The V Girl
Author: Mya Robarts
Published: June 20th, 2014
Audience: New Adult
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Sexual Abuse
Source: I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review.
In post-apocalyptic North America, rape and sexual slavery are legal. Lila Velez, desperately wants to lose her virginity before the troops visit her town and can take it away by force. She makes plans to seduce her only friend, Rey, the most attractive man in her town. Lila does not love him but he is the only man who has shown her true affection, an affection she is willing to take as a substitute of love.
Lila’s coping mechanism to her mother’s rape and kidnapping is her secret. A secret that will bring her closer to Aleksey, a foreign, broody man. Lila does not trust him because his links to the troops and his rough, yet irresistible appearance. Aleksey offers Lila an alternative to her plans, a possibility that terrifies her…and tempts her in spite of herself.
All the while Lila will have to find a way to live in the constant company of death, slavery, starvation, sexual abuse and the danger of losing the people she loves the most.
Due to mature content, this book is intended for +18 readers.
Let’s be honest, I was wary going into The V Girl. Sexual violence is not a subject I typically expose myself to because it’s triggering and honestly Dystopia’s are a subject I try to avoid because of burnout, but I was drawn in through the idea of Lila’s world.
“I’m not afraid of what could happen to me. I fear for my family.” – The V Girl, Mya Roberts
Roberts has created a terrifyingly realistic world that, if the multiverse theory is true, could be one of the many futures of America. Lila’s world is cruel, unforgiving, and violent. The military recruits not only for soldiers, but they force others into sexual slavery for the military. As if being a slave isn’t bad enough, when you are picked, you will be raped on a stone before your entire community. All live in fear of recruitment and knowing that the soldiers will be coming to town, Lila is on a mission – that her first time be with someone she cares about, not against her will. And her eyes are set on her best friend Rey.
“Unfortunately, the twins have witnessed sexual violence and death. In wartime, you can’t protect children from the cruelest facts of life.” – The V Girl, Mya Roberts
Lila is an extremely likeable character. She is strong, yet is naive when it comes to love, relationships, and life. One of my favorite quirks of her character is her compulsion to be a voyeur. As a girl who fears being raped, she watches a loving couple engage in sexual acts to remind herself that sex can be a loving act even if her actions of peeping may seem as something sick. I understood her on a deeper level in those moments.
“Watching lovers may be a perverted act, but I need to remind myself that sex can be an expression of love.” – The V Girl, Mya Roberts
Lila repeatedly makes dangerous mistakes while on her quest to seduce her friend Rey. Her father and brother are disabled causing her entire family to be outcasts in the community. This raises Lila to the status of main provider, so she has to travel out of town – a dangerous activity for a V girl – to work. Lila isn’t taken in by either side of this war that has torn the United States apart – she is loyal to how it was before when everyone is free and that gives her an edge from many of the other characters.
“I wonder why girls, in his mind, couldn’t be fighters. Are we only brides, baby carriers, or recruits?” – The V Girl, Mya Roberts
Love is a complicated matter in The V Girl and although looking from the outside in, I can understand the frustration at Lila for not seeing that Aleksey is a good man who is trying to save Lila and her family. In her world, I’m sure many men have used the savior/sweet angle to lure girls. I think her hesitancy is completely based in fear – half for fear of if Aleksey is truly dangerous and half in fear that he’s not.
That being said, although I liked Aleksey as a man and character in this world, there were many aspects of his personality that seemed too intense and I had to remind myself that he’s a product of the world just like Lila. By the end of the book, I was enamored with him though. He and Lila are truly a good match.
“Now that familiarity has set in, I have discovered all of the men inside Aleskey’s body: the expert lover, the dominate alpha, the honorable soldier, the poet, the child inside the twenty-five-year-old man. – The V Girl, Mya Roberts
The V Girl is a dark, gritty tale that is nothing like you’d expect it to be. Rape and romance are two subjects that you would never expect to be in the same story, but it works. The sweetness of Alesky’s and Lila’s romance brings light to a very dark tale.
About Mya Robarts:
Mya Robarts is a bookaholic who regrets nothing. She aspired to be a contemporary dance choreographer when she discovered a pull for expressing her choreography ideas in written form.
After years of writing short stories. Mya will release her debut novel "The V girl" in two languages.