[Blog Tour / Release Day Review] Cathrine Goldstein: The Letting

The Letting by Cathrine Goldstein

Series: The Letting #1
eBook, English, 335 pages
Debut: December 15, 2014
@ Goodreads
Genres: Adventure, Dystopia, Young Adult
Overall Rating: four-half-stars

What if the Devil doesn’t know he’s the Devil?

This is the question Veronica “Ronnie” Billings poses to Phoenix, her sworn enemy, the leader of the Peaceful Revolution, and the one she loves.

Kidnapped by Phoenix’s rebels, Ronnie learns how wrong she has been. She had no idea that her patriotism was wasted on a corrupt government. Ronnie was proud to be a Leader; taking hundreds of harvested girls to the Letting facility. After all, she was saving them from future Couplings and bringing them to the safety of the New World. Or so she thought…

Confused, Ronnie realizes the only way to discover the truth is to trust her heart. Together, Phoenix and Ronnie devise a plan to stop their corrupt government and preempt the dangerous rebel coup which is approaching. But when their plan goes awry, will Ronnie be strong enough to save Phoenix, her country, and herself?

Read First: December 11-14, 2014 | Snuck from: YA Bound Book Tours -- I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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A very interesting story, I liked it! The concept of a luxury capital where people have it all to waste, oppressing the rest of the people who live in poverty always makes a good dystopia. Add in the promise to stay young forever, and it only gets better. I find the cost of the blood and life of young girls particularly savage, and the mating system to ensure all blood types, which is naturally reliable to fail, right along with it. But the real savage dystopias are always the best, in my opinion.

Both Phoenix and Veronica were very likable characters, a good mix of rational and emotional, selfless, and generally good at heart.
Veronica was always trying to do the right thing by the girls, wanting for them what she would never have for herself, all the while trying to make the best of what she has at hand. She was a good soul, yet hated for it -- how ironic is that? I especially liked that twist!
Phoenix was a sweetheart. Tall, dark, handsome. Smart, sometimes boyishly cute, and not a bad boy at all. His vision of peace and equality, achived all non-violent... only hearts like his can truly change a world.
They made a very nice match too, although the spark from Ronnie was just a tad too insta those first two encounters, but after that they made reasonable progress, I'd say.
Brooke and Raven made good additions to their team, because they all want the same thing, but have different attributes to contribute to their cause.

Farnsworth, the leader of the New World, was an enemy I'm not so sure of. Just like Ronnie, he confused me, and up til the last moment, I'm not sure what to make of him. Is he good or bad? The lesser of two evils? Could he change? Would he ever want to? Will he just use them to save himself, and then stab them in the back? Or would he actually listen, and learn from mistakes? I'm not even sure I want him to... No, really, I don't know if I like him one bit or not at all.

The plot was a little up and down, going in circles. Camp - taken to the city - tricked back to camp - willingly go to the city - escape to camp - and back again. Looking at it like that, it doesn't seem very well thought about, but the style and flow of the story were good. That ending, however... an all open-ends cliffhanger, screaming for a sequel. Plus, there wasn't nearly enough time for Raven to be Phoenix' adorable sister, and Ronnie bringing Brooke in just has to have a deeper meaning. So, yeah, definitvely a sequel. I'm waiting!

Area Scan: Idea: 3/5 -- Flow: 4/5 -- Vocab: 5/5 -- Plot: 4/5 -- Heroes: 5/5 -- Sidekicks: 5/5 -- Villains: 4/5 -- Romance: 3.5/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Suspense: 3/5 -- Action: 3.5/5

Discovered: 4+ Hoods4hoods

Sights: Teaser -- Swoon

The Letting series:
1 The Letting -- 2 The Coupling

About the Author

Given my love for cities and all that is gritty, my new obsession with trees really has me stumped. (Sorry.) Maybe it's because trees are the inspiration behind my new YA/NA novel, theLETTING.

Whatever the reason for my new infatuation, some things remain constant -- like my love for: coffee (although sadly, it's now decaf); yoga; Luna bars (I am petitioning for them to bring back Chocolate Raspberry!); running in my neighborhood; Hemingway; Bukowski... and, above all, my husband and my girls.

I'm also a playwright. I have my B.A. in English and my M.A. in Theatre.

Cathrine Goldstein on Website/Blog | Twitter @CathrineGold | Facebook | Goodreads


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