After an epidemic spreads through the country, Brooklyn Harper’s high school years come to an abrupt end.
Implanted in a rural camp, Brooklyn and her friends are cut off from their families and the outside world. Each day is filled with combat training to assure their safety against the crazed, belligerent, and deadly— those infected with a mysterious virus.
If the world couldn’t get any crazier, a letter ups the insanity...
After being assured day after day that the world outside their little camp had been compromised, Brooklyn’s cabin-mate, Dawson Winters, finds a letter that turns everything they’d known upside down. There is a world outside the trees that surrounds their camp, and the virus they all feared seems non-existent.
Determined to see it herself, Brooklyn plots with others to attempt an escape...
On the outside, Brooklyn finds the world is as normal as ever. But when they are attacked in the city, they dispose of their attackers far more efficiently than any normal human.. Is there more to Brooklyn and her friends then just being highly trained?
As their exploration continues, the group is faced with impossible feats. Betrayal, love, death, and a powerful sense of camaraderie lead Brooklyn and her friends to fight for their life, their freedom, and most of all, each other. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of YA Bound Blog Tours.
This book was absolutely action packed and once I was into the story I enjoyed it, but I think I needed a little more background on the characters. My only complaint is that in some of the initial events in the book, I had to re-read a few pages because I was confused as to what happened. Once I got a little more context later in the story things made more sense. The romance was also lack-luster, but the friendships and group dynamic was fantastic. I loved that the friendships had as much build up and focus as a love interest might.
Brooklyn is interesting, but certainly hot-headed. She got worked up on a few things that I didn’t relate well to, but I could see how others would. I appreciated having two strong female leads to balance out the strong male leads, which created great interactions as they struggled to survive. This definitely has the potential to build up into a great series, but don’t expect to have resolutions in this book! There are additional books to come.
Warning: Contains repeated violence.
Rating: 3 stars!
Who should read it? Dystopian / Paranomal fans that are looking for a young adult approach similar to “Maximum Ride”.
Want to read the whole series? TBD