Sixteen year old Derry Connelly grows up quickly when placed in the position of making life and death decisions that affect her family and friends. She’s been living in a prepper Undergrounder bunker with her brother, Owen, and their father for the past six years after the earth’s core suffered a meltdown causing a ring of volcanoes to erupt. They along the with other Undergrounders of their bunker and the surrounding bunkers have a distrust of the one world government and its sovereign leader. With rogue subversives murdering other survivors and strange hovercrafts snatching up those unfortunate enough to be caught outside their bunker, Derry and her group are barely surviving. When Owen disappears she is put in the unlikely position of leading a search and rescue team.
Hinkens‘ first book in The Underground Series, Immurement, is a dystopian based science fiction thriller. It is very well edited and the young adult storyline is a fast read full of action. The post-apocalyptic world is vividly described and its characters well developed. Twists and turns are well placed and somewhat surprising. There is an interesting mixture of characters, young and old, clone and deviations, and survivors and scientists.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Having a strong female lead who wasn’t bogged down in teenage angst was refreshing. Derry isn’t perfect and her mistakes weigh heavily upon her shoulders. She has more grit and smarts about her than Katniss Everdeen ever thought about having. I’m looking forward to reading the next installment of her story.
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.