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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Red River by Kelly Van Hull

318 pages, YA Dystopian
Tent City #2
My rating: 4 stars


No one knows Brody’s secret and Dani plans to keep it that way.

It's been seven years since the first plague. Things seem safe - until the river runs red and the blood-filled waters set off a series of catastrophic events. Seeking refuge once again, Dani and her group make their way back to Tent City, unsure of what the future holds. 

Can Dani keep Brody safe long enough to fulfill the prophecy? Who can she trust? Will she be able to bring down The Council before they destroy what she holds most dear? With the plagues looming, is there a bigger threat than just The Council? 

In the midst of chaos, Dani finds love, but is forced to choose between two brothers - the one who can’t live without her and the one she has promised herself to – knowing the decision could destroy their relationship forever. 

Red River is the second book in the Tent City series. It is a young adult dystopian novel of biblical proportions set in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

My 2 cents

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was really excited to continue this story, and to find out what happens next--especially with Brody! Overall, I'd say that I liked this one better than Tent City. I thought the story improved, and we got a little more world building.

We also got to meet, I think, my favorite character of this story, Milo. Milo was awesome, and I really would have liked more scenes with just him and Dani. What I loved was there wasn't a romantic interest between them, that it was just friendship.

I also could have used some more clarity on the Advancements. We start to learn more about them, and how they tie in with Brody and the Plagues, but I was still pretty confused by the end. I also felt like we needed just a bit more action and less of Dani's thoughts. Instead of Dani telling us what was happening, it would have been better to experience it ourselves as readers!

But other than these small gripes, I really enjoyed this story, the characters, and especially the ending. The ending was epicly amazing, which made the book for me!

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