he can’t conquer. But when they meet, something happens. Cruelty finds redemption.
Only in war, everything comes with a price. Especially love.-Goodreads
Review: This is a post-apocalyptic love story that is ridiculous on many levels, but was oh so much fun to read. King Lazuli has waged warn on Earth. Serenity and her father survive a nuclear bomb that levels DC, in a basement (yes, you read that correctly). Okay, after shaking your head and wondering how all these bombs didn't destroy Earth, you just need to go with it. She has grown up in an underground bunker with a small group of people. Food is scarce, they rarely see sunlight and she is training as her father's apprentice as Emissary of the WUN (western nations). When they decide it is finally time to surrender to King Lazuli, Serenity and her father fly to Europe to negotiate the deal. Of course, Serenity is gorgeous, doesn't recognize her good looks, is uncomfortable in fancy clothes and has zero traditional negotiation skills. However, I couldn't help but enjoy her interactions with the king. I actually laughed out loud several times. The age difference between the two definitely creeped me out a little (the author could have made her closer to 30 and not impacted the story) and I wish there was more characterization of the king.
Overall-fun and fast paced.