Ok, just drop whatever it is you’re doing and read The Jewel by Amy Ewing.
I first learned about The Jewel when I was poking around for the release date of The One (Book 3 of The Selection series by Kiera Cass, which you should also read). I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for it and I was not disappointed.
For many, life in The Jewel is a glittering world of wealth, royalty, and power. For Violet and other girls like her, life in The Jewel means servitude. Violet, now known as 197, is auctioned off to be a Surrogate. Purchased by the powerful (and sometimes cruel) Duchess of the Lake, Violet is expected to carry a child for the Duchess. Within hours of her arrival to The Jewel, Violet quickly learns that the women of the city will stop at nothing to be in total control. As Violet waits for her inevitable pregnancy, she is presented with an unheard of opportunity for a Surrogate- freedom. Violet clutches to this dream, while pretending to be the perfect Surrogate, when another unusual possibility comes her way- love. Violet may now be in over her head because in The Jewel, everything comes with a price.
For the record, it has taken all of my willpower to not just tell you everything that happens in the book. When I got to the last page, I had to go back and reread because, Holy-Cliffhanger-And-That-Came-Out-of-Left-Field-Batman was I surprised.
When is Book 2 coming out?!?!?!