When rebellion destroys the underground world in which Thimble and Stone have grown up, they take Stone’s son and try to escape the chaos. Along the way, they must evade the Freaks, beings who feed on human flesh. Leaving behind the roles of Builder and Breeder which they were assigned at birth, they wander the underground tunnels, looking for safety yet afraid to go “topside” where legend has it that the light and water will burn their skin from their bones.My Thoughts: I originally read this when it was released for Heroes and Heartbreakers and I loved the story enough that I knew I'd end up picking it up to own. Besides the fabulous world - seriously, if you haven't read anything in the Razorland series, you're missing out because this world is creepy awesome with a side of *flail* - I just fell in love with Stone and Thimble. They both have their weaknesses and it's only by working together that they get out of a bad situation that kills everyone else.
Their journey takes them upward to an unimagined world of tinned food, comfortable furniture, and books. Away from their regimented society for the first time, and still facing imminent danger, Thimble and Stone acknowledge the forbidden attraction which both have denied for years.
Wait. Pause and back-up. It's more than how the two of them work around their weaknesses. It's the way they see each other. Stone has always been told he's only good for one thing - being a Breeder. He's a pretty face without much of a brain. Thimble, on the other hand, is smart enough for the both of them but her physical deformity puts her in a precarious position. Yet... neither of them see the lack in the other. Thimble sees Stone's bravery and how he's willing to dirty his hands to keep her and the child safe. Stone sees Thimble's brilliance and he knows that her bad foot has nothing to do with how hard she can push herself.
Their relationship is rich and complex and the farther they travel from the only home they've ever known, the more they come to rely on each other and feelings that wouldn't otherwise be tolerated blossom. Seriously, there's a lot of story packed into this novella. A LOT.
And now I want to get caught up on this series all over again.
1.5. Endurance - Kindle
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