Dime Store Books // Sept 2013
It’s 100 years since the Genetic Integrity Act was passed and America closed its borders to prevent genetic contamination. Now only the enemy, dysgenic Deviants, remain beyond the heavily guarded border. The Department of Evolution carefully guides the creation of each generation and deviations from the divine plan are not permitted.
When 16-year-old Jess begins to show signs of deviance she enlists in the Special Forces, with her best friend Jay, in a desperate bid to evade detection by the Devotees. Jess is good with data, not so good with a knife. So when the handsome and secretive Sergeant Matt Anderson selects her for his Black Ops squad, Jess is determined to figure out why.
As her deviance continues to change her, Jess is forced to decide who to trust with her deadly secret. Jess needs to know what’s really out there, in the Deviant wasteland over the border, if she has any hope of making it to her 17th birthday. Because if the enemy doesn't kill her first, the army probably will.
External Forces by Deborah Nix is quite an engrossing novel! I enjoyed this book but while reading I wasn't really sure where it would fall on the rating scales for me. There was a lot about this book that felt familiar.... Things that seemed too similar to other ya dystopian books I've read. However, as I progressed on I found myself fully involved in this novel. Fleeting memories came up while I crossed those similar themes and scenarios, but I also began associating them with External Forces and saw this as a novel all its own. The characters are fairly typical young adults, but what did make them unique overshadowed the norm. The dose of romance is totally necessary for this type of book, and I have mixed feelings about it. The plot and overall story is well worth the read. I must admit that I was angry when I finished External Forces because I'm anxious to see what happens next. I can't wait for the second and third installments to come out!
About the author:
Deborah Rix has a long standing love of science fiction, some of her favourite authors include William Gibson, Philip K Dick, Kurt Vonnegut Jr, Douglas Adams, Iain M Banks. Deborah Rix enjoyed a successful career in entertainment publicity, live music promotion, corporate communications, and event management. She lives with her family in Toronto, Canada, where she is the proprietor of The Lucky Penny, a neighborhood joint in Trinity-Bellwoods. Come by for a coffee. EXTERNAL FORCES is her first novel.
FTC: I received an egalley of External Forces in exchange for a fair and honest review. Book information and image from NetGalley and author information and image from author website.