Escape by L.S. O’Dea
While Escape by L.S. O’Dea isn’t exactly unique in the genere of YA dystopian fiction, I really enjoy the way the author went about telling the story. The character development is really well done. Better physical descriptions of the non-human characters might have bumped the rating up a notch.
Publisher’s Description: Backbreaking work from dusk to dawn is just a typical day for sixteen year old Trinity, but that is about to change.
Harvest is over which means that it’s time for the less than perfect teens to be removed from camp. Trinity is okay with that. It’s just another stage of a Producer’s life, but she fears her new home will be like her old one unless she can figure out a way to make friends.
She’s different than the other Producers and even though she’s hidden her fangs and claws her entire life, the others still sense her strangeness.
She concocts a plan to sneak into the forest and discover where the teenagers are taken every year. Once she figures that out she can return home. The other kids will be dying to learn the secret which means that they will have to talk to her and once they get to know her, they’ll like her.
Escaping into the forest is simple; she’s done it before, but never at night. That is different. So is the feeling that she is being followed.
When she stumbles across a new creature, a large fish-like river man, that is only the beginning of her adventures in the forest.
She is hunted, captured, and befriended but she still needs to discover the fate of her kind and return home before the week is up or her mother will be punished for her escape.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Fickle Fiona says…
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. While the core of the story is similar to other YA dystopian novels, the author did a good job of telling the story in a different way and creating characters to both love and to hate.
While the main character, Trinity, whines and complains at times, I like how the author has her snap herself out of it and face the situations she is in. It makes Trinity come across as maturing throughout the story. And given that she’s a teenager, that fits. 😉
Since this is the first book of a series, there is a lot of world building and setup for the next story. I had to remind myself of this when I got frustrated with the amount of detail; but, it’s exciting to think of what is going to happen later in the story!
The development of the speaking characters is very well done. I think a little more attention could have been paid to the physical description of the non-human characters to give the reader a better image of how each one looks. Otherwise, I like the world outside the gate.
Inside the gate, I wish there were more description about what each class does to contribute to the community and what defines their classes. Some things are hinted at, and a few are described later on in the book; but, it would be nice to know some things – like the limit of the skills Trinity is taught growing up – before entering the forest.
Once Trinity finds out the dark secrets that lie in store for her community, she seeks to save them all. This is an exciting tale of an outcast-turned-heroine and the journey she embarks on. I say give it a read. It’s worth it.
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