I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Broken Lies by Claire Vale
Series: Broken #1
on March 10th 2015
Source: the author
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Scientists predicted it would take seventy years for the Arctic Shelf to completely melt. In the end, it took less than five. We lost thirty percent of our land to the oceans and a big chunk of our structure to panic and anarchy.
The Melt crippled us.
But it was the Arctic Virus at the bottom of The Melt, trapped for millennia in the darkest depths of ice strata, that broke us. The real flood was the Living Corpses. A population of billions turned to soulless, rabid shells within months. That’s what washed away the human race as we know it.
Born into a post-apocalyptic world, Lake has grown up in the last city standing. Governed by what used to be the Queen’s Cold Stream Guard, vaccinated against the threat, life in Windsor City is both harsh and fair. The rules are designed to strengthen the city and ensure survival.
Lake’s future is planned out with opportunities and unfair advantages and then there’s Ash—her best friend and hopefully more. Things could be worse, considering she’s living past the end of days. And, sometimes, she could definitely do with being a better person, which was what drafting into the Guard for two years of service was supposed to be about.
But she has no idea what she’s signed up for. The city is more vulnerable than she’d ever imagined, on its knees at the mercy of a megalomaniac organisation, and she’s just been chosen to pay the price.
I think in this case I was misled by my own preconceptions. When I read a synopsis that’s talking about the end of the world, either by nuclear blast, meteor strike or a zombie virus, I’m expecting it to be dark. I mean, end of civilization as we know it, the death of billions… shouldn’t it at least be a little morose? But this book wasn’t, in the strictest sense.
I’m very much stuck on the fence with this book, feeling a push and pull between what I liked, and what I didn’t. I really enjoyed the author’s writing style, complete with British slang. And barring a slow start, I felt like the story had a good pace to it. There were a few references to Twilight, so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised at any similarities.
The characters were mostly likable, but as a woman, I tend to prefer reading a book with a strong female protagonist. Lake, to me, feels like she has the potential to become a strong woman, but so far, seems quite content to allow the boys to help her. In the beginning, I had high hopes for Lake, expecting her to grow into her role as guardian, but then she seemed to take a few steps back. She joined the guardians, though seemed surprised when she was actually expected to guard something. She showed zero respect for rules, and by the end, was proving herself to be lazy and disrespectful. I could almost hear her whining “Ewww, I have to eat that to survive? But it’s grooooss!” On the plus side, there’s plenty of room for her character to grow throughout the series.
Fair warning: there is a potential love triangle in the works. At this point, I absolutely detest one of them, so it’s no contest in my mind, and if Lake spends more than two pages considering him, I will not forgive her.
Now there’s only one last thing to discuss… Zombies. Or in this case, the Living Corpses. I am really intrigued by them, and I wish there had been more about them. Are they legitimately dead? How is the virus contracted? They seem thoroughly terrifying, and have the potential to make the rest of the series more thrilling, and darker! It will be interesting to see how the series progresses.