Life - Book Review

Her home. Her parents. Her freedom. Gone. 
His dreams. His sister. Himself. Lost. 
Two people. 
One future. 

The economy crashed, the country is floundering, and Carrie Ashworth struggles to keep her siblings alive. She has two jobs in her newly-formed, newly-outlawed clan: grow crops to feed thirty-six people, and maintain contact with Oliver Simmons, their local patrolman. Carrie's life is almost content when Greg Pierce shows up. A man with the ambition to help them survive. A man determined to hate her.

Greg sets to work devising systems to protect the clan from the new regime, but it doesn't take long to realize the true reason behind their safety. Patrolman Simmons has fallen for Carrie. When a government raid nearly wipes out their clan, Greg takes it upon himself to give the socially-awkward patrolman what he wants. Only Carrie doesn't like Greg throwing her in Simmons' path, especially when Greg's brusque exterior melts, and she catches a glimpse of the real man underneath. Neither of them realize that Simmons' coworkers have grown suspicious. A clan the size of Logan Pond can't have 'slipped' past his patrols all this time. When their hidden loot goes missing, they want revenge, and the one thread holding Logan Pond together is about to break.

Carrie is forced to choose: follow her heart or save her clan. Life won't let her choose both.

4 Stars

America isn't like it used to be.  After a financial collapse, the country is in ruin.  You must buy your citizenship and pay hefty taxes in order to survive legally.  But what about the rest of the people?  The people without money to buy citizenship?  They are still out there too.

The clan at Logan Pond is one of those groups.  Only two people, CJ and May are legal citizens, the other 34 people are not.  An unlikely ally, Oliver Simmons, a patrolman tries to protect the clan.  He reports to Carrie every Thursday about raids/sweeps that will take place.  Things change when CJ and May's daughter, Mariah and grandson, Greg show up.  Things are progressing within the clan, but getting harder too.  Carrie finds herself in a bind with some of the clan, when she say no to leading Oliver on.  But without Oliver, they would be arrested or killed.  When push comes to shove will Carrie chose the clans happiness over hers?  

I loved this story.  Albeit, the lack of romance.  So many times I wanted Oliver or Greg to just  take the leap, take the plunge and state his intentions with Carrie.  But this is not a romance, this is a story of survival with people who depend on you.  I couldn't stand how the clan treated Carrie like crap, except May & CJ.  Dude, I would have kept Carrie happy.  Happy Carrie is more likely to comply, then a unhappy Carrie!  I love how the clan was described, how they made it work, how they all had jobs.  Everyone within the clan was so different and unique, goes to show everyone has a roll.  Carrie is the peace maker.  Greg is the problem solver and Oliver is the protector.    The conflict and strife between government and people and within the clan.  Very dynamic.  

Yes I've already bought book #2.  Which I'm starting NOW!