The Rift Uprising
Series: The Rift Uprising Trilogy, #1
Author: Amy S. Foster
Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Synopsis: Normal seventeen-year-old girls go to high school, binge watch TV shows all weekend, and flirt with everyone on the face of the Earth. But Ryn Whitaker is trying to save it.
Ryn is a Citadel. A soldier. A liar. Ryn and her fellow Citadels were specially chosen and trained to guard a Rift—one of fourteen unpredictable tears in the fabric of the universe that serve as doorways to alternate Earths. Unbeknownst to her family, Ryn leaves for school each day and then reports for duty as an elite, cybernetically-altered soldier who can run faster, jump farther, and fight better than a Navy SEAL—which comes in handy when she’s not sure if axe-wielding Vikings or any number of other terrified and often dangerous beings come through the Rift. A fine-tuned weapon, Ryn is a picture-perfect Citadel. But that’s all about to change.
When a young man named Ezra is pulled through the Rift, Ryn finds herself immediately drawn to him, despite her training. What starts as a physical attraction quickly grows deeper, and Ezra’s curiosity throws Ryn off balance when he starts questioning the Rifts, the mysterious organization that oversees them, and the Citadels themselves—questions that lead Ryn to wonder if the lies she’s been telling her family are just the surface of a much bigger lie told to her. As Ryn and Ezra desperately try to get to that truth, they discover that each revelation blurs the line between the villains and the heroes even more.
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Who doesn’t love an action packed thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire book? I know I do, and The Rift Uprising definitely delivered. Not only does it fall in the thriller category, but it is also going to fall into a science fiction thriller, making it even better, especially for those who love science fiction *raises hand*. Also, this book kind of felt like a young adult read, but at the same time, it felt a lot like an actual piece of literary fiction, so I’m not entirely sure how to categorize it. The main character is seventeen years old, but her character was really well developed and it made me feel like she was a lot older, like maybe in her twenties. Either way, this was one awesome thrill ride from the very first page until the last.
Ryn is seventeen, and she is selected to become a soldier. While she has already been through enough and seen more than any seventeen year old girl should have to endure, she is still a bit nervous about being selected as a guard soldier, especially one who has to guard one of the tears that are used as a doorway to alternate versions of Earth called the rift. Well, that’s kind of a big job, and they’re electing a seventeen year old girl to do it, so Ryn knows that she has to impress them as well as she can. So she does.
However, when a guy named Ezra ends up coming through the Rift, Ryn realizes that she has a thing for him, and she wants to know more about him. However, the two of them start to develop an attraction for each other, which causes both Ryn and Ezra to wonder what is going on for real with the Rifts, and what the government might be hiding.
This book pulled me in from the first page – it had such wonderful, fun writing and a story that made me incredibly curious as to what was going to happen in the coming chapters. I found myself turning page after page, well into the night (you know, when I should have been asleep). If you like thrillers, then this is a great book. It was a bit of an instalove between Ryn and Ezra, which I wish would have been a bit different, but it wasn’t a deal breaker or anything. The romance between the two of them was actually kind of sweet.
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Amy S. Foster is a celebrated songwriter, best known as Michael Bublé’s writing partner. You might recognize her work in his four hit singles, including “Home” and “Haven’t Met You Yet.” She has also collaborated with Destiny’s Child, Diana Krall, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and a host of other artists. She is also the author of the novel When Autumn Leaves. When she’s not in a studio in Nashville, Amy lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. Amy is the daughter of singer B.J. Cook and the legendary music producer, David Foster. Fun fact about Amy: Her extended family tree includes Bella and Gigi Hadid, Sara and Erin Foster and Brody and Brandon Jenner, and Clay Aiken! The Rift Uprising, her YA debut, will be released on October 4, 2016.
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