Saddled up your ponies. It’s time to ride again. Hope you’re not getting saddle sores yet. 🙂
Today, we head back east to visit with Teri Polen. I am super thrilled that she offered to host this stop on the tour. Teri is an author of young adult, sci-fi, horror, and fantasy fiction stories. She is also an avid book reviewer and blogger. If you missed out on her Bad Moon Rising series in the month of October, you missed a treat! They were all so much fun, and the general consensus is that no one wants to take a haunted doll home with them. 🙂
I’ve had the pleasure of reading a couple of Teri’s books and can highly recommend them! Subject A36 was gripping and the first book in her Colony Series. I have the second waiting for me on my Kindle.
Here’s my review of this book:
This YA Dystopian book gripped me from the beginning to the end. As a young boy, Asher Solomon has to run with his two sisters to escape being taken by The Colony soldiers. At first, he is sure it’s only a drill. After all, their father has insisted they be prepared for the one unavoidable time it would be real. And that time arrives at the start of the story. But when Asher’s sister is injured while escaping, he’s forced to leave them in a cave, promising to return for them.
The world-building in this story is phenomenal. The author did a fabulous job of creating believable characters in nail-biting situations of survival. Oh, and they are all teenagers.
The Colony has figured out a way to harvest highly sought-after, desirable genes from children in order to create a perfect society of beautiful people free of all disease. Of course, that kind of perfection comes at a price. The price of human life.
Children, referred to as outliers, are ripped from their families and taken to harvesting centers.
Asher joins a group of teenagers, Insurgents, whose mission is to rescue these children.
While Asher and his group may be young, they are wise and capable way beyond their years. There are a lot of characters in this story, but besides Asher, I loved Noah, Brynn, and Paige. They are the backbone and strength of the Insurgents.
But there are secrets. And when they are revealed, change everything Asher ever believed about his parents and his life, and have the potential to destroy everyone he loves.
This story concludes with somewhat of a happy ending mixed with a cliffhanger. I could see this entire story unfold as a movie and would be thrilled for the author if it were to be developed as a major film. If you are a fan of gripping dystopian stories where survival is tenuous, you will love this book.
So grab your copy, then head on over to Teri’s!
Don’t forget to play along on the scavenger hunt!
Hidden within the blog posts are clues you will need to look for. The theme is “Things You’d Find On A Ranch.” When you find these clues, email your answers to me at SaddledHearts@gmail.com With CONTEST In the subject line. The person with the most correct entries will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card! The runner-up will receive an eBook of Saddled Hearts! It Pays To Play!
The link to each blog post will be listed here with comments closed. I’d be thrilled and honored if you’d saddle up and ride along with me as we traverse the blogging world!
DAY 1 – Staci Troilo
DAY 2 – Beem Weeks
DAY 3 – Yvette Calliero
DAY 4 – Harmony Kent
DAY 6 – Mark Bierman
DAY 7 – Mae Clair
DAY 8 – John Howell
DAY 9 – C.S. Boyack
DAY 10 – Jacqui Murray
DAY 11 – Teri Polen
DAY 12 – Dan Antion
DAY 13 – D.L. Finn
DAY 14 – Joan Hall
DAY 15 – Linnea Tanner
DAY 16 – Stephen Geez
DAY 17 – Annette Rochelle Aben
DAY 18 – Darlene Fredette AND Marlena Burris
Day 19 – Erika Kind