Bait: Book 1 of The Nanobot Wars

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Courtney Farrell wrote fourteen nonfiction books for young people before she moved into the fiction arena. The Nanobot Wars is her second fiction series. Here is a 5 star review:

For 5 years Jack has been responsible for keeping a growing ragtag group of boys safe. For 5 years Jack has worked hard at keeping the rest of the world from knowing the secret that Jack . . . is a girl. In this post-apocalyptic world a pox struck down a significant part of the population world-wide, but took a disproportionate number of females. Sixteen year old Jacqueline is one of the few remaining females and highly valuable. Can she continue to keep her crew fed and maintain her secret?

Farrell’s new adult dystopian novel, Bait: Book 1 of The Nanobot Wars, combines survival with teenage angst in such a way that it comes across naturally. She describes the environment so that the reader can easily picture it. The pace ebbs and flows with a rhythm that keeps the reader from losing interest. This book is well written and has plenty of plot twists, has some very likeable and not so likeable characters, and was hard to put down.

The story is told from Jackie’s point of view. Her strong character, as chief of the crew, is balanced with the struggles of her new found emotions as a young woman falling in love. She’s had to grow up without the guidance of her mother or other females. You can feel the genuine affection she has for all of her young crew in the way she mother’s them when needed and gives them orders them like soldiers to provide structure.

As the book unfolds most questions are answered. With this being the first book in The Nanobot Wars series I am hoping that the remaining questions will be revealed quickly in the second book. If those questions had been answered within this first book, Bait could have easily been a stand-alone book. Even so, I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the rest of the series. 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

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