Audiobook Review: Recombined by Samantha Jacobey

10 Feb


Bailey Dewitt is on a crash course with Armageddon. Orphaned, she and her young brothers find themselves living with their renegade uncle. Part of a group of survivalists, she is terrified to discover they are preparing for the end of the world! Surrounded by strangers, she ponders if they could be right; that is mankind headed for a global disaster. In a twist of fate, Caleb becomes her dearest friend and the one person she can trust to love and protect her, but when things spiral out of control, will their bond be enough to save the entire community? Or will rival forces strip away all that they have worked for at the time they need it most…
Can mankind survive an apocalypse of his own making?

Bailey and Caleb fled civilization in light of impending disaster. Fighting to make their way south, they struggled to rejoin their survivalist friends and relatives. After facing crowds hell-bent on securing supplies… After getting the better of a marauding band of misfits… The couple arrive back at The Ranch, only to discover the place is deserted. Soon, a lone survivor emerges, explaining the group’s mysterious disappearance and the dangers they face in the ransacked hideaway.

Joining forces, the trio sets to work, restoring order to their desert oasis. Making repairs, as well as plans, they are soon joined by a few who had made a daring escape. Refusing to leave the others behind, tempers flare and lines are drawn, while the young couple struggles to define their relationship. In a desperate attempt to rescue the remainder of their comrades, the group moves into their bunker, prepared to hang on until the bitter end. Will they succeed in saving Bailey’s brothers, as well as the rest of their comrades? Or will the renegade town of Pouty put an end to Lawson once and for all…


My Review

I chose to listen to this audiobook after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Recombined is the third book in the Irrevocable series. It starts where Retained left off. After things have gone crazy in the world and it seems like they’re entering a new Ice Age, Bailey and Caleb have returned to the Ranch. They become active members of the community and they all have to band together to fight a neighboring town, Pouty, who have taken animals and people including Bailey’s brothers.

Recombined has more action and surprises than the first two book combined. The characters are realistic and some of their decisions would be questioned in our world but these people have to be able to survive and keep their community safe.

Sarah Jacobey is a good storyteller and this was a quick and easy read (or listen). The one thing throughout the series that bothered me was the use of “the girl” in place of Bailey’s name or the pronoun “she.” It made the story seem impersonal. The narrator, Sarah Rogers, did a good job enunciating and made it easy to listen to Recombined. She narrated the whole series and that continuity is nice.

I recommend the Irrevocable series for anyone who likes young adult post-apocalyptic stories but I wouldn’t recommend reading Recombined without reading the first two books first.


About the Author

samantha.jpgAnyone who knows me could tell you, I am a friendly kind of person, never met a stranger and take up conversations any where at any time. I work hard, and my mind never seems to shut down, as I wake up often in the middle of the night with ideas pouring out and demanding to be dealt with. Of course that means much of my books were written in the middle of the night.
I grew up and still live in the great state of Texas where everything is bigger, where we have warm weather and a central location. I love my state, my town, and my family, which includes my four sons, my significant other, and many friends as well.
I have thoroughly enjoyed writing the books that are currently available and hope you will enjoy reading them just as much. And of course, there will be many more stories to come.
Goodreads –…/show/7335383.Samantha_Jacobey

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