*Review* The Woodlands – Lauren Nicolle Taylor



Rosa never thought she’d make it to sixteen…

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 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.

My Review: 2 out of 5 Stars Read: 1/4/2014

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.


One thought on “*Review* The Woodlands – Lauren Nicolle Taylor

  1. Hi I just stumbled across your review and just wanted to make the comment that The Woodlands is part of a series and as such the answers you were searching for in this book weren’t actually answered until later books!

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