When two missing Recon operatives returned to the compound, speculations ran wild about where they had been. Harper is certain they’re infected with a deadly virus, but she’s locked away in the cages, facing ten to twenty years behind bars.

Blaze thinks Harper has a shot at being released, but nobody can save Eli from Constance. Jayden is torturing him for information on his brother’s whereabouts, and as Constance’s newest lackey, Celdon is caught in the middle.

When an outside hacker breaches the compound’s firewall, Celdon becomes an unwitting participant in the drifters’ scheme to bring down Recon.

In the explosive fourth chapter of The Fringe, bullets will fly, loyalties will be tested, and the compound will face a war on two fronts.

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32 thoughts on “Lockdown (The Fringe 4)

  1. I have read all your books in just the last month and I have really enjoyed them. Looking forward to the fourth book in the fringe series.

  2. I really enjoyed your books. But quite frankly now am just pissed off! You wrote a trilogy before. As a reader I expected another trilogy; not another author that leaves readers on a cliff hanger constantly. If I knew before I started reading that this is yet another unfinished series, I would not have bothered. As an avid reader, this seems to have become a trend with writers and publishers. Frankly it sucks! I would rather pay more and have a complete story than long drawn out waits. I am dissapointed I got suckered by another potentially good author . But I guess the age of good writers have come and gone, or it’s just the writers of this genre that lack the ability to write a proper complete book. Thank goodness I read broader, and get the advantage of actually experiencing the joy of reading a good book, with a beginning middle and end, written by writers who also love to write, but don’t believe in torturing their readers just to line their pockets with more publications.

    After reading your books and enjoying them, I am greatly disappointed. I would have liked to read the end, but as you seem to want to drag it out, I will rip off the plaster and get over my disappointment, make up my own end, and read a real book worthy of my time.

    1. Dear M,
      Sorry to hear you were disappointed that the third book ended in a cliffhanger…or if you assumed that because I wrote a trilogy, all my books would be part of a trilogy. It’s unfortunate that my style is not to your taste, but I write that way because I try to create the sort of books I love to read. And although I aspire to be a fat cat writer someday, as a new business owner trying to transition to full-time writing, I’ll be lining my pockets with this:
      Here’s the pile of money I like to roll in before it goes in the pockets:

      I jest. Sorry — the Celdon part of my personalty is just too strong.

  3. I just got done reading book 3 of the fringe and can’t wait to read the next book how soon do you think it will be before it is released

    1. Hi Todd! I’m so happy you’re psyched for book four. It will be out by the end of the year, but I don’t have a more precise estimate yet since I just started the editing process. Make sure you join my mailing list because I usually send out a teaser chapter or two early 🙂

  4. How many books are you planning for this series? I just started the Defector trilogy but really enjoyed this series so far.

  5. Hi Tarah!

    Your fringe series is amazing! I read it while on the treadmill and my workouts now fly by. So thank you for that. 😉 I’m a writer myself who has a thing for sci-fi and dystopian society’s. While I’m sure you have more than enough beta readers, if you’re ever looking for another please let me know! I’m part of a group on facebook and do a lot of beta reading for aspiring authors. I’ve spent all of labor day weekend reading your first three novels, so be sure to look out for my amazon review. I look forward to reading #4 and will be sure to share with all my friends!

  6. These are great books! I just read the first 3 this week, so I’m now not-so-patiently awaiting #4! Starting The Defectors Trilogy tonight! 😀

  7. At first I was shocked and disappointed because of the cliffhanger, I guess as the rest, i thought it was a trilogy… buuuut… now I’m sooo excited to read more of Eli and Harper’s adventures… Can’t wait for Lockdown! And thank you for creating real YA characters and not teens. I love this series so much.

    1. Hey Sanela — Thanks! Yeah, there seems to be some confusion about the series vs. trilogy, but book four will be out in a few months. I’m editing Lockdown right now.

  8. I’m in the same boat as many here… thought this was a trilogy and while I loved the books, was disappointed when I realized book 3 would not be the end of the story. Not that I mind a longer series… just that some forewarning would have been appreciated. I prefer to buy series all at once rather than wait months (or longer) for each new book to come out. At any rate, I’m stuck now so… eagerly waiting book 4! Great story, very enjoyable.

  9. Tarah,
    This story sucked me in from the beginning–I love it! I, too, expected it to be a trilogy, but the only problem I have with it being a series instead is that I can’t wait to find out what happens next. (BTW, your critic must not think much of Charles Dickens, who first published all of his stories as serials. (You’re in good company!))

    1. Ha! Thanks Kat! I appreciate it. The good news is that I am officially devoting all my time to the books now, so I should have book four edited and ready to publish in no time.

  10. I just finished the series and almost started crying. Harper and Eli are such good and complex characters. As soon as the next book is ready to pre-order, I will do that.

    1. Thanks Courtney! I’m so happy you like the books. I just finished my first round of edits on book four, so I’m on track to publish sometime in December. 🙂

  11. Ughhhhh waiting for lockdown and not patient at all lol! Your books are amazing I read the defectors series first and got hooked on your writing I’ve already subscribed to your mailing list long ago so I always get to read the previews you send out I’m torn between wanting to finish the fringe series and never wanting it to end lol hoping something even better comes after this series. Oh and btw screw those negative ass comments. If anyone doesn’t like the books fine but keep it moving with the extra negative crap. 🙂

    1. That’s awesome Jessica! Yeah, there’s going to be one more book in the series after this…although that doesn’t mean I won’t revisit the compound world in a different series sometime. I’ve toyed with the idea of writing a prequel series about the compound founders. But in the immediate future, I’m going to write something totally different. Still in the sci-fi/dystopian genre, but just some new ideas and new characters to get the creative juices flowing. And thanks for the last thing…It’s impossible to write books that people like and NOT have people who hate them in equal measure. Haters gonna hate. 🙂

  12. Waiting for Lockdown! Thanks for the teaser, really enjoy your all of your books! Read Outbreak in 1 day!

  13. What inspired the Fringe’s landscape? You seem to be able to picture it exactly as you want it in your mind. Do you have any pictures?

    1. I pulled inspiration from the first road trip I took out West when I was 19. Driving through Utah, I was absolutely blown away by how beautiful and strange the desert is out there. If you just Google “Utah desert,” you’ll see what I mean. It’s so different from anything we have in the Midwest. There was also a woman selling jewelry at a scenic overlook that inspired the story about Eli’s parents.

  14. I found the first book 2 days ago. I just finished book 3. Wow. These are very good books. The Ross and Rachel…”will they, won’t they” thing did make me mad at times. Can’t wait for book 4 and 5. I really hope they get the whole trust and lies thing down. By now, trusting each other should be a given and the lies should stop between Haper and Eli. But I’m not a writer.

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Schanelle. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the series so far. As far as the “will they, won’t they” business, you have to remember Eli and Harper’s history. Harper essentially grew up in an orphanage with no parental figures to model healthy adult relationships. Eli struggled to survive in his adolescence. He was kicked around a lot by people who should have been looking out for him, so I think it’s natural that they would both have some trust issues and initial problems forming a healthy relationship. However, what’s important is their willingness to love and fight for each other.

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