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Book Review: Divided We Stand by Rachel McLean

20 Nov

 

 

Britain is a country under surveillance. Neighbours spy on neighbours. Schools enforce loyalty to the state. And children are encouraged to inform on their parents.

Disgraced MP Jennifer Sinclair has earned her freedom but returns home to find everything changed.

Rita Gurumurthy has been sent to a high security prison. When a sympathetic guard helps her escape she becomes a fugitive, forced to go into hiding.

To reunite her family and win freedom for her son and her friend, Jennifer must challenge her old colleague and rival, the new Prime Minister Catherine Moore.

Will Catherine listen to reason and remove the country from its yoke of fear and suspicion? Or will Jennifer have to reveal the secret only she knows about Catherine, and risk plunging the country into turmoil?

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Divided-We-Stand-chilling-surveillance-ebook/dp/B07GNP3Y53

US – https://www.amazon.com/Divided-We-Stand-chilling-surveillance-ebook/dp/B07GNP3Y53

 

 

My Review

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

I read the first two books in this trilogy, A House Divided and Divide and Rule, and I was looking forward to finding out what happens next to Jennifer Sinclair. She was just released from a British Values Centre and she has no idea what has happened in the past 4 months outside those walls. She returns home to find her oldest son still in prison, her youngest son afraid to talk to her, and her husband overloaded having to deal with everything that’s been going on.

Not only is Jennifer’s family in turmoil but things have fallen apart in the country. Everyone is being watched, especially Muslims and their friends and families. The schools are being segregated and her former friend Catherine Moore is Prime Minister! She reaches out to Catherine refusing to believe she has become an enemy, but her husband believes she is wrong.

Meena, Rita, and Mark from the British Values Centre all have challenges of their own. Will they all survive this turbulent time? Although Jennifer wants to find her son at the very least, will she be successful? 

Rachel McLean’s writing flows well and the characters are well developed and complex. All three books are very good and they got progressively better. I definitely recommend this trilogy although beware…it’s scary to think that it could happen in these crazy times we live in.

 

 

 

Author Bio –

I’m Rachel McLean and I write thrillers and speculative fiction.

I’m told that the world wants upbeat, cheerful stories – well, I’m sorry but I can’t help. My stories have an uncanny habit of predicting future events (and not the good ones). They’re inspired by my work at the Environment Agency and the Labour Party and explore issues like climate change, Islamophobia, the refugee crisis and sexism in high places. All with a focus on how these impact individual people and families.

You can find out more about my writing, get access to deals and exclusive stories or become part of my advance reader team by joining my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub.

Social Media Links –

Twitter – https://twitter.com/rachelmcwrites

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/rachelmcleanwrites/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/rachelmcwrites/?hl=en

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Book Review: Divide and Rule by Rachel McLean

23 Oct

 

Jennifer Sinclair’s fight to save her political career, her family and her freedom has failed. Traumatised by prison violence, she agrees to transfer to the mysterious British Values Centre.

Rita Gurumurthy has betrayed her country and failed the children in her care. Unlike Jennifer, she has no choice, but finds herself in the centre against her will.

Both women are expected to conform, to prove their loyalty to the state and to betray everything they hold dear. One attempts to comply, while the other rebels. Will either succeed in regaining her freedom?

Divide and Rule is 1984 for the 21st century – a chilling thriller examining the ruthless measures the state will take to ensure obedience, and the impact on two women.


Purchase Links:

Amazon UShttps://www.amazon.com/Divide-Rule-prove-loyalty-Division-ebook/dp/B07GNNR556

Amazon UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Divide-Rule-prove-loyalty-Division-ebook/dp/B07GNNR556

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read A House Divided, the first book in the Division Bell Trilogy, and found it interesting and a little scary. Jennifer Sinclair was a minister with the government and ended up in prison because her teenage son associated with the wrong crowd and he was staying at her place in London. Because of the new laws and the way that they’re currently interpreted, Jennifer is convicted of harboring a terrorist! 

Divide and Rule begins with Jennifer being transferred from prison to a different facility, the British Values Centre,  that is supposed to be better. She’d been having problems with her cellmate so she’s willing to try it. It ends up being better than living with that cellmate, but she finds that they are trying to brainwash everyone to conform to the will of the government. The longer Jennifer is there, the more horrified and hopeless she becomes. She also realizes that she can trust no one.

My interest was captured immediately in Divide and Rule and it kept my attention throughout. Rachel McLean’s writing flows well and the characters are well developed and complex. I felt like I was right there was these poor women. The ending was a surprise and I’m looking forward to reading the third book and finding out what happens.

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Author Bio 

I’m Rachel McLean and I write thrillers and speculative fiction.

I’m told that the world wants upbeat, cheerful stories – well, I’m sorry but I can’t help. My stories have an uncanny habit of predicting future events (and not the good ones). They’re inspired by my work at the Environment Agency and the Labour Party and explore issues like climate change, Islamophobia, the refugee crisis and sexism in high places. All with a focus on how these impact individual people and families.

You can find out more about my writing, get access to deals and exclusive stories or become part of my advance reader team by joining my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub.

Social Media Links –

Twitter – https://twitter.com/rachelmcwrites

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/rachelmcleanwrites/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/rachelmcwrites/?hl=en

Book Review & Giveaway: Life A.D. by Michelle E. Reed

12 Dec


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12-10-2013 9-57-41 AMTitle: Life, A.D.

Author: Michelle E. Reed

Genre: Young Adult/Speculative Fiction

Publisher: Month9Books

ISBN: 9780988340916

Publication Date: December 10, 2013

Formats: eBook and print

In Life, A.D. you have two choices: join the program or face the consequences.

Seventeen-year-old Dez Donnelly crashes headlong into fate on the side of a rural highway, her life ending in a violent collision of steel and screaming brakes. The train that delivers her newly departed soul to the crossroads of the afterlife won’t be carrying her to the sweet hereafter until she accepts her abrupt end and learns to let go of the life she’ll never finish.

Her new reality is conduct manuals, propaganda, and unrelenting staff, all part of a system to ease her transition from life to death, while helping her earn her way out of limbo. Atman City, beautiful and enticing, is an ever-present temptation that is strictly off limits to underage souls. The promise of adventure proves too strong, and beneath the city’s sheen of ethereal majesty, Dez discovers a world teeming with danger.

Welcome to Life, A.D. where being dead doesn’t mean you’re safe, and the only thing harder than getting out of limbo is getting through it.

Review: 

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

What a concept! Many of us believe in life after death, of course, but Michelle E. Reed has a whole new idea of what it could be like. Even though I hope she’s wrong, I enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and hard to put down.

From the beginning, you feel Dez’s confusion and anxiety. It’s easy to see why she rebels, not just because she’s a teen, but also because of the circumstances. I liked her strength and the obvious strong bond she’d had with her parents. There are quite a few characters in Life A.D. and each has their own sad story. I became quite attached to the kids on the 95th floor!

This is one of those books that I didn’t want to end and although it does end well, I hope to see a sequel in the future. If you like young adult books, you’ll love Life A.D.

Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Kobo.

About the Author:

12-10-2013 9-59-04 AMMichelle E. Reed was born in a small Midwestern town, to which she has returned to raise her own family. Her imagination and love of literature were fueled by a childhood of late nights, hidden under the covers and reading by flashlight. She is a passionate adoption advocate who lives in Wisconsin with her husband, son, and their yellow lab, Sully.

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Giveaway:

·        –  Three (3) ebook copies of Life, A.D. by Michelle E. Reed (International)

·         – One (1) signed paperback copy of Life, A.D. by Michelle E. Reed (US only)

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