Genre: Young Adult
Rate: 3.5 stars
Rate: 3.5 stars
The earth has been reduced to a singular continent, governed by extra-terrestrials, collapsed by nuclear weapons residue and wracked with radiation sickness. Only one viable territory remains, and access there is restricted by a mysterious selection process. Everyone hopes to be chosen for transport. Everyone but Cass.
Seventeen year old Cassidy Hartinger has spent the past eleven years living in a government-maintained bunker. She should be thrilled when a handsome transporter arrives to take her to the Reservation. So why does she feel like he’s dragging her, kicking and screaming, straight into the anti-paradise?
Faced with gun-wielding survivalists and elemental catastrophes, will Cass make it more than two steps out of the bunker? Will her journey to peace and safety in the Reservation turn out to be the most perilous thing she’s encountered so far?
Fast-paced action and a tumultuous teenage romance will keep readers begging for more installments of The Reservation Trilogy!
Gorgeous cover, check. Interesting plot line, check. The only thing missing was that certain something that makes me pick up a book and not want to put it down. In all honesty it took a few times of picking it up before I finally got to the “aha” moment, and wanted to read straight through. Once I did get going, I was delighted by the ease with which I understood what was happening and where things were heading. This is a pretty unique take on the dystopian genre, and the addition of some non-earthly creatures gave it a new dimension. If you enjoy ya novels with strong, thoughtful protagonists and post apocalyptic settings, you should give Cargo a try. I’m certainly interested in continuing the series once the next book is released!
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Jen Castleberry is a North Carolina native currently based in Virginia Beach, VA. She is a Communications graduate and proud ECU alum.
When she’s not writing, Castleberry works full-time as a Veterinary Assistant at a local animal shelter.
Her affection for all critters, large and small, comes home with her at the end of each day. She frequently lends her house and heart to homeless animals in need of foster.
Her own clan of silly creatures include an Akita, a Basset Hound, a Maine Coon, and of course, her active-duty husband.
At twenty-seven, Castleberry hopes to soon realize a life-long dream of writing professionally.
The first installment of her YA debut series premiered in January of 2016.
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