Friday, April 1, 2011
Review of "Released" by Megan Duncan
After a demon apocalypse kills their parents and everyone they know, 17-year old Abby Phillips, her brother, Carter, and friend, Max flee their home to travel through what has become the wastelands of America. When radio transmissions of a resistance offering shelter and safety cease, Abby is tempted to give up. Struggling to overcome life-threatening obstacles in their dangerous journey, Abby and her companions quickly discover there are much worse things lurking in the dark then they could have ever imagined.
There were so many elements to Realeased that appealed to me. For starters, I love an honest-to-goodness strong heroine. Abby is smart, tough, funny, and takes control of her own destiny. No hand wringing with Abby, only gun slinging. But, really, I liked all of the charcters in the book. Megan Duncan did such a great job of getting you in the characters' head and letting you feel their fear, desperation, and hope.
Another element that I liked was the pace of the story. Released pulls you into the action from the first page. The story speeds along, but not so much that it feels rushed. The suspense creeps up throughout until you're frantically reading, trying to find out if the characters make their destination. The action in the book is great. It is always used to progress the characters to the next point in their story. I almost felt like I was watching a great action movie.
I feel Released is a great book for the reluctant readers out there. In my life, that's men. There's enough action and speed to the story to appeal to them. The characters are smart and likeable. There's a little romance, but not so much that it would turn anyone off to the book. I plan on pushing this book on a few of the reluctant readers in my life.
On a note about the author, I think Megan Duncan has an exciting writing career ahead of her. I, personally, can not wait to see what she has next to offer.
"We watched the world around us crumble through the windows of our home and now we were walking through the rubble." ~from Released