Mark Twain wrote: To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.
#2 in Survivalist Reality Show
Category: Dystopian Fiction
Average Rating: 4.0
They thought their journey would be over when they reached the island refuge, but life isn't as simple as what they'd hoped.
At first glance, Wolf's home is a prepper's dream, but there's a whole new learning curve that comes with living on the island. Regan is frustrated to learn that Wolf's 12-year-old daughter outmaneuvers her constantly, and more seriously than that, Regan begins to feel like every move she makes is the wrong one -- all except with Wolf, that is.
Even as the group begins to acclimate to the island, Wolf has to stay strong for his team and his daughter. Making it "home" wasn't the relief he thought it would be. Instead, he finds a whole new range of skills he has to teach the group, and it all has to happen in the face of failing equipment and a quickly approaching storm season. Everywhere he turns, he finds something else going unexpectedly wrong.
Struggling to keep up with the demands of life on an island and as part of a group, Regan finds herself in a rapidly disintegrating situation that causes her to question everything: Her survival skills, the integrity of the group, and even the promise of safety they've worked so hard to secure. It's enough to have her considering striking out on her own -- even if it means threatening the safety of the team. But when the true threat is revealed, it will burn down everything the team knows -- the good and the bad.
This is one of the best books of this genre that I've read. Over 80% of the book deals with the actual act of surviving. And the final confrontation isn't so extreme that it seems contrived. The characters are compelling and Connie Shabshab voices them distinctly and appropriately. The story is set up for the next book in the series, but it does not end in an actual cliffhanger.
NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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