Welcome to my stop on The Colony blog tour which has been organised by Xpresso Book Tours (follow the tour at this link). I’m very pleased to be taking part and hope you enjoy my review.
Trust no one.
Never go out in the dark.
Always have a weapon.
Sixteen-year-old Val lives by these three rules etched on her arm. Her rules and her gun are the only things standing between her and assimilation by hordes of human-looking aliens she calls Raspers.
By day, Val gathers supplies. By night, she hides and wishes she could go back in time…before her family died…before the annihilation…before the Raspers began stalking her and demanding she join their collective.
But when the Raspers attack in broad daylight, the truth becomes startlingly clear.
A fellow survivor crashes into Val’s life. Adam’s full of charm and promises—like rumors of a safe haven—but there’s something wrong. He’s survived with no supplies, no weapons…no plans. Time is running out. With the formula for survival shifting around her, Val must decide how many rules she’s willing to break to escape the Colony.
Val, short for Valentine, named for the day she was born, is alone, completely alone in a world full of Raspers. Raspers used to be human, but now they are yellow skinned, zombie like things. They aren’t zombies, not everyone who dies becomes one, they have stingers on their fingers and a sting from one will either kill you or turn you into one. Val named them Raspers because that’s the sound they make a rasping sound.
On the night of her sixteenth birthday one breaks into the house she is hiding in, and she shoots it, except it’s not a Rasper, it’s another human, someone else who is alive like her, his name is Adam, and he’s heard of somewhere which is safe. And so their journey begins.
This is an outstanding novel, it is a science fiction thriller at it’s best. Kathleen Groger has created a terrifying world where even as the reader you have no idea what is coming next, you don’t what moves to make for the best, where to turn, who to trust, or where is safe to rest.
There isn’t a moment during this book where you aren’t holding your breath or feeling your own heart racing thinking something awful is going to happen any second. This is an adrenaline fuelled ride and you feel every moment of Val and Adam’s journey intensely.
I was really impressed with the pace, descriptions, character development, and plot twists with this book. Everything was so perfectly staged making this one of my favourite books this year.
Thank you very much to Kathleen Groger for a copy of the ARC to review this book via Xpresso Book Tours.
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
About Kathleen Groger:
Kathleen wrote her first story in elementary school about a pegasus named Sir Lancelot. It had no plot or conflict, but it sparked a dream. After serving a fifteen-year sentence in retail management, the bulk in big box bookstores, she turned her love of reading into a full-time career writing dark and haunting characters and stories.
She lives by the mantra that a day is not complete without tea. Lots of tea. Kathleen lives in Ohio with her husband, two boys, and two attention-demanding dogs. When not writing or editing or revising, you can find her reading, cooking, spending time with her family, or photographing abandoned buildings.
Title: The Colony
Series: A Rasper Novel #1
Author: Kathleen Groger
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult
Publisher: Leaf & Thorn Press
Publication Date: 5 April 2016
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback