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This was a little gem! I ended up really enjoying this and devouring it over the course of a day and a half.
The story centers on 2 sisters, Dawn and Gabby. Gabby has always looked after Dawn and tried to make her life comfortable. One day while out with her boyfriend, Gabby decides that Dawn deserves something special for her birthday and steals an expensive necklace. Unfortunately she gets caught and is sent to the colonies, an undisclosed location where they are sent to be slaves for the rest of their lives. Dawn is devastated but decides that she has to try to find this place and rescue her sister. So she leaves London and travels to where they know the colonies are located, which is the old US. Where the colonies are exactly, they don't know, but Dawn and Drew are intent on finding Gabby.
The setting for the book is for an America that is no longer, it's now colonised by Britain and is used for criminals no matter how small their crime. I enjoyed this aspect of the book as usually Post Apoc books take place in America, and while this still does, it's not an America that's normal.
I liked the characters too. Gabby and Dawn have a great relationship and it was lovely to see. The fact that Dawn left everything she knows to go to an unknown world to save her sister, pretty much says it all. There are plenty of other characters too and all were well written and developed. The only character I had any reservation for was Drew. His reasoning for going to the colonies in the first place were sketchy and not mush was done about it during the book. Maybe we will find the answers in the next book, but who knows!!
In all, this book was a pleasant surprise and kept me hooked throughout. It is told from multiple POVs which worked well here because we get Dawn's story as well as seeing from Gabby's and Drew's POV. It made the book richer. I can't wait to read more in this world!!
Danielle Cohen did a great job. Even though, voice wise, she didn't differentiate the sisters that much, it was still easy to follow who was talking at any given time. It was subtle differences but the way she executed it was really good. She was easy to listen to as well and was clear and concise!
I was voluntarily provided this free copy by the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.
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Great start to a series. Overall very entertaining, engaging and enjoyable. It started off a bit slow, but it slowly pulls you in and before you know it your hooked. Interesting take on a dystopian future. America no longer exists as we know it. It is under British control. Criminals are transported to America. History repeating itself. <br/><br/> Great cast of likable characters. Creative world the author has imagined.<br/>Some of the twists woven into the story were completely unexpected. Worth your time and credit? Yes, definitely. <br/><br/> The story is told in alternating POV's mostly between Dawn and Gabby. You never know what your made of or what you can do until you are put to the test. When it comes to helping or defending ones family you are capable of quite a lot. .<br/><br/>This book does in a cliffhanger. So be prepared. Fortunately the next book in the series is available on Audible. Looking forward to listening to the next installment.<br/><br/> Danielle Cohen does a really good job with the narration. Pleasant voice easy to listen to for long periods of time. Clearly spoken with a smooth even pace. Good character voices. She was able to make the characters come to life through her narration. She was the perfect choice of narrators for this story. Overall very enjoyable.<br/><br/>I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher<br/>
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