July 9, 2012
Blown Away: Downburst (Giveaway)
Published January 2012 by Quill Books
Read June 2012
Goodreads, IndieBound, Amazon
I was totally blown away by Downburst. I loved it! And can't wait for the next book in the series. This book kept me on my toes as the first person narration only allowed limited glimpses at what was going on.
Kit is a runaway who survives by being a messenger for a forgery artist. She finds herself again on the run when the forgery ring is busted by cops. She has no money, no id, and no idea what she's going to do. I wasn't sure of the time period - either it is modern day in a crime ridden area or it is a bit of a dystopian society. While hiding out in the train yard, Kit spies her last drop, Aura, who happens to have an uncanny resemblance to herself. The fate of this girl isn't any better than Kit's as her throat is slit. Grabbing the girl's wallet, she unwittingly gets wrapped up in the life of Aura.
When she arrived at the camp (by dubious means), I was not sure if it was a terrorist training cell or a Hunger Games-like survival boot camp. Robison does a wonderful job of revealing just enough information to keep the story moving forward, but plenty of red herrings or misdirections to keep the story exciting and the reader guessing.
You know something isn't quite right in this camp, at the same time you begin piecing together that it isn't all bad. Surely the threats of skinning spies alive is just a joke, right? For Kit's sake you hope so.
Kit gave off a vibe that reminded me of Katniss Everdeen. She is resourceful, has great survival instincts, and a hint of something special. The Native American legends and lore that are woven throughout the story are intriguing. And the cliffhanger at the end had me shouting "When is the next one?" (I emailed Katie and she said she's working on the next book - Katie, if you are reading this, please hurry!)
It is hidden gems like Downburst that makes me love reviewing independent and small press published books. I don't know why more people aren't talking about this book. Go read it!
If I haven't convinced you yet, watch the trailer:
You can also read Katie's guest post from February (it is the top viewed guest post on my blog). And visit Katie's website for updates on the sequel: http://www.katierobison.com
And, now you could win a copy of Downburst. Katie is offering an ebook copy to one lucky winner. It's open internationally!
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