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ARC Review: The Line Between by Tosca Lee

Synopsis

In this frighteningly believable thriller from New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee, an extinct disease re-emerges from the melting Alaskan permafrost to cause madness in its victims. For recent apocalyptic cult escapee Wynter Roth, it’s the end she’d always been told was coming.

When Wynter Roth is turned out of New Earth, a self-contained doomsday cult on the American prairie, she emerges into a world poised on the brink of madness as a mysterious outbreak of rapid early onset dementia spreads across the nation.

As Wynter struggles to start over in a world she’s been taught to regard as evil, she finds herself face-to-face with the apocalypse she’s feared all her life—until the night her sister shows up at her doorstep with a set of medical samples. That night, Wynter learns there’s something far more sinister at play and that these samples are key to understanding the disease.

Now, as the power grid fails and the nation descends into chaos, Wynter must find a way to get the samples to a lab in Colorado. Uncertain who to trust, she takes up with former military man Chase Miller, who has his own reasons for wanting to get close to the samples in her possession, and to Wynter herself.

Filled with action, conspiracy, romance, and questions of whom—and what—to believe, THE LINE BETWEEN is a high-octane story of survival and love in a world on the brink of madness.

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My Thoughts

I received an ARC of this book through Netgalley. Having not heard of the author and the book before, I started reading the book with very little expectations. Little did I know that this book will keep me on the edge for the next few days. It’s been a while since a book really caught my attention… it’s been a while since I couldn’t stop myself from reading the next chapter. At the end of every chapter, I’m always eager to read more. That’s how amazing this book is. This is the kind of books that makes me say “This is why I love reading – for books like this”.

The events and narrative in this book is divided into two. The first one is about the main character named Wynter’s life inside a cult called the New Earth. From joining the cult and growing up within its walls, the way the story was told so intriguing. The second one is about Wynter’s life after she was thrown out of the cult. At first, all she had to deal with is how she could adjust to her new environment but then… an epidemic arises. People started getting early-onset Alzheimer’s and people don’t know the reason why. Wynter then acquire the key for a possible vaccine… but she must deliver it to the right person. On the run from her old cult and the government, Wynter must travel and protect what she has.

This book was actually quite scary for me. In the book, the root of the epidemic is a carcass that was buried in a permafrost that melted. With climate change going on, this scenario isn’t impossible. We’ll never know if some virulent virus is stuck under all those ice… virulent virus that may soon emerge. Anyways, I love the concept. It almost feels like a revamped zombie apocalypse.

Another thing I liked about this book is that it’s different from other thrillers that I’ve read. Most thrillers are dependent on the ‘mystery’. It keeps you reading because you are curious and is searching for an answer. The Line Between has pretty much already told you what happened so you keep reading because you want to know what’s to happen. I love that I’m always wondering about what’s next. As I’ve said, this book has really kept me on the edge all throughout the book. When you’ve  reached the climax of the novel, you won’t be able to stop.

Aside from the pacing of the book, the build-up of the setting is another highlight of this book. The description of the setting especially inside the cult was so vivid that I could imagine it well inside my head – a mark of a great book more.

I would also like to commend the characters. They are all 3-dimensional. I can see that the author worked hard in preparing for the novel and building up the characters.I really liked the main character, she’s different from other heroines. I like that she’s not completely selfless. She’s not doing it for humankind, not really. She did what she did because of a promise… and because she wants to save someone that she loves. For me, that just humanizes the character and makes her more relatable. Another thing I noticed is that almost all the side characters are inherently good. Most of the heroic deeds are done by the side characters. I like that because I really think that it’s okay for the main character to be confused and not be perfect. I also really liked the villain in this story. He’s very complex and I really enjoyed reading about him.

Overall, this book is a really good thriller that has caught my interest from the start and sustain it until the end. I recommend for everyone to read this book because the storytelling is superb. Pre-order this book now, expected publication date is on January 29, 2019.

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