Release Date-October 31st 2017
Genre-Dark Dystopian Romance
Kindle Edition-464 pages
Papa says everyone has a story that deserves to be told.
Most begin years ago, after the second bomb hit, unearthing a deadly contagion that divided the population into the pure, the infected, and the Ragers.
Many recount the moment we rose up from the ashes and started anew.
Others tell of the day we built a wall to keep them out.
For some, they’re nothing more than the vestiges left behind—a simple name carved into the knotty bark of a Juniper tree.
My story begins with a boy. A mute, from the other side of the wall, known only as Six, who touched my heart in ways that words never could, and gave me the courage to face my darkest truth.
Warning: This book contains explicit sexual content, and violent scenes that some readers may find disturbing.
Juniper Unraveling by Keri Lake
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Bloody hell this book!! I don’t even know where to start with this review all I know is this was just so magnificent from start to finish and words can’t do justice to how much this actually managed to impress me. Everything about this worked for me and I was transfixed from the second I picked this up. A totally new author for me but one I will definitely be reading again. So this was set against a dystopian postapocalyptic backdrop and for humans, life has essentially evolved into a battle of daily survival against the Ragers. Ragers are essentially people infected with a virus called “Dredge” that in stages regresses them back to the basic functions of feeding and breeding. So in some ways like zombies but unlike the undead, these infected individuals are still very much alive and as the disease progresses they eventually develop a taste for human flesh, there is at this time no cure. So this is a story of two parts and though this does contain a romance at its centre this is not really all this is. The romance itself is really just a piece of the bigger picture and there is so much more going on here than what I originally expected. So as I said two parts or essentially two POV’s Wren a girl who lives with her Papa within a community of the Pure safely living behind a wall that separates them all from the Deadlands and the contagion and Dani an infected girl taken from her home by soldiers and thrown into a living nightmare of daily survival. There’s one other major contributor here Six, a mysterious and mute boy from the other side of the wall that Wren encounters and feels an almost bonded sense of solidarity towards. The atrocities being committing here were both heartbreaking and at times so hard to comprehend. This is a compelling and hard-hitting rendition of what could happen if you strip back the layers of supposed humanity and expose the underbelly of corruption all in the name of the greater good. This is also a coming of age story between two young individuals set amid some horrific circumstances. A story of love and surviving against all the odds. Loved Wren and my heart hurt for both Dani and Six that fragile organ broke many times over at what these individuals were forced to endure living in a nightmare. An incredibly brutal but also a beautiful love story set against a post-apocalyptic landscape. This story will most certainly wring you out emotionally so don’t go expecting to walk away from this unscathed, This will and did leave deep battle scars. This was hands down one of my favourite books this year but please do be aware that it is also a dark and at times bleak portrayal of human corruption and cruelty and as such contains major triggers throughout. Highly recommend this one. I voluntary reviewed a copy of Juniper Unraveling (Juniper Unraveling, #1)