Stolen by the Arziani Georgian crime mob as a child, 152 was raised and conditioned to be a Mona—the most subservient of the Arziani Blood Pit slaves. Gorgeous and kind, she has been and under the imprisoning influence of the Type B drug and under the command of the Blood Pit Master’s sister, Mistress Arziani, for most of her life, until the Master calls her back home to Georgia. He wants her under his total control, and Master always gets what he wants. But when 152 is gifted to the Blood Pit’s fearsome champion death match fighter as a prize, 152 suddenly finds out that the men who appear most brutal, may just own the kindest hearts. And love may be found, even when living in hell. Freedom, family, love, 152 will have to fight for what she wants and ultimately make an impossible choice. Review
Powerful. Emotional. Hopeful.
Riot was all of those things and more. At times I found myself cheering out loud for 901 and 152. Their own personal histories and hell is something no one should have to go through, yet they both did so alone, for so long.
The Blood Pit was horrible and disgusting. The thought of either, 901 or 152, making it out of their alive was a fantasy. They could only have their stolen moments, that were sometimes riddled with the drugs "Master" would inject them with. It was a sad and depressing existence. Yet, they still found a way to care and be hopeful. They found a way to fight back, even if it was just with words to harm their "Master."
I absolutely love Tillis's writting. I know whenever I pick up one of her books I am going to enjoy it. You can tell the emotion and love she pours in to each page because you are just as emotional as the characters. You become invested in them, as I did with 901 and 152, They were more than a number and they had each other. This book was powerful and emotional, and at the end of reading it, I felt such pride for all the characters that went through the gulags and blood pit. They had values and character that I wish more real life people have.