Series: Unknown #1
on August 16, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
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In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.
Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.
When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.
Red Dawn meets Roswell in this New Adult Science Fiction. Let’s review!
Wendy Higgens has been hit or miss for me lately. I did really enjoy this particular story, and yet I felt unsettled after reading it. It’s dealing with some serious issues, particularly terrorism. Terrorism is a very scary reality for some right now, and this book does a really interesting job highlighting the chaos terrorism can bring. Add to the fold some really interesting characters and the amazing background of Nevada, and you have an intriguing story.
I had two issues with this book. First, I felt like readers were told more about the events leading up to the apocalypse more than shown. I honestly don’t feel like the book really started gaining momentum until about 20% of the way. Everything before that point could have been cut or shown in flashbacks without hindering the story. Secondly, I wasn’t feeling the romance between Amber and Rylen. Amber was a charismatic, likable heroine whenever she wasn’t obsessing about Rylen. Unfortunately, she obsessed about Rylen the majority of the book.
I’m hoping the second book in the series either moves forward the romance between them quicker or completely removes the romance between them altogether. I would be completely happy if she did a Maas and introduced the main romance in the second novel between Amber and a completely random person. If they are going to be together, I would prefer she actually create something romantic between them instead of this horrible pining.
tl;dr A really interesting plot and an amazing setting make this a quick, entertaining read.