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The Two Towers

Written by Jamie A. Waters

Genre(s): Post-Apocalyptic Romance

Book One in The Two Towers series 

(Post-Apocalyptic Romance)  

Winner of Readers' Favorite Award 
(Science-Fiction Romance) 

One hundred and fifty years after the earth was ravaged by war, the two self-sustaining towers built by OmniLab continue to offer a safe haven for those who paid the hefty price to assure their family's survival. But on the surface, there are others who have survived over the years struggling to barter and trade artifacts found within the ruins of the crumbling cities in exchange for critical supplies.

When Kayla, a ruin rat skilled in computer hacking and scavenging, discovers a strange artifact known as The Aurelia Data Cube, she finds herself inadvertently caught up in a series of events that threatens the lives of the mysterious and elusive people within OmniLab.

Carl, an unorthodox negotiator with a head for business, is determined to eradicate the corruption amongst his OmniLab brethren and has no qualms about using Kayla to do it. Unfortunately, he wasn't counting on the vastness of the corruption or his own feelings for the headstrong woman who turns his life upside down.

Caught between the life she knew and a dangerous world that's claimed her as their own, Kayla learns the fearful truth behind just how far one man will go to obtain power and how far she'll go to survive.

Dyane Forde's Review

This book is a solid start for a new writer. The setting is very interesting, as is the concept of a team of ‘ruin rats’ scavenging artifacts for a bunch of people essentially locked away in two towers, and the main character’s origins are equally interesting.

What lacked for me, however, was a real sense that this was a science-fiction story. There are many features mentioned (sensors, UV gear, com-links, etc.) but few were described with enough detail to give clues as to what they looked like or how they worked. For some people that might not be a big thing, but I like to feel immersed in a story, especially when it is happening in a place invented by the author.

Also, I had thought the story was a science-fiction novel with romance in it and soon realized it was a romance with science-fiction in it. Again, for some that might not be an issue, but it affected my perception of what I was getting into and my overall enjoyment of the story. That said, the intimate scenes were well-written and quite hot.

I would have liked to see more character development from some of the secondary characters. Veridian, I think, could have been stronger, and some of the others as well. Still, the cast functions well as a support for Kayla and, by the end, everyone does what they are expected to do. I did find Kayla too intense for me, sometimes overly reactive and downright obnoxious, but she did have her quiet, sensitive moments, which helped make her likable.

It’ll be interesting to see what comes next, as book 1 raises many intriguing questions to be answered in book 2.

Disclaimer: Book provided by the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.