18 July 2014

Carrier Tour Stop!

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.


I am usually not a huge fan of dystopian story themes, but this one grabbed my attention on page one and I couldn’t stop reading till I was finished.  It was packed with suspense, intrigue, fear and story lines that aren’t common in the books I normally read.  The author also did a wonderful job with her scene descriptions.  When describing how the city smelt and looked, I felt I was there.  She kept a great balance when she described the characters too. She let us picture the person not only by the brief description but also by the body language and tone of voice they were using so I could make my own assumptions as to how they were going to fit into the story and the life of the main character later on down the road. 
As I stated this grabbed me on page one with Naya waking up after a rough session with Lover Boy.  She was physically battered and bruised and emotionally void.  She had been with the Line for nine of her ten year contract. Being on the Line means she was a sex slave for human traffickers.  She never had a say in who used her or what they did to her.  Once you are released or in their words retired, no one knew what that meant, but for some it means you are put on the street to survive with no life skills. People look down on you and won’t even allow you in their business or homes so you more than likely would have to lie about your past.   She never really understood how she got there or what happens to her after her ten years is up, she just takes one day at a time.  When she was sent to the infirmary after the first gathering of the day she was surprised to learn that she was being transferred over to the manager’s office for a talk. 
It was during this meeting she learned some shocking information that sent her in a tail spin.  Not only was the news shocking, she was free to leave the Line but with a few requirements.  In order for her to be rid of the tracking device they had implanted in her and to not lose any more than she already had, she needed to find a young woman to replace her on the Line.  In others words she was going to have to sacrifice another woman in order to obtain her pure freedom.  Life out on the street was hard with garbage piling up everywhere, no jobs were to be had, and no places to rent and everything were purchased by credits.  With no life experiences outside of the Line, she was lucky she had learned to read a few words to survive.  Times were hard in the Central and everyone did whatever they had to just to survive one more day.
She finally meets some people who are willing to help her and I won’t go into the details of what they were saving her from or what they did as that would give away the most exciting part of the book.  Just know that the suspense and emotions in the last 2/3 of the book had me addicted and I had to finish it before I could sleep.  I loved how the author used the feelings and memories of Naya’s parents and sister to help keep her grounded and remind us readers that even though she was a strong woman, there was that shattered weak girl still resting inside of her soul.  This is an example of how I was saying the author did a brilliant job at keeping her characters balanced throughout the whole story. 
We meet some women in a boarding house that will shock you and make your heart break for them and one little girl that left me in tears as she told her story.  I can hardly wait for the next book to come out so I can see what the next step in this journey will be.  Even if you are not a fan of this genre like I am, but you do love dark and twisted stories I would highly recommend this book.  The way the author paints a picture for you page by page is worth the time in reading her book.  

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.

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1 comment:

  1. I love dystopian so this one caught my eye right away. I love how character driven it is and it sounds like it has a lot of depth and emotional value as well! Great review! :)