The world is broken. Tara is alone. But within her a power grows.

The Shift destroyed the world. All that remains is the harsh and unforgiving sand lands. Food is scarce; water even more so. And Tara has just discovered that she’s been lied to her entire life. The world as she knows it does not exist. She is not the ordinary girl she thought herself to be. Instead, she is one of a unique breed known as New Bloods – revered by some, hunted by others.

Tara is no stranger to hardship. But when her village is destroyed and the young people taken by the merciless Prezedant, she must quickly learn how much of a fighter she can become.

Gathering a ragtag fellowship on her way, she embarks on a quest into the unknown to find what remains of her family. Little does she realise how dangerous it will be. Or how it will change her – and perhaps the world – forever.

It’s Mad Max meets The Hunger Games. Admittedly I was drawn to the book since the main character and I share the same first name which isn’t commonly used in American literature. Even if it was for a superficial reason I was glad I found this book because the author is incredibly detailed. She really makes you feel as if a movie is playing before your eyes as you can see the world and her character come alive. 

Initially the speech patterns used by the main character were a little difficult to handle as she spoke with a dialect most often associated with the poorly educated in the south. It’s told from her first person point of view but eventually you will get used to the way she talks as you become more invested in finding out what is going on with her.

I can’t wait for the next one as I’m very curious to see if she is going to embrace her destiny.

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