Series: The Line #2
Also in this series: Carrier
Published by Carina Press on 12/1/14
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult, Romance
Source: Won It!
My content rating: 18+ (Explicit sex and descriptions of abuse)
Freedom means making brutal choices.
Rebel lovers Naya and Ric have survived one year in hiding, raising Naya’s twins from infants to toddlers in the shadow of the brutal Auberge dictatorship. They’re alive, and they’re together, but the city is crumbling around them and the haunting memory of Naya’s dark days on The Line have never fully left them. Living in isolation won’t be an option forever.
When a mysterious revolutionary seeks their help to infiltrate Auberge’s electronic heart and shut it down, it’s an opportunity—it’s risky, yes, but if it works they’ll get out of the city and taste freedom for the first time. Naya needs this. They need this.
Beyond the broken walls of Auberge, Naya and Ric find the paradise they’ve always longed for. But with anarchy reigning and Naya’s children lost amidst the chaos, they’ll need to forfeit their post-apocalyptic Eden…or commit an unspeakable act.
Book two of two.
Walled is the second and final book in this dystopian series. I was really excited when I won a copy of this one, since I absolutely adored the first book. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, and it turns out that there were some big surprises!
The synopsis describes the book really well, so I’m just going to jump straight into my review.
What I loved:
- Painful healing. This book focuses a lot on Naya healing from her experiences on the Line. Just like in the first book, Tibbets doesn’t let her characters off easy. Even though Naya and Ric have been together for a year, raising the girls together (Ric treats them as his own), it’s obvious early on that, Naya still hasn’t been able to bring herself to surrender to Ric romantically. She loves him, but physical expressions of that love are still all tied up with the pain of her past abuse. While my heart broke for her (and for Ric), I thought that, once again, this was a really accurate portrayal of what might happen in this sort of circumstance. Naya is haunted by the pain of her past and it makes sense that she is unable to move on, even if she truly wants to. Naya’s healing process was slow and painful, but it was real. The relationship between Naya and Ric really came into the forefront in this book because these two had a lot to work out.
- Big surprises. There were some huge twists in this book that took it in a direction I wasn’t at all expecting. I found myself really shocked and amazed, and I really don’t want to say much about the plot at all because I don’t want to spoil anything. I will just say that after a major event in the book, the tables were completely turned and everything that Naya and Ric had believed about their world was turned upside down. The story was fast-paced and that the book definitely held my attention!
- Minor issues. The negatives for this book were all just minor issues. At one point, I was frustrated with Ric and Naya because they failed to talk about a momentous (and pretty horrible) occurrence in their relationship. Unfortunately, both Naya and Ric had trouble talking about their thoughts and feelings, which made for more struggles between them. I wasn’t thrilled with their response to the negative moment between them, but it may have been realistic. Another minor issue was that there is a point where the electricity went out in the city and it was like society instantly broke down – I couldn’t quite believe that things would have deteriorated that quickly. But these were minor issues in an overall moving and exciting story.
So, I highly recommend this series to fans of NA dystopians. These books are not for the faint of heart – some very serious issues are explored – but those issues are handled with both depth and realism. I give this final installment 4.5/5 stars.
About the Author
Anne Tibbets is an SCBWI award-winning and Smashwords.com Best Selling author. After writing for Children’s television, Anne found her way to young/new adult fiction by following what she loves: books, strong female characters, twisted family dynamics, magic, sword fights, quick moving plots, and ferocious and cuddly animals.
Along with CARRIER, Anne is also the author of the young adult fantasy novella, THE BEAST CALL and the young adult contemporary, SHUT UP.
Anne divides her time between writing, her family, and three furry creatures that she secretly believes are plotting her assassination.