In post-apocalypse America, known as The United, every season, the Circus of Curiosities visits the city, bringing with it the most fantastic circus acts that are beautiful, majestic, curious, and death-defying. Every season performers for these acts are chosen from the young men and women in each town, trained, and sent to perform in a live grand performance, performed literally to the death. Two performers from Sea Cliff, a beach town at the outskirts of The Center find themselves chosen to be in this Summer’s Circus Act. Both must win at any cost, but could they ignore their feelings for each other? Leela Sinclair needs to win in order to get to The Center where she can get medical help from the best physicians for her ailing mother, plagued with a condition no one has heard of. For Zachary Nile, his reasons for becoming a performer at the Circus is more mysterious. Only the ringmaster and the Circus of Curiosities owner Dex Hightower (Dr. Dex) knows what the touring Circus is really about amidst the magic and splendor. Despite the Great War and the poverty surrounding the land except for the towns fortunate enough to be near the Center, Dr. Dex and the Circus performers all know, “The show must go on.”
This book only took me 3 days to read. I couldn’t put it down. Personally I’ve always found circuses to be creepy and this story just reinforced that feeling. This story puts a different spin on dystopian apocolyptic America. The plot line seems to be kind of similair to The HUnger Games but has enough of it’s own unique twists and turns to keep the reader interested. The characters are very easy to like and empathize with and the description of the town and circus are very detailed and make it easy to visualize. I really liked that the whole love triangle didn’t go off the deep end. It stayed age appropriate for a young adult book. That’s one of my biggest pet peeves with YA books lol. Circus Summer had a nice no loose ends ending but still leaves you wanting and waiting for the next book in the series. I for one can not wait to see what happens next.