Title: Searching For Refuge [Search 1]
Author: Britney Farr
Genre: Young Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Fantasy, Dystopian
Rating: 4 Stars
They were forced into hiding to avoid persecution and death. Their only hope being the promised rescuer, but where is he?
It’s been nine years since the Great Desolation devastated the planet and ended the world as mankind knew it. Nine years since the hunted went into hiding, now desperately seeking a new sense of security and normalcy.
After nearly being caught above ground, food scavengers, and twins, Amina and Aiden are rattled to the core. Time in the tunnels is running out. It was time to stop waiting and start taking matters into their own hands. Both have lost so much already and refuse to let another loved one die at the hand of the Great Ruler.
Amina believes they must flee to the mountains in search of a new refuge. Determined to save them all, Amina sets out to the mountains. Will she find this new refuge before it’s too late? Or succumb to the deadly fate of so many others?
Aiden on the other hand, grapples with his decision to protect those he loves by fighting in the secret militia. But at what cost?
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
I’m going to give this book a tentative 4-star rating. I’ll be honest, the book wasn’t perfect. I ran across a few pretty obvious typos, and other than Amina, the rest of the characters had very little personality. Both Aiden and Paxton came across as naïve and a bit wide-eyed, despite that they were both basically in soldier programs. It was weird that Amina out of all of the characters, had the most gumption to her – even if her hot-head often got the best of her.
I think the story was solid, and the world was interesting – though I have little personal knowledge of the Hebrew/Jewish faith, I could tell that there were connections to the lore through the religion and it was just skipping over my head. The writing itself was so-so. Aside from the typographical errors, the narrative style was weak, but the story kept a good pace, and it was interesting, so I kept chugging along.
Overall, I liked the book. It had faults, and I think with a really firm editor, it could have been significantly better, but I enjoyed it. Would I read the next book in the series? Yes.