Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Thriller/Dystopian/Science Fiction
Approximate word count: 75-80,000 words
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A native of the Midwest, RJ Crayton now lives in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Before starting her family Crayton worked as a journalist, but now spends her time writing fiction and as what she calls a “Ninja Mom.”
For more, visit Crayton’s website.
“When Kelsey Reed fled her country to escape a forced kidney transplant, she was sure she'd never return. However, when her brother-in-law shows up on her doorstep, he commits an act of betrayal by kidnapping Kelsey and Luke's daughter.
Forced to head back to the nation that tried to kill her, Kelsey will need the help of her husband Luke, and friends Susan and Rob to get her daughter back.”
This is the third book in Crayton’s Life First series. As with prior books, it takes place in a dystopian future and revolves around characters who have had conflicts with new laws that are intended to maximize the number of people who live long lives, but in the process they trample many individual rights.
For me, although all of the series thus far have had the elements of a science fiction thriller, the dystopian world, how it worked, and what the repercussions of that were took center stage in the first book. In the second book and now again in the third, the thriller elements were what received most of my focus. In Third Life: Taken, Kelsey and Susan (the two point-of-view characters) uncover some surprising, previously unknown facts from their past, tangle with a character willing to do anything to push his political agenda, and are forced to make some hard, potentially life threatening decisions. An intense, edge of your seat read.
While part of a series, this book can be read as a stand alone.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four Stars