Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Life (Citizens of Logan Pond)

Rebecca Belliston
Science Fiction Romance

"She'd seen her mom cry twice in her life, both times at funerals. Carrie clutched her blankets. Whose funeral was this?"

Carrie Ashworth has struggled alone for the past five years to keep her younger siblings alive after the collapse of the country.  With no legal citizenship under the new regime, their lives are wrought with danger to stay alive and together.  Banded together with old neighbors and fellow vagabonds, they have found a way to hide from the government with the help of a patrolman, Oliver Simmons.  Everything is under an uneasy peace, until Greg Pierce and his mother shows up.  Hardened by life and intent to provide a safe place for his mother, Greg works to make the little community as protected as it can be.  Even if that means pushing Carrie closer to the shy, but interested Oliver.  Despite whatever Greg, or Carrie, might feel.

My Opinion: From a romance perspective, this book kind of missed the mark.  Though there were relationships and a lot of tension and tumult regarding Carrie and both Greg and Oliver, there was no real arc to the romance.  There was a lack of chemistry as well as character development.  The suspense seemed stilted by the repetitive emotional battles Carrie and Greg both seemed to constantly fight and yet never really win or lose.  As for how it was as another genre, that's not my expertise.  I did not find the dystopian concept to be a potentially realistic happening in the future, and the characters seemed to have hidden pasts that motivated them, but were never explained to the reader and so I felt lost.  Overall, it was a poor romance, and a unique glimpse of futuristic and dystopian fiction.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

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