Concealed in the Shadows
by Gabrielle Arrowsmith
A five-star read that is begging for a sequel – soon!
Summary: Sydney Harter has long-awaited September 12th, 2033—her eighteenth birthday. She can finally apply for guardianship of her sister, who is her only family and entire world. She hopes they will be lawfully reunited, but is prepared to defy authority and risk everything to escape the captivity of Miles County so that they can be together.
Escaping will be difficult and dangerous. Citizens are bound to their county by sophisticated chip implants that deliver shocks to those who dare to cross the electric barrier. Sydney is very clever, but her trickery is limited against the all-seeing eyes of technology. Even if they were to survive the escape, disappearing into the forgotten forests and towns of the past seems an impossible task.
What Sydney doesn’t know is that she is the particular interest of two opposing forces. With deceit, fear, and warfare surrounding her—can she trust the party that aims to help with her fight against the other? Can she open her heart to receive and return unexpected love? When her sister’s life becomes jeopardized, Sydney will have to weigh a new love against the only enduring love she has known. The cost could be deadly…
How will she choose?
My thoughts: This story travels along at breakneck speed, pausing just often enough for the reader to catch a breath before the next dramatic twist. Set in the near future, this is a dystopian tale with style. The main character, Sydney, although only just eighteen, has had a lot to deal with in her short life. The loss of her father, presumed dead and then her mother’s insanity left her taking responsibility for her younger sister, until the authorities found out. When, on her 18th birthday, she can finally apply for permanent guardianship, she is determined to do all she can to be reunited with Evelette. In the meantime and in order to keep a grip on her own emotions, she frequently flees Miles County to escape the all-seeing eyes of the leadership, unaware that she is being watched by not only the powers-that-be at Miles County, but also by interested parties in the so-called ‘outside world’. What develops is a fast-paced sequence of unexpected events that blight Sydney’s plans to care for her sister and lead to them being separated on more than one occasion. Her sense of responsibility, however, forces Sydney to choose to face the authorities alone if she can save her sister. As she finally seems to find happiness within herself, she is torn in two as she makes the brave decision to sacrifice herself for Evelette. The next story in the series is eagerly anticipated to provide the answers to the reader’s ever-growing list of questions. I can only hope that it comes out very soon 🙂
A great read, hugely entertaining and exciting, full of believable characters with real emotions – sometimes painfully real! Definitely one to watch out for.