Twenty-two -year-old Naya has spent nearly half her life as a sex slave in a government institution called The Line. When she’s kicked out after getting pregnant with twins, she’s got no way to earn a living and a horrifying choice to make: find someone to replace her, or have her babies taken in her stead.
A doctor with a history of aiding ex-Line girls, Ric Bennett, wants to help. He runs a team of rebels that can delete Naya’s records and free her forever. But when The Line sniffs out his plan, things get bloody, fast. Naya means more to them than just a chance at fresh faces—her twins are part of the government’s larger plan.
As they hide from government search parties, Ric comes to admire Naya’s quiet strength. And Naya realizes Ric might be a man she can trust. If they make it off the grid, they could build a new life. But first they’ll have to survive the long, vicious reach of The Line.
*I received a free ARC of Carrier from Xpresso Booktours in exchange of an honest review*
Welcome to my stop on the Carrier blogtour! I have several things to share with you, my review, some of my favorite quotes, and an international giveaway.
My Carrier Review:
The Carrier is set in a dark, mysterious futuristic world, and the dystopian society is very creepy. The story is relevant, and it points out what is not going so well in our current society as well. Naya is a very strong female protagonist, she has been through hell, working from a very young age, then sold to The Line once she hit puberty, she has been forced to be a prostitute for the past nine years. Until one day, when she is scanned and found with too many injuries, she is brought to the new manager, told she is pregnant with twins then let out on her own.
The main theme in the Carrier is human slavery, and there are some extremely harsh and difficult scenes to read in this story. I do think they are necessary, though, because even if they are cringe-worthy, it is important to realize that even in our so-called modern society today, girls and women are sold and used as slaves – both to do hard labour in other people’s houses, and to give their money to anyone who has the money to pay for it.
Once Naya is released from The Line, she is completely lost. She has never been on her own even if she is around twenty-two years old. She was taken from her parents when she was only five, and had to work in the kitchen in a restaurant every day until she was sold to The Line. Carrier is heartbreaking, strong, well-written and manages to give some hope as well. Because Naya has no idea how the real world works anymore, she almost doesn’t make it her first day by taking a wrong turn. Three men cornered her, and only her strong sense of survival helped her out of a seemingly impossible situation.
She soon finds some friends, though, both in a boarding house for women, and later the doctor she goes to to check on her pregnancy. From there on, things happen very fast. Carrier has both mystery, a thriller-like feel, the need for revolution and characters that I could get behind. The ones who are trying to change their world are willing to make any personal sacrifice in order to achieve their goals, and Naya is right in the middle of that change.
Carrier is told from Naya’s point of view, in first person POV, past tense. Living through the horrors she has had to deal with is not easy, but it is feasible. There are a couple of small plot-holes I noticed, but nothing to take away from the story overall, or to make me feel like I wasn’t completely immersed into Naya’s world.
If you think you can stomach reading about extremely hard conditions, but where at least some of the women have the need and possibility to fight, you should check out Carrier. It has a very strong message, one that I think is important to share with as many people as possible.
Some of my favorite Carrier quotes:
“Number one!” the loudspeaker squealed. I winced. “In position,” a girl said from down the Line. “Stand by for scan,” the loudspeaker squawked. A cube infrared scanner attached to a mechanical arm descended from the ceiling. With a grind it shot bright green laser grids, scanning the girl’s palms.
“Great,” I grumbled. “Instead of just being a washed-up whore, I’ll be a fat and gassy washed-up whore.”
I was a mess. I’d wanted to think I could walk off the Line with no scars, but that was impossible. One sincere compliment from a man, and I was ready to hide.
Life after had never crossed my mind. Not once. And now, I was faced with just that. I should’ve been happy. I should’ve been reveling in my newfound freedom and enthralled with the possibility of my new free life.
Anne Tibbets is an SCBWI award-winning and Smashwords.com Best Selling author. After writing for Children’s television, Anne found her way to young/new adult fiction by following what she loves: books, strong female characters, twisted family dynamics, magic, sword fights, quick moving plots, and ferocious and cuddly animals. Along with CARRIER, Anne is also the author of the young adult fantasy novella, THE BEAST CALL and the young adult contemporary, SHUT UP. Anne divides her time between writing, her family, and three furry creatures that she secretly believes are plotting her assassination. Find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AnneTibbetsAuthor or on Twitter @WriteforCoffee. To contact Anne, visit www.annetibbets.com and click the ‘CONTACT’ tab. Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter
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