Twenty-two -year-old Naya has spent nearly half her life as a sex slave in a government institution called The Line. When she’s kicked out after getting pregnant with twins, she’s got no way to earn a living and a horrifying choice to make: find someone to replace her, or have her babies taken in her stead.
A doctor with a history of aiding ex-Line girls, Ric Bennett, wants to help. He runs a team of rebels that can delete Naya’s records and free her forever. But when The Line sniffs out his plan, things get bloody, fast. Naya means more to them than just a chance at fresh faces—her twins are part of the government’s larger plan.
As they hide from government search parties, Ric comes to admire Naya’s quiet strength. And Naya realizes Ric might be a man she can trust. If they make it off the grid, they could build a new life. But first they’ll have to survive the long, vicious reach of The Line.
About the Author:
Anne Tibbets is an SCBWI award-winning and Smashwords.com Best Selling author. After writing for Children’s television, Anne found her way to young/new adult fiction by following what she loves: books, strong female characters, twisted family dynamics, magic, sword fights, quick moving plots, and ferocious and cuddly animals.
Along with CARRIER, Anne is also the author of the young adult fantasy novella, THE BEAST CALL and the young adult contemporary, SHUT UP.
Anne divides her time between writing, her family, and three furry creatures that she secretly believes are plotting her assassination.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was engrossing and really hard to put down. Naya was a great character who you instantly felt empathy for. And I think how her situation was handled by the author was amazing. With it starting in a clinical factory-style bordello, it could have been written in a salacious way – but it wasn’t, and I really admired that from the get go.
From a writer’s perspective, the flow of the book was perfect and the world building beyond reproach – it can be difficult to create dystopian style situations without your imagination running away with wild ideas that end up seeming more comical then worrisome – this doesn’t do that at all. It kind of reminded me of the prose in the Hunger Games – it handled difficult situations with aplomb and still kept you reading – the perfect balance of tense and a tender turn of phrase. I’d read the Chemical Garden books by Lauren DeStefano and Carrier felt like it was the next level up from these books – a sort of adult version that doesn’t pull any punches.
The front cover is quite clinical, which upon the reading the book fits very well, but I’m worried about its presence on the virtual book shelf. It looks more sci-fi than dystopian, so could get overlooked which would be a massive shame – this story needs to be read.
Overall I’d give Carrier 5 out of 5 stars – more if I could. If you liked the Hunger Games and Wither, you should definitely read this book.