Poppy is 19 years old, she has served as first lady to her father’s presidency since she was 12 years old. When the man she grew up thinking of as an uncle murders her father and the other heads of state, Poppy is the only witness. If they find her, her life will be over too. Now, she’s on the run through a country devastated by war and climate change. Poppy finds a place to hid in the supposedly deserted Boulder, Colorado. She lives each day scavenging food and avoiding killer animals and plants and the vicious roaming gangs. Raised to be able to protect herself, Poppy is a strong young woman able to keep herself going. She may be ready to reach out to people, but can she ever actually trust anyone.
I loved this book. Poppy is a strong female character who is going to save herself. She is shoved into a world she didn’t know existed and forced to question everything she ever knew. She was raised to be able to protect herself, yet sheltered from the realities of the world in the 23rd century.
The author created a vivid future for North America, one that was not hard for me to believe in. She paints the scenes and the people in a way that makes you feel as though you are walking the streets with Poppy. I love how Poppy accepts and embraces the world she is forced into. At times she revels in the first freedoms she has ever had. She balances her grief, fear, loneliness and excitement in a believable way. Add in that she is a 19 year old woman, there is a bit of some cute boy admiration going on too.
I admit I read a lot of YA dystopian books. They are one genre I embrace fully. This felt like a fresh story to me. I personally haven’t read one with a similar story line, which to be honest they do get repetitive lately. So this was an excellent change and I cannot wait to read what happens next.
I believe fans of YA dystopian novels such as the Divergent Series, Matched Series, and the Hunger Games would enjoy this book. I want to thank the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. 5 out of 5 stars.
We sped through the streets, taking turns recklessly fast as we tried to lose the bikes on our tails. As we flew around yet another corner, one of the bikes caught up to me and slapped into the back of my bike. It wasn’t a particularly hard collision, but it popped my bike loose from the mag-lev rail, and I went skidding sideways across the pavement. When the base of the bike hit the curb at the edge of the road, I was flung over the handlebars to land in a crumpled heap on the cracked sidewalk.
All I could do was lie there, staring blankly at a weed growing inches from my nose as I tried to catch my breath. From the corner of my eye I saw Sharra slow and look back, trying to decide if she could help me. Then she leaned low over the handlebars and shot off into the dark streets, leaving me behind.
A million small aches and pains made themselves known as I rolled slowly to my knees. I didn’t bother to get up any further than that. I was completely surrounded, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to move fast enough to break loose from all of these people and retrieve my downed bike. Instead, I waited in silence to see what would happen next and watched for an opportunity to escape.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After writing stories in her head for the last 30+ years, Tara finally decided to take a stab at writing them down to share them with others.
Tara has a husband, 4 kids, and 5 cats to care for along with a full-time job and contract work on the side, so finding time to write is the biggest challenge. Since her most productive hours are from 12-5 a.m. anyway, Tara usually gives up sleep in favor of writing.
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The author will be awarding the first book (ebook) in three YA series: Into Shadow by TD Shields; Awaken by Michelle Bryan; and The Other Inheritance by Rebecca Jaycox to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Check out the other posts of the blast for more chances to win.