Blurb (from Goodreads):
Post-apocalypse; Penelope Evans is eighteen, living in the Colony along with her family and other survivors. She finishes a day in the laboratory when her identification card begins flashing. This flash starts an upheaval of events leading further from her normality and towards the epic truth.
James Garak is attending the Academy where he works on achieving a higher rank. Nobody ever expects Penelope and James' relationship to last long. A year later, they're still together.
But when they are forced to run, Penelope's world turns upside down as she discovers the truth that changes her life forever.
With lives at stake and guards on their trail, will they make it to safety? Will the dishonest lies behind the island's bureaucracy shatter her existence or give her the drive to find a sister she never knew existed?
SAFE by Dawn Husted
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
(Source: Downloaded for free from Amazon.co.uk, and the author requested a review.)
18-year-old Penny lives in a dystopian society where most of man-kind has been killed by a virus. Penny now lives in a small community on an island, where everybody has ‘vines’ – black markings that grow on their skin to show that they are special and immune to the plague.
When an emergency arises, and Penny’s parents give her a vaccine and tell her to run away to find her sister Madeline (who lives outside the community because she was born without vines), Penny and her friend James leave to search for Madeline.
Can Penny find Madeline? And was everything that she grew up believing a lie?
This was an okay story, but I didn’t love it.
Penny was an okay character, and she obviously cared a lot for her family and friends. I did think she over-reacted at one point, but it was understandable really. Considering what she was facing she was a good person.
The storyline in this was okay, although I did lose interest after a while, I’m not sure why. The world building was okay, the story was okay, I just didn’t really love it, I also felt that there were some big chunks of information in there that were a bit hard to take in all in one go.
There was some romance, which again was okay. I really wanted Penny and James to work out their differences and be happy together though.
The ending was a little odd. Everything seemed to suddenly fast-forward to the end, and I was left a little confused over exactly what happened. If what I think happened actually happened, then it was quite sad, and I was still a little confused over Penny’s sister Madeline.
Overall; okay story, but I didn’t love it,
6 out of 10.