The Significant

Fiction - Dystopia
453 Pages
Reviewed on 09/25/2023
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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

In The Significant by Kyra Anderson, a precarious living situation has Kailynn experiencing the aftermath of a night of heavy drinking with her roommate, Raphael. Despite her challenging circumstances, she prefers this life over illicit activities in a wealthier district. Her brother, Theo, proposes a risky plan involving a stolen Elite's ID card to shut down the planet's central control system, Venus. Kailynn cautiously agrees. They infiltrate a warehouse to execute the mission, facing uncertain outcomes. After escaping the Ninth Circle, she hides in Raphael's apartment, narrating her evasion of the guards. Desperate to save Theo, Kailynn adopts a new identity and works as a Significant, offering companionship to the wealthy. Her connection with Elite Isa deepens as she accepts an unusual job opportunity. However, their relationship faces scrutiny, and events take a dangerous turn when Isa falls victim to a Pulse Virus attack and Kailynn must decide where her loyalties really lie.

I did not know what to expect going into The Significant by Kyra Anderson, but boy, am I glad I took a chance on Anderson and her protagonist, Kailynn. I love stories where the lines between what a character thinks they want and what they end up desperate to get are blurred. I also enjoy storylines where women are able to fully explore their sexuality, and Anderson gives us a little bit of everything in Kailynn's arc. Isa is something of an enigma when we first meet, but as Anderson slowly unfurls the plot, we are able to find out where the Elite stand and where Kailynn falls into all of it. The world-building is spectacular, as is the social structure. Kailynn's status is eerily reminiscent of real-world scenarios and the lengths a person is willing to go to for the security of their family. Kailynn's evolution is believable, and in a genre-bending dystopian, that is a testament to Anderson's skill as a writer. The sizzle is pitch-perfect, and there is plenty of room for the journey to go, including prequels. I hope to find more of Anderson's work in the future. Very highly recommended.