"This book was so good that I wanted to read it quickly, I wanted to know what'll happen next, but then this book was also so sooooo good that I read it very slowly because the world building, the pacing was impeccably done and I didnt want UG to end." - Tuba S, Goodreads
Published: October 30th, 2015
Love is a taboo, a mere fantasy— foreign, unreachable, and dangerous.
Raised in a society where women have no rights, seventeen-year-old Thia Clay holds little hope for a bright future. When her parents sell her into marriage to elite member William Fox, Thia slowly gives in to despair. William is nothing but a cruel, selfish young man with no other interest than to serve his own.
Born illegally and forced to hide from the authorities his entire life, nineteen-year-old Chi Richards is an active member of the Underground—a rebellious group seeking to overthrow the government.
Chi only has one goal—to rescue his parents from the work camp they were forced into.
Meeting Thia was never part of the plan, and neither was falling in love with her.
If caught in their forbidden relationship, Thia and Chi could face a death sentence, and when devastating secrets surface from Chi’s past, Thia has to rely on her instincts to make a choice that could save her or destroy her forever.
“I wish we could meet somewhere else, somewhere normal, without hiding,” I say.
“Yeah, me too. I wonder what it’d be like to just hang out with you casually. But I try not to think about things I can’t have. Well...that was until I saw you. Then I couldn’t stop thinking about you. I knew I couldn’t have you, and it was driving me crazy." He breathes deeply and looks straight at me. "It's still driving me crazy.”
I swallow hard. This is the first time that Chi truly acknowledges that he might have feelings for me. At least, that’s what I believe he’s saying. It makes me want to fly right down into the valley and scream for joy.
“Thia..." The look in his eyes intensifies. "This means that I like you—a lot.”
He studies my reaction, and I simply smile, though my entire being has caught on fire. He leans toward me slowly, as if he were expecting me to push him back. When his lips touch mine, they are so soft that it could just be air between us. His hand slides toward the nape of my neck, and Chi pulls me closer to him as he kisses me more deeply. His mouth tastes like spearmint. My heart thunders inside my chest like a storm while his touch electrifies my nerves back to life. When he pulls away, my head feels dizzy with sensations. Chi pushes his forehead to mine and his mouth spreads into a playful grin.
“Now, we truly are in trouble,” he says, and his smile widens, reaching his eyes.
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About the author:
Alice Rachel is the author of the YA Forbidden Romance/ Dystopian Romance Series "Under Ground."
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