Talin is a Striker, one of the elite fighters of the refugee nation, Mara. But even as an elite striker, sh his looked down upon because ion her mother country (Basea, I think). She had to be given an exception to join the ranks of the Strikers. The first few pages of the book give some insight to Talin and her commitment to Mara and keeping people safe. I am looking forward too reading more; I trust Marie Lu to weave a wonderful story. Also, the cover is gorgeous!