~ Synopsis ~
Rosa never thought she’d make it to sixteen…
When being unique puts you in danger and speaking your mind can be punishable by death, you might find yourself fighting to survive. Sixteen-year-old Rosa lives in one of the eight enclosed cities of The Woodlands. Where the lone survivors of a devastating race war have settled in the Russian wilderness because it’s the only scrap of land left habitable on the planet. In these circular cities, everyone must abide by the law or face harsh punishment. Rosa’s inability to conform and obey the rules brands her a leper and no one wants to be within two feet of her, until she meets Joseph. He’s blonde, fair-skinned, green-eyed, and the laid-back complete opposite of Rosa. She’s never met anyone quite like him, and she knows that spells danger.
But differences weren’t always a bad thing. People used to think being unique was one of the most treasured of traits to have. Now, the Superiors, who ruthlessly control the concrete cities with an iron fist, are obsessed with creating a ‘raceless’ race. They are convinced this is the only way to avoid another war. Any anomalies must be destroyed.
The Superiors are unstoppable and can do anything they want. After all, they are considered superheroes by the general public. But not everyone sees them this way. When they continue to abuse their power by collecting young girls for use in their secret, high-tech breeding program, they have no idea that one of those girls has somehow managed to make friends even she didn’t know she had. And one man will stop at nothing to save her.
~ Review by Angela ~
*I was given a copy of this audio book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
I started out listening to the audio book for The Woodlands, but I changed to reading the Kindle format after about 25% way through. I am not a huge audio book listener, so I’m not sure if it was just me but the narrator was just a tad over the top for me. It was almost like she was adding extra emphasis to all the words and not just the ones that needed emphasis. I was intrigued by the story so I went and downloaded the e-book (Free!!) from Amazon and finished it that way.
I am really glad that I got the e-book copy and finished the story that way. I really enjoyed the story, the characters, and the drama. Everyone always uses the phrase “twists and turns” and there are some moments, fairly early, where you are completely shocked as the story unfolds. I would call these “jaw dropping” moments as that is kind of what happens when you read them. The author is very adept at making these surprising and not expected, which I tend to like. I would give the audio book version a 3.5 but I would give the overall story 5 books.
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