I like sci-fi, and I like old fashioned romance. I like the amalgamation of the two.
The story by author Kellyn Thompson is futuristic, 40 years after ‘The War‘ when the world has 3 sectors under 12 Presidents, and Mexico is separate and independent. The people are offered genetic manipulation to eradicate diseases, and the process goes one step further, makes cosmetically perfect Modified. The Purebreds refuse such a manipulation, so they are denied Government benefits. They mostly live Inlands whereas the Modified live in Coastal areas.
Chris, a Modified Government employee meets Purebred Jenna while on an assignment and for the first time, feels a connection. I like how author Kellyn has described the slowly growing bond between the main characters, they seem sweet and innocent. I like the way Chris wooed Jenna, something so old worldly about it.
The plot is something that would have raised the book 2 stars higher. There is so much potential, I kept on waiting for something to happen. There are so many instances when it should have happened. But alas, nothing did. All I am left with is unanswered questions niggling me. The only twist which happens is also obvious from the mid-book.
The pace is slow and that for a romance is sweet, for a sci-fi an absolute no-no. The description of the New World is great, but the belief and the rushed ending that the Government would allow them to marry and live happily forever, especially in a land where everything is monitored in real time and anarchists against them are assassinated, is highly unbelievable!!
The book did keep me gripped as I kept waiting for something to happen, it took me 3 days to finish. So overall enjoyable.
I received the book from the author, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 3 stars
About the Author
Kellyn Thompson is a science nerd who loves playing out the what-ifs that arise in her mind when she reads the latest scientific publications and studies. Building on that, she started writing short stories, and one of those ideas turned into her debut novel, The Unexpected Inlander. When she’s not sciencing, she’s reading, writing, hiking, and trying to teach her cats the value of love, empathy, and intact fabric on furniture.
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Agent Christopher Rockford has been the best assassin in the agency for eight years, and he loves his job. He loves his solitary lifestyle. He loves eliminating criminals. He loves his comfortable life as a member of society’s wealthy coastal upper class.
But in pursuit of a target, he meets Jenna, a mysterious civilian who belongs to society’s lowest and most shunned group. Being around her is fun and intriguing, but it forces him to see things through her eyes—causing him to reconsider the world around them and The Order he so obediently serves. As he falls in love with her, he fears telling her the truth about his profession may cause him to lose her.
But Jenna has her own secrets to keep.