Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Book: The Wanted by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

Title: The Wanted
Series: The Woodlands (#4)
Author: Lauren Nicolle Taylor
From: Amazon
Genre: Dystopia, Young Adult
Release Date: 31st October 2014
Challenges: 2015 Reading Assignment, 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (12 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Joseph is left devastated after being forced to leave the love of his life behind. Rosa understands why he left but feels the hole in her heart where Joseph and their son, Orry, should be. Tortured and forced to watch the events that led to her own death, Rosa struggles to hold on to herself. But can the couple find their way back to one another and what they want most in the world?

I started The Wanted knowing I would probably be crying by the end. But though the final chapters did make me emotional (and there may have been some tears) it wasn't nearly as much as I expected. Though that wasn't in a bad way. I did have to stop reading a few times because of how impacted I was by Rosa's torture (and Jospeh's self-torture) which was partly due to being so invested in these characters. But the main thing that struck me was that The Wanted was a story about strength. Both Joseph and Rosa had to find the strength to carry on even when they feel broken.

The dystopian element of the book wasn't quite as strong in The Wanted as in the previous Woodlands books, but I think that was because of the focus on the emotions of the two main characters. Saying that, the elements were definitely there and the evilness of people such as Superior Grant did take centre stage. Some of the characters around him did surprise me it must be said.

Interestingly one of the most central characters was only actually on page for two chapters; Orry. In previous books he's played more of an on page role, but in this book the emotions that came from both Joseph and Rosa when they thought about their son made him really important, particularly when understanding their motivations. One of the chapters with Orry was also one of those that made me cry a little bit.

The ending was right. What I mean by that is it isn't the most perfect ending for the characters, or even for the society, but it works for the series and the characters. It ties up what happens to them at the same time as not betraying their struggles and having things magically sort themselves out.

This was one of those books that made me forgo sleep. If you haven't read any of The Woodlands series, then it is definitely one to recommend (and book 1 is free!).