Unknown by Wendy Higgins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Summary from GoodReads
Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.
When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.
In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.
When I learned that Wendy Higgins would self-publish a new series I was quite excited! It came as a surprise and for someone like me who was introduced late to her previous series "The Sweet Trilogy", I was sold.
The story follows Amber and her family who live quite normal in Nevada. She has a long crush on her brother's best friend Rylen, yet she is way too shy to confess her feelings.
But when the bombings begin and a national spread illness begins to destroy the US and the world, Amber and her family will fight to survive against the odds and the unseen enemies.
While this book is dubbed also as a romance and it is actually a New Adult, the romantic element is faint and the scenes we see from Amber's eyes and feelings are devastating. I was crying over my reading app in the bus (so not comfortable!) when I read some scenes. Not to mention that is she was more forthcoming with her feelings, many bad incidents would not have hapenned.
The main focus of the story is the destruction and what happens to humanity when we are deprived from everything we have as granted. Amber is also trained as a paramedic so she has the knowldge and the wits to handle almost everything. Her family was strong and with tight bonds of love and while everything around them crumbled they tried to survive.
After that ending which was hard and with a cliffhanger, I seriously hope for the truth to be revealed and for more romance in the story. A perfect five and very recommended! ;)
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