*This is the official book cover. Isn’t it lovely? I just wanted to preface this by saying I know I normally post a more… organic picture of the books I review. Pictures of me reading them, the book laying on my bed, etc. I wanted to let you guys know this situation is different because: one, this was an ebook and trickier to take pictures of in my apartment’s lighting; and two, I received an ARC so I had a different cover image for a while there. I decided to just provide the image they sent me of this beautiful cover rather than attempt to take a photo with my iPad and risk not really capturing the cover image. If for some reason you really want to see a picture of me reading the ARC, you can find a picture on my Instagram and I’ll probably be posting about the book there and my Twitter this week! Alright, now let’s get back to this review!
The Global Power Project ushered in a new age of technology that supplied electricity to even the most remote corners of the world. That is until everything powered down. Now it’s been lights-out for three months, and society is already falling into chaos.
Eighteen-year-old Simon Harper believes it’s up to him and his team of fellow gamers to get to the bottom of the outage. It’s the right thing to do. He has the skills to do it, and the thirst to prove himself.
Simon’s twin West may seem like a typical athlete and hometown playboy. But when your brother is MIA in his basement lab, food is getting scarce, and your father’s life depends on power, the burden of taking care of it all can start to weigh heavy.
When the key to restoring power falls into the brothers’ hands, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance, they’ll do whatever it takes to bring it back.
“Whatever it takes” may or may not include:
Running for their lives? Check.
Facing unknown enemies? Also, check.
And love? …
Follow Simon, West, a politician’s daughter, and a secret agent on their journey to Waypoint. Will they discover which secrets can be kept, which should be shared, and which ones could get them killed?
Why I Read It
Deborah and Kimberley approached me and asked if they could send me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Seeing as how the genre is Young Adult Adventure and a little romance, and YA is my absolute favorite, I (obviously) accepted!
This is such a fun, unique story. I was actually recently thinking about what would happen if the power grid went out, and then this story came along. That, alone, is so interesting to read. There are so many things that I never considered, such as food storage and how human behavior would change, schools closing, priorities changing, the benefits of living in rural areas or urban areas.
That being said, I’d like to focus on the characters themselves, mainly Simon and West. They’re twins, but of course they couldn’t be any more different, such is the way when twins are portrayed in books. Given the situation, though, the differences gradually become so much more unique. In the beginning the differences are basic, ones you’d see in any story: one is the handsome jock, one is the scrawny nerd who games. But once the boys set off on their mission, the differences go deeper. West is a lover of the outdoors, clearly an experienced hiker. Simon is too trustworthy and lives almost in his own virtual reality, and nearly gets himself killed too often due to his own ignorance and negligence. Clearly he’s used to being taken care of.
Once the girls are introduced, we get to see how the boys react. Simon is awkward and unsure, but quickly goes back to old habits of being entirely too trustworthy in a world where people will do anything to survive until their next meal. West is a ladies’ man, always thinking about his next move but learning to control himself due to Alex’s situation and having respect for that. (Sorry for the vagueness, I don’t want to include any potential spoilers, but you guys already know that!)
All in all, a fun read. I give it a 4.5/5 only because there were a few (very, very few) moments when the boys were alone that I didn’t feel engaged. By few, I mean about 2 chapters near the beginning where it consists of only thoughts, no dialogue. However, this is nice because we also get to experience West’s mental prep for hiking in the woods for a long period of time with little-to-no provisions. We also get to experience Simon’s major lack of preparation, despite having a little time to pack a bag before they have to leave. These moments weren’t a huge issue for me. It’s typical of me to get bored during these types of moments, because I love dialogue, but I wanted to mention them because I want other readers to push through those moments of no dialogue. If you’re a lover of dialogue like myself, don’t let it turn you away and make you put the book down. They’re brief, they’ll pass, and you’ll love the book.
Seeing the differing thoughts was also nice, because the story wasn’t too lecture-y. In fact, it wasn’t at all. You have Simon, who understands all the tech language. Then you have West, who literally gets none of it. You get both perspectives. If you’re a reader who loves gaming, you’ll connect with Simon and understand his anguish with West’s lack of knowledge. If you don’t understand technology at all, you’ll really connect with West and be thankful for his moments of confusion about the situation. You may also love his survival skills. If you’re like me, who moderately enjoys both and falls somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, you’ll appreciate both perspectives because you learn a little something about each one and also get questions answered about each as well. What you don’t understand about Simon, West is questioning too. And vice versa.
The differing points of view are what I truly love about this book and what I really think make it shine. On top of that, the story is fun and engaging, as are the little hiccups the characters face along the way. It’s action-packed and exciting, but anyone can tell you that upon reading the book. That’s why, for this review, I wanted to focus on the boys and their perspectives and why that takes this story to the next level.
In case you didn’t know, I’ve teamed up with other fantastic bloggers and our amazing authors for their release week blog tour! I’m so excited and honored to be a part of this. I’ll go ahead and post a picture of the blog tour schedule for this week down below, so you guys can keep track of where else you can find info about this book. As the week goes on, if school isn’t destroying me mentally (LOVE college), I’ll try to provide links to everyone’s blogs as well so it’s even EASIER for you to find!
Also… They’re running a GIVEAWAY! AH!
Click THIS LINK and follow the instructions so YOU can win not only a signed copy of Waypoint but also a $25 Amazon gift card! Honestly this is the coolest giveaway. I always feel kind of special when I have a signed copy of a book, and you all know how much I love Amazon by now. Definitely enter this giveaway for a chance to win these amazing prizes! The giveaway closes at 12pm December 3rd, so make sure you get on that ASAP.
I also want to give credit to the creator of these amazing character sketches that were provided to me for my character review, which I’m going to include at the bottom of this post. We aren’t sure of their name but you can check them out HERE. Their work is so cool, they’re so absolutely talented. And honestly, this is kind of exactly how I pictured the characters, and I love that. They did them such justice.
I think that’s all I’ve got for now everyone! Keep an eye out on my social channels, IG and Twitter. I’ll be sharing all the other posts from this blog tour this week, I’m SO excited to read everyone’s posts! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! 🙂 Also, let me know if you think you’d like to read this book!