Desperate times have come to Emma Maya Ando’s country. A totalitarian regime with no tolerance for deviation has marginalized thousands. Neither physical exceptionality nor freedom of thought has a place. All is conformity. But Maya doesn’t conform, and time is running out on her ability to conceal her condition. Can Maya find a cure before she is swept up in a purge… or will she take her secret to the grave?
Once again, MS Barbo entertains us with another page turner.
One of her talents is to write a story that captivates the reader with fiction that intimately relates to current events and social issues.
The main character in Vortexes is Maya. Now with a new identity necessary to save her life. Maya stumbles on a unique talent which allows her to travel instantly from one location to another.
Her newfound skill is used to resist the governing regime of a very dangerous group of people who are ruthless in their treatment of the citizens.
Barbo’s imagination spark succeeds again.
With the perfect blend of fantasy and realism, the reader will be hooked from chapter one.
The cover art of this book stimulates readers to enjoy the mystery and bravery of the hero.
Not the first time Barbo’s creative book cover has allowed me to have fun “ judging a book by its cover”.
Keep writing Holly Barbo
The world has just enough of a twist from reality that it feels like a whole new world yet, at the same time, feels like a prediction of your own future, pulling you further into the deep emotions and thrilling story with every page you turn.
I would honestly suggest this book to anyone who is interested in escaping, regardless of whether it's your normal type of book or not.
This is definitely a must read for everyone.
Here are some of the reasons I enjoyed it:
(1) Balance. The author strikes the perfect balance for me between setting/context descriptions and dialog/action. She sets a clear scene and keeps the story moving without falling into the literary trap of long descriptive narratives that tempt me to skip ahead. In this story, I found critical dialog and action happening virtually all of the time, and I didn’t want to miss any of it.
(2) Real characters. Well-developed characters make a book come alive for me, and by the time I was part-way into the book, I was emotionally connected with the characters – both those I came to like and those I came to detest.
(3) A clever, engaging story. The author spins a tale that pulled me in right from the start. I never guessed where it was going next, and I found myself surprised clear through to the end.
(4) More than just another novel. While this book can be read and enjoyed solely as an action, adventure, suspense, thriller, or even sci-fi novel, there is important further depth to this author’s creation. The story takes place in what appears to be a future dystopian society, yet the similarities between the story’s backdrop and today’s political events are disturbingly close. While it’s easy to think that totalitarian societies are a thing of the past or “will never happen here,” the author skillfully shows us how close we may be to the kind of society that most of us probably thought could never be. Read from that angle, Vortexes is an important warning about the dangers our society and our world currently face.
I was given an advance review copy of this book in an exchange for an honest review.