Friday, January 1, 2016

Book Review: Life by Rebecca Belliston

Life, by Rebecca Belliston
2015, 375p, Clean YA Dystopia/Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from eBooks for Review for an honest review

Her home. Her parents. Her freedom. Gone. 
His dreams. His sister. Himself. Lost. 
Two people. 
One future. 

The economy crashed, the country is floundering, and Carrie Ashworth struggles to keep her siblings alive. She has two jobs in her newly-formed, newly-outlawed clan: grow crops to feed thirty-six people, and maintain contact with Oliver Simmons, their local patrolman. Carrie's life is almost content when Greg Pierce shows up. A man with the ambition to help them survive. A man determined to hate her.

Greg sets to work devising systems to protect the clan from the new regime, but it doesn't take long to realize the true reason behind their safety. Patrolman Simmons has fallen for Carrie. When a government raid nearly wipes out their clan, Greg takes it upon himself to give the socially-awkward patrolman what he wants. Only Carrie doesn't like Greg throwing her in Simmons' path, especially when Greg's brusque exterior melts, and she catches a glimpse of the real man underneath. Neither of them realize that Simmons' coworkers have grown suspicious. A clan the size of Logan Pond can't have 'slipped' past his patrols all this time. When their hidden loot goes missing, they want revenge, and the one thread holding Logan Pond together is about to break.

Carrie is forced to choose: follow her heart or save her clan. Life won't let her choose both.

In this dystopia series, the US has collapsed because of the economy. The government has tight control over the supplies and the people are isolated. Carrie lives with a small group of people who have worked together for over five years to keep their clan safe from the government's prying eyes. There is one older couple, the Trenton's, who are legal since they owned their home outright when the collapse occurred. They help to keep everyone safe during the government raids. They know about the raids in advance due to the help of the awkward patrolman, Oliver, who has a crush on Carrie and will do anything to keep her safe.

Greg and his mother arrive and things start to change. Greg is the Trenton's grandson who Carrie has heard about nonstop. The Trenton's are trying to push them together but Greg wants nothing to do with her and is rude to her at first. When Greg realizes why Oliver keeps protecting them, he is more determined not to become involved with Carrie and tries to push her towards looking at Oliver as more than a dear friend.

Carrie seemed to let people walk over her at times, but she lost both parents at a young age and doesn't really have anyone to turn to when she needs help. She does the best she can and wants to keep peace within the clan. There is one family in particular that takes total advantage of her and the husband was frustrating at times. She's focused on being a parent to her younger brother and sister for so long that I don't think she ever really thought about a love life for herself. She has to be told how Oliver feels about her and, even then, has a hard time believing it. Greg is someone she's drawn to but he lets her know he's not interested in her but then at other times, treats her well, so she feels confused by him. We also learn more about Oliver and the fine line he walks in order to keep the Logan Pond Clan safe from being discovered.

Dystopia is one of my favorite genres to read and I thought this book was fabulous! I couldn't read it fast enough. I enjoyed the relationships between the different members of the clan, how new people changed the dynamics, the government raids and how they worked, and Greg's new ideas and how they might affect the clan in the future. There was also romance, suspense, action and an ending that left me wanting more! 

Rebecca Lund Belliston is the bestselling author of the CITIZENS OF LOGAN POND dystopian trilogy and the LDS romantic suspense novels, SADIE and AUGUSTINA. She's a sucker for a good romance, a good clean romance, and as such, she layers her stories with page-turning romance and heart-pounding adventure. Rebecca is also the bestselling composer of religious piano and vocal music that has been performed around the world. When she's not writing fiction or music, she loves to cuddle up with a good book. She and her husband live in beautiful Michigan with their five kids. 


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