Series: The Line #1
Publication Date: June 16th 2014
Publisher: Carina Press
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult
Twenty-two -year-old Naya has spent nearly half her life as a sex slave in a government institution called The Line. When she’s kicked out after getting pregnant with twins, she’s got no way to earn a living and a horrifying choice to make: find someone to replace her, or have her babies taken in her stead.
A doctor with a history of aiding ex-Line girls, Ric Bennett, wants to help. He runs a team of rebels that can delete Naya’s records and free her forever. But when The Line sniffs out his plan, things get bloody, fast. Naya means more to them than just a chance at fresh faces—her twins are part of the government’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.
I dont know exactly what I was expecting with Carrier, but I was pleasantly surprised. The New Adult genre hasnt really branched out to other sub genres, so Im always curious as to how authors are going to go about it, and let me just say Anne Tibbets did a pretty good job.
Tibbets introduces us to Naya and her world in a smooth manner, without overwhelming us with information. Nayas spent the last nine years as a sex slave for The Line. When shes kicked out for getting pregnant, Nayas trust into a completely new, solitary world from the one she remembers. With no family or friends, Naya is left to her own devices, all the while worrying about how to survive and take care of her children. When Naya meets Ric and his group of rebels, new questions arise about their government, The Line and Nayas involvement in it all.
Naya as a character was a little hard to connect with, but her story is interesting enough that you cant help but to wonder whats going to happen next to her. Shes skittishthats for sureand her narrative is a little dysfunctional, but thats what makes for a complex protagonist. Furthermore, Nayas backstory is fragmented at best but her memories and flashbacks added a strong backbone to the overall novel. I will admit that I felt like the first quarter of the book was a bit unnecessary, however. I was more interested in her impending journey with Ric than in her time at the shelter, I almost skipped that part. Nevertheless, Naya finally meets Ric and his friends, do we see progress in Nayas story.
Theres plenty of action halfway through the book fit for a dystopian novel. Theres also still a great deal of mystery regarding the world in which Naya lives. While some questions are answered, there are still a lot of left unanswered, and Im definitely interested as to how Nayas story will continue. All in all, Tibbets touches on some heartbreaking and realistic issues while still delivering a good story.