Life is valuable. Death is a necessity. In Yliria, this is not a contradiction.New Year’s Eve 2054. A virus, later named the BlackJack, struck and killed 3/4 of the world’s population. Only those who were 21 and younger were not infected. Treaties broke off. Countries severed connection to the outside world. And the country of Yliria built its own invisible walls.Thirty-eight years later…Yliria is now at peace. But nothing is gained without sacrifices.Yuri’s life was perfect. Family. School. Career. Then there’s Ryoma. Her one true love. Nothing could go wrong when she has everything planned out. But on the night of their anniversary, it did not end with a kiss. Ripped from their normal lives, both Yuri and Ryoma woke up from a dream to face the real nightmares. As a punishment for their parents’ treason, they must serve the government—the System—as the new Aces of the Court Department, assigned to oversee and maintain the peace and balance during the weekly shuffle.One week. 13 lives. Armed, not with a weapon, but the same virus that destroyed the world. The Aces must escape their new fate. If not, the only path left in their future is the one covered in blood.
Death’s Kiss by Regie Khemvisay is a new dystopian/science fiction fantasy novel. I enjoyed the dark edgy vibe that Regie Khemvisay brought to her book. It at first gave the impression of a Juliet and Romeo kind of romance but with a dystopian sci-fi twist. You have to young lovers who are being punished by their parents. Similar to the Romeo & Juliet story line. I loved it.
However, the names had me scratching my head a bit. Because at first, I was like are these two girls in love? The cover showed me what looked to be a guy and a girl. So after reading, I found out the cover was right all along. Yay! It just felt weird because the name for the guy should have been something more masculine. Because it was a tid bit confusing when reading his name every time. In the back of the book, I found out why the characters’ name were like they were. I recommend readers to read the novel to find the answer.
So, this young couple are in love and now, they are doomed. Right? Well, the creative plotline had me guessing all the way to the end. I wasn’t sure which way it would turn. The characters had this innocent happily in love thing. I enjoyed that deep connection they have. The ending was epic! I felt my heart breaking for the protagonists. But at the same time, I felt hope, too. Overall, Death’s Kiss by Regie Khemvisay is one outstanding read. I recommend it to all.