Series: The Chase Runner #1
Published by Mountain Brook Fire
Publication Date July 2, 2021
Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: High-School/Young Adults
Win the Chase. Be the hero. Or die trying.
The chaos and anarchy following the Great Collapse nearly brought the world to its knees until the unchanging Law brought order and peace. Generations later, the twelve alliances of the World Coalition come together once a year to allow their best and brightest young people to compete in the Chase. The prize? A chance to pass exactly one new law.
The son of two former Chase runners, Willis Thomson is the top trainee in the Western Alliance. With the expectations of the world and his heritage driving him, he leads his elite Red Team as they prepare for his moment to become a coveted Law-changer.
Perryn Davis, the new leader of the Blue Team, struggles to survive as she competes as one of the designated losers. She knows that losing means genetic recoding, a process that cannot go on indefinitely, and longs to age out of the program before it kills her.
When a mysterious new racer with knowledge of the outside shows up at their orbiting training center, the natural order of the Western Alliance trainees is upended. In a world where too much knowledge is dangerous, Willis and Perryn find themselves in a race to save their lives and uncover the hidden underbelly of the peaceful World Coalition.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Willis had been born to race. He had trained his entire life. Was THE elite runner. The brilliant team leader. The hope of the Western Alliance. And now his world was about to be turned upside down…
I don’t tend to read many dystopian stories. I enjoy them but some tend towards being dark and gory, which is something I try to avoid. And, actually, I didn’t know the genre of The Chase until I started reading it. I just knew that I am not generally disappointed when I read books published by Mountain Brook Ink and I wanted to give it a try.
I am so glad I read it!
Talk about having intense expectations placed on you! Willis was put in the position where everyone expected him to save the world. To be the one person out of everyone in the world to win The Chase. I loved getting into his head and seeing his struggles. His doubts about those around him and the questions he asked himself when he realized that everything wasn’t exactly as it seemed. And how he handled the struggle between doing what was right and what he had been coded to do.
Perryn was almost the opposite. While she was also an elite racer – she wouldn’t have been at the training station if she wasn’t – she never was quite as good. The number of recodings she had undergone was evidence of that! Knowing that failure would result in her death ate away at her confidence. And yet she was still somehow able to cling to hope.
I loved these characters, the intense story of their training, and the battles between the teams as they vied for the right to compete for the Western Alliance – and especially to avoid being recoded. Which was as awful as it sounds! Their intense emotions were as expertly described as were the intricate and dangerous courses they had to race through.
Suspenseful and filled with fierce tension between characters, The Chase questioned their blind allegiance to “The Law” and the wisdom of giving supreme power to a single leader. It was filled with opportunities for making life-defining choices between right and wrong.
If you are a fan of dystopian fiction, or even just a dabbler like I am, I encourage you to read this wonderful debut novel. And stay tuned for more.
On a side note, if you sign up for Bradley Caffee’s newsletter, he’ll send you a copy of Kane – which tells how he ended up at the training station. I just signed up and am excited to read more!. Below is a video about his book that I
stole borrowed from his website to share with you. 🙂