Published: May 2016
Taken by masked men in the night, a host of British people find themselves at the mercy of unknown abductors. They cannot guess where they are going, or why they are going there. When they find an arsenal of medieval weapons in their new prison, horrific possibilities are imagined. When cruel reality of their fate is revealed to them, they must learn a new way of life.
Fight or die. There is nowhere to run.
First thing to say is this is quite a long book – and I’m glad because I loved it and didn’t want it to end.
The book has two point-of-view characters. Although their viewpoints seemed to get almost equal amounts of time as the story was told through both of them, I really felt that this was the story of Mike, the male lead. The female lead, Kay, was just as important to his story, but it did feel like his story. Not saying that was a bad thing, just an observation. Through circumstance of the story, the characters are never far apart, but the alternating viewpoints worked well in telling quite different sides of the same story, with the narrative occasionally stepping back a little to go over the same event from the other viewpoint (something I quite liked, finding it interesting how two people might interpret the same action differently).
I don’t want to give any more than that away, as I hate spoilers, so no more plot stuff.
I think what I loved about this was that it was all a bit far-fetched and so unlikely to happen, but none of it was totally unbelievable – this book is set in the real world and everything in it COULD HAPPEN! The characters struggle with stepping up to the challenges, they make mistakes, there is tension among them and even the romantic side-story seemed just a believable natural progression. I felt I really related to several of the characters and got a bit emotional a few times.
It had a great ending that really left me an emotional wreck. I definitely recommend this.