Saturday, April 30, 2016

Recoil by Joanne Macgregor

by Joanne Macgregor

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: May 14, 2016
Publisher: Joanne Macgregor
Genre: YA Dystopian Scifi
Print Length: 223 pages
Available from: Amazon

There’s more than one enemy and more than one war. The Game is real.

Three years after a series of terrorist attacks flooded the US with a lethal plague, society has changed radically.

Sixteen year-old Jinxy James spends her days trapped at home – immersed in virtual reality, worrying about the plague and longing for freedom. Then she wins a war simulation game and is recruited into a top-secret organisation where talented teenagers are trained to become agents in the war on terror. Eager to escape her mother’s over-protectiveness and to serve her country, Jinxy enlists and becomes an expert sniper of infected mutant rats.

She’s immediately drawn to Quinn O’Riley, a charming and subversive intelligence analyst who knows more about the new order of government and society than he is telling. Then a shocking revelation forces Jinxy to make an impossible decision, and she risks losing everything.

Recoil is the first book in a Young Adult dystopian romance trilogy

Recoil by Joanne Macgregor

RecoilThe terrorists had come and their method of destruction was brilliantly vile and deadly. A lethal plague was released in the United States and the survivors now hide away in their homes, rarely leaving their homes and only when totally covered with hazmat type protection. Jinxy’s mother was one of the health obsessed and she was forced to live trapped at home. Becoming a virtual wargame expert brings Jinxy under the scrutiny of a black-ops organization training gifted youths to become the front line in the war on terror. Jinxy’s gaming has trained her to be a sniper, and her ability will be honed and shaped to help prevent the spread of the deadly virus. What appears to be a patriotic act becomes something far more deadly than she could ever have imagined. Now she must decide how far she will go to keep her family and her country safe, as she must reconcile that all she was told were only partial truths from a government she barely knows. Will the longing for freedom and independence only be trading one form of “imprisonment” for another?

Recoil, the first in what looks to be a fascinating take on a dystopian world where the power and pluck of youth raised on virtual gaming may prove to be the greatest weapon on the war on terror, if their consciences can be tamed. Joanne Macgregor is holding nothing back, this is magnetic reading filled with whiplash-quick action, deep soul searching and a cast of characters with the energy and vitality of youth. Ms. Macgregor paints a world in chaos with hidden agendas, fighting to survive the devastation of terrorism. These characters burst of the page with life and attitude, as well as the dialogue of youth. Some will live, while others may not, but each will have to decide how far they will go and what direction they will take! This is not another cookie-cutter read, it is edgy and often dark, a strong start for a new trilogy of adventure and what-ifs!

I received an ARC edition from Joanne Macgregor in exchange for my honest review.


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