Anarchy by Megan DeVos
I am thrilled to be a stop on the blog tour for Anarchy by @megandevosbooks - and the full review of this one is now up on my blog. 🔥🔥🔥
Anarchy is the first book in a four part series that takes us into a new version of the world - one where there are no rules, no governments, and no safety outside of your own community. Rival factions have taken over, fighting each other for survival, loyal only to their own. Hayden is the youngest leader in the area, running Blackwing and doing everything in his power to keep his people alive and thriving, with enough to worry about before he finds Grace.
What he doesn’t know is Grace is the daughter of the leader of Greystone. She’s been taught to trust no one and kill any threat. And she is now a prisoner of his camp. 🔥🔥🔥
This is a completely absorbing first book for a series - while you could read it as a stand alone, keep in mind it ends on a cliffhanger and you will probably need to know what happens next. 😉🔥
This series is like the adult remix of Hunger Games meets Divergent meets The Road meets The 100 meets dystopian earth. It’s a excellent mix of rival communities with complex, young characters who are figuring out what it means to survive. 100% this is a series for adults only - Megan takes no prisoners on honestly portraying adult characters who are sexually attracted to one another - and it makes for steamy reading. 😉🔥
I loved that this book was so easy to dive into - it doesn't offer a ton of backstory for why the earth devolved into chaos in the first place, but you don't need it to become completely invested in the communities and characters themselves. Megan creates a world that is completely realistic and believable and you feel like you are right there, wandering through Blackwing, just another person living in this new normal.
The book moves back and forth from Hayden to Grace's perspectives, which lets you identify with both characters and how conflicted they are with their world's colliding.
The characters are also incredibly fun - honestly I cannot wait to see where the story takes Dax and Kit, Hayden's best friends and right hand men. There is obviously more to the story with these three, and lots of drama to unfold with them, if the events of this book are any indication.
Most importantly, I love that Megan wrote Grace as a strong, resilient, take no prisoners female lead character - but kept her as very real, and very human. I adore a good kick ass female lead, but it can be so frustrating when those characters are written to either be a hard ass who can take care of themselves or flawed human who have emotions and conflict within themselves. To finally have one who can be BOTH, and do it honestly, is amazing. Grace is easy to relate to, and easier to root for. You know her decisions aren't easy, but you keep your fingers crossed that she is going to get exactly what she wants.
Not to take away from Hayden - I love that he is a complex male character. Not a flat, macho, kill everything-care about nothing leader that you sometimes find in dystopian fiction, but instead, a male character who understands his role as a cold, level headed leader and still wrestles with his emotions that come with making live or die decisions every single day.
This is a world that is easy to fall into - and I can't wait to see what comes next.
Lovers of dystopian fiction - buckle yourselves in because this is the can’t-put-down adult series you didn’t know you were missing. 🔥
Happy Friday!!! 🔥🔥🔥