Author: Thomas Locke
Release Date: November 20, 2018
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
With post America in shambles, a special group of humans may be the only hope!
Caleb lives with his father in a West Virginia enclave making a living as a trader, but Caleb has a secret, he is able to sense things about other people. During a heated encountered between his father and two tribal leaders, Caleb senses that one of the leaders aims to kill his father. When he turns and yells this to his dad, the leader realizes that Caleb is what they call specials. Realizing that he can never return home, Caleb sets out to meet up with his dad along the road later to determine what he can do now. He comes upon another young man named Kevin, who has run the underground railroad for refugees to get them to safety, but the militia have cracked down on Kevin and want him to round up specials. Kevin and Caleb strike up a quick but trustworthy friendship that will set a course to change the future for all involved.
The dystopian post-apocalyptic genre has quickly become one of my favorite. It gives every author a blank canvas to create what they believe the world is going to look like in the future and many of the authors have focused solely on America. Locke chooses to use this same approach and has a little bit of supernatural tied in as well. Human experiments mixed with a plague causes devastation throughout the country. Now most people live in enclaves with some townships remaining a mega power centers. Locke has never disappointed me with the quality of his writing. He always comes up with new ideas, especially in his future worlds. They are always action packed and the short chapters really move the books along. I’m looking forward to the characters getting developed during the next books to see how they flesh out more. If you need a new series to end your year, grab a copy!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.