Tag Archives: Dystopian

Is Revenge Really Worth It?

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The Ungovernable Cover     Jim Powell wants to get as many crops in the ground as possible to help him, his family, and his friends make it through the next winter. Boss, aka Captain Ballou, has other plans for Jim. After losing his hand and all his team during the attack at the power plant, he has nothing but revenge on his mind. Now, Jim is a wanted man.

Horton’s seventh novel in The Borrowed World Series, The Ungovernable keeps those in the valley with Jim on their toes as folks from town and neighboring communities attempt to collect the reward for bringing Jim to Boss. Boss is relentless in his pursuit even though he has been ordered to stand down. He covertly gains assistance from those around him. His rage is palatable.

Many in town feel anger toward Jim for taking the opportunity for electricity from them. So when Boss’s flyers show up with Jim’s photo, they are more than happy to try and turn him in. There is more than one trick up Jim’s sleeve. And, things aren’t as they seem.

5 out of 5 stars.

Rise to that Occasion

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Unprepared cover     Mike Crenshaw is an ordinary young man who does his best to stay away from confrontation. When a fast-moving plague grips the world, he becomes the unlikely hero. Unprepared for any type of crisis Mike and his coworker friend, Brice search for anything that or anyone who can help them survive.

Abrahams first novel in The Scourge series, Unprepared is set in the early days of the outbreak within the US. It is the same world as The Traveler Series. Some of the same characters show up in their much younger version. This helps provide their backstory.

It’s a heart-wrenching tale that brings out the true nature of the characters. There’s no place to hide from this plague.

5 out of 5 stars.

A Mother Scorned

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The Benders cover     Riley Meemick has managed to escape with Ethan and Clay from the Believers at The Citadel. It is now her mission to find and liberate her Auntie Bell. Fate is a cruel mistress and Riley is taken prisoner only to be sold into a gladiator-type sport. Ethan and Clay are captured by Clay’s deranged mother and are used in her twisted experiments.

French’s third novel in The Breeders series, The Benders continues to explore the romance between Riley and Clay in a dystopian world where fertile women are a prized commodity. As with the other books in this series, it is fast passed and full of tension.

There are six books in this series as this review is written. I plan to read them all. The world-building is some of the best I’ve read.

5 out of 5 stars.

Die to Fight Another Day

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Bar at the end of the world cover     Ezekiel (Zeke) Watson left his girlfriend behind as he escaped certain death from his employers, the Tic a black-market cartel. The Tic battles the Overseers, some call them the government, for control of water. Nearly dead from being chased, Zeke stumbles on the property of a bar. But, it’s not any bar; it’s the bar at the end of the world.

Abrahams first novel in The Watchers series, The Bar at the End of the World is an odd mix of post-apocalyptic, dystopian, and paranormal. He does an excellent job of blending the genres to create a fascinating tale of redemption. I’ve never read anything like it, nor have I seen any other books of a similar nature.

Zeke’s character was well developed and while not the nicest person on the planet, he was relatable. The storyline is full of surprises and takes you through a maze. There is even one big ‘gotcha’ twist that makes you want to start all over from the beginning to see if you can pick up on the clues.

5 out of 5 stars.

The Greatest Sin Of All

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FFA 6 cover     Reaper, aka Nelson Jackson, continues his quest with the Sin Eaters to avenge as many wrongs as possible caused by the Federal States and its supporters. The Sin Eaters have spies on both sides otherwise known as angels. President Fern is aware of this and does his best to keep the Republic within the binds of the Constitution. On the other hand, President Gifford has Colonel Marshall actively pursuing Sin Eaters and their angels.

Watson’s sixth book in the Forgotten, Forbidden America series, Sinners is full of emotional turmoil. There were times that I cried; others that made me mad. And, those that had me cheering. At this point in the series, I can hear the characters in my head when they are speaking or thinking.

The end of the war is so simple. Yet, the Feds continue the fight. It appears the tide is turning in favor of the Republic. But, is it sustainable? What horrors do the Federal States have yet to unleash?

5 out of 5 stars.

A Shift In Power

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Blood Bought Cover     Robert Hardwick is finally on his way home. Once there his family will finally be all together again. In this new post-apocalyptic world, they must work harder than ever to stay together and to stay alive. Some would do anything to take away everything.

Horton’s fourth book in The Locker Nine series, Blood Bought is a contrast in emotions. There is the joy Robert and his family experience once they are reunited. Then there is the grim reality of the outside threats they continue to face. They can never let their guard down as if things were back to normal.

Congressman Honaker failed in his attempt to overtake the compound he had scoped out for years in northern Georgia. He believes that since Robert is friends with the owner and writes post-apocalyptic novels for a living, that Robert must have a similar compound in Virginia. Never one to be denied, the congressman sets his caravan off to confront the Hardwicks.

Reminiscent of the David and Goliath story, Honaker is confident that he has the numbers on his side. Robert and his family know they will be overwhelmed if they don’t place some outlying deterrents in hopes of buying them time and element of surprise.

I read this book in one sitting on a Friday afternoon/early evening. It’s a fast read, enjoyable read.

5 out of 5 stars.

Under Cover of Smoke & Fire

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Rebel Blaze cove   Dane Talbot uses the cover of the apocalypse happening all around her to exact revenge on those who have harmed her and her family.  As a firefighter who has achieved the most sought-after position of a smokejumper, she quietly takes advantage of her position to hand out vigilante justice. Societal breakdown has a way of going in both directions for Dane. Will she be able to escape her actions, or will her actions take her down too?

Shaw’s first novel in the Remember The Ruin series, Rebel Blaze, follows Dane as she comes to the realization that the only one who can avenge her is herself. A departure of sorts from Shaw’s post-apocalyptic writings brings a refreshing new genre for her. She weaves a tale of suspense with just the right amount of tension.

Dane’s story is heartbreaking. The reader is quickly drawn into the emotional turmoil she is facing. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment.

5 out of 5 stars.