I received this e-book for review from NURTURE Book Tourz as part of the author's virtual book tour. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own.
Wow, this book is amazing!
This book takes place in the future, in the year 2023. The protagonist, Lara Evans, is a freelance paramedic in Oregon who used to be a police detective. In this futuristic world, the rate of unemployment is high and the government has made cut-backs in their services. Sellers creates a very convincing realistic future world, and it is a little chilling to think of what our world might become.
Lara is a fantastic character with so much depth! I just love her!! Sellers did a fantastic job developing her character. Lara is tough as nails, but she is her own worst enemy because of the guilt that she carries relating to an incident that took place while she was on the force.
When Lara responds to an emergency call requesting assistance, she encounters a man exiting the home who shoots at her. Inside, Federal Employment Commissioner Thaddeus Morton is wounded. Lara tends to the Employment Commissioner's injuries but he does not want to report the incident to the police.
The following day, Lara leaves for Washington, D.C. to enter a national competition called the Gauntlet for which she has been training for the past two years. It is a grueling competition in which contestants are put through both physical and mental challenges. The winner of the Gauntlet will receive government financial support and guaranteed jobs for their state. When Lara spots the Employment Commissioner's shooter at the competition, she fears for her own safety as well as the Commissioner's.
From here, Sellers cleverly splits the book into two timelines: The current one where Lara is competing in the Gauntlet; and one that starts eight months in the past and leads up to the present. They merge together in the end, and it is very interesting to see the story from two different points of view.
I do not want to divulge any further details of the book, so I will just talk about Sellers: She is a fantastic storyteller, and she literally had me hooked from the get-go! I loved that she made Lara such a strong heroine, but also showed her vulnerability and flaws. It was so easy to connect with her, and I was even able to connect with the antagonist even though he is morally corrupt! Very well done, Sellers!
Although this book is marketed as a "stand-alone" thriller, I'd love to see more of Lara! I am extremely eager to read more of Sellers!
MY RATING: 5 stars!! I loved it, and I could not put it down! Highly recommended!