Release Date: February 15th 2016
In Ronnie Billings’ dystopian world, surviving the Letting and breaking free of a corrupt government is less of a surprise than falling in love with Phoenix Day, the leader of the Peaceful Revolution…
When the government sentences Ronnie to a Coupling under the guise of producing a coveted blood type, Ronnie discovers the one she’s slated to Couple with expects even more.
Prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice to save those she loves most, Ronnie devastates Phoenix with her impossible decision. Whisked away from her rebel life to another world ravaged by despair, Ronnie meets her greatest nemesis…her biological father.
Steeling her nerves against the dangers of escape, she embarks on the perilous journey back. She is convinced she belongs with Phoenix and his revolution, but will her friends, and especially Phoenix, be ready to accept her when she returns? Because this time, evil is in her blood…
Well this was just not at all what I was expecting. I thought it would be your typical ya dystopian with a few fantasy tropes thrown in. Boy howdy was I wrong. This is more of a horrific psychological thriller, with a dystopian setting and governmental corruption that you’d expect in such a world. Although the first book The Letting left me a bit confused and longing to know more about Ronnie and Phoenix, The Coupling answered most of my questions (though of course since it’s not the last book it also raised some more.) Things become even more twisted and unreal in the second installment, and both books are so fast paced that you could read them in one sitting if you had a long afternoon or day off. We start to learn a bit more about what’s really going on with the girls Ronnie previously led to The Letting, and she decides to accept her fate of a forced Coupling. Even with everything we know from the first book, there are still many secrets to be unburied. I did find myself becoming more attached to the characters in the second book, and feeling less confused. I’m so anxious to read what comes next and am completely blown away by how original this story truly is. Even if you don’t typically read dystopian books, I beg you give these a go, especially if you love anything suspenseful! These are clean ya books so I’d recommend them for 14 and up.
About the Author
Given my love for cities and all that is gritty, my new obsession with trees really has me stumped. (Sorry.) Maybe it’s because trees are the inspiration behind my new YA/NA novel, THE LETTING.
Whatever the reason for my new infatuation, some things remain constant — like my love for: coffee (although sadly, it’s now decaf); yoga; Luna bars (I am petitioning for them to bring back Chocolate Raspberry!); running in my neighborhood; Hemingway; Bukowski… and, above all, my husband and my girls.
I am the author of the bestselling novel, Sleeping With Mortals: The Story of a New York Mistress, and I’m also a playwright. I have my B.A. in English and my M.A. in Theatre.