*I received a free copy of Walled from Carina Press via Xpresso Booktours. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series: The Line #2
Published by Carina Press on 1 December 2014
Source: Xpresso Booktours
Freedom means making brutal choices.
Rebel lovers Naya and Ric have survived one year in hiding, raising Naya’s twins from infants to toddlers in the shadow of the brutal Auberge dictatorship. They’re alive, and they’re together, but the city is crumbling around them and the haunting memory of Naya’s dark days on The Line have never fully left them. Living in isolation won’t be an option forever.
When a mysterious revolutionary seeks their help to infiltrate Auberge’s electronic heart and shut it down, it’s an opportunity—it’s risky, yes, but if it works they’ll get out of the city and taste freedom for the first time. Naya needs this. They need this.
Beyond the broken walls of Auberge, Naya and Ric find the paradise they’ve always longed for. But with anarchy reigning and Naya’s children lost amidst the chaos, they’ll need to forfeit their post-apocalyptic Eden…or commit an unspeakable act.
Book two of two.
Welcome to my stop on the Walled blogtour, hosted by Xpresso Booktours. I also participated in the Carrier blogtour a few months ago, and I was amazed by how twisted the story was, and how relevant to our society. Today, I am sharing my review of Walled, some of my favorite quotes as well as a giveaway where you can win some fantastic prizes!
My Walled review:
Walled is every bit as emotional and strong as Carrier was. Naya shows just how far she is willing and able to go to save herself, her children, and all the people living under Auberge’s rule. Once she realizes that living in hiding is not truly better than living in hell, she agrees to Sonya’s plan to shut down the headquarter, and then break the wall so the citizens can finally be free to do what they want. Not many things end up being what she expected, though, and it’s a tough road she and Ric have to travel. Lives are lost, allies gained and the terror isn’t over by a long shot.
Filled with excitement, and some of the same characters I already knew and loved, Walled is a fast-paced story that shows how an uprising comes into being. When people understand that their sole hope for survival is through a civil war or a revolution, something happens with them, and this was really well done in this story. Naya continued to amaze me, because while she could be very strong in many situations, she would feel extremely weak and inadequate in other. She never gave up, though, until the very end she was ready to fight for freedom at the cost of her life.
Both human trafficking, oppression, poverty, and some very violent scenes build the narrative of Walled, and I think it was all necessary to move the story forward, and for me to believe the things that were happening, as well as the final outcome. Well written, in first person past tense, we see most of the story through Naya’s eyes, and I thought it was a kind of poetic justice in the way things unfolded from start to finish.
If you’re ready for a very strong, but quite hard and important story, you should get your hands on The Line series, two books that completely changed the way I see certain things, and what it might take to make sure a whole population might finally be safe, and ultimately happy.
Some of my favorite Walled quotes:
In my nightmares I returned to the Line. Whether a slave liked it or not, a part of her would forever be trapped there, even if she escaped – like me.
Different. Yet somehow similar. As though I’d been upgraded to a nicer prison.
Who knew hell was surrounded by a forest?
About Anne Tibbets:
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.
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