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The world ended long before Caroline Mathers was born, but that doesn't mean life stops for the fourteen-year-old army scout for the People's Republic of Virginia. Abandoned by her parents, raised by her grandfather, she slinks through the forests surrounding her encampment, monitoring the woods for nomadic bands of criminals known as Republicons, all while keeping a watchThe world ended long before Caroline Mathers was born, but that doesn't mean life stops for the fourteen-year-old army scout for the People's Republic of Virginia. Abandoned by her parents, raised by her grandfather, she slinks through the forests surrounding her encampment, monitoring the woods for nomadic bands of criminals known as Republicons, all while keeping a watchful eye on her northern enemies from the Democratic Alliance. It's a hard life, but a simple one, at least until the day Caroline hears the sound that everyone dreads: distant drums echoing throughout their quiet valley, pounding to the beat of the war rhythm. With some help from two unlikely allies, Caroline leads her people in a breathtaking retreat, praying they'll find salvation in their capitol city. Along the way, haunting dreams may reveal a look into the mystery of her past. The first book of the Warchild series is a powerful, coming of age, dystopian thriller full of fast-paced action, tragic choices, and the undeniable strength of the human bond....

Title : Pawn
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ISBN : 9781495428937
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Number of Pages : 236 Pages
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Pawn Reviews

  • Jessica Armstrong
    2019-06-07 12:07

    DISCLAIMER: I was given a free copy of this book from the author, which I very much appreciate.Warchild: Pawn is the first installment of what Lindsey promises to be (at least) a trilogy. It's the story of a 14 year old girl in the Appalachian mountains of what was once the United States. The world ended and people formed two distinct groups – the People's Republic of Virginia and the Democratic Alliance. Our protagonist is with the former.The book is strikingly fast paced – there isn't a paragraph where something exciting isn't happening. From page one, we're birthed into a world of battle and death. Lindsey doesn't hold back when it comes to putting his readers right in the thick of it.The characters are interesting and progress quickly throughout the book. The story itself, however, is a little less interesting. The entire book is essentially walking (I know, I know, Lord of the Rings was the same way) to their goal. Not to say that it isn't a faced paced, interesting walk – but it's walking, none the less.I had difficulty feeling that urge to read more and more – it wasn't one of those books I couldn't put down. It's a quick read, but for an indie-published book, I would still recommend it to anyone who's a fan of the dystopian young adult genre.

  • J.C. Cauthon
    2019-06-10 06:19

    When I pulled this book off the free book list a couple of months ago, I was a bit iffy about it. It looked interesting, and I love Dystopian-style novels, but it also had an alternative fiction sound to it, and I've never really been able to get into that, but I tried it anyway. It was a very good read.It takes place in the distant future in the area that is made up of Southern Virginia and, I think, the north-eastern pocket of North Carolina. I know what Warrenville used to be, but the geography was a bit hard to determine. A larger sect of one of the governments is invading this governmental group to capture "workers" to run their factories and harvest their fields. There is a small group of people known as the Kinders that seem to be a scientific experiment that turned on their own government. It never fully explains what they are because the only information Caroline (the young narrator) has is all handed down through oral history, and it's been distorted over the years. They are super-humans, and Caroline and her buddy, Finn, turn out to be the only two left. They have had no true training in their powers, and Caroline is not even supposed to come into her powers until her fifteenth birthday. Two major things about this story really bother me, and both seem to be "coincidental bits of luck" that seemed to only happen because the story could not have unfolded like it did if they did not happen. However, it did not make sense that it unfolded that way. Number one: Yes, Caroline is a great scout, and she seems to be very well-trained in surviving, but she is fourteen years old. Why would a grown man and his band of outlaws follow a 14-year-old girl who at the time is not showing that there is anything special about her.Number two: She had been struggling with her powers the entire novella. She could not make them work when she needed them to. She does not even known what all of her powers are because Finn says that ever Kinder's powers are different. It just bugged me that in that dire moment at the end of the novella, that her powers suddenly came to their full strength (before her birthday, mind you) and that she was able to control all of them, even the ones she had never exhibited before this moment. For me, it was "convenient" and mostly unbelievable. Now, I know that there are sequels to this story, so her getting killed because one of her powers failed or because she overestimated herself was not an option, but she could have gotten hurt. That would have made it more believable for me.All in all, though, it was a good read. I will definitely be keeping a look out for the next one.

  • Kathryn
    2019-06-13 10:03

    I've heard comparisons for this book that it is as good as The Hunger Games, not true. There is no smooth transition to when she receives her powers. It's like the last Kinder says it out loud and magically it all happens and she's mastered all of them. I also think there is too much time in the book of the travel across the lands. Overall it seem like a very amateur written book.

  • Nancy Steinle gummel
    2019-06-03 10:20

    Warchild: Pawn by Ernie Lindsey is another take on future America. The governing goes to regional sections. Groups of homesteads bind together and make due unless they need something special, like medicine. They keep trackers and guards for hostile groups like the Republicons and if an army from up north appears. In this future there is a constant rain. Tracker Caroline hears the drums of the army approaching. She finds Finn another tracker from the northern army. The north wants slaves because their own people do not want to work. Finn is a deserter and follows her back to their village. She tries to get her grandfather up but he dies on her. She gets caught by the north advance team. They slaughter the villagers who didn't flee. The bring out Ms. Elmerly who is a kinder. She moves speedily away until whey surmise she is a kinder. She tells them Caroline will be their downfall. They shoot her. Next there are arrows killing the soldiers. A repulicon group comes to their aid. James, their leader say they protect them Til they reach the capitol.Caroline discovers she's a kinder.

  • Ali
    2019-05-29 05:16

    Boom boom ba ba boom. KER FLOP.Honestly I lost count of how many times I thought I should give up and DNF this one.The characters don't feel real. We don't know them. There's no flow or rhythm to the story except run... death... find more people... run death... find more people. Simply put... blah.

  • Karen
    2019-06-10 05:06

    I thought the main character was rather impulsive but I like her! I might read more from this author.

  • Harmony Kent
    2019-06-20 13:17

    Wow. Brilliant. Racing on to book two :)

  • P. Kirby
    2019-06-09 13:15

    Fourteen-year-old Caroline lives in a rural village in backwoods Virginia, in a future where the U.S. has fallen apart due to environmental degradation and the ensuing political strife. Her village is former military outpost of the People's Republic of Virginia (PRV), but the only remains of its martial past are a despotic commander and a few scouts. These scouts, including Caroline, roam the woods, keeping watch for incursions by the northern enemies, the Democratic Alliance, and the more immediate threat, the Republicons (*Snort* I know, that name, right?), outlaws who prey on the weak.That is until the day she hears war drums, which signal a massive invasion by the Democratic Alliance into PRV lands. Soon after, Caroline finds herself the unlikely (and how), leader of a growing movement of refugees who are fleeing toward the PRV's capital.To be blunt, the story, though written with an eager, puppy-dog-like earnestness, is a thin pastiche of every YA dystopian cliche. The most glaring being Caroline, herself, who is the chosen one, the literal "girl who will lead them." This trope, though overused, has its appeal; I mean, that's why I still read dystopians. The nobody who becomes somebody is a timeless works best when the chosen one, like Katniss in Hunger Games, is more of a propaganda tool for the overall movement. Or when those she leads are primarily teens as well. Or when she's proven herself worthy of leadership.Caroline, at fourteen, is too young, untested and lacking in key leadership traits like intelligence, humor or charm. As the story unfolds, it is revealed that she is one of the last Kinders, a race genetically engineered super soldiers. But her abilities don't manifest publicly until she has already amassed a large following.The narrative offers no credible reason why anyone, adults or teens, would follow her or take her command. The people of the region are tough, folks who've been living off the land, on their own for decades. Uneducated, but also independent and not easily led.It doesn't make a lick of sense, and the weak characterization is made worse by thin world building. I've been spoiled by novels like those of Paolo Bacigalupi, whose dystopian version of the world is frighteningly credible and prescient. The backstory in Warchild reads more like a quick sketch of an idea, rather than a fully developed world.At a little over 200 pages, Warchild is a quick, fast-paced fantasy which might appeal to young readers. There isn't enough meat on this novel's bones for my taste, though.

  • Adam Windsor
    2019-06-24 09:18

    This post-apocalyptic YA story starts fairly well, but for me it goes off the rails when it introduces the "Kinder" about halfway through; this element comes without any real foreshadowing and dramatically changes the assumed setting and our protagonist. And not for the better, to my mind.I was able to read through to the end because it's a pretty short and relatively fast-moving book, but that jarring transaction hurt my engagement. This volume also ends on a "buy the sequel!" cliffhanger. I won't be, for the record.

  • Jamie (Books and Ladders)
    2019-05-28 09:26

    I was initially really excited to read this novel. It had good reviews on here and it had an interesting premise. I was disappointed though. The whole novel didn't feel like it had much plot to it, especially the first 15-20% of it that was about (view spoiler)[Brandon dying and Caroline's village being captured and burnt (hide spoiler)]. Honestly, there didn't seem to even be a story there until Caroline and Finn, along with their merry bunch of looters, started to run.Most of the issues I had with the book derive from the world building and the general mythology of the novel, but I also had an issue with some of the aspects of Caroline.World Building/Kinder MythologyThe "introduction" to the novel, which I am assuming was meant to be world building, was sloppy. There were some inconsistencies in Caroline's narrative of where the world is now and the surrounding area. Also, considering that Caroline said that not even the Elders were aware of why the world ended, it doesn't seem right for her to have some intimate knowledge and details about weapons and their uses. For example, guns. Caroline seemed to be aware of handguns at the beginning of the story however she didn't seem to know what they were when (view spoiler)[she was trying to reach Teresa at the top of the hill (hide spoiler)], knew what a "sniper" was, but didn't know the term "scope".There was such a random introduction to the "mythical"/superhuman people in this novel that I almost thought it was a completely different novel than the one I started. It seemed like there was an actual divide in the beginning of the novel between the "introduction" of the world and the issue and where the story actually began. And it started when Ellery was murdered. There was some mentions about the Kinders prior to Ellery saying that there were (view spoiler)[two more Kinders near her, meaning Caroline and Finn, which was super obvious anyway (hide spoiler)], but it wasn't until she died that the "real story" started to happen. There also seems to be a disconnect between what Caroline (view spoiler)[and Finn (hide spoiler)] can do and what the mythology surrounding the Kinders is. Caroline mentions that they are immortal, can fly, are "squirrel-like", and can see into the past, present, and future, etc. That is what the stories from the Elders say. However, when Finn describes the history of the land to Caroline (because they apparently have history textbooks in the DAV), he say that each Kinder has different abilities?? Which is fine, like that could make sense, except Ellery was one of the Elders in Caroline's village and also a confirmed Kinder. It doesn't make sense that Caroline would learn one thing from her Elders and a Kinder, but Finn would tell her something different and that is what we are to believe to be the truth. It was all unbelievable. CarolineI did actually like Caroline. She was tough and emotional and generally well-written. But it still will never make sense to me that this 14 year old girl would command a large group of people. Whether or not she is this mystical Kinder person, there is still no way that people would listen to her before she (view spoiler)[floats off the ground. That is the kind of stuff people generally follow, but until that point her being fast and strong would not created the atmosphere for people to follow her (hide spoiler)].This next part is going to focus on her Kinder abilities so I am going to put it all under a spoiler, even though it really isn't. (view spoiler)[I didn't think Caroline would have been able to master her Kinder abilities so quickly. It seemed to me that because Ellery said "Remember the name Caroline and she is a Kinder" that Caroline just magically had control over her powers. But this didn't seem to happen for Finn, so why Caroline. It doesn't make sense that she would be the anomaly because there are only two of them left. It made sense at first for her to be using them when she felt overpowering emotions, such as moving the soldier from her Grandfather's cabin, but it didn't make sense that at the end she hadn't reached 15 but was able to completely control her abilities. Even if she was a Kinder from birth, then Finn should have been one as well. (hide spoiler)]She was also so ... trusting. For being the leader of this group of people, she was way too quick to trust people. Finn, for example, an enemy deserter who just (view spoiler)[happens to be a Kinder like her, so they are obviously going to be bffs (hide spoiler)]. I hope this is part of her characterization for now because she is still "young" and that it will change in the next part of the series, but honestly it was really not a good trait for her to have.On a positive note, I think Caroline was interesting and well thought out. I would have liked more from the minor characters, who at first seemed as if they were going to be a major part of the storyline. I hope that there is more Finn and James and that Crockett makes her way back into the story because I liked her. However, I am not sure if I want to continue with the rest of the series.Overall: 1.5/5 stars but rounded up for the star counter. This one has an interesting concept that wasn't extremely well executed in my opinion.

  • OT
    2019-06-10 09:28

    2.5 Stars

  • Toni L.
    2019-06-14 10:25

    This book wasn't to bad. On to the2nd.

  • Riayl
    2019-05-29 07:31

    2.5(view spoiler)[Started off fairly strong but rather steadily went downhill (for me) after that. There is a good, interesting, story here, but I think maybe some good beta readers or a content editor would have helped. I didn't notice a lot of technical issues, slipping of tense a time or two, but I can't recall anything else. My main issue was that I had too many questions. Not just things we haven't found out yet, but things like "Why the hell are all these people following this 14 year old girl?" There was no reason. She doesn't display her powers at first. She isn't terribly bright or decisive. She doesn't listen to the counsel of people older and more experienced than she is. She makes bad decisions. She's kind of inept. But all these people are following here. Why? And the guys invading...they are coming for slaves but kill her entire village. Why? Oh, well the leader of this "army" says that he has to let them have a little fun. So, what, you can't keep them under control unless they are allowed to rape and pillage? What kind of army is that? What kind of leader are you? It made no sense. There was no real reason to kill the entire village, other than, "oh, the poor main character, her entire village is gone" and "we need to make the other side really, bad, horrible, people." *grumble*And for the love of...she just trusts people left and right. Enemy deserter, oooh, let's be best buddies. Leader of the raiders that regularly attack her people, oooh, he could be my older brother/father figure. Captured enemy sniper, ooh she seems sweet, I bet we could braid each other's hair...oh, but wait, apparently she was plotting to kill me, so no, I will just order this twelve-year-old girl to be hanged. Then I will be pissy because my authority was undermined by my new best (enemy deserter) friend because he didn't come to me about this but took it upon himself to expose all of this and make me look like incompetent (er, more incompetent). Though, honestly, this last part was one of the few things I actually agreed with her on. He should have come to her not sprung it on her in front of everyone. But like everything else, she caves immediately. And some things I either missed or we haven't found out yet. There is no electricity? Or is that just where she is? If there is no electrical stuff, then how does the other side have tanks? Granted there are older tanks without computerized innards, but...those are fairly obsolete now, and when things went bad in the past of the story's world it seems like it would have to be further in the future than our world is right now, with the genetic engineering, so even less likely to have those older tanks, and added to that, it is now years later and supposedly no one alive even remember cars, they are just stories, but then suddenly...tanks? I was too distracted by all of these questions to really stay immersed in the story and the more I read of Caroline, the less I liked her. Which has rather bummed me out because this series sounded so interesting but I'm just not sure I want to continue on. (hide spoiler)]

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-19 08:08

    Caroline is 14 and a runner for her community. Her job is to discover any threats to the village and warn them. Usually the only threat comes from Republicons, groups of dissenters who travel around raiding villages. Today will not be a usual day. The United States has survived an apocalypse and is now divided into the DAV’s and the PRV’s. Caroline’s village is in PRV territory. The two governments have had a treaty in place for hundreds of years that has prevented them from attacking each other. Until today…today Caroline hears drumbeats while on patrol, the beats of war drums. Then she finds Finn, a DAV deserter and he confirms her worst fear. DAV is attacking PRV with an army of 50,000 men. Caroline runs to warn her village only to find it is too late for everybody to get away. As she views the carnage and finds herself a captive of the DAV, she realizes that the villagers have been betrayed and she’s the only one left who can lead the survivors. This is a great YA post-apocalyptic story. I especially enjoyed Caroline. She is complex and engaging. On the brink of adulthood, she is thrown into a life or death situation that she feels ill-prepared for. Within a few hours, everyone she loves is dead and she’s responsible for a group of refugees. Her development as a person as the story progresses is just as fascinating as the story itself. The author has also created a great supporting cast. The story starts with a bang and the action just keeps coming. This book is a great choice for teen readers and young adult fiction fans.

  • Dina
    2019-05-28 11:24

    This is the story of Caroline, a fourteen-year-old girl who's leading a large group of people away from the soldiers who want to take them and make them their slaves. She's a natural-born leader. In fact, Caroline was one of the scouts trained to be on the lookout for enemies and to fight them if necessary before they reached the town she lived in. Kudos to you, Mr. Lindsey. I don't know how you do it, but I always end up loving your characters.It's set in Virginia, in a sort of pseudo-future, so it's also funny to read when she talks about what her grandfather used to tell her about the "old times", when people used to drive cars around, which is a weird concept to her. Her scenes with her grandfather are very emotional and made me feel all sorts of things.The Kinders are an interesting concept and their backstory makes sense, in a hypothetical way, I mean, which pleases me greatly. I'm looking forward to learning more about them and their powers.I really enjoyed that last fight scene with Caroline and Finn. The fact that she focused on that little boy and his father to give her strength and a purpose to win against the DAV (Democratic Alliance of Virginia) brought tears to my eyes.Of course, because this is only the first part, we're left with a cliffhanger. No worries. I'm ready for the next part.Awesome story and amazing characters. What else could I ask for?

  • Kelly Pinella
    2019-06-11 06:20

    Set in the future somewhere in Virginia, Caroline Mathers is a fourteen-year-old who becomes a leader for her people. The story reads much like a dystopian war-like novella for young adults. Caroline is worried that she is not a good leader and that she might not be making the right decisions. She is trying to warn her people to run, before the DAV army captures them. Caroline begins to question whether the citizens of DAV are really as bad as she's been taught. The people of DAV are from a higher class. She's been taught that the DAV are favored by the Creator, but she begins to challenge that belief. She begins to question what she's been taught in history class. So who's the bad guy? The Elders? The Republicons? The PRV? The Kinders are people who have genetically altered abilities by a serum to jump, fly, and run with speed and power, trained to defend the homeland, but their mission is to capture, not kill. Is a Kinder named Ellery a traitor to the Peaceful Change Movement? Who wants to kill who? The basic conflict is civil war. The pacing feels somewhat lacking throughout the book, but overall, it is a dystopian war story.

  • Jenna
    2019-06-07 12:18

    3.5 star read.Caroline is a 14 year old girl, she is an army scout for Republic of Virginia. She lives with her grandpa whom she loves dearly and was abandoned by her parents. One day while out scouting she hears the sound that is feared by all, the war drums. Her village is destroyed and her people have to flight to prevent becoming slaves. The soldiers are hot on their tail.Her friend Finn joins them and she finds an ally in James who before was a enemy.Caroline is a strong heroin she's still young, she want to do right by her people, she want to save them all. Now strange things are happening to her body, she's is coming in to powers that were believed extinct but she' s not the only exception. Can they save the people? The book ends with a cliffhanger, I will be buying the second book.

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2019-06-20 12:08

    Author Lindsey grew up in the locale of this series, and writes of it as if he had it carved in the palm of his hand; so the reader sees, smells, hears, touches, tastes protagonist Caroline' s environment: scenically beautiful, in reality barely civilized drudgery. Humans now live like Neanderthals, with the addition of constant raids, wars, and outright killings.There's good character development, lots of action; but for me the continuing first-person narrative was off-putting, and I continually want MORE backdrop: what Kind of apocalypse brought this on, when did the central government collapse, what's going on in other parts of the former United States and North Ameica and globally, why the reduction in populace; and OF COURSE, more about the Kinder (which I expect will be covered in future installments).

  • Randy
    2019-06-13 06:12

    Author Ernie Lindsey grew up in Virginia and that's where this novel is set. The distant future after the collapse of the United States, our protagonist is fourteen, nearly fifteen, year old Caroline Mather. She's a scout for her village, part of the People's Republic of Virginia. It's her job to watch for enemies like the thieves and raiders known as Republicons and the northern country with which they have a tenuous treaty, the Democratic Alliance of Virginia.One day Caroline hears the drums of war from the north and speeds to warn her people, only for he village to be betrayed by one of the leaders.She becomes a leader herself and learns of a destiny planned for her since her birth.This is the first volume of a planned three that highlights the young woman and her future as leader of a revolt against slavers.Look forward to the next entry.

  • Amanda
    2019-06-24 08:25

    I enjoyed this book, it was a good way to start off the series and kept me interested through the end. There were some intriguing things that happened here and some really sad things- poor Grandfather and Brandon! I'm looking forward to seeing more of Flinn, he seems like a good guy (Spoiler for the end of the second book: (view spoiler)[SEEMS being the operative word, the little sneak!! I think I hate him the most out of all the villains I've ever read... BECAUSE HE GAVE CAROLINE FALSE HOPE!!! (hide spoiler)]).I read the collected edition and as a result I didn't really see these as individual stories... so, see my review of the Collected Edition for my thoughts on the series as a whole:

  • Bernadette Robinson
    2019-05-30 05:01

    This is the first book in the Warchild series of which the second book is currently being written. Please hurry up with this book Mr Lindsey.I really enjoy dystopian themed books and this one didn't disappoint in my opinion. The books are aimed at YA and this one crosses over well as an adult read in my opinion.Caroline is a young fourteen year old when we meet her, who has been raised by her grandfather in an America of the future. What Caroline doesn't realise is that her life is going to change beyond recognition soon and she has been chosen to lead her people to safety.A great first book to the series. Well written and conveying the America of the future well, this books moves along at a good pace keeping the reader enthralled.I gave this an 8/10.

  • Pam Boles
    2019-05-25 11:18

    I enjoyed reading this book!! It was good from the beginning to the end. At first I wasn't so sure that I liked the idea of a 14 year old kid telling grown ups what to...probably because I have a 14 year old daughter in real life who thinks this is the way it should be. Regardless, I stopped trying to focus so much on her age and just read the book. I found the author describing the woods like I was walking in my own backyard and I could easily imagine how it would feel. This made the story come alive for me. I appreciate the free read and I do plan on purchasing the other 2 books in the series. I am interested in how this story will unfold for Caroline and her group of followers. I love all the different characters. I highly recommend the book.

  • Heathery
    2019-05-30 10:30

    I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. There were some parts in the middle that dragged a little, but overall, it was very good. The last 10%, especially, was fantastic.It's the classical survival YA novel, but I really like the original aspect: the Kinders. Superhuman people resulting from gene modifications in the old world (our current time). The bulk of the story is a growing group of several hundred people trying to flee south from an advancing army.I'd say the only issue I took with the book is the heroine's age. 14 is too young to have hundreds of people confidently follow you when you haven't really given them any reason. If she had been, say, 18-20, it would have been more believable. That said, I still enjoyed this read and do intend to continue the series.

  • Linz Bassett
    2019-06-23 13:14

    I was really disappointed in this book. There was no real character development, and none of the characters had any personality what so ever. The story is rushed and tries way too hard. Caroline is portrayed as a strong female leader, but she's really not. She's a scared fourteen year old girl who's in the middle of a war. Instead of leading James and Finn end up making a lot of the decisions. It also seems like it is trying to be political, which just feels out of place. I would not recommend this to anyone.

  • Katie
    2019-06-23 08:23

    This book is completely underrated, it was such a nice, easy read and kept my attention throughout.The main character did act a little bit too old for her age; she was meant to be a fourteen year old, but sounded much older - however I still think she made a really good and relatable character.I think this book would be absolutely perfect for escaping reading slumps, its short, maintains interest, and is jam packed full of action! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a easy, uncomplicated dystopian to read :)

  • Lauryn
    2019-05-30 10:22

    This book started out very strong and very engaging.The MC was awesome, but it was a bit unbelievable that she was only 14. As the novel progressed, I began to lose interest as the overall pace began to slow.The end was not not as good as the the beginning had me believing it would be. haha Does that sentence work?A lot of random stuff started getting thrown in, civilizations, unimportant characters, magical abilities that our heroine just happens to have, etc.Overall, a decent read.

  • Nicholas Adams
    2019-06-04 08:30

    A descent, and quick, read.The numerous mentions of heavy rainfall reminded me of my own growing years outside Portland, OR. (It almost turned me off of the book, but I kept going to give it an honest chance to win me over. And in the end, it did. I grew to like the characters surrounding the protagonist more then the main character herself. I admit I was disappointed that the sniper was dispatched before the end of the book. I look forward to continuing the series and seeing what happens.

  • Diana
    2019-06-24 05:04

    Wow. I loved this book. I was seriously in the mood for something like this and it really hit the spot. Caroline is amazing, and yes, she doesn't act 14, but I think that's because she was trained to be a scout; she didn't have time to act 14. Also, how amazing is it that she's the leader of this helpless group? I love it. I'm not crazy about Finn or his role in this book. She doesn't need him and honestly, I resent his presence. Other than that, I can't wait to read book 2.

  • Hannah
    2019-06-06 06:22

    I currently have the collecters edition with Pawn, Judas and Spirit in one book so I had no idea when the first one actually finished but then it said part 2: Judas :-) I really enjoyed this book, the idea of a fourteen year old girl leading a group of people through the wilderness seems a little bit out there, but I guess her being an 'anomaly' must have triggered the inner leader in her. The writing was really great and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

  • Joseph
    2019-06-06 07:05

    Fast paced adventureMr. Lindsey, as always, writes a fast paced, enjoyable story. his characters have depth and believability to engage the reader. This isn't an apocalypse story, but a adventure set in a frontier-like, minimalist future. He gives us just enough backstory to tantalize the reader about the fall of the U.S. and the rest of the modern world. But the tale is about hope, loyalty, and perseverance. Enjoy!