Earlier this week I posted a review for a mystery and now I’m back for the tour of a young adult dystopian. TBR and Beyond Tour is hosting a tour for The Ballad of Ami Miles and today I want to talk about this book. Keep on reading to find out more about this book including my review and some of my favorite quotes.
A big thanks to the publisher for providing me with an e-arc to read and review!
The Ballad of Ami Miles by Kristy Dallas Alley
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Publishing Date: December 1, 2020
Raised in isolation at Heavenly Shepherd, her family’s trailer-dealership-turned-survival compound, Ami Miles knows that she was lucky to be born into a place of safety after the old world ended and the chaos began. But when her grandfather arranges a marriage to a cold-eyed stranger, she realizes that her “destiny” as one of the few females capable of still bearing children isn’t something she’s ready to face.
With the help of one of her aunts, she flees the only life she’s ever known, and sets off on a quest to find her long-lost mother (and hopefully a mate of her own choosing). But as she journeys, Ami discovers many new things about the world… and about herself.
The Ballad of Ami Miles is the first dystopian book I’ve read in quite some time. Kristy Dallas Alley has created a post-apocalyptic world that could easily be our future (or so it feels that way with how it’s described). The author had me completely sucked into this world and I just had to know how everything would play out!
In this book the story basically revolves around our main character, Ami, and her journey into the world she didn’t knew existed. It’s also been awhile since I’ve read such a character driven book and it was so refreshing. I felt I really got to know the main character and it felt like I was with her and along for the ride.
Ami only knows the compound she grew up in. Her grandparents have raised her and she’s known it’s her duty to have a child in a world where most women aren’t able to. Because that’s what happened when the world started having problems. Women weren’t able to get pregnant anymore and the few that could were watched by the government, so they would continue to do so. Seeing how Ami’s mother was able to have her, her family thinks she may be able to as well. Knowing this doesn’t make it any easier for Ami when a man shows up and she knows she’ll have to be with this man.
When she’s told her mother may still be alive and that her aunts don’t believe this should be her future, they help her flee. This is definitely part of the story I won’t forget. Part of her family wanting more for her and her taking that risk. I can’t imagine how scary that was. Leaving the only place you’ve never known and going out into a world that sounds pretty scary and not even knowing how many people are still around.
Ami’s journey was so interesting and emotional. All the little things she discovers along the way. Actually seeing people her age for the first time or the mention of babies. When it turns out the world may not be as she was once told, Ami’s whole world is turned upside down. Even though this is really hard for Ami it also takes so much strength to deal with everything. I don’t know if I would’ve been so brave.
The Ballad of Ami Miles was a pleasant surprise and if you enjoy dystopian books, this is definitely one I recommend. The author wrote this book in a way that I didn’t want to stop reading and I actually had to cut back my selection of favorite quotes, because a lot jumped out to me while reading. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more books by this author.
“I knew how it felt to have to wait and control myself when I couldn’t have what I wanted until it was given to me. Being the only child in a world of cranky adults had not always been easy.”
“I know different now, but I’m still not sure if it was all lies or if they believed it themselves and just didn’t know any better.”
“I was scared of being stopped and ashamed of wanting to go. I was afraid of going and ashamed of my own fear.”
“That’s the best I could hope for? I might not know a whole lot about husbands and wives and love, but I had certainly thought, hoped, for more than just grin and bear it.”
“There were so many things in the world that I had never seen and so I never knew to ask if they were possible, but now I was asking.”
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About the Author
Kristy Dallas Alley is a high school librarian in Memphis, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, four kids, three cats, and an indeterminate number of fish. She studied creative writing at Rhodes College in another lifetime and holds a Master of Science in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership from the University of Memphis. In an ideal world, she would do nothing but sit on a beach and read every single day of her life, but in reality she’s pretty happy reading on her front porch, neglecting the gardens she enthusiastically plants each spring, and cooking huge meals regardless of the number of people around to eat them. The Ballad of Ami Miles is her debut novel.