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- Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC (April 28, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 28, 2015
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- Language: English
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Forced to flee to the streets, Cain is plunged into the underbelly of third-world America. His life is aimless until a priest takes pity on Cain and gives him shelter. When Cain wants to return the favor to a younger boy, he finds himself embroiled with a sixteen-year-old madam of a brothel/drug dealer.
Maureen is strong, ruthless, and beautiful. Cain can't help his attraction to her even as he is repulsed by her business. But when one of Maureen's johns gets violent, she's forced to defend herself. The only problem, the dead man is a corrupt cop.
I wasn't expecting Burning Doors to be a prequel to the Extraction List. It follows the life of Cain and shows how he becomes such a ruthless, yet caring, man. The man who would help a young girl and her mother escape to safety. It's a tragic tale and while I had hoped for a continuation of the story, I found myself caught up in the story. This is a bleak look at society's crumble.
In the first book, the dystopian world of Riley is presented with an immediate rush of adrenaline filled action. A well intended law, initiated by her mother, has backfired. The Taskforce has shown up on her doorstep, prepared to take Riley into custody for the mandatory Extraction. Your heart will thump within the first scenes as gunfire and blood pepper the pages. From this point forward, the story doesn’t slow down.
It’s apparent that a thrilling opening will become a signature of Renee N. Meland, because Between the Cracks and Burning Doors opens with an equally thundering scene. Cain, a character from the first novel, is a child severely abused by his father. In a desperate act, Cain kills his abuser, and almost instantly is thrust into an equally abusive situation. While hiding in an alley, he is witness to the brutal beating of a priest and steps in to the rescue.
Thrilling? You bet! Well worth the investment of time, even for someone uninterested in YA or dystopian literature. But, most importantly, this author has opened the door for many young adult readers. I’ve always thought that if a YA author can get one kid love a book they have given that child the gift of a lifetime. How great is that?
Very much enjoyed these stories, recommended.
"For my first kill, I accidentally killed my father when I beat him to death with a pipe"
What? Anyways, it wasn't much of a home..as if you couldn't tell from that one line! He was abused both verbally and physically by his father and one fateful night, everything changed, it was his life or his fathers and he chose his. He ran from the scene of his crime after his mother found him and stated she would take care of the problem.
"I was now public enemy number 1"
This is where he meets Dom, a priest, in an alley, getting beat to a pulp.
I mean, gruesome much?? However, he saved the priests life and in return the priest allowed him to take up with him. It was here that he began to see what having a family meant, someone to look after him and actually care about what happens to him.
"The idea of "we"--a family or a friendship, for that matter--was something I only saw while looking out my bedroom window.."
He found that family when he took up for Dom when he had to leave for a little while. In comes Maureen. You really hated to love her, but you think of the empire she built for herself and think wow, she had to do something to survive this awful world they are living in! Cain takes up with her as well.
"I don't know what I had expected Maureen to look like, but the woman in front of me definitely wasn't it. Barely sixteen, her dark green eyes stared at me, looking me over from the bottom of my feet to the top of my head."
The premise of this book is actually quite scary, because like with most dystopian novels, you can see it happening. America being the poorest country around. Little kids joining gangs, just doing what they can to survive this cruel world. Hmm..sound familiar?? There wasn't much meat to this novel, I mean, it was a prequel, but it was enough to give you the chills, and leaves you wanting more!!
At the end of the book, you're frustrated, surprised, and angry, or at least I was. Ms. Meland has a way with her words that just leaves you begging for more. It was so amazingly written that I finished it in just a few short hours, and that was only because I had two kids to tend too! It just leaves you saying....
And you don't even truly know why. Is it because it's so realistic it's scary?? Or is it because Ms. Meland's writing is just so beautiful you think "Dang it! This is another series I have to read!" And for people like me, that TBR list just keeps getting longer and longer and longer. And it now has another series to add to it! Well played Renee, well played.
So don't take my word for it, go check it out for yourself..and tell me you aren't mesmerized!!!
~*~This is for week two of the #fallfortheindiebook2014 challenge~*~