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The Renascent World


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Intense dystopian adventure with a dose of romance and a dollop of suspense.

The Renascent World was an interesting book! It had a feel of Matched by Ally Condie, Uglies by Scott Westerfield, and just a hint of Divergent by Veronica Roth. As a dystopian novel, it pulled in a large number of tropes and combined them into a story different than any I’ve read so far. After her “Age of Understanding” ceremony at sixteen years old, Cassidy now knows the truth about humanity’s escape from Earth to Petriville (a supposed paradise run by Gina Petri). But something’s not right. Her mother keeps dropping cryptic comments and Cassidy receives a letter telling her that she’s been matched with her perfect genetic ‘mate’, all while she discovers a boy who has somehow survived on Earth. What follows is a dystopian adventure that is intense with a dose of romance and a dollop of suspense. The discrepancy between the advanced technology and the forced ‘mating’ increased the tension of the book, especially when Eric comes on the scene. I appreciated that many of the main teenage characters survived the book, but do wonder about their chances in a potential sequel.

I did have some issues with the pacing of this book. At times it felt as though the story was progressing too quickly for me to keep up. I did, however, enjoy the mystery of what was really going on. Up to the end I wasn’t sure who would survive! Overall, the premise was intriguing and I’m glad I had the chance to read the book. I would suggest this book for fans of Maze Runner by James Dashner, and the Uglies series by Scott Westerfield. If you like your dystopian with a hefty dose of danger and sketchy characters with a lot of societal control, this is a novel to check out.

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About the author

Carryn W Kerr embraces the English language. Little excites her more than following her characters through their fictitious worlds. She lives in the metropolitan city of Johannesburg with her husband and son and spends her days writing, working out at the gym, or riding her horse, Mr. Fantastic! view profile

Published on July 21, 2020

Published by Finch Books

100000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Young Adult

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