Category Archives: Dystopian fiction

Review: Above by Isla Morley

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (March 4, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1476731527
  • Source: Publisher

At just sixteen years old, Blythe Hallowell is abducted by a survivalist, kept prisoner in an abandoned missile silo. She tries without success to escape, he captor spouting stories about the the end of the world. He believes that the two of them alone are humankind’s salvation, destined to repopulate the world after the apocalypse.  Slowly, reluctantly, Blythe understands there is no hope for her escape and she has a sudden realization about the bleakness of her situation.

It isn’t until she is expected to raise a child in confinement that she has some sense of hope.  She is determined that he have the life that was stolen from her.  It isn’t until, years later, when Blythe is able to step outside that she realizes the enormity of what has transpired since she was taken, the vast differences in the world she had in the silo, down deep in the earth, and the strange, unknown world above.

So. I am intentionally being very very vague with my synopsis of this novel!  Going in, all the reader needs to know is that this young woman, carefree and young, is abducted by a man who has been obsessed with her for most of her life. Everything that happens after that must be discovered by the reader, and the reader alone.  What happens while Blythe is held captive in that silo is bleak, it is dark, it is depressing.  Your heart will be broken. You will cry. You will yell. You will utter expletives. And then…something happens that totally changes the outlook of this book. And you will shout more expletives, but you will want to hug the author for the sheer brilliance of this novel.  For Above is a novel that I will be shouting about from the rooftops, a novel that is impossible to categorize into just one genre.  It is a novel like none other; I can’t even begin to think of a book to compare it to for it is wholly unique.

Readers of all ages, from young adult to adult will find a connection with Blythe. She starts out as a young, carefree teen and we follow her as the cruelty of being held captive wears away at her soul and willpower. Then we see her, determination regained, when she becomes responsible for another life.  And then, Morely stuns her readers as she reveals that Above is not only a novel about Blythe’s situation, but what has been transpiring in the world above, around her. It’s simply brilliant. I’m getting goosebumps thinking about it again.

I guarantee that this is a novel that people will be talking about. I’m predicting a wide range of opinions and emotions for it is a novel that induces that sort of reaction in its readers.

So…I implore you to give this book a try. When you do, come back and share your thoughts here. I haven’t seen a lot of prepublication buzz on this one and I’m dying to hear other opinions of this dynamic, truly memorable read. Highly, highly recommended.

 

Review: The Sowing by K. Makansi

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Layla Dog Press (August 14, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0989867110
  • Source: Publisher

After religious wars and subsequent famine destroyed much of the population, the society that remained formed an intricate set of farms all for the sake of  creating a food source that will sustain the population. Three years ago, a brutal massacre took place, fueling an even stronger divide among those who were originally part of “the Sector.”   These individuals fled authority and joined  the Resistance, a rogue group that doesn’t believe the story that’s been fed to them. Instead insistent that the population has been controlled and manipulated by the very food created to sustain them, they plot to destroy all the food storage facilities they can.  Those privileged enough to received these modified food packs are ignorant of the manual labor and oppression involved in producing them.

Remy fled the Sector after the massacre and, in the time that has passed, has become quite the hardened soldier. It’s difficult for her to see that those she left behind rising to power in the very organization she intended to bring down.  Valerian Orlean, her “almost boyfriend, ” is the son of two of the most powerful people in the Sector, has always led a privileged life. Now the leader of the very group assigned to bring down the Resistance.  When they are reunited, both are forced to rethink everything they’ve grown to know.  Vale must reevaluate those closest to him, his eyes opened to the lies that have been portrayed all this time. Remy is forced to decide whether or not she can trust Vale again.  She’s tired of all the fighting, still recovering from the loss after the massacre.  Together, Remy and Vale may be the society’s salvation or the very thing that brings it crumbling down to dust.

K. Makansi is a mother-daughter writing team made up of Kristina, Amira, and Elena Makansi and together have crafted a truly intense piece of  dystopian fiction. Their world-building is profound; the society they have created is both incredibly plausible at, because of this, wholly terrifying.  The science behind what transpires (and what may potentially be the society’s salvation) is truly profound.  The pacing was steady and my interest was piqued throughout, genuinely intrigued and connected with each of the characters and the future they were forced to endure.

This book is the first in a new trilogy and I can admit that I’m dying to read what transpires next.  I’ve been looking for a new dystopian series to grab my attention (I don’t dare mention the one that I found less than interesting) and The Sowing clearly exceeded all of my expectations. Highly, highly recommended.

Thank you to TLC Book Tours for providing me the opportunity to participate in this tour. Please be sure to check out the other stops along the way.

TSS: Review: Rivers by Michael Farris Smith


  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (September 10, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1451699425
  • Source: Publisher

After years of debilitating and destructive hurricanes in the Gulf coast, the United States government, unable to sustain or assist the depleted region, has drawn new boundary lines.  The new boundary, ninety miles north of the coastline, is referred to as the Line. Anyone south of it has signed their own death sentence for no government support, including resources, electricity, military support, shall be provided.

Cohen is one of these people.  His wife and unborn child were killed during evacuation.  He returned to bury them on their family land in Mississippi but has been unable to leave them behind. He is one of the few survivors who continues to live in their home, sustaining himself on a host of carefully collected supplies and food. That is all taken away from him when his home is ransacked, all of his food and supplies taken. Cohen is forced out of his home, determined to recover what has been taken from him.  He encounters a colony of survivors, led by Aggie, a fanatical preacher with horrific plans to repopulate the region. Cohen must come to a difficult decision: does he help the the people Aggie has been holding captive or does he continue his journey to the line…alone?  His decision is influenced by a secret that could be deadly to those individuals whose lives he is trying hard to protect.

Rivers is a novel that is both dark and devastating yet, beneath all the devastation, a semblance of hope remains.  Cohen’s character represents a sense of hope in an area so decimated by nature’s destruction.  His character, up until now, is unable to leave behind the life he once had.  It is only with his assistance that the survivors of Aggie’s “cult” can escape the dangerous region below the Line.

The setting Smith creates is bleak: imagine a South completely destroyed by hurricanes and flooding.  Rivers of water now exist where there were once roads and homes. Long gone are the semblances of a civilized life. What replaces it, a world in which pirate-like individuals brutally murder for a a few gallons of gas, is absolutely chilling.  Smith could have easily politicized this novel, turning it into a rant about our government and its response to devastation by hurricanes like Katrina. However, he does not. Instead, this novel is character-driven.  Their survival, the sense of love and hope that binds them, are what makes this novel excel.

I read this novel in two sittings. Smith’s rich and descriptive writing enveloped me, parts were so eloquently written that I had to pause and read it out loud.  A glimpse of humanity in the midst of devastation, this is a novel that will reside within me for months to come. Highly, highly recommended.

Review: Lexicon by Max Barry

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The; First Edition edition (June 18, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1594205388
  • Source: Personal copy

Imagine a world in which a few words can illicit a response from an individual, relinquishing their ability to resist commands.  That world is real. In an exclusive school outside of Arlington, VA, students aren’t taught the typical reading, writing and arithmetic. Instead, they are taught to persuade, manipulating words as potentially dangerous and powerful weapons. Only the best students move on to become poets, an elite group of individuals who become part of an unnamed organization.

Emily is a runaway who lives on the streets of San Francisco.  She makes a living taking money from those who play her curb-side card game. Her talent of manipulation gains the attention of  the recruiters of this organization. She’s “enlisted” in the school and becomes part of a world in which individuals are no longer referred to as their original names, instead using names like Bronte or Yeats instead.  She soon discovers that individuals can be categorized by personality type and, using a select group of words they are forced to memorize, their minds can become unlocked, dominated by those who utter these words.  Never one to submit to authority, Emily prevents anyone from getting too close to her…until she falls in love.  Submitting herself to this “human” emotion weakens her, allowing her to be controlled, unleashing a power that is horrifically dark and deadly.

Meanwhile, Wil Parke is attacked and ambushed in an airport bathroom. Seemingly innocent on all accounts, his attackers claim he is an outlier, an integral part in a secret war of which he has no knowledge.  He is taken to Broken Hill, Australia, a town supposedly decimated by toxins. There, he and his remaining attacker hide from the nameless organization and its mind-controlling poets. What actually resides in Broken Hill is something so powerful it caused an entire town to destroy itself.

What is this war they are fighting? Wil & Emily are connected, but how? Who comes out the winner in this unknown battle?

I’ve owned a copy of this novel since it was released earlier this year. Admittedly, it’s been collecting dust on my virtual bookshelf since then. I found myself in a book funk, of sorts, after re-reading an absolutely outstanding novel (Oryx and Crake) and couldn’t find a book that would capture and keep my attention.  Then, for some reason, this novel called out to me. I clicked on the cover of the ebook and within minutes my attention was not only captured, but I found myself a victim of Barry’s writing. Like so many individuals in Lexicon, I found myself relinquishing my free will to the power of words, of language. But unlike those unfortunate victims in the novel, I didn’t inflict pain or leave a trail of victims behind. Instead, it forced me to reevaluate the power of the written (or spoken) word.

In Lexicon, words are as powerful as the deadliest of viruses. The general public fall victim to this, manipulated to do things using targeted advertising and politicized media.  I  won’t be able to take another random poll or quiz without wondering how the results will be used. The world Barry creates is tremendously inventive, a mind-altering novel that will keep you thinking long after you’ve turned the last pages.  There isn’t another novel like Lexicon. Never before has a novel elicited this sort of response in me. Without a doubt, this novel will top my favorites of not just 2013, but of my lifetime. Highly, highly recommended.

If words were weapons, which poet would you be? Take this quiz to find out.

 

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Review: The Registry by Shannon Stoker

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (June 11, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0062271725
  • Source: Publisher

Years ago, The Registry saved the country from potential collapse. Girls are groomed to be perfect wives and are sold for the highest bid to their potential husbands. Mia Morrissey is about to turn eighteen years old and eligible to be registered. Her childhood was spent preparing for this very moment yet when she receives a warning from her sister who was recently married, her dreams of a fairytale future are destroyed.

Essentially, women are treated as property. They are not allowed to have their own opinions, speak unless spoken to, and must clear every action with their husbands. They are not formally educated, other than instruction on how to sew and cook for their husbands. Marriage is no longer based on love, instead focusing on what the young girl, a piece of property, can give to her husband.

When a husband is found for Mia, she suddenly decides that the life that has been arranged for her is less than ideal and she runs, taking her friend Whitney. Whitney has only a month left on the registry before she’s turned over to the government, living the life of a slave for its bidding. The two enlist (blackmail) Andrew, one of Mia’s father’s farmhands, to aid in their escape. Andrew just has a few weeks left before his mandatory four-year enlistment in the military and he intended to travel around the country, taking advantage of his last days of freedom.

Running from The Registry is rare and deadly, to both the potential wife and any accomplices. Mia’s husband, Grant, will stop at nothing to get Mia back, even if it means killing anyone who stands in his way. While the trio attempts to escape to Mexico where the registry doesn’t exist, Grant uses his influence to track down Mia, leaving several dead in his wake.

While I was intrigued about the premise of The Registry, I couldn’t get over a number of issues that tainted my opinion of this book. No one seems to know much about the origin of The Registry, other than it has been in existence for nearly a century. What was once the United States is now broken up into regions. Young girls are led to believe there is nothing beyond the area in which they reside, not realizing there is an entire world free of The Registry.  Granted, the life that we lead presently is so far from this dystopian world, yet I found it hard to comprehend how and why a nation would continue to practice such archaic beliefs.

Additionally, I found the main character, Mia, uninteresting and frankly quite annoying. She quickly alternates between a strong and independent young woman and a whiney teen who seems to lack in common sense. I felt no connection with her and only found myself rooting for her because I strongly detested the future she was destined to fulfill.

And then there was a love-triangle. That, too, was cheesy, over the top, and immature.  This title definitely leans a little bit more toward the young adult than I thought it would and this could potentially be why I was able to connect or have any vested interest in the characters and storyline.

The Registry is the first in a planned series, the second book due out in Winter 2014. While I can’t say I won’t read it (for I am truly interested in learning more about the origins of The Registry) I won’t rush out to buy it on release day.

I received a copy of this book as part of my participation in a tour with TLC Book Tours.  Check out the other stops in the tour…perhaps others will have a better opinion of this title.

Review: The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Original edition (May 15, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0062130803
  • Source: Publisher

Set in the near future, terrorists have unleashed a deadly virus known as Maternal Death Syndrome (MDS ) affecting pregnant women, preventing their bodies from reacting to and fighting viral agents their body’s defenses would normally be able to combat. This virus kills the pregnant woman long before she is able to deliver, essentially causing the victim’s brain to deteriorate. Once scientists discover that everyone has been contaminated with the virus the future of humankind is indefinite. They begin implanting young girls with a form of birth control in attempt to eliminate any possibility of pregnancy.

Jessie Lamb is a sixteen year old girl, the daughter of a scientist attempting to find a cure for MDS. As many are at that age, she’s flirting with activism and joins a young group of her friends whose mission is to strike out against actions that are causing the world as they know it to deteriorate. She refuses to ride in a car or use public transportation, convinced that society’s footprints on the planet are aiding in the slow but eminent decline of the world. Her friends begin to join more radical activism groups: her best friend joins a feminist group while the object of her affection joins an animal rights faction. All groups are inspired to action when scientists reveal a program in which young girls are encouraged to turn their bodies over to science, to carry babies to term, knowing they will not survive. Once implanted, the embryos can be vaccinated against the virus but unfortunately no cure is available for those already infected. Volunteers need to be under the age of 16 1/2; the success rate drops dramatically for those individuals over this age. Jessie sees this new discovery as a means to make her voice heard, despite her parents pleas that she reconsider.

Told from Jessie’s narrative, a young girl who is just beginning to realize her own individuality and place in the world, the author is able to confront many issues already forefront in our society including the age of legal consent, the rights one has to make choices about one’s own body, animal testing, and more. Jessie is forced to deal with a reality so harsh that many youth her age would be unable to contemplate.  It is no shocker that this book has been long-listed for the Booker prize; it’s filled to the brim with discussion-worthy topics. My only desire would be to see the story from the point of view of other characters within the book, for since the reader is only allowed Jessie’s side of the story it seemed a bit limiting. Having more views of this harsh reality could have developed the story more, for I couldn’t help wanting to know more about the fate of this society.

Bottom line: The Testament of Jessie Lamb is a book that left me reeling, truly examining the way we as society view the individual’s right to choose. This is a book certain to make book club lists this summer and fall, full of topics to be discussed. Highly recommended.

 

Thank you to TLC Book Tours for providing me the opportunity to participate in this tour. Please be sure to check out the official tour page for other stops in the tour.

Review: White Horse by Alex Adams

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books (April 17, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1451642997
  • Source: Publisher

Thirty-year-old Zoe Marshall work as a janitor for Pope Pharmaceuticals. One day, she returns home to find a jar sitting in her apartment. The source of the jar is unknown. It becomes an obsession for Zoe and a topic of frequent discussion with her psychologist. She takes the jar to a museum curator for investigation.

Meanwhile, a virus is raging her town. The symptoms are similar to a stomach virus. Soon, everyone in her apartment building who also happens to own a cat is sick and eventually dies. The virus quickly spreads, dubbed the White Horse by a televangelist after one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Ninety percent of the population is killed by the virus; Zoe is one of those individuals who appears to be immune. Others who are found to be immune form mutations, like gills, tails, snakes growing from their heads like hair.

When it becomes obvious that everyone she loves around her has died, Zoe embarks upon a mission to find her new love, Nick, her psychologist. Nick left just as the virus was starting to spread; he felt what he thought were symptoms and disappears, heading to Greece to find out if his parents are still alive.  When Zoe finds out she is pregnant, her mission becomes more dire and urgent. Along the way, she meets several unique characters, including a man only referred to as “the Swiss,” a man set on destroying the abominations created by the virus, including Zoe’s unborn child. The reader follows Zoe on her journey, the storyline alternating between past and present.  Zoe, a woman once sheltered by the bubble of family and friends surrounding her, must branch out, escape everything that is comfortable to her, in order to survive.

Zoe’s character is quite a strong one. It was thrilling to watch her evolution as an individual, starting out as a meek woman during her therapy sessions with Nick to a strong, courageous individual.  She was a truly good and pure character, very apparent as compared to those individuals who were dark and evil. As she travels on her journey, she can’t help but reflect upon herself as an individual and on humanity as a whole.

While the storyline does alternate between past and present, I didn’t feel as though this took away from the overall story or was confusing. Each heading is broken up into “Now” and “Then,” making it easy for the reader to discern the timing.

Due to its subject matter, White Horse is not a light book in any manner. I found it quite reminiscent to the disparity and desperation of The Road by Cormac McCarthy. There is quite a bit of retelling of the devastation suffered by the victims, and survivors, of White Horse. That said, there is quite a bit of hope scattered throughout, lightening the mood just a bit.

White Horse is the first in an apocalyptic trilogy. I’m impatiently waiting for the next volume. The intensity of this novel carries, unrelenting, throughout the entirety of the novel, the last few lines leaving me breathless.  Adams’ writing is unique, so powerful in its simplicity at times, yet overflowing with meaning at others. This is a tremendous debut, one I recommend highly.

 

Review: Partials by Dan Wells

After a war against engineered beings identical to humans, known as Partials, human kind is nearly extinct. Roughly 40,000 individuals have survived the virus known as RM. The Partials have retreated, the timing of their return unknown. The plan to repopulate civilization is thwarted when babies are born unable to survive the first few days of life before becoming victims of the virus. The governing body referred to as the Senate is so desperate to prevent the complete devastation of the human race that they lower the mandatory pregnancy age to 16. Every girl of this age must become pregnant by any means necessary (including insemination) and as often as possible.

Kira is a sixteen-year-old medic in training. Unable to continue to watch newborn babies die within hours of their birth, she decides to take a desperate step toward finding a cure for RM. She uncovers a link between humans and the Partials, a link the powers that be want to keep secret. She learns that the source of their survival is the Partials themselves, thereby also revealing a secret about her own identity she is unprepared/unwilling to accept.

The first book in a new apocalyptic series, Partials forces readers to truly examine what it means to be human, reevaluating the concept of humanity.

I’m familiar with the author, Dan Wells, from his John Cleaver series: I Am Not a Serial KillerMr. Monster, and I Don’t Want to Kill You. In Partials, Wells creates a world just as terrifying as that in the Cleaver series just with a different monster. Reminiscent of one of my favorite television series, Battlestar Galactica, human kind is decimated by organisms it created. Average citizens are forced to take on roles they would have never imagined. The majority of the characters are teens. In a normal world, they’d be talking about prom or college and the like. Instead, their lives are put on fast-forward, forced to produce without the niceties of love.

Wells’ descriptions of this brave new world is stellar; the world he describes is literally a skeleton of the one before it. References to our everyday culture, destroyed by war, are quite chilling. The world, devoid of a rich human population, continues to go on without us, erasing all traces of human life.

My only complaint: the characters. There were many, many characters to keep track of. While the major characters were memorable, the minor were just tidbits of the story I couldn’t recall. I found myself actually overlooking the characters names, fast-forwarding to the scenes with Kira and the other more vital characters.  Since this is the first in a series, I’m hoping that these background individuals make a return and are built upon to create a well-defined cast of characters.

Another major kudo: the romance. Remember a few weeks ago when I ranted about young adult novels with the mandatory romance? Well, Partials does indeed have a touch of romance, but fortunately that is all put on the back burner. How can one be worried about love when the survival of the human race is in jeopardy?

Other than this minor complaint, the entirety of Partials was spot-on. The pacing was fast (hello, I read the entire book in an afternoon.). The storyline, while at face-value not unique, ultimately transformed into a truly unique and engaging story.  I look forward to the rest of the books in this series, learning more about the fate of humankind. Recommended.


This review is my contribution to Dystopian February over at Presenting Lenore. Stop by to check out all the fantastic events taking place this month!

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Audiobook Review: The Vaults by Toby Ball

  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length:9 hours and 6 minutes
  • Program Type:Audiobook
  • Version:Unabridged
  • Publisher:Iambik Audio Inc
  • Source: Publisher

 

In a dystopian 1930′s America, archivist Arthur Puskis discovers a duplicate file in the Vaults, a dark, desolate underground hall containing the city’s criminal justice records for the past seven decades.  Puskis has devoted the last twenty-seven years of his life to the Vaults and he holds a sort of reverence for the power and honor the Vaults hold. To find a duplicate file throws him off base, the existence of this second file is impossible. The name on the file: DeGraffenreid, a man convicted of murder but apparently hasn’t served a day of jail time. What throws him off is the differences in pictures in the files.  Which one of these men is DeGraffenreid? Obsessed with the perfection that is the Vaults, Puskis attempts to track down more information on DeGraffenreid’s case.

The reader meets Private Detective and socialist union leader Ethan Poole in the process of attempting to blackmail a prominent leader with incriminating photographs for the purpose of getting said leader to agree to the demands of the union. This first impression isn’t exactly the best, but the overall opinion of Poole changes when he accepts an assignment to track down the location of a desperate woman’s son.

Frank Frings is a journalist scrounging up sources and evidence of corruption in the office of Red Henry, the city’s mayor.  Unknown to Frings & Poole, they are hitting up the same source.  Frings, Poole, & Puskis are initially strangers, brought together by one case of deep corruption.

I’m unique in that I both read and listened to the audio production of The Vaults. In the print edition, there is a vibrancy in many of the characters that just isn’t quite carried over into the audio production.  Agreeably, Puskis is a lone, almost hermit-like man, the majority of his time spent in the Vaults. The narrator, Michael Agostini, does a stellar job at portraying the voice of Puskis.  Unfortunately, the tone he uses carries over to the other characters as well. Frings and Pool are completely unlike Puskis in personality. They are more animated, “alive” than he is. It’s a shame that these characteristics of these two men didn’t carry over into the audio book. Oftentimes, the pacing of the book lagged, mainly because the lack of expression in the narrator’s voice.

That said, I highly recommend The Vaults itself, in print format. It covers a wide range of subject matter, including political corruption, and is reminiscent of classical novels dealing with class struggle. I look forward to reading more of Toby Ball’s work, he has quite a bit of potential in him!

Review: The Chaos (Book Two in the Numbers Series) by Rachel Ward

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: The Chicken House; 1 edition (March 1, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 054524269X
  • Source: Publisher
  • In the sequel to Numbers, Jem’s son, Adam,  has inherited his mother’s curse….and then some.  When he looks into a person’s eyes, he not only sees the exact date of their death but also the manner in which they die.It’s nearly a decade later & Adam is forced to deal with this horrible curse.  Since his mother passed away, he’s been living with Val/”Nan”, his great-grandmother. 

    The world isn’t as it used to be.  Natural disasters are occuring on a more frequent basis.  The government monitors its citizens by way of chips embedded under the skin.

    When rising tides cause flooding, Nan & Adam are forced to move to London. Adam keeps track of “the numbers” in a smal black journal.  He begins to notice a trend; hundreds upon hundreds of people will die on New Years Day in the year 2027, just days away. With so many people “destined” to die in one day, Adam is certain it will be the result of some large catastrophic inncident.

    At school one day, Adam meets Sarah.  It’s obvious she is special as well, but not the same as Adam.  She has also lead a horribly tragic & painful life.  Her sleep is ambushed by horrible dreams of fire & death.

    The book is told in alternating chapters, each one giving the reader a glance inside the minds of the main characters. Adam and Sarah must find a way to warn London’s citizens of the impending doom, but in a world in which the government controls all communications this task becomes nearly impossible.

    Nearly a year ago I reviewed Numbers, the first book in this series. Any issues/problems I had with this series have vanished after reading The Chaos. Unlike Numbers the pacing of the storyline is relentless. The main characters, Adam & Sarah, are so vivid, so “real” that one can’t help but feel sympathy for them.  Both have been dealt a pretty difficult life yet choose to rise above all of this in order to save thousands of people.  I couldn’t help but read this book in one sitting; I had to know what happened to these characters in which I invested so much of my time.  

    The Chaos does end in a cliffhanger but considering this is part of a continuing series it is to be expected. The third book in this series, Infinity, is scheduled for release this summer.  I impatiently await it’s release!

    I highly recommend this series for fans of dystopian fiction. However,  due to some of the mature sexual content, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone under the age of fifteen.  

    Be sure to check back later today to enter for one of two copies of The Chaos.

    For more information on this series, check out the Numbers web site.