Somewhere to review books I'm reading without giving away any spoilers!
Author: Joanne Macgregor
Date of Publication: May 14th, 2016
Grab yourself a copy of this very different novel and venture into a dystopian future where terrorist attacks three years ago spread a lethal plague. The consequences now are that everyone lives in their own little box, rarely venturing out and then only whilst wearing protective clothing, a respirator and multilayered gloves. There’s little social interaction, no schools for children to attend, just stay there in your box and stay alive. Online gaming is the major entertainment and sixteen year old Jinxy James has just successfully won the game . . . and her view on life will never be the same again!
This is a future ruled by fear – fear of the plague, rats, terrorists, other people. A future where following the rules is an ingrained response for folks like Jinxy – until you start to question just why the rules are there, who is enforcing them and just what is happening to society.
It would be so easy to say more, but that would involve giving spoilers and I don’t want to do that! The novel is enthralling, fast paced and action packed. The characters are well developed though don’t take them all at face value, there are some double dealing folk involved. I particularly liked how Jinxy evolved during the story, especially as she desperately tried to convince herself to follow orders despite her innate feelings that these were wrong. Her inner conflicts, relationships and reactions are key to the novel but that ending! I didn’t see that coming! It definitely ends on a tremendous cliffhanger but that only means I can’t wait to read the sequel!
Thanks to the author for gifting me an ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
There’s more than one enemy and more than one war. The Game is real.
Three years after a series of terrorist attacks flooded the US with a lethal plague, society has changed radically.
Sixteen year-old Jinxy James spends her days trapped at home – immersed in virtual reality, worrying about the plague and longing for freedom. Then she wins a war simulation game and is recruited into a top-secret organisation where talented teenagers are trained to become agents in the war on terror. Eager to escape her mother’s over-protectiveness and to serve her country, Jinxy enlists and becomes an expert sniper of infected mutant rats.
She’s immediately drawn to Quinn O’Riley, a charming and subversive intelligence analyst who knows more about the new order of government and society than he is telling. Then a shocking revelation forces Jinxy to make an impossible decision, and she risks losing everything.
Recoil is the first book in a Young Adult dystopian romance trilogy, and makes great reading for lovers of Rick Yancey (The Fifth Wave), Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games), and Veronica Roth (Divergent).
Amazon (US) Link: http://amzn.to/1Ngsr8C
When not writing, Joanne Macgregor is a counselling psychologist in private practice where she works mainly with victims of crime and trauma. Although she lives in the frenetic adrenaline-rush of the big city, Joanne has always been in love with nature, and escapes into the wilds whenever she can. She’s a Harry Potter fanatic, bakes the best choc-chip cookies on the planet, and is addicted to chilies and bulletproof coffee.
She started her professional life as a high school English teacher and loves writing about, and for, teens. She is the author of several books for Young Adults – Scarred (2015), Turtle Walk (2011), Rock Steady (2013), and Fault Lines (2016).
Author website: www.joannemacgregor.com