Title: Carrier (The Line #1)
Author: Anne Tibbets
Publisher: Carina Press
Published Date: 16th June 2014
Rating: 4.5 Stars!
Synopsis: Twenty-two-year-old Naya has spent nearly half her life as a sex slave in a government institution called The Line. Excommunicated after getting pregnant with twins, she's left with no way to earn a living and a horrifying choice to make: find someone to replace her at the institution by the time she gives birth, or have her babies taken in her stead.
Ric Bennett wants to help. A doctor with a history of aiding ex-Line girls, he runs a team of rebels that can delete Naya's records, prevent her from having to make an impossible choice, and free her forever. But when his plan is sniffed out, things get bloody, fast. The Line wants them back. The organization has discovered information about Naya and her twins that make them more valuable than just sex slaves. It makes them dangerous—and part of The Line's larger plan.
As they hide from government search parties, Ric comes to admire Naya's quiet strength. And Naya realizes Ric might be a man she can trust. If they make it off the grid, they could build a new life. But first they'll have to survive the long, vicious reach of The Line.
Review: This book was so amazing. I loved every minute of it, from the very beginning and was hooked until it was finished!
Is it just me, or have I been blessed with reading a lot of good books lately?
One thing I loved about this book was that it was dealing with a very serious topic – and that would be prostitution. You don’t really see many authors approach such a serious and emotional topic because if you do it wrong, it’s all wrong. But somehow, with the blunt flashbacks that told us everything about Naya’s past, we manage to get a clear picture of how horrible it is and what it must’ve been like. At the end of the book Anne attached a link to a charity which helps with stopping human trafficking and forced prostitution, and at the end I donated immediately. That’s how moving the story of that was.
But there was a lot more to this novel that made me love it as well. It would have to be the characters. First off, don’t you just love the name Naya? On top of that, she was such a great voice to see things from. She’s newly pregnant, thrown out into the world and scrambling to get a bearing underneath us. We get to see this new world through her disbelieving eyes, and see the fear of men looming over as well as her strength and she struggles through various difficulties just to protect her future kids, and herself. She loves her friends and we see this throughout the book because she would do anything for them.
Ric was a good love interest, and I liked the slow love that formed between them! But I have to say my second favourite character was Tym, the funny, confident computer hacker. He was awesome ;)
The only thing that brought down this novel a notch from scoring the full stars was that it was both original and unoriginal at the same time. Original as in we have the prostitution, the characters and the plot which has to do with the babies (can’t say too much due to spoilers!). But unoriginal because we see something we see in a lot of books set in a dystopian sort of world. There are Outsiders, outside of the wall that no one knows much about, and everyone is taught about. it just seemed so cliché, I didn’t really like the idea of it. Thankfully it isn’t too focused on in this first book and is only mentioned in passing, which makes me think that Anne is setting this up to be a major plotline in book two!
I can’t wait to continue the series. This book will suck you in right to the end, and is highly recommended from me!
Olivia’s Question: Has a book ever moved you deeply to act? Which one was it?