“What if the end of the world was just the beginning?”
The Rising Storm by Ceri A. Lowe is Book 1 in the Paradigm Trilogy. I really enjoyed this YA dystopian. I’m a big fan of end of the world/disaster movies and this book gave me all of those feels with an almost Matrix like vibe to it, not in that they are being run by machines but more to do with the underground community they established.
“Alice Davenport was a loner and an outcast before the Storms swept away everything she knew. Saved from the ravaged remains of London by the mysterious and all-powerful Paradigm Industries, her fierce independence and unique skills soon gain her recognition from the highest levels of command. But their plans to rebuild civilisation from scratch mean destroying all remnants of the past – no matter what, or who, gets left behind.
Alice must decide if she will fight for the old world, or the new…
Decades later, 15-year-old Carter Warren is woken from the Catacombs after years of cryonic sleep. He’s determined to do whatever it takes to climb the ranks to Controller General – until he realises the Industry’s control methods have become harsher than ever. The Barricades make sure nothing from the Deadlands can get in to the Community – and no one can get out. And a shocking discovery about his own family causes Carter to question everything he’s ever known…
As Alice becomes entangled in the Industry’s plan for the future, and Carter delves into the secrets of his past, they must make sacrifices which threaten to tear them apart. And both of them are forced to confront an impossible question…
Would you dare to risk it all for the perfect world?”
I particularly enjoyed that we got the story from two sides, Alice who was there at the beginning of it all and has a first hand account of the damage and changes made by the storms. Then we have Carter, years later who has never known the world before the storms. It was interesting to see the two perspectives, Alice who knew destruction is happy for change and protection, Carter who has only ever known one life wants to see what else is there to help make people happy. I very much want to see where the stories will go from here.
I think Book 2 will have a lot going on as Book 1 has really paved the way for the story to unfold. Perfect if you love a good YA dystopian, a good engaging read.
Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for a copy of The Rising Storm for the purpose of a review, all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.