“Arcadia was the only way Simon had ever been able to really connect with people. If not for that “stupid” game, he would have just been… alone. For years. People were so quick to act like that meant nothing.”
Rating: 4/5 stars
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Thank you to the authors Deborah Adams and Kimberley Perkins for sending me an e-ARC and including me in this blog tour!
How far will they go to restore the power?
It’s been lights-out for three months and society is already falling into chaos.
Teenage tech-genius Simon Harper and his team of fellow gamers have been searching for the cause of the outage since it went down. Simon and his twin brother West are often at odds, but when the key to restoring power drops into their hands, they’ll risk everything and join forces to bring it back.
Descend into an epic, young adult adventure, featuring family and friendship with a heart-skipping side of romance by debut authors Deborah Adams and Kimberley Perkins.
Mysterious deaths and disappearances are piling up, and unknown enemies are everywhere. As the brothers make their 500-mile journey to Waypoint they’ll have to decide who they can trust, and which secrets can be told.
Twin brothers trying to save the world. Badass females (with a side of so-awful-you-have-to-laugh-jokes when they get nervous). Gamers. A world with an apocalyptic feel. What more can a girl really ask for?! This book was a blast. From the moment it started it hit the ground and never stopped running. I literally read the first few pages and had to stop and let my heart rate slow down because the opening was WILD. I’m one of those readers who will never accept the fact that dystopian/apocalyptic books aren’t really a thing anymore, so when one comes my way you best believe I’m picking it up, no questions asked. I honestly don’t know what I liked most about this book because it was just all so good, but let’s try and start somewhere.
First, let’s talk about the characters shall we? I love books about sisters with strong relationships, but hello, I am now basically trash for brotherly love. Simon and West are twins, who really couldn’t be any more different than one another. Simon, is a genius when it comes to all things computers and games. He’s basically a God in the gamer world, but in real life struggles with anxiety in social situations which is just too damn relatable. West, is the complete opposite, he’s got the total jock package going on. Charismatic, cocky, and uh, pretty hot. Plus, he also has awesome survival skills, I really have to hand it to him. I was not expecting such a pretty boy to handle his time in the woods so well.
And where we would be without our leading ladies? That’s right nowhere. Riya and Alex gave me LIFE. Two girls with two pretty big secrets are accompanying our twin brothers as Simon and West split up and take on the 500 mile trek to Waypoint. Alex, is the type of girl who will fight when provoked, but when not provoked she will tell the worst jokes in the history of comedy to try and calm her nerves. It’s hilarious. Riya, is the type who will fight when provoked, when not provoked, and could easily kill you in her sleep, but we also start to see a softer side to her as the story progressed. I loved both of these ladies so much.
As the four make the journey to Waypoint they run into A LOT of obstacles, and I don’t want to say too much without giving away any of the plot but this is a book you will easily fly through because you just have to know how it ends. One of the things I was most nervous about was my least favorite thing in the world – intsa-love. The characters are thrown into each others lives pretty quickly, so I was worried there would be a ton of ooey-gooey insta love. And while the characters were hot and bothered by one another pretty quickly there was still all the right amount of tension I needed to never once deem the romance eye roll worthy. Plus, the romance wasn’t overpowering to the story and didn’t take away from Simon and West trying to find their way back to one another, so zero complaints over here!
Something I really appreciated in this story was the talk about how internet friends are just as valid as real life friends, and y’all, if this ain’t the truth I don’t know what is. Especially being a part of the book community, I’ve made so many friends who I’ve never met and yet we understand each other so well. I also really loved the gaming aspect of this story because I used to LOVE playing video games back in the day. However, I loved that this video game in particular worked around people actually going outside and doing things in the real world to level up and get new weapons and gear, it was super cool.
Sometimes you decide to save the world, and you end up in situations that you may or may not be ready for. Sometimes nerdy guys get the girl.
He’d often lost himself in made-up worlds and watching someone get lost for the first time was wonderful.
“I can’t talk to people in real life without feeling like I’m going to suffocate. I can’t carry on a conversation without having to decompress afterwards. It’s too hard. The only time I’ve ever felt like I really connected with someone was through a stupid computer. What will my life be like when our consoles finally die? Who will I talk to? I can’t…”
All in all, if you’re looking for a super fast paced story, with epic characters, tons of plot twists, and all the feels when it comes to family and romance, then Waypoint deserves a spot on your TBR. In case you missed it in my last post the authors are currently hosting a giveaway where you can win a signed copy of the book plus a $25 Amazon gift card, you can enter HERE.
Thank you again to the authors for including me in this blog tour, it was truly a pleasure and I can’t wait to see where Simon, West, Alex, and Riya’s story takes them in the next book!
Until next time,