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Series: Isolation #1
Also in this series: Echo Campaign
Published by Limitless Publishing LLC on January 26th 2016
Genres: Science fiction, Young Adult
Source: ARC from publisher
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After an epidemic spreads through the country, Brooklyn Harper’s high school years come to an abrupt end.
Implanted in a rural camp, Brooklyn and her friends are cut off from their families and the outside world. Each day is filled with combat training to assure their safety against the crazed, belligerent, and deadly— those infected with a mysterious virus.
If the world couldn’t get any crazier, a letter ups the insanity...
After being assured day after day that the world outside their little camp had been compromised, Brooklyn’s cabin-mate, Dawson Winters, finds a letter that turns everything they’d known upside down. There is a world outside the trees that surrounds their camp, and the virus they all feared seems non-existent.
Determined to see it herself, Brooklyn plots with others to attempt an escape...
On the outside, Brooklyn finds the world is as normal as ever. But when they are attacked in the city, they dispose of their attackers far more efficiently than any normal human.. Is there more to Brooklyn and her friends then just being highly trained?
As their exploration continues, the group is faced with impossible feats. Betrayal, love, death, and a powerful sense of camaraderie lead Brooklyn and her friends to fight for their life, their freedom, and most of all, each other.
This book was very, very good! The storyline is definitely not unique, but this is a very good telling.
I really liked the writing. It stood out among many of the ARCs I receive. It had an emotional quality to it. There were memories and sweet, meaningful moments in all the right places. There were moments that seemed normal or even strange but were actually very emotional and poignant. I just love that. It’s like, you don’t need words to explain the feeling. You see the actions and you just know what’s going on. You just know what they’re feeling. It’s not something that can be explained. It’s beautiful.
I also grew very attached to the characters, which I don’t usually in these books because they tend to die off. Yes, it was dangerous in this book, because bad things do happen, but it turned out pretty darn all right. However that’s not to say that it didn’t get quite heart-wrenching at times. Gabriel (Brooklyn’s best friend) was someone who normally I wouldn’t like—she has a very loud personality—but I just fell completely in love with her. It took a while, but soon I could see what Brooklyn saw in her. The other characters were all real people too.
The romance was really quite pleasant. Slow-burn, full of awkward and sweet moments. Very emotional without becoming obvious. I could definitely get behind it. (And thank goodness there wasn’t a love triangle.)
There were some pretty cool plot twists! I really didn’t see any of them coming. Some plot events I could predict, but only minor ones. The plot didn’t have a definite direction or end-goal, only smaller and vaguer goals. But it was still interesting to follow. Honestly, I feel like the characters drove the story more than the plot—or external influences—did. But all in all, it was a pretty good mix of both. Not an utterly fantastic mix; like I said, the plot was not uncommon and somewhat directionless—but the characters really made the story.
In conclusion, it was a great read. Not as quick as I thought, either. I had to stop and savor the writing and the moments. She’s really good at writing individual scenes. She’s great at capturing emotion in ways that don’t have to be explained. It’s easy to infer what’s going on, and it’s more satisfying that way. It feels more real.
I have to bring something interesting to your attention just because. There was a quote here that struck me as contradictory to something a certain book about wizards taught me.
…giving [the virus] a name was like inflating it with power. Giving it a name gave it purpose.
This is why she wouldn’t call the virus anything. But fear of the name increases fear of the thing itself, right? I guess there are two sides to every coin.
reaction upon finishing
Ahhh, nice. Also, thank the lord Zeus. I mean Hades.
this book in one word