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When being unique puts you in danger and speaking your mind can be punishable by death, you might find yourself fighting to survive. Sixteen-year-old Rosa lives in one of the eight enclosed cities of The Woodlands. Where the lone survivors of a devastating race war have settled in the Russian wilderness because it’s the only scrap of land left habitable on the planet. In tWhen being unique puts you in danger and speaking your mind can be punishable by death, you might find yourself fighting to survive. Sixteen-year-old Rosa lives in one of the eight enclosed cities of The Woodlands. Where the lone survivors of a devastating race war have settled in the Russian wilderness because it’s the only scrap of land left habitable on the planet. In these circular cities, everyone must abide by the law or face harsh punishment. Rosa's inability to conform and obey the rules brands her a leper and no one wants to be within two feet of her, until she meets Joseph. He's blonde, fair-skinned, green-eyed, and the laid-back complete opposite of Rosa. She's never met anyone quite like him, and she knows that spells danger.But differences weren't always a bad thing. People used to think being unique was one of the most treasured of traits to have. Now, the Superiors, who ruthlessly control the concrete cities with an iron fist, are obsessed with creating a 'raceless' race. They are convinced this is the only way to avoid another war. Any anomalies must be destroyed.The Superiors are unstoppable and can do anything they want. After all, they are considered superheroes by the general public. But not everyone sees them this way. When they continue to abuse their power by collecting young girls for use in their secret, high-tech breeding program, they have no idea that one of those girls has somehow managed to make friends even she didn't know she had. And one man will stop at nothing to save her....

Title : The Woodlands
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ISBN : 18283771
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Number of Pages : 275 Pages
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The Woodlands Reviews

  •  Stacy
    2018-12-14 02:47

    I varied between 3 and 4 stars until the last half of the book. The Woodlands was the second random book that I picked up in my search for a mind-blowing book. I don't care about the genre, I just want a mind-blowing book. Anyway, while this book was very good, it certainly wasn't mind-blowing. This was an above average read for the dystopian genre and I really enjoyed the story. I ended up really liking the characters and I'm 100% sure that I will continue this series. I think there are already 4 books written. Those books actually have a higher rating than this one.I can't really give a good description of this book without giving up spoilers. I will say this's starts out very dystopian and ends up becoming more of a survival story. I enjoyed both aspects of it. The last half of the book was my favorite though, due to the survival parts. There's also some romance, but no love triangles. Somewhere somehow...this book got compared to The Hunger Games.I've read a lot of reviews about people being angry that this book is nothing like The Hunger Games. I'm not sure where that comparison came from but no, this book is nothing like that. It's something else entirely on it's own. The main character is a bit of a pain at times. She's an angry girl that has a bad outlook on life. I'd probably have a bad attitude as well if I had lived the life she lived. The society that these people live in is brutal. Her character does grow a lot, so don't give up on her to soon. I'm assuming this is why people like the later books better. I'd strongly advise against reading this if you loathe those types of characters. Overall, it was a great little dystopia and right now it's free on Kindle (or has been for awhile). It didn't read like a free book at all. I'm glad I finally gave this book a chance. I'm actually really excited to get into the next book.

  • Rebecca Gober
    2018-11-26 18:46

    This book is amazing! If you like adventure, romance and some crazy twists and turns that keep you up late at night reading, this is the book for you! This is a unique dystopian with an epic romance! You will fall in love with Lauren Nicolle Taylor's writing and her characters. See the full disclosure here: amazing read!

  • Julie Darley (Never judge a Book by its Movie)
    2018-12-15 21:28

    I picked up this book when it was offered free on Amazon. (As of today it still is) The premise sounded so good and I was so excited. It was related to a book that if you liked Hunger Games this would be a alternate to that. It wasn’t the story for me, I struggled with most of it yet determinedly I managed to get to the end hoping it would grip me. It didn’t.Having said that it has many great reviews, it appeals to many people. It just wasn’t ‘talking’ to me. What I struggled with was Rosa, she was an extremely angry young woman who liked to break all the rules. That in itself should’ve endeared me (I like feisty heroines in post apocalyptic worlds) I just felt she brought most of her misery on herself.She meets Joseph, a boy at 18 was on the brink of being sent to The Classes, this would be where he would find out what he would be training for in his adult life. I liked Joseph, I just didn’t buy his relationship with the surly, young Rosa.Rosa, whose mother was now pregnant had to make a choice to leave immediately to go to The Classes or to stay with her weak mother and harsh step father until the baby was born. Getting rejected by Joseph she abruptly makes the decision to leave when he does.Just when I felt the story was settling down into a good rhythm it takes a rather shocking, and surprising turn. Another thing I didn’t connect with. Rosa, now settled into her construction class and doing well has an alarming turn of events (Joseph is nowhere in the picture). She shouts out against an action (something you must not do to the Superiors) and is terrifyingly dealt with.She wakes with a whole host of shocking problems.Don’t get me wrong. I like my Dystopian to show the real violence a post apocalyptic world has, I know its no picnic. However, I felt the story didn’t flow as it could’ve. I wanted to know more about her real father, Joseph had news of him. I wanted answers to how and why she managed in the whole system to be pregnant with Joseph’s baby, how he could’ve been looking for her all that time when he’s rejected her.There was a lot of unfinished story to it. I couldn’t connect to their love story. Rosa was so angry all the time, and most of all I couldn’t quite buy her bonding with Clara’s baby Hessa yet called her own baby “The Leech” it was a little disjointed for me and not in any realm similar to Hunger Games.I will say though, it may not be the story for me but again it has a lot of positive reviews. You may love it. I just couldn’t gel with it.Read more of my reviews at Never Judge a Book by its Movie

  • BookLoversLife
    2018-11-22 02:44

    This book has been on my kindle since it came out but I was holding off reading till the rest had published. When I was asked to review the audio though I jumped at the chance! The books sounded amazing and were getting great reviews. Well I loved it!!The blurb above sums it up enough so I'll get straight into what I thought. I liked Rosa for the most part, she was brave, strong and wasn't afraid to take chances. My heart broke for her so many many times! She lives in a house where her stepfather loathes her and her mother shows her no love. She is then sent off at 16 to try to conform to the way others want her to be. She doesn't and ends up in a prison, pregnant with no idea how she got there or how she became pregnant. Her life now is a small cell, a little exercise and no idea of where she is. She has had such a crappy life but she still fights with everything she is! Joseph met Rosa in her old town and both went to training together. He tells her that he can't have these feelings for her because people from the same town are not allowed to marry! He tells her they have no future and that she isn't to talk to him again, she is shattered but he has no choice. Joseph was awesome and I loved watching their friendship grow. He does all he can for Rosa and loves her totally. This book deals with tough subjects but the author handles it really well. You feel for Rosa even when she hates the "thing" inside her. My heart broke for her! She is trust into things beyond her control and its hard not to feel for her. Its a dark and dangerous world with a smattering of joy and love. This isn't a happy ever after book, it is a Dystopian after all!! It's tough, it's gritty and it's harsh but it makes for excellent reading. There is a lot of questions unanswered and even more questions added but being the first in a series it was expected. It was action packed, with a few twists thrown in. With it's well written story and well developed characters, The Woodlands is a must read. I can not wait to read the next book to see what happens! Anyway, The Woodlands was amazing and I loved it. It's everything a great Dystopian is and more! I listened to the audio and I'm so glad I did. The narrator really puts her all into Rosa and when the bad things were happening she made me want to give Rosa a big hug! She really brought her to life! I really need to read the next books but I'm tempted to wait till they come to audio because it was so good!! Highly highly recommend!!

  • Amber
    2018-12-15 22:47

    The Woodlands by Lauren Nicolle Taylor is an edge-of-your-seat, thrilling dystopian adventure chock full of self-discovery, blossoming love, and hope amidst despair. I went into this story with my own ideas, but they were obliterated by what I found instead. I was so happy to be wrong because this story touched my heart deeply in a way that I never expected. Heart-wrenching pain and world changing love met me in this journey, and I was delighted to let them lead me from beginning to end. I loved this story, and I can’t wait to see what comes next!My heart was perpetually shattered while watching the pain and trials that our main character Rosa had to endure. I felt for her so much that I wished I could have comforted her and held her in her darkest times. She started out as a broken child who thought that she had lived through the worst that life could throw at her. Alas, she was in for a very rude awakening that would force her to grow into the strong-willed, capable, and guarded young woman that we find as the story progresses. Time and time again, the people she loved are taken away, and she is left to grieve the loss and watch as her heart turns to stone. Only one man can bring her heart back to life, and only she can choose to let him in.Lauren Nicolle Taylor is a brilliant author who paints a dark picture of a heartless and deceitful world, and slowly brightens the far landscape with the light that only pure and true love can bring. She allows the hope that comes with love to permeate the darkness and then steps back to watch it transform this dark and devastated world into something more and something different. I was breathless as I was watched how Rosa changed into a beautiful, strong, and loving woman who was capable and yet vulnerable. Taylor is a wonderful artist who I am thoroughly impressed with, and I am eager to see where she takes this story next. I encourage you to become a part of her dark world and watch its light of love change your heart along this perilous and costly journey.

  • BL834
    2018-11-23 22:46

    Ms. Taylor writes well enough, I'll give her that (decent imagery, evocative wording), but I can't say this book is better than barely okay. Perhaps Ms. Taylor's storytelling improves in her later works. She seems to have lots of potential as an author.The storyline started off interestingly enough, but spiraled out of control into ridiculousness. What could have been a warning fable of totalitarianism became instead a jumping off point for practically every mankind-induced-ill conceivable: near-universally cruel adults, architectural and nutritional blandness, deliberate squashing of anything that could make life pleasant, horrible population control programs. The characters became so one-dimensional they were translucent by the end. Wicked Stepparent gloats while Timid Parent fails to love enough. Angry Young Woman gets all emotionally confused by falling in instalove with Drop Dead Gorgeous Unfailingly Perfect Guy. Absolute Angel of Cheeriness (oh, hey, spoiler) meets a tragic end. Somewhat worse than all of these things is the sheer lack of logic. I won't even detail all the ways I said "Bwuh? But why...?" Final evaluation: 1.5 stars, rounded up for potential.

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-27 21:26

    The Woodlands is the first installment in The Woodlands series written by author Lauren Nicolle Taylor. This young-adult dystopian romance was a wild, wild ride! At first, I was not sure I would like it because the story of a highly stringent, zero tolerance society has been written before. But after hitting the 30% mark I could not put The Woodlands down! The originality of this book is a breath of fresh air, and at 275 pages it's a quick but intense read. On the heels of a devastating race war, the current leadership's agenda is to create a "raceless" race. The things that are being done to make this happen are shocking! I won't spoil the events that occur for other readers but if you're a fan of dystopian fiction I strongly encourage you to give The Woodlands a try. The story is well-written, the characters are well-developed, and the female lead: Rosa is so complex-I loved being inside her head. There were plenty of loose ends and questions that remained after I finished The Woodlands but with a series of four books, I expect there is plenty of time to resolve these (and to develop the romance element a bit more). Overall, this book definitely kept me engaged and I have no other choice but to continue the series! 4 1/2 stars, rounding up to 5 on goodreads.The Woodlands series includes the following installments as of May 2014:#1: The Woodlands#2: The Wall#3: The Wounded#4: Book FourMy favorite quote:"But I never understood why anyone would want to be with someone who was the same as them anyway. I think that would be the worst of all. Always agreeing, never having someone challenge you. I would die of boredom."

  • MJ
    2018-12-02 01:51

    This book was one of the strangest books I have read in a long time. It starts off with a girl (Rosa) who has issues with her Dad leaving her, then grows up with a similar mentality of hating the Superiors that control the country where she lives, with her Mom and step-father. It wasn't too hard to understand why, since this book takes place in a micro-managed dystopia that has ridiculous rules and a caste system. The heroine, despite knowing the rules well, always speaks out and rebels. This is pathetic, because if she wants results, she should do something that will change things. Hollering at a law enforcement official meting out a punishment, will likely her her hit, when that happens it's hardly a surprise. Rosa hopes to get out/ahead; so, when her Mom gets pregnant, she starts skipping school and happens to meet a boy who is graduating. They both end up having to go into the system's selection program, and of course, they like each other. (view spoiler)[Testing commences and she's chosen for construction, which she happens to be surprisingly good at, but the guy she likes is picked for medical. Then the obvious happens again: A) the boy won't acknowledge her and B) Rosa screws things up again. She makes her final project in construction, it's very good, but part of the "testing" evidently involves seeing your work destroyed. So if you live in a land where speaking out elicits corporal punishment, and you yell at the testers... you get a hammer in the face. Then the book got EVEN WEIRDER! Rosa wakes up in a strange commune, with a bunch of other girls, and pregnant as part of some icky testing facility. I got bored with the book here (half way) and quit reading. (hide spoiler)] Rosa is an idiot.

  • Jon Messenger
    2018-11-27 21:38

    I found the world that Lauren Taylor created in The Woodlands to be fascinating. It was a remarkable view of the none-too-distant future.In the book, Rosa is a rebellious youth living within one of the ringed cities in the inhospitable Siberian wilderness. She exists as part of - and yet outside of - a very well-oiled machine run by the mysterious Superiors. As she goes to the Classes to get her future job assignment, she thinks she's figured out her place in the machine. Yet, like a single cog can't understand the complexities of a watch, she has no idea what her true purpose is.Kidnapped by the Superiors and experimented on, she finally escapes with the help of a ragtag group of rebels and survivors. No matter how difficult her life had seemed within the cities, life in the woodlands is far harder.Taylor did a great job creating a realistic portrayal of a dystopian future for mankind. Her characters are complex and unique, as often butting heads with one another as helping each other. It was easy to enjoy the roller coaster journey as they marched across the wilderness, constantly eluding the enforcers of the Superiors who pursued them across the wilderness.I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was glad to hear that the next book in the series, The Wall, would be released soon so I can continue the journey with Rosa.

  • Beth Gray
    2018-12-13 18:35

    Wow, such a gripping page-turner! Echoes of "hand maids tale" and "tomorrow when the war began", brilliantly written with thought and creativity. Excellent character development, rosa as a vulnerable but strong willed girl who slowly blossomed under unconditional love. Joseph as her rock and fluid gold, their dependence on each other is breathtaking. Twists and turns during the course of the book took my breath away, I cannot wait to read the next instalment! Fabulous first novel from an extremely talented author.

  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    2018-11-22 01:49

    I absolutely loved this book! I had no idea what to expect when I started reading it, but I was so completely pleasantly surprised. I just loved everything about this book- the plot, the characters, the dialogue, just all of it. I could not put this book down, and I am so eagerly anticipating the next one!

  • Emma
    2018-11-29 23:33

    I emerged from reading The Woodlands to find my house a mess, the kids grubby and in need of feeding. I think it's safe to say that I was captivated by the charcters and the plot line. I am a slow dyslexic reader but finished the book in 24 hours.My son begged me to let him read it, he is now doing a book study on it and completing his written work very quickly to get onto the next chapter!

  • Georgia
    2018-12-06 23:23

    Sits beside Obernewton, Guardian of Isis, and Z for Zachariah and Hunger Games. It is truly worthy of a place among all the best post apocalyptic teen fiction, and I absolutely can't wait for the next instalment.

  • Jocelyn Sanchez
    2018-11-20 22:29

    Let me start my review off by saying, I didn't really read Dystopian books. I never really got into them, but this book is making me change my mind. Now, I really love the Dystopian genre!! This book was fantastic! Spectacular! It had everything I look for in a book: Action, Adventure, and even romance! The plot was well thought-out and very interesting to read. All in all, I think this book is a big success! In the beginning of the book we read about the Woodlands which contain eight enclosed cities. The Woodlands are where the lone survivors of a devastating race war have settled in the Russian wilderness because it’s the only scrap of land left habitable on the planet. In these cities, everyone must obey the law. And if not, they suffer awful punishments. It's in one of the cities of the Woodlands we meet a sixteen year old girl named Rosa. She is brave and fearless. She stands for what she believes in even if she gets punished for it. Rosa lives in a place where being unique is a bad thing. The Superiors, who ruthlessly control the cities, want to create a 'raceless' race and any anomalies must be eliminated. Rosa stands against what the Superiors believe, especially when she discovers that they are collecting young girls to use in their high-tech breeding program. Rosa was my favorite character! She was very relatable, brave, courteous, and loyal. Everyone in the beginning of the book strayed away from her because they thought she was 'trouble' but what they say as 'trouble', I saw as courageous. She stood up for what she believed in, knowing the consequences for her actions. She fought throughout the whole story and never lost who she was. What I liked about reading about her character was how easy it was for me to relate to Rosa. The author made it so that you felt everything Rosa went through. I laughed with Rosa and I cried tears with her. I felt like I was with Rosa in this journey. I believed in what she believed in. It's rare that you find a book in which you feel as if you are connecting with the book characters. I felt I really connected with Rosa. I loved her wit, bravery, and even her stubbornness! She didn't take anyone's crap, which I loved! Joseph *Swoon!* He was my second favorite character in this book! He was sweet, charming, and loyal. I love how he was so kind to Rosa from the moment he meet her! It was fun reading about his character, especially when he teased her. Joseph was a great male lead and he made me smile every time I read a scene in which he was in! Like Rosa, he was brave. He didn't proclaim his feelings or opinions as loudly like Rosa did, but he stood by what he believed in. He was full of life and love. I adore and admire his character. I love this book! The plot was interesting and very unique! I loved all the characters, especially Rosa, Joseph, Clara and Hessa. I cried so many times in this book, which I love, and felt the emotions floating out of the book. I can't wait until the next book!! I'm definitely a fan of the author now! I recommend this book to everyone! It's simply amazing! My favorite quotes: "And ultimately, when almost everything I did was controlled by the Superiors, by my teachers and by Paulo, I took what little control I could for myself and held onto to it fiercely." "I yelled out, “Have fun sorting apples, Paulo. I hope you don’t end up in the off bin with the rest of the rotten ones!”“I’m always in trouble. I’m used to it.” “I love that it doesn’t bother you. You’re fearless."

  • Cheer Papworth
    2018-11-25 21:46

    4 1/2 STARS! Rosa Bianca is a sixteen year old girl living in Pau Brazil, a settlement that is part of The Woodlands. The Woodlands is a dystopian society that rose from the dust after The Race Wars and subsequent apocalypse. It is controlled by Superiors who have ruled through intimidation and violence for hundreds of years. Rosa doesn't accept the rule of the Superiors or that of her evil stepfather and rebels at every turn. When she discovers that her mother is pregnant, Rosa chooses to advance to The Classes two years early due to the one child rule. Part of Rosa's motivation to advance to The Classes is due to her newfound friendship with eighteen year old Joseph who is also advancing. After a series of tests, Rosa finds she is assigned to Construction classes in which she exceeds, but just as she is about to accept recognition for her woodworking skills, her fierce, rebellious soul rears up and disrupts everything. Instead, Rosa finds herself pregnant and under mind-controlling drugs that make her blissfully unaware of her condition, at least until she finds a way around the situation. Rosa eventually gets a roommate, Clara, who is also pregnant and also free from the controlling drugs. It isn't long before chaos ensues and Rosa and Clara are able to escape with the help of Joseph and his gang of misfits. Thus begins a journey into the unknown, abandoned world, on the run from The Superiors and forced to survive. Through these experiences, Rosa goes on an emotional odyssey in which she discovers a lot about herself and overcomes her fear of trusting and loving others. Without a doubt, Lauren did an exceptional job creating a strong, fierce character in Rosa. Characterisation is where Lauren excels. By putting a rebel with an uncontrollable smart mouth and an inescapable compulsion to be true to herself in a controlling dystopian society, well that is just a recipe for a perfectly, pesky flaw to drive an awesome story. By the time Rosa struggles with her feelings for Joseph, the reader gets it by evaluating her father's "abandonment" and her mother's rejection, not to mention her difficulty making friends because her tenacity scares everyone away. Although Rosa frustrated me at times, I just love her as the protagonist. Another thing that Lauren did really well, she told a remarkable emotional story that also had a fast, multi faceted plot. I must say that there are all kinds of questions that plaque me: What happened to Lenos ... is there more to that story? What about Rasheed...I miss him? Who are these survivors and what is their deal with The Superiors? Why is reproduction so important to Superior Este? Where did the ideology of All Race come from? Deshi needs a story too, right? Does Joseph recover? What do they name the baby? Please tell me there is a sequel?! Despite all of these questions, I think the story ended in a poignant and well played place. I really love the fact that Rosa doesn't feel this immediate connection to her baby during pregnancy and even feels a detachment after the baby's birth. After every tragedy and the evil circumstances surrounding the pregnancy, Rosa's baby finds his way into her heart...sweet conclusion.

  • Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
    2018-12-01 02:52

    I decided to read this book for to reasons. Reason one, it's free on Amazon and reason two, it's a Clean Teen Publishing book and so it's two very good reasons why I wanted this book.I was blown away and yet shocked by this book. The cover kind of threw me off a bit, because looking at it, I would believe that I was getting ready to dive into a Paranormal World, but boy was I wrong. But like any other books out of my comfort zone, I gave it a go. I was kind of confused about the beginning and in a few places throughout the book, but all in all the book has a pretty good story line. I recommend mature readers to this book. Some parts of this story May not be good for the younger readers. I did love the main character and the things that happened to the character. There many places where I felt sad and angry for the character and some of the other characters in the story as well. Other than a few places that I had trouble following, I believe this book is one to read and I do recommend it to others.

  • Holly
    2018-12-08 00:51

    I just finished reading The Woodlands and I have to say, this is one of the best books I've read in a long time! I loved it from beginning to end. This author immerses you in a world so vivid,so tragic, and so inspiring that you will not be the same after reading it. Thank you, Lauren Taylor, for sharing such an amazing story. I will be watching closely for the next book in this series.

  • Arlene
    2018-12-01 21:44

    Loved these characters - flawed, strong, fighter spirits! How much pain can one character take? Loved Taylor's descriptions and how she touched all of my senses with her words. Excellent storyline that keeps you guessing.

  • Pauline Creeden
    2018-12-14 22:24

    Dystopian novels are all the rage, and yes, I jump on that bandwagon, too. I've read most of the popular ones, and many by indies as well. It seems so rare these days to find one that has an original vein in it. The Woodlands succeeds. With a smart, snarky, and heroic main character and a swoon-worthy love interest, the book will draw in many readers of the YA/NA crowd. But then pepper in the dystopian part - the world our dynamic duo live in is cruel and unyielding. Completely and utterly unyielding. Surprisingly unyielding. Yes, I said unyielding three times - because it's that ruthless. And as a reader, I'm left heartbroken for these characters...through the first half.Then we get to the second half. And the hope and love takes a strange, confusing turn. The characters find themselves on an unexpected journey, that seems sort of aimless at first. And they are surrounded by a sketchy bunch of people that aren't quite friends, but not really foes. I had a hard time getting into the journey part as I'm not much of one for an undirected, wanton journey. We know who they are escaping from, but I didn't get where they were going. Then Rosa, the MC, makes some bad, selfish choices and became a little less likable for me. Of course, it just made me love Joseph even more.Overall, the book is a solid 4.5-5 star read. The author's use of color to represent the characters is poetic. Each character is dynamic, and they compliment one another like a well conducted orchestra. The read brings into focus many issues that plague young people today who have broken homes or find themselves with an unwanted teen pregnancy, but placed in a non-confrontational dystopian atmosphere that really works well.

  • Lauren
    2018-12-18 00:45

    This is a great start to a very promising dystopian series. Lauren Taylor has created a society that is quite unique and something I have not seen yet. With so many authors breaking into the rising craze of the dystopian genre, it is wonderful reading a book who's author has weaved a world so original that you cannot even picture where in the world it is taking place until she tells you. Absolutely refreshing.There comes a time in the story where I thought that things were starting to look up for our main character, Rosa (whom I absolutely adore - she has got serious spunk), but as we all know, that is usually the part in the story where all hell breaks loose; and it does. My heart was breaking for her! The things that she was put through were awful and disgusting and vile and something that no woman should ever have to go through. I wanted to break in and save her. But that is what I love about this story. It is not all hearts and flowers and happy endings, and you know that it is not going to be like that from the first few pages. This story is how a dystopian story should be. Dark, ugly, and at times heart wrenching.I have to stop here because there are so many different things that happen that I am worried I will end up giving something away. The twists and turns were wonderfully crafted and I am very happy to say that I did not know what was coming throughout the entire book. Not once was I able to figure something out before I read what was going on. Kudos, Lauren (great name by the way), for keeping me surprised from start to finish! I am really looking forward to reading The Wall and seeing how the story ends up in the third and final book (title TBA).

  • Vanessa Wester
    2018-11-24 22:27

    There is no doubt that the author has let their creativity go on this one, but the second half did not work for me.I have had this on my kindle for ages, after getting it as a free download, and when I started reading it I was gripped and loved the way the story developed. However, on the second half, the story focused a lot on pregnancy. Since I have "endured" three cesarean sections, I am happy not to recall pregnancy or the birth process. So, I found this book's focus on this put me off.At the end of the book I read about the author and it helped me understand why the birth process held such a central theme to this book. So, unfortunately, whilst I appreciate this is what the author wanted to write about, it just was not my cup of tea!I also think that it might put girls off having children for a long time (this might be a good thing!), and thought a lot of the content might appeal more to adults. The brutality in some of the scenes was not what I would call "clean". Then again, I guess in the footsteps of Hunger Games and Divergent it is not surprising to find this content suitable for YA.Either way, well written, but not the story for me.

  • Renée Swann
    2018-11-21 20:47

    Wow. Sometimes when a book is so awesome and well written, I don’t know where to begin with the review. But I’ll give it a go.I downloaded The Woodlands for free on my Kindle app, not expecting much, but needing something new and fresh to read. From the first paragraph, I was hooked (which is something unusual nowadays — sometimes it takes pages or even chapters to feel deep in the story). I couldn’t believe what a gem I’d found! The fast-paced, action-packed book is like NOTHING I have ever read. I can’t express how refreshing it is to stumble upon a fresh perspective on dystopia and flowing prose. Reading it was like a dream (albeit, a very nightmarish dream) and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a diverse take on dystopia.It’s a must-read!

  • Chris Bostic
    2018-11-18 19:26

    The Woodlands is a solid dystopian book. The MC, Rosa, takes a little getting used to at first, but that's a big part of the charm of the story. It's always risky when the MC is somewhat unlikeable, but Ms. Taylor handles her character development very well. The emotions are tangible and believable throughout. The love interest was similarly well done. I wish there was a bit more closure at the end, but I'm not one to fault the author for leaving things a little open ended. Overall, the world building is compelling, and the story generally flows smoothly--and at a fast pace.I would happily recommend this book.

  • Krishna Ward
    2018-11-27 18:23

    I sat down one Saturday afternoon with the trusty ipad to read this book. Just a few hours later I was madly trying to "turn" the last page. Not realising I had come to the end of the book - what a page turner, and what an ending. I could not wait to read the next one.Beautiful, strong characters, magnificent settings and thrilling storyline. Loved it!Make sure you clear your day to read this one, you won't regret a minute of it.

  • Jennifer Collins
    2018-12-09 20:43

    LOVED this book, it was such a page turner, so hard to put down. the characters are really strong and easy to become attached to, the story is engrossing and well written. The author takes you into another world that is exciting, intriguing, and at times frightening. It's a world that you don't want to leave, roll on the sequel.

  • Jacinta Verbeeten
    2018-11-18 22:40

    First book I've read in this genre (dystopian) and I struggled with the harsh punishments and violence. Despite this, I really got into the book and couldn't put it down toward the end. Sticking with my 4 star rating though as some bits I really did struggle with.... but I'm keen to read what happens in the next installment.

  • Tonia Witherspoon
    2018-11-29 23:26

    I could not put this book down!!! Rosa is a brave, flawed and very believable character. I love Joseph, however not a realistic portrayal of an 18 year old boy - as a matter if fact, I don't know a 40 year old male as compassionate, trusting, loyal and wise as Joseph. All in all - this book is an excellent read.

  • Mary Ann
    2018-12-07 20:22

    Great story and a new author to read. A young girl must decide to stay with or leave her mother and step father. Girls who fight against establishment expectations will admire the heroine of this tale.

  • Abbie Mason
    2018-11-19 02:49

    I wasn't too sure of this book at first but after awhile,I couldn't seem to put it down. I really loved the characters and am interested in reading the next book to see what happens.

  • Samantha Rooney
    2018-12-02 00:41

    Loved this book. It kept me guessing just when I thought I knew where it was going there was a twist and I didn't want to put it down. Cant wait to read the next book