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Today I am thrilled to share about a trilogy of books that I would place in the dystopian genre of novels. You’ll find my thoughts on the series after descriptions of the individual books. And, yes, I read all three of the books for this review as the first one had me roped into the story and committed to seeing how it all played out!
Into the End – Book #1
Her inability to feel fear may be the reason why the rest of America is screaming in terror.
America’s end is near.
No one knows why, but the great country is under attack.
After being weakened by countless natural disasters, America opens its airspace for aid. But instead, what is left of the devastated west coast finds itself nearly obliterated from above. The key may belong to tests designed by a Pacific Northwest psychologist, Rachel Parker.
Rachel loses the love of her life in a house fire as they escape with their children to the nearby Rocky Mountains following the first round of air raids. In refuge, she faces her husband’s best friend, Joshua, but doesn’t want to face his ill-harbored feelings or her own inability to face fear.
Her sister, Brenda, escapes the fallen city, and, mistaken for Rachel, is captured. Terrified and alone, Brenda is protected by the enigmatic Daniel even while he helps keep her captive. Through torture and mind games, Brenda discovers information about her sister’s work that could spin the free world into a tumultuous frenzy where the unknown is safer than reality.
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Through The Flames – Book #2
America is burning. The unknown blinds the citizens from fighting.
Dr. Rachel Parker’s worst psychological designs are loosed on America by an unknown enemy. She leaves the safety of the mountains for the destruction of town to face her co-designer, Daniel, whose role is blurred by the smoke of deception. Captured by militia, Rachel has to find the answers she’s seeking. She’s not prepared to look within her own damaged mind for the solutions. Rachel’s frame of sanity and emotional stability lay on the line parallel to the country’s circumstances.
Brenda Krous, Rachel’s sister, possesses information that could change the face of the war. Sacrifices to get there become more and more personal until the “Brenda” she was and the “Brenda” she is becoming hit a crossroads. If she finds the compassion to help her sister, her patriotism to the nation might be sacrificed.
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Out of the Ashes – Book #3 (Final Book)
Traumatized by previous exposure to her own tests, Dr. Rachel Parker has to complete the methodical steps she swore would never see the light of day… on herself. Her sister, Brenda Krous, may be the only one capable of pulling her through intact.
If they can accomplish the feat and find resolution together, the answers they discover can help the rest of America rise up and reclaim itself from the protection of destruction.
But a nation’s fall has a time frame and pride can get in the way. Rachel and Brenda must find what they need in each other to conquer the fear in others.
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About the Author of Into the End
Bonnie R. Paulson mixes her science and medical background with reality and possibilities to make even myths seem likely and give every romance the genetic strength to survive. Bonnie has discovered a dark and twisty turn in her writing that she hopes you enjoy as much as she has enjoyed uncovering it. Dirt biking with her family in the Northwest keeps her sane.
My Thoughts on Into the End Series
This is a series that can draw you into the story and get you hooked so that you keep reading until finishing the whole trilogy. At least that’s the experience I had when reading this series of books. Dystopian novels are ones that I enjoy in moderation, although I find some are far better than others. While there were a few points in the books when I felt it was really pushing what makes sense in the reality we know today, I could appreciate how much Bonnie’s science and medical background come into play.
One thing that I loved about the progression of the story is that Bonnie did not have the characters who appeared to be the heroes of the story remain the heroes by the end. She wasn’t afraid to have bad things happen to good characters, either. Sadly, any extreme fall out situation as portrayed in this trilogy would see the demise of many good people and the death of some characters you come to love resonates with a world where it’s all hit the fan.
As much as I loved this series, I know that it isn’t for everyone. Like other dystopian novels I’ve read, there are situations that are extremely ‘edgy’ and I suspect that some of my regular readers prefer to not read about such scenarios. However, if you like reading a ‘what if’ type of book set in an America that can no longer be recognized, then definitely give this trilogy a look.