The weak fall…the strong prosper, and that was the way the new world went.
They live in a world were you are either Fortunate or Unfortunate. The Unfortunates are born into a world of slavery. Place on earth with the only goal of serving a Fortunate. The Fortunates are broken down to four main families that have all the control and power.
Unfortunates are trained to serve Fortunates until the age of 18 when they are sold to a Fortunate for slavery. Unfortunates are never given names, just numbers and this is Nine’s story.
Unfortunates are weak…and in this world, the weak suffer.
Nine has just turned 18 and is purchased as a gift for 25 year of Kade Sario. She’s beautiful and strong which are rare qualities for an Unfortunate and many Fortunates are taking an interest in her.
Kade didn’t want an Unfortunate as a gift but his controlling father is testing him. Wanting to take over the Sario family wealth and power from his father, Kade doesn’t show weakness and excepts his gift.
Kade forms a plan. If his Unfortunate is causing this kind of stir with his peers, maybe he can use that to over take his father’s power and control the Sario family. But first he has to gain Nine’s trust.
Out of Sario family, Kade is the most compassionate, he’s one of the few Fortunates that sees an Unfortunate has a human being, but no one especially Nine should confuse his humanity with love.
In this world, Nine’s only options are to trust Kade or kill her self. Deciding she has nothing to lose by trusting Kade, the two start on a plan to take down the Sario family. Once this happens, Kade will offer Nine the only type of freedom she’ll have…to live “free” in his new house in the city away from the other Fortunates prying eyes.
To keep Nine safe, she stays in Kade’s room, and the sexual tension builds between them. Unfortunates are not allowed pleasure, so when Kade decides to act on his lust and give Nine the pleasure any woman wants, he has to trust Nine as well.
Towards Nine, he needed to remain detached and cold. He didn’t know how, but Nine had a strange way of making him feel inclined to protect her…to comfort her.
As Nine and Kade work together to reach their goal, Nine starts to fall for Kade. It doesn’t matter what Kade feels for Nine. It’s forbidden for and Fortunate and Unfortunate to have anything other than a sexual relationship. By admitting any feelings for Nine, he just might get both of them killed.
In this world, beyond sex, it would never work out. He offered her freedom, that was all she’d wanted, but now she wanted him.
The further they move forward with their plan, the harder it becomes to use Nine.
It appears a war is starting between Kade and his brother and between the other families, and when Kade still won’t admits his feelings for Nine, he discovers keeping them a secret might have been his biggest mistake.
This is only the first installment of the Unfortunates and it ends with a bang. I do not read much or any Dystopia stories but I did enjoy this one. I would label this Erotica/Dystopia as it’s not suitable for under 18.
Thank you Skyla Madi for allowing me to have an ARC copy and I can’t wait to read more about Kade and Nine.