READ BOOK ☧ The Extraction List (The Extraction List, #1) ♰

Riley lives in a world where fear follows everyone like a shadow And her mother, Claire, is the root of the cause She created the Parental Morality Law, which allows the government to abduct the children who aren t in government approved homes Supposedly, this was the answer to destroying the fear, but that wasn t what happened When Claire s own daughter prepares to get extracted, the two take action Cain, a most wanted veteran and quick killer, helps them reach safety Along the way, Riley finds out not everything is as it seems, and she s determined to help find the children taken from their parents.It s definitely an intense plot line I always complain about the amount of dystopian fiction, but I get hooked every time I open one The Extraction List is no exception.The action starts from the very beginning, and the reader gradually finds out the situation and condition of the world amid their journey away from the government officials bent on taking Riley The book instantly hooked me I was curious to find out the conflict and the dark twists put on an otherwise modern world.Though I would say some of the parts were almost too fast paced For instance, I may have wanted to know a little bit about a certain fight or adventure or whatever, but the book kept moving on without a break in action To me, this is both good and bad I was always interested, but I also didn t have a chance to connect with anything I felt instead of being in the action or jumping into Riley s shoes, I was watching the events occur from a distance The constant stream of excitement made it seem choppy at time with weak transitions But I feel like this is a novel you shouldn t get too hung up in The book is about the journey and the confusion of the times, so it shouldn t be a simple and easy to breeze through chain of events The characters aren t very relatable, but again, if you focus on the story, your interest will never waver.Oh, the characters I have such mixed feelings about the characters I thought the characters were very interesting For one, there was many different sides to each one Also, they had distinct voices, stories, and personalities, so there wasn t any confusion But, I didn t think they were realistic Specifically, Riley I hated her, honestly She s 15, yet she didn t understand lightly veiled hints of corruption And she was way too dependent on her mother Grow up, please But other times, she seemed perfectly capable and strong and smart The mixed characterization of her and some others confused me.I did like that the adventure consisted of Riley, her mother, and a friend I liked there was no star struck lover or a neglectful parent or something equally dramatic Claire s love of her daughter is basically what started the whole mess, which is very realistic to me And sure, there is a little romance, but nothing that halts the pace of the novel and gets in the way of their mission.Overall, I recommend this book for dystopian lovers and people who want a quick and exciting read It s not very long, and I honestly wished it was longer I think there could have been descriptions about the fight scenes and places they went Plus, if it was longer, there could be development of characters, which would make them less confusing But it is a series This is book 1 of a trilogy that seems to follow in the footsteps of many others Like most dystopian societies it starts with good intentions and quickly goes wrong It starts with a desire to help How many times have you seen kids and parents and thought that some people shouldn t have kids People that abuse the system, do drugs, get drunk every night It seems like the obvious answer is to take those children and give them a better home Adoption, fostering, we have these things now but its never enough So the government steps in with boarding schools.The plan is to give them education, a place to grow and heal from their emotional scars But like most things the government gets involved with in dystopian novels it goes awry Soo any parent accused of shoplifting when they were still kids themselves are not fit to have kids People that get a speeding or parking ticket People that lost their jobs when the economy crashed Single parents, having only one parent is not stable enough.With a crashed economy because every company left moved overseas the boarding schools cannot keep up So they make a plan to raise money And the good intentions of one mother who lost a son to a gang initiation creates something the government uses and abuses It makes for an emotional read that tugs at your heartstrings and makes you realize there is no right or wrong The road to hell is paved with good intentions So many good intentions but like many things that gain traction, it ends up used for nefarious purposes I couldn t tell who was good or bad in the end Everyone was a little of both I suppose The government trying to keep the country alive through terrible means, betrayal for love, killing for survival You cannot honestly say what is good and what is evil It is all subjective Which makes this an interesting read.Now the flow of the book was a little off In the beginning, it was a bit choppy while going from present to past and back again It does smooth out though and trusts me it s worth sticking with it The author is obviously one that will get better with every sentence she writes sucking you in and I cannot wait to read the 2nd book in this series READ BOOK ♷ The Extraction List (The Extraction List, #1) ⚔ When Fifteen Year Old Riley Crane Figures Out Her Best Friend Olivia Is Being Abused At Home, She Knows Just Who To Turn To Her Mother Claire, Writer And Spokesperson Of President Gray S Parental Morality Law Under This Law, Taskforce Officers Remove Children From Their Homes If Their Parents Do Not Meet Certain Guidelines, Taking Them To Government Run Boarding Schools Where Supervisors Rehabilitate Them, Turning Them Into Productive Members Of Society Or At Least That Is How It Was Supposed To Work Now, After A Government Official Threatens To Make Riley The Law S Latest Victim, Riley And Claire Must Rely On Cain Foley, A Gifted Killer With A Tongue As Sharp As The Knives He Carries, To Get Them Out Of America Alive Though He Slices Through Men S Necks As If They Are Warm Butter, Riley Can T Seem To Keep Her Cheeks From Flushing Every Time He Speaks But When They Stumble Upon A Deserted Boarding School, Riley Sees That Escaping The Country Is Only Part Of Their Problem Together, Riley And Cain Figure Out That A Killer Can Save A Life, And A Mother Can Damn A Nation As soon as I read the synopsis I was excited to read this book I love the Dystopian genres I immediately fell in love with Cain He is hands down my favorite character of the book I really enjoyed all the characters though and thought they were really well developed The story is pretty fast paced and gets right down to the order of business from the first chapter The ending of the first chapter got me After finishing the book I am still thinking back on that moment and smiling I really enjoyed Renee s writing style as well I recommend this book to fans of Divergent,The Hunger Games,The Maze Runner and even though it isn t as Supernatural as Angelfall it reminded me of that book Also if you ve seen the new movie The Thinning or the movie The Road, I think you would also like this book Even if you don t fancy any of those things, I recommend that you still give this book a try It s a super fast read packed with so much and I promise you won t regret it.Full Review on my blog at I will be back for from this series This is the first I ve read from this author so I didn t know what to expect This blew my mind I couldn t put it down and I can t wait to read the next book in the series This book is like a black hole and it s gravitational pull constantly drags you back Really enjoyed the diversity in the characters and found that the storyline was packed to the rim with suspenseful drama with than a few unexpected hits in the emotional department. Not a type book I would normally read but I really enjoyed it In our current political environment it made you think about how good intentions could go so wrong and how not speaking up could have such serious consequences. Not my cup of teaprobably because it s mostly YA. First of all, let me say that young adult dystopian books are not my usual genre Full confession I only read this book because the author and I have done some mutually beneficial marketing and I wanted to read and help her with an honest review.But holy crap Honestly What an awesomely written book Seriously, I do not use that phrase lightly For not being my genre, this book was an absolute pleasure to read well not a pleasure, per say, cause you know, death and destruction and missing kids, but you get my meaning From the get go, there s a dead body in the foyer, and we re running away with the protagonists from a mess the mother caused Think about all of the crazy nanny state paranoia conspiracy theories out there and jam it up to a thousand The government is now your parent, and if your biological ones don t do right by you, then the gub ment is going to take your baby away This is the brainchild of Riley s mom, who in her grief at losing a son decided to go on a one woman mission to tell other parents how to raise their kids There s a beautiful irony in all of this the woman who kick started this mass removal of children suddenly has her own child in the cross hairs One of the things I absolutely loved about the way this book was written was how we were thrust into the current state, and then had some flash backs to the past as it made sense The one quibble the ONE thing keeping me from giving this five stars which is a rare rating for me was that there were one or two parts where the back story was almostlazily written That s a harsh phrasing, but with so much expertly written, it seemed a bit out of place for me The book itself seemed a little short, but perhaps that is a reflection of me wanting from this author That being said, this book is definitely highly recommended for any fans of action, suspense, and young adult writing I know the author is working on a prequel, but I would absolutely wish for her to take this book into a series. As soon as I read the summary for this book, I knew I wanted to read the book I love dystopians, and I love the idea of someone s good intentions going wrong and creating something that they never intended to create That is the case with Riley s mother Acting out of a desire to protect kids, she wrote a law that was meant to save kids in bad parental situations, but as is the case with a lot of well intentioned ideas, the government took things too farextracting kids from good families because of small, silly things like unpaid parking tickets or other nonsense And then Riley herself, the daughter of the law s creator, suddenly finds herself on the list.I loved the concept behind this story, and really enjoyed the suspense of their chase to leave town and get Riley to safety by hiring Cain Foley, a young man gifted in getting the extracted and their families out of town and to a safe zone The book takes Riley, her mom and quasi boyfriend on the run from beginning to end I love quest or journey type books, especially ones like this where there are people chasing and they have to run fast to stay ahead Naturally, there were some near misses, some fights, and lots of danger This was definitely a fast paced story that kept you reading and very interested.I liked the characters in this book I had a special feeling for Riley s mother because you could clearly see the struggle she s going through to know that, no manner how good her intentions were, she is the cause of all this I felt a deep sympathy for her I liked Riley as well, but there were times that I had to stop and remind myself that she was 15 She acted much, much younger through most of the book, to the point where I actually had to flip back to the beginning to find out how old she was because her actions, reactions, and just the way she presented herself was much younger than a fifteen year old girl.My favorite part of the story was Cain, though This was a truly interesting and dynamic character who leaped off the page from the moment you meet him He s strong, a fighter woah, is he a fighter , but sensitive at the same time In one moment, he could fight off half a dozen dangerous men, and in the next, he could turn around and show such a depth of sweetness in nature that he was truly compelling.My favorite part of the story is when Cain begins to teach Riley how to take care of herself These parts of the story, the friendship that develops, was very interesting to read At this point, Riley begins to show a little of a grown up version of herself, and I began to like her a lot.This book, especially toward the end, was filled with some twists and turns one I kind of saw coming, the others, however, were shocking The author did a very good job with this and it definitely left me wanting to read Although there was no romance in this book, I am really eager to check out book two to find out if something might develop The book definitely held my interest, though, and I ll be looking for book two A good read with suspense and intrigue.