How far will they go for their freedom–once they decide what freedom really means?
In an unspecified future, the United States’ borders have receded behind a salt line–a ring of scorched earth that protects its citizens from deadly disease-carrying ticks. Those within the zone live safe, if limited, lives in a society controlled by a common fear. Few have any reason to venture out of zone, except for the adrenaline junkies who pay a fortune to tour what’s left of nature. Those among the latest expedition include a popstar and his girlfriend, Edie; the tech giant Wes; and Marta; a seemingly simple housewife.
Once out of zone, the group find themselves at the mercy of deadly ticks–and at the center of a murderous plot. They become captives in Ruby City, a community made up of outer-zone survivors determined to protect their hardscrabble existence. As alliances and friendships shift amongst the hostages, Edie, Wes, and Marta must decide how far they are willing to go to get to the right side of the salt line. (From Goodreads)
Thank you to Putnam books for sending me a finished copy to read and review in exchange of this honest review.
It’s been a very long time since I have read a Dystopian book, and I am glad this is the book I got to read. It took me a bit to get into the plot, and characters. The first few chapters were a struggle for me, My attention kept going elsewhere, but once the back stories started showing up, that’s when I found myself really connecting to the characters.
Another thing I liked was that there was subtle twists and turns through the book, it wasn’t a big huge plot twist at the end of the story. Which was nice, it made for a very intriguing read, once the story picked up for me. I flew through the last 150 pages, because I needed to see how this all played out.
I loved the relationship between Wes and Marta, I loved that they trusted each other, and they watched out for each other, there was no secrets between them. They established a strong bond and they were my favorite characters, and for me they made the book as enjoyable as it was.
My favorite thing about Dystopian novels are things actually could happen in this world, as they are depicted in books. Like this book, a small tick, carrying a HUGE disease, that could take down the world. That sounds to me, like something that could happen.