Thursday, 15 May 2014

Book Review: Born by Tara Brown

Emma ran when her daddy told her to. She hid like he said she should. He was the first person she turned her back on. The first one she let die. Ten years has gone by and she still lives by the simple rules he taught her when she was nine years old.

"Don't help anyone. Don't go where other people are unless you have to. Trust no one. Always pull the trigger."

Until one night she hears the worst sound in the world, a knock. A simple, timid knock, on the door to her cabin. Only the voice of the brave little girl, ready to die for her brother, persuades Emma to open the door. As her fingers turn the lock, she has a terrible feeling she will regret her decision.
But even as regret fills her world, so do love and companionship. Things she never imagined she would ever have again.

Everything comes at a cost, you decide what you'll pay.


My Review:
(SPOILERS AHEAD)

Since the apocalypse, Em has lived alone with her wolf Leo, taking supplies from nearby houses and staying away from people. Then Anna knocks on her door looking for help for her brother Jake who is injured and Em's life starts to spiral out of control.

OK lets start with the 'likes'. I loved Leo the wolf. He had more personality, charm and common sense than the rest of the cast put together and I just wanted to take him home and cuddle him. The book also started out ok when we were following Em as she raided her food stores and shared with us how people were not to be trusted and that she was a good survivalist. Then comes Insta-love and the book goes downhill.

Em might have had little choice but to help Anna and Jake but she pretty much trusts them instantly and falls in love with Jake. Seriously how often do you fall in love with the very first guy you see at college or school, yet it happens in seconds in these books. It bugs me so much. Then Em the great survivor is wandering around outside with fantasies of her and Jake and doesn't manage to notice the military guy stalking her until she gets shot. That is dumb on a whole new level for a survivalist! Jake is meant to be older than the girls but he has the common sense of a dog turd, crashing his way through the forest, talking loudly soon after the man shoots Em. Shut your mouth you moron! Do you WANT to die? I wanted to shoot him myself or see Leo savage him to death. He is so childish. Em also gets more annoying as the book moves on. The 'trust nobody' girl decides to trust everyone she meets in the dangerous town which leads her into trouble countless times.

Then Em meet's Jake brother and now she is suddenly in love with him as well. Oh come on! Falling in love with both brothers in a matter of minutes after meeting each one is just crazy stuff and I was pulling my hair out by this point. And Em is such a stupid cow that you wonder why any of them would be interested in her. And the two brothers are both idiot immature rude asshats that no sane girl would want to get involved with.

It takes forever in this book to get answers to what is happening. What is the infection? Why are the women being taken? When we do find out what caused this apocalypse I had to laugh out loud. Of course a tiny band of rebels living in the forest know everything and here it is. It seems that the United Nations engineered a plague to stop world pollution which mutated into a killer disease and now they are taking white women away to breeding labs to repopulate the world. WTF? Now, anybody who watches the news would know that the UN can barely arrange a meeting never mind let loose a bio plague. So who exactly was involved in this? Which countries knew about it? Why just white women? Aren't African nations objecting to this? Where are the answers to these questions? To be honest by this point I was so sick of the stupid love triangle and plot holes and annoying characters that I decided not to finish the book.

I'm not going to be reading the rest of this series or anything else by the author. Not for me I'm afraid! 
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