July 16, 2014

Carrier Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the Carrier blog tour! Today I'm sharing my review of the book, and don't forget to enter the awesome tour wide giveaway! To follow the rest of the stops, click on the banner above.

Carrier (The Line #1)
Author: Anne Tibbets
Genre: New Adult Dystopia
Release Date: June 16, 2014
Publisher: Carina Press


Twenty-two -year-old Naya has spent nearly half her life as a sex slave in a government institution called The Line. When she’s kicked out after getting pregnant with twins, she’s got no way to earn a living and a horrifying choice to make: find someone to replace her, or have her babies taken in her stead.

A doctor with a history of aiding ex-Line girls, Ric Bennett, wants to help. He runs a team of rebels that can delete Naya’s records and free her forever. But when The Line sniffs out his plan, things get bloody, fast. Naya means more to them than just a chance at fresh faces—her twins are part of the government’s larger plan.

As they hide from government search parties, Ric comes to admire Naya’s quiet strength. And Naya realizes Ric might be a man she can trust. If they make it off the grid, they could build a new life. But first they’ll have to survive the long, vicious reach of The Line.

Carrier is the first book in a heart-pounding New Adult dystopian series that follows our lead heroine, Naya, as she attempts to escape the clutches of the government and gain her freedom. After being sold to a government sex slave institute named "The Line" at age 12, Naya has known nothing outside of its doors or apart from her terrible life for the past 9 years. When she is brought to the manager's office and told that she's pregnant - which shouldn't be possible for girls on the Line - she's also released back into society with certain conditions: she must find a replacement for herself on the line or they will find her when her babies are born, take them and kill her. Not knowing how to live outside the Line, Naya is lucky when she's taken to see a doctor who happens to be part of an underground group who want to help girls like her - to wipe her from the government's system and give her the freedom she longs for. Things aren't what they seem though, and soon the Line and the government have caught on to their plan and are hunting them down across the city. Naya realizes her pregnancy wasn't accidental and the government wants her and her twins for much bigger purposes than she could've imagined.

It took a bit for the story to get going for me, but once it did - I was sucked in until the end. I wasn't sure I was going to like the book that much because, like I mentioned, I couldn't immerse myself into the story at the beginning. Things picked up on all counts - the plot thickened, the pace grew faster, and the characters began to show depth. From that point on, I was hooked. I love Naya as a main character for the series. She's an incredibly strong woman who has endured unimaginable abuse for the majority of her life. On top of that - as if that isn't enough - she must deal with being impregnated from this abuse and kicked out onto the streets with almost certain death awaiting her. She is strong - physically, mentally, and emotionally. She endured all the trauma in her life - losing herself in numbness and blocking it all out - but she has to live with it forever. She has to learn that what happened wasn't her fault and she has nothing to be ashamed about. This is a fantastic lesson and I liked watching her character gain strength throughout the book. The plot was original and very well written. There were parts of the story that made me want to stop reading because of the content and the vivid way it's told. Although with great writing you have to deal with both the good and the horrid parts of a story, because the entire book is written so you feel like you're there yourself. I loved the unexpected twists and turns the story took and the dystopian world that the author created was incredibly realistic - so much that I felt like I could easily shut my eyes and be there with Naya. I can't wait to see where the story's going to go next - I'll be eagerly awaiting the next book's release! Highly recommended for fans of dystopias, but be warned that there is some graphic content and is meant for a mature reading audience.

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.

Find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AnneTibbetsAuthor or on Twitter @WriteforCoffee. To contact Anne, visit www.annetibbets.com and click the ‘CONTACT’ tab.

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Tour Wide Giveaway:
Open INTL - Ends July 22nd
--20 $ Amazon gift card
--3x eBook copies of Carrier
--20x Carrier t-shirts with Auberge pens.


1 comment:

  1. This sounds interesting. I just added it to my tbr list. Thanks!