Throughout my school years, I almost always felt that I was different. As one of the smart kids and a Christian, I was not very popular. (At least I tell myself that is why!)
Throughout history, one group or another has always been shunned by another. Apparently, we aren’t a people who like those who stand out much. . .
by Thomas Locke
Published by Revell
Publication Date November 20, 2018
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Setting: South Carolina, Georgia The Future
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: High-School/Young Adult, Adults
It's been 50 years since the Great Crash and what was once America is now a collection of enclaves, governed on the local level and only loosely tied together by the farce of a federal government. Catawba, one of the largest and most affluent enclaves in the southern states, is relatively stable and maintains a successful business of trade with nearby enclaves, including the one at Charlotte Township. But when a new vein of gold is found beneath the feet of those in Catawba, it's only a matter of time before trouble finds them.
Now the future of Catawba may be in the hands of an untried 21-year-old trader named Caleb. And Caleb knows that if his secret were ever to come out, he would never see another dawn.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
As with many dystopian novels, the world of Enclave was a militant society ruled by the strong preying on the weak. An entire section of the population was targeted for experiments to see how those in power could exploit their abilities. . .
I receive newsletters from this author and read in a recent one about the inspiration for this book. Before then, it really wasn’t even on my radar to read. While I do enjoy some dystopian stories, I don’t usually seek them out. Strangely enough, once I read the book, I re-read the e-mail and had to really think to see how this was tied in. Then I realized. Oh. Not what I was thinking it would be but it was there. I don’t want to go into detail here – if you are interested you can follow that link to see what he had to say.
While the story wasn’t what I was expecting, I enjoyed the fast-paced adventure as Caleb, Kevin and Zeke end up on an unexpected journey to rescue Caleb’s childhood friend, Maddie. There were plenty of elements of danger as they were being hunted.
I found the characters endearing and was cheering for them along the way.
A number of things about this world were not explained or were not explained in great detail. For some readers, I know that can be an issue. I didn’t find this to be a distraction or a detraction and was able to immerse myself into the story.
The ending did feel abrupt, but this isn’t totally uncommon. The conflict was mostly resolved and the ending showed the resolution of the last part of that conflict. It appears that the author wanted to allow the reader to fill in their own details about what happened next instead of tying everything up with a neat bow. There was a preview of another book that appears to be of a similar story-line in a different part of the state, and though it doesn’t indicate this anywhere, this might be the first book in a new series. I guess time will tell.