Into Shadow by T.D. Shields (Review)

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She’s nineteen. The President’s daughter. They want her dead.

Poppy’s father may be the President of the North American Alliance, but that just makes her a target for those wishing to topple the regime.

Barely escaping with her life, she must travel across a country ravaged by war and climate change to seek safety amongst a people who only recently opposed her. There she must use every skill learned from her military upbringing to survive terrifying beasts, deadly plant life, and lawless gangs before finally finding a group willing to accept her.

But her peace soon proves to be illusory. It’s not only the government that wants her dead now.

(258 pages)

This book is due for release on March 1st

This is a dystopian YA set in a post world war 3 North America – which is now an alliance comprising of the US, Canada and Mexico. It starts as it means to go on jumping straight into the action.

Poppy is a very likeable character, her sass just enough to be endearing without being too irritating.

The world created is way too believable – corruption, greed mistrust at the highest levels of government. The history of the world involved power hungry states losing the plot and using nuclear weapons… wait a second, aren’t I describing the world we live in here?????

Anyway, needless to say, i can believe that the world may come to this. There is a bubbling rebellion trying to figure out how to stand up against a growing totalitarian regime. There is also a fantastical element with the mutated wildlife including giant snakes, pack cats and dog-lizard hybrids called ‘Shadows’.

The pacing was nice and fast, there was enough action to keep you gripped, and the supporting characters were likeable, hateable and loveable in equal measures. There were developing relationships too, which was a nice sideline that didn’t take over and felt real.

Oh and there’s a cute grumpy cat 😀

It was a gripping read – I read it in under  a day – and the last line is the perfect ‘cliffhanger’ for the sequel which is due out in a couple of months. There was so much going on around Poppy and the central group of characters, and the world was built so well that there is a massive scope for plenty of follow ups – depending on what happens in the sequel of course…

I was very impressed with this, and whilst I have become a fan of fantasy fiction as well as dystopia, this was so believable it felt more like a contemporary at times, so don’t be put off if fantasy isn’t your thing.

I received a copy of this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Finished on February 19th 2017


Counting as part of the following challenges:

#popsugarreadingchallenge – a book with a cat on the cover

You can buy the book here if you wish:

Into Shadow by T.D. Shields



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