Book : Kelley Armstrong’s ‘This Fallen Prey’ – “I’m saying it doesn’t matter who did. Not really”

‘This Fallen Prey’ is the third book in Kelley Armstrong’s Rockton series and it really is an interesting premise for a series; Rockton is a completed isolated, unknown and off the grid community populated by people who have left their pasts behind – for good reason

Casey Duncan is the main female lead of the three books to date, like seemingly all of Kelley Armstrong’s female leads she’s strong, a tiny bit damaged and determined to do the right thing regardless of the personal cost

As a high level description: Book one set the scene, book two was kidnapping and rape themed, book three is outside interference posing a problem. I like book one, book two is ok – personally I dislike the use of rape as a plot device, and book three seems to spend a lot of time wandering around the wood and putting Casey’s dog in various perilous situations

It’s an ok story and sort of flows, despite a rushed reveal ‘twist’ and ending on a weird semi-cliff hanger. However the remote setting of the books does limit their potential plots and my gut feel is at some point Casey and her friends will have to start their own community, which would probably be a slightly more adult version of ‘The 100’ , which I can honestly live without

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Book: Paul Matthews’ ‘We Have Lost The President’ – “without a leader, self-interest would be king”

The premise of ‘We Have Lost The President’ sounded fun, the year is 2044 and due to a hacker- related incident Britain is a low tech Republic with an elected President

Howie Pond is the President’s official spokesman and is granted quasi secret agent powers when the President goes missing as part of a desperate attempt to find him

We largely see this world from Howie’s view, a land of bureaucracy where the beeper is king and close ties between corporations and politics are rife

I really enjoyed the first three pages of the book, then the world building and scene setting gave way to Howie, his unlikeable girlfriend and his dreadful coworkers… the book is sad to be a comedy-thriller yet it wasn’t very funny or very thrilling

Somehow there are three sequels all starting ‘We Have Lost…’ so I guess other people liked it

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