There was no going back; there was no choice, anymore. I’d chosen out and this was it: hot-cold, dry-wet, bright-dark and lonely.Rogue Synopsis
Hayley has gone rogue.
She’s left everything she’s ever known – her friends, her bees, her whole world – all because her curiosity was too big to fit within the walls of the underwater home she was forced to flee.
But what is this new world she’s come to? Has Hayley finally found somewhere she can belong?
Or will she have to keep running?
‘A striking dystopian world: Hive carves out a niche through intriguing and original world-building [with] enough imaginative vitamin to tease readers into anticipating the second and final volume in the series.’ Sydney Morning Herald
I am so grateful to Pan Macmillan Australia for including me on the tour. It’s always a great chance to get to read a book before anyone else, let alone to be part of the promotional tour. Rogue picks up following Hayley’s story after the events of Hive the first book in this duology by A.J. Betts.
I’m not going to lie the overall plot of Hive wasn’t super groundbreaking, it’s premise one we have seen before in novels such as City of Ember, and even books like the Divergent. What stood out though and made Hive great was the world building and characters created.
It is with these strong characters and rich world building that we dive head first into an absolutely amazing story. For every bit of predictability I felt in Hive, Rogue makes up with tragic stories and awesome twists. Rarely does sequel so utterly surpass it’s predecessor.
In Rogue we find Hayley wandering an island full of new adventures and creatures, finding that humanity is still alive and proceeding forward in their own way. Throughout this novel, Hayley gets thrust from one odd situation to another, constantly learning things, and proving herself.
Hayley never disappoints us with her absolute tenacity and dedication, and she is really intelligent, which is something we don’t get to often in utopia turned dystopia books. It’s as if many authors can only write naive and unlearning, not naive and intelligent, learning from previous mistakes. This is a feat A.J. Betts achieves spectacularly.
I did feel like there were a few too many messages that the author was trying to get through this books at times, definitely, a strong pro refugee message, and one about tyrannical governments, yet also another about home being where you make it. The world painted in the book doesn’t give me much hope for those from the vault at the end of this book, but I loved it none the less.
My Rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars!
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