“The world didn’t end with a bang caused by global warming, nuclear war, or solar flares, as many scientists and paranoid survivalists predicted, though it was a close call. The world ended when Americans decided to elect His Excellency, President Evander Alverich, to power.”
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Today I’m reviewing Unforeseen (Finding Paradise Book 1) by Alison Barnard.
If my excerpt above doesn’t hook you, read on.
An innocent switch at birth with lasting implications.
The world has changed under His Excellency’s rule. Classes are divided by elite, middle and lower, with strict rules for each. Brandon and Octavia are simply living within the rules laid out for them by society. They are making the best of lives they don’t really enjoy, when a freak accident changes everything they’ve ever known. Sent to live with parents they don’t know, and forced to survive will they adjust or will someone use their strange circumstances to cause an uprising? Will they survive and get their old lives back or will they die in the process?
Though Octavia and Brandon never fit in to the worlds they were raised in they will have to rise to challenges they never imagined in order to survive the world they find when the dust settles. They will learn to trust people they’ve been taught to distrust and come to understand that not everyone who is kind to you is worthy of your confidence and friendship.
I enjoyed Unforseen, as you might be able to tell. The first line, quoted above, drew me in immediately. I wonder why? But it was the story that kept me there as I followed Brandon and Octavia’s unlikely stories. I needed to know how it would turn out. I needed to know they’d be okay in the end.
Were they? I’m not telling.
The book didn’t end the way I expected it to. But it didn’t disappoint me either. In fact, I liked that it ended in a way that surprised me and left me hoping for the sequel soon. I also like that it was not another cliche filled, predictable dystopian world. It’s originality kept me on my literary toes as I imagined the world Barnard built for her reader.
If you’ve read my reviews then you know I love the dystopian genre. This one hit very close to home and I sincerely hope we don’t end up in a world where I’d need a dealer for my beloved chocolate (and maybe goldfish, but she doesn’t mention those). That’s all I’m going to say about Allison Barnard’s dystopian world.
Unforeseen (Finding Paradise Book 1) is available at Amazon in Kindle format for .99 and as a paperback for $14.99. It’s also available at Nook, Smashwords and Kobo. You won’t regret grabbing your own copy and losing yourself in the frightening dystopian world Barnard has envisioned.
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