The Temple

Serenity must survive her role as the face of Force’s Temple…or risk losing her family forever.

Trapped by Force, Serenity is required to become Yang—the bearer of her father’s dark Temple legacy. Her new persona requires using a whip on her shell of a twin sister, but Serenity has even bigger problems. Most chillingly, a series of corpses with swan symbols carved in their chests. More than ever, Serenity needs Sky…and he will be there to protect her. No matter what it takes.

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Serenity is trapped behind Temple walls, now a pawn in Force’s hands. His goal is to turn her into the face of his Temple, and he hires Luc to play the role of master artisan. Ultimately, Serenity is to become Yang, the bearer of her father’s dark Temple legacy—and the training for that once again involves the whip. This time, she must use it on Bliss, her twin—the Yin to Serenity’s Yang, though Bliss is nothing but a shell, one who only knows total submission to Force’s rules.

But Serenity has even bigger problems—Luc constantly pursues her, Force thrusts suitors in her path at every turn, and she must endure grandiose exhibit viewings. Most chillingly, a series of corpses with swan symbols carved into their chests keep randomly appearing, and she doesn’t know who is involved. Serenity needs Sky now more than ever. And he will be there to protect her—no matter what it takes.

In this action-packed third installment of the Uncaged Series, will Serenity manage to survive Force and all his machinations? Or will her father and the Temple finally be her breaking point?

THE JEWEL by Amy Ewing meets TRICKS by Ellen Hopkins in this gritty Young Adult Dystopian that tells of a fear-inducing future where the world of sex trafficking has become a social norm and where woman aren’t treated as humans and are no safer than they were than they were in THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood. THE TEMPLE is book three in THE UNCAGED SERIES by Emily Shore.

Reviewed by Melanie Newton
There is a fair amount of violence in this book, including murder, which at times is fairly graphic, and the general underlying culture is all a form of abuse.
Although there are drugs mentioned in the previous books there is only minimal alcohol use by adults in this installment.
Supernatural Characters: There are no supernatural characters in this book – but this is set in the future and there are futuristic elements such as implants in the brain tracking people – the ability to connect 2 hearts to each other, and “immortality” is available.
Other: This is a YA novel which continues The Uncaged series and deals with some of the darker themes such as sexual trafficking but in a fictionalized setting. The content is such as to be expected when dealing with themes of this nature and some trigger warnings may be required.

Series: The Uncaged Series, Book 3
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy/Dark Fantasy, Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Themes / Sexual Abuse
Tags: abuse, coming of age, Dystopian, Fantasy, kidnapped, romance, sex trafficking, Survival story, teen, urban, young adult
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication Year: 2019
ISBN: 9781634223669
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About the Author
Emily Shore

Emily Shore is a MN author with a B.A. in Creative Writing from Metro State University and was a grand prize winner of #PitchtoPublication, which led her to working with professionals in the publishing industry. Her anti-trafficking books Ruby in the Rough and Ruby in the Ruins are her first indie-published books with proceeds benefiting trafficking rescue organizations. She is signed with Clean Teen Publishing for her anti-trafficking dystopian The Aviary. For every book sold, a personal donation will return to Women At Risk, International.

Throughout the years, she has connected with rescue organizations and survivors of sex-trafficking and injects the truths she's learned into her books for youth. She loves motivational speaking on the issue of sex-trafficking and always hopes for more speaking events in schools, churches, and libraries. Please contact her on her website if you are interested in hearing her speak. In her spare time, she loves attending any abolition events, baking, acrylic painting, interior decorating, and spending time with all the little girls in her life.

Emily lives in Saint Paul with her husband and two daughters. Their goal is to adopt a little girl from India.

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