Synopsis from Goodreads
When Wynter Roth is turned out of New Earth, a self-contained doomsday cult on the American prairie, she emerges into a world poised on the brink of madness as a mysterious outbreak of rapid early onset dementia spreads across the nation. As Wynter struggles to start over in a world she’s been taught to regard as evil, she finds herself face-to-face with the apocalypse she’s feared all her life—until the night her sister shows up at her doorstep with a set of medical samples. That night, Wynter learns there’s something far more sinister at play and that these samples are key to understanding the disease. Now, as the power grid fails and the nation descends into chaos, Wynter must find a way to get the samples to a lab in Colorado. Uncertain who to trust, she takes up with former military man Chase Miller, who has his own reasons for wanting to get close to the samples in her possession, and to Wynter herself.
I am not a huge fan of dystopian apocalyptic fiction – mostly because I personally feel like it has been overdone in recent years, particularly in YA books. However, I liked this book. I think it resonated more with me because the general theme was different from most dystopian fiction (at least the ones I’ve read) and the story wasn’t set way off in the future. This story could happen today! It was too close to everyday life as it is now for many people and I think that is why it ultimately appealed to me.
This book is presented in a dual timeline – Wynter’s time living at New Earth (then) and Wynter’s time after she is banished from New Earth (now). I thought the dual timeline was an effective way of developing the story. Wynter is a great character – sheltered, vulnerable, and perhaps even naïve, but she is also determined and brave.
This is a solid thriller. Cult stuff is always scary to me and no one wants to think about the world in general chaos! Overall, the story was exciting and current and I was captivated from the very beginning. I was not familiar with Tosca Lee prior to this book, but I will happily read more of her work going forward.
Thank you Netgalley and Howard Books for a free electronic ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Expected publication date January 29, 2019 by Howard Books.
My rating – 4 out of 5
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