The only difference I could find is that this dystopian book is void of technology - the Wreckers, those humans who lived in the past, completely decimated society and their environments. The characters in this one have to start over from the start.
If you've ever read a book with dialect (think Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain) you'll also find it in this book, but it isn't so difficult to read that you'd put it down. It only adds to the layer of a future society trying to turn itself around from the ruins of nothing.
Saba is a strong female character who has prowess, cunning and talent she didn't know she possesses. The people she meets are vile, evil, insane as well as those who are survivors, fighters, and thinkers.
In this future where the rulers want to make the general population subservient through chaal, a plant with drug-inducing power, it takes a handful of people like Saba to begin the destruction of this corrupt part of civilation.
Part of this novel reminded me so much of dystopian fiction, but another part of me recognized the hero's journey and instantly thought of fantasy. There are no mythological beasts, but Saba's crow Nero does play into the story.
LOVED IT!! Here's a trailer I created for the book. It'll be on Youtube shortly....was taking a long time to process. So here's the link to the one on the NHS Library webpage:
It can be downloaded as well
BTW, there are currently two covers that I know of for this first book. The top is the original one - I like it better than the revamped version, personally. Colors seem to work better for me.