Fans of dystopia might be disappointed…
This is more western than it is a dystopia. In fact, the dystopia plays such a small part in the plot that it’s pointless, this book could have been made into a western and very little would have had to be changed. So fans of dystopia won’t find much here, but people who might be put off (“oh no, not another dystopia”) shouldn’t be.
This is an enjoyable thriller/survival story. Elka is a fantastically crafted character, with complexities and a hard-headed attitude that contrasts nicely with her social naivety, and this contrast echoes with the friendship she finds along her way.
It’s also written in the first person and with an accent, which is a nice touch. Bravo on Beth Lewis for knowing when to draw the line, the accent could have so easily become irritating if the author had laid it even just a little bit thicker.
All in all an impressive debut novel.