Welcome to my stop on the Immurement blog tour! I got to read this and realy enjoyed it. You can see my review below, but there are a lot of other stops on the tour, so please check them out HERE!
by Norma HinkensGenre: Young Adult Dystopian/Sci-fi
Release Date: December 9th 2015
Summary from Goodreads:
The earth’s core overheats. The sovereign leader vanishes. A young girl is the survivors’ only hope …
What little land is habitable is patrolled by cutthroat gangs of escaped subversives, but that’s not the greatest threat facing sixteen-year-old Derry Connelly, her brother Owen, and a ragged band of Preppers holed up in a bunker in the Sawtooth Mountains. Mysterious hoverships operated by clones are targeting adolescents for extraction.
Owen, is one of the first to disappear. To save him, Derry must strike a deal with the murderous subversives, and risk a daring raid to infiltrate the heart of the extraction operation.
But will the rookie leader falter when forced to choose between her brother and a clone who ignites something inside her she didn’t know was possible?
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So the blurb sums up the plot and I'm not adding anything else in case I spoil something, so I'll get straight to my thoughts.
Character wise, while there is a lot of them, they were all well written and developed. Derry is spontaneous, ready for anything and will to do what's needed. She comes across at times as kind of selfish but as the story progresses we she her struggling with her thoughts, and indeed, her feelings for certain characters. She has had a tough life, but I admired her willingness to rescue her brother no matter what.
Plot wise, it's fast paced and action packed, especially the second half. I loved the world the author has created and look forward to delving deeper in the next one. We have clones, elite clones, Mad max type gangs, preppers and an assortment of awe inspiring things in what's an interesting and unique world.
This is book one of what's sure to be a great series, and as with a lot of book ones, it's setting the scene for future books. While this didn't impact on the overall setting, I did think that the characters didn't progress as much as I'd like. Also, I found the relationship between Derry and Jakob to be a little lackluster and nothing special.
Other than the little niggles above, this was a thoroughly entertaining read. I found myself enjoying the story and rooting for Derry to find her brother. The author and series has promise and I'm looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here.
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Travel junkie, former professional globetrotter, legend lover, idea wrangler. Norma Hinkens has lived, worked and visited her way across continents, soaking up stories along the way. Her writing is influenced by the resilient characters she met along the way; everyone has a story!
Norma grew up among vibrant storytelling traditions in her native Ireland. She's a legend-loving author who takes a fiendish delight in pushing reluctant characters over cliffs to find out what they’re made of. Epic odds, seemingly impossible missions, pasts that haunt, intrigue and misadventure. She’s happiest when wrangling provocative big picture ideas that are never black and white when you turn them inside out. It’s all about the tension in the journey.
She currently resides in California with her husband, three children and Chihuahua extraordinaire. She is the author of the YA post-apocalyptic Undergrounders Series: Immurement, Embattlement and Adjudgement.
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