Title: The Woodlands
Author: Lauren Nicolle Taylor
Published Date: December 12, 2013
Genre: YA Dystopian
When being unique puts you in danger and speaking your mind can be punishable by death, you might find yourself fighting to survive. Sixteen-year-old Rosa lives in one of the eight enclosed cities of The Woodlands. Where the lone survivors of a devastating race war have settled in the Russian wilderness because it’s the only scrap of land left habitable on the planet. In these circular cities, everyone must abide by the law or face harsh punishment. Rosa’s inability to conform and obey the rules brands her a leper and no one wants to be within two feet of her, until she meets Joseph. He’s blonde, fair-skinned, green-eyed, and the laid-back complete opposite of Rosa. She’s never met anyone quite like him, and she knows that spells danger.
But differences weren’t always a bad thing. People used to think being unique was one of the most treasured of traits to have. Now, the Superiors, who ruthlessly control the concrete cities with an iron fist, are obsessed with creating a ‘raceless’ race. They are convinced this is the only way to avoid another war. Any anomalies must be destroyed.
The Superiors are unstoppable and can do anything they want. After all, they are considered superheroes by the general public. But not everyone sees them this way. When they continue to abuse their power by collecting young girls for use in their secret, high-tech breeding program, they have no idea that one of those girls has somehow managed to make friends even she didn’t know she had. And one man will stop at nothing to save her.
I am not a huge fan of dystopian style novels in general but I seem to keep getting pulled into reading them because EVERYONE is talking about them and with this book I can see why.
Right from page one you know that things are not right in this society but what is so frightening is how much of the book can be paralleled with events happening today. The writing is exquisite and I found it almost impossible to believe this was a debut outing. I laughed, I cried, I gasped in disbelief. I found myself knowing that things were going to happen but hoping desperately that I was wrong. Be warned though, this author doesn’t pull ANY punches. She keeps the fear that people can be in your life one minute and then gone the next so close to the surface I am almost afraid to pick up book 2 ….. almost…. but the desire to know where this story will go is telling the other voices to just be quiet. In fact I already have it loaded up and ready to go.
Don’t be fooled by this being classified as a YA novel. Whilst I am sure more mature teenagers will certainly fall in love with this cast I can assure you that there are a great deal of adults that I think would get even more out of it.
If nothing else check it out because it is free! Treat yourself!
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