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Series: New World #1
Genres: Dystopia, Romance
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All’s fair in love and war.
Two thirds of the world's population has been wiped out, devastated by the worst war earth has ever seen. Still standing amongst the ruins is a mind reader who finds herself on the wrong side of the war.
Everyone does what they must to survive.
When the rebels bent on bringing down the New World leader start to rise up, it is her job to make sure they stay down where they belong. That is, until one rebel sneaks past her defences and into her heart. Love will blossom from the ashes, but will it be enough to save them, or will it mean the end of them both?
*This book is for mature audiences due to sexual situations, violence and strong language. NA/Adult
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Now, for my review:
Switch is at its heart a romance set in a dystopian setting. Charlotte is a girl with a gift of mind reading. She chooses to use her gift to help the regime rather than face death. She is sent to try to infiltrate the resistance and finds love there.
Now I don’t normally read romances but I do like dystopias and this is by the author of Eden, a fantasy series I like. This book really though is a different direction from Eden and the dystopia elements are there to support the romance, not the other way around. I found the world and the dystopia to be very intriguing, but it is not super deep as the focus is on characters and romance.
In regards to that, the characters are pretty well developed as is the main romance plot, which has a Romeo and Juliet feel. There is a secondary romance brewing but it doesn’t really solidify in this novel (perhaps the next). The main character is Charlotte and we see the novel through her eyes. This is what really makes it shine as you get inside her head.
One thing I found intriguing is that in the novel is that the lines are blurred between good and bad. The bad guy really doesn’t do as much bad as he could, while one of the supposed good guys turns out to do some really horrible things. So throughout the novel it is a constant question of which side is the good one.
It should be interesting in the next novel as the fate of the resistance is explored, the secondary romance developed, and we learn where our main romance is going.