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- Publication Date: June 14, 2017
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- Language: English
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In "The Girl in the Wilderness", Leah has fled into the woods and away from civilization, just trying to survive. Aimlessly wandering without purpose other than survival, she’s mistrustful of everyone since what happened in the city. Not trusting anyone and afraid of making contact with the wrong people, especially the Wild Ones, she runs across someone named Alice. Alice, it turns out, is a soldier with TRACE, the resistance against the oppressive Transport Authority.But when she runs into a group of Transport soldiers, she makes a startling realization that brings her clarity of purpose.
In "The Girl in the Machine", Leah is practicing her skills as a hacker in the virtual world, strengthening her natural talents to help TRACE, she’s developed some familial bonds with the TRACE soldiers and found her true purpose. Then, she’s sent on a crucial mission to help retrieve an important operative, Morgan, from Transport’s clutches. But when their team runs into multiple complications on a dangerous and unsanctioned mission, culminating with Leah fighting for her life in both the physical and digital realms!
Hard to put down, full of excellent character development and the fate of a city depending on her actions, Leah is the average teenager thrown into extraordinary circumstances and does her best to think on her feet against incredible odds. The author establishes the tension well in each novel, demonstrating the desperation the city's inhabitants feel and the palpable paranoia in knowing threats could be around any corner.
Leah is forced to quickly grow up, think on her feet and persevere by fending for herself. Her character development continues to be fascinating to watch read as she learns to be self-reliant. But this is only part of her journey; the rest of it is discovering the determination to live on and find a reason to not just survive but to thrive.
Leah is only a teenager, albeit a very resilient and intelligent one. Her story of an average girl, an underdog if there ever was one, that’s thrust into wartime and developing her hacker skills. This is a fascinating tale of a strong and indomitable teen. Haunted by all the Transport has taken from her, you feel pity for her with each peril she faces while you root for her to succeed because of all she has lost. This all contributes to her development as a character and her growing maturity in the face of war is the most interesting aspect of her character and her journey through all three novels, right up to the very end.
With all of the great character work about Leah, all of the TRACE soldiers are developed as well, especially Alice. But the people populating this novel are thrown into the harrowing action surrounding TRACE and its ongoing war with Transport. There are some truly breathtaking sequences here, from gunfights, drone battles, ambushes, surprising turnabouts, death and the heartbreak of warfare.
We truly get a sense that this war is truly hell. It’s brutal, nasty, unfair and messy, demonstrated thoroughly. This story also hammers home this point over and over again with each character death and you feel involved with each one, immersed in the emotions that come with the regrets of witnessing it. Also, Transport is expertly depicted as truly heinous, villainous and despicable. It’s truly an evil organization with each action they take, whether is burning a village or killing children. You can’t wait to see each soldier of theirs taken down.
Not content to just be an adventure, this novel also adeptly explores the nature of identity as Leah discovers her own past and decides whom she wants to be as a person as well as the principles she holds dear. Combined with the dilemma she faces against the enemy who has taken so much from her already, this adds a welcome and deeply personal dimension to the story as well. All of this adds up to a deeply satisfying novel that brought me on a fast roller-coaster ride filled with memorable characters, unpredictable situations, and dangerously dire straits.
This trilogy does not require you to have read Michael Bunker's Pennsylvania Omnibus but it enriches this story more if you did, giving you a picture of the larger canvas this world presents. Events chronicled in "The Girl in the City" do parallel a key event in that story and enhances it, making it much more powerful as a result.
Overall, this is an excellent piece of fan fiction that complements the original story while independently carving out a tale that stands on its own, proving to be a fertile playground for terrific stories. I found it to be a well-written and worthwhile trilogy that adds to the Pennsylvania canon and stands on its own, enhancing the rich tapestry of this universe.
The Girl in the Wilderness - Continues Leah's story from The Girl in The City. Lots of action and suspense moments. Great Read. Was looking forward to the third book!
The Girl in the Machine - Loved the development of Leah King from a young girl and her father scavenging for things to trade for food in the first book, to a young girl trying to survive alone and seeking revenge in the second; to one who has found a second family, is trying to find her place in Trace a terrorist organization in a war against Transport Authority and finally discovering where she came from. Great Action sequences and many intense moments. Excellent ending to the Trilogy.