This is a great week for dystopian readers! I just got wind that the first book in one of my favorite dystopian series is free today through March 12. If you haven’t read Broken World yet, I highly recommend that you do.
I only recently discovered the series when the author reached out to me about Recon, and it’s fantastic. (Full disclosure: We’ve since become kind of “Internet friends,” and I think it’s safe to say we’re author soul mates.)
However, I wouldn’t be telling you guys about the book if I didn’t know you’d love it — especially if you enjoyed The Defectors.
Broken World feels a little more like The Walking Dead, but the world is in shambles in a very similar way. The characters are what really intrigued me about the book. They just feel very real, and I found myself rooting for them right away. It’s one of those books that kept me up way too late when I had to be at work the next day.
Here’s a little about the book:
When a deadly virus sweeps the country, Vivian Thomas sets out for California in hopes of seeing the daughter she gave up for adoption. Then her car breaks down and she’s faced with a choice. Give up, or accept a ride from redneck brothers, Angus and Axl. Vivian knows the offer has more to do with her double D’s than kindness, but she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to reach her daughter.
The virus is spreading, and by the time the group makes it to California, most of the population has been wiped out. When the dead start coming back, Vivian and the others realize that no electricity or running water are the least of their concerns. Now Vivian has to figure out how to be a mother under the most frightening circumstances, cope with Angus’s aggressive mood swings, and sort out her growing attraction to his brooding younger brother, Axl.
While searching for a safe place to go, they pick up a pompous billionaire who may be the answer to all their problems. Trusting him means going into the middle of the Mojave Desert and possibly risking their lives, but with the streets overrun and nowhere else to turn, it seems he might be their only chance for survival.
You can get it free here today and tomorrow.