Into the Blind
by Helen Rena
Release Date: 06/2014
Summary from Goodreads:
In a world where everyone is gifted, be it in dancing, lightning-bringing, or death-giving, Ever is born…all-powerful.
For this gift, she is kidnapped and trafficked at birth. Fifteen years later, Ever still hasn't seen even a glimmer of her powerful gift. Locked in an abandoned mall in New York City, she's fighting to survive her captivity, her brutal guards, and the other gifted kids in her cell. She would do anything to escape.
Fox is gifted with time manipulation. Like Ever, he hasn't come into his gift yet; like Ever, he hates the mall; and like Ever, he longs to be free. But there's one thing he values above his freedom-it's Ever's love…
…yet, when the two make a desperate attempt to escape, this attempt proves so dark and twisted that it just might destroy Ever's love for Fox.
Praise for Into the Blind:
"A thrilling story…a must-read for the adventurous of heart!" -Gina Henning, author of Going Pecans
"…genuinely original and engaging…" -Jeanne Dallman, author of The Hour of Separation
"…unique voice…unique world…unique premise…" -Jon VanZile, editor of Dragon Tree Press
I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.
A world where everyone is born with a gift and someone is kidnapping all the babies and carrying them to live in a mall. Ever, Fox, Sinna and Demi all have ability or a gift and they are lucky that they have gotten to live in a bookstore in the mall. While being kept hostage at the mall in the bookstore they have the opportunity to read lots of books and educate themselves. But I don't actually think that all of the books could possibly be non-fictional books. But to them books never lie there is truth in every book.
Ever, Fox, Sinna and Demi have lived in the bookstore for fifteen years. They never get to go outside. Like go on a date or have other friends to play with or family that they can go and visit. All they have is each other and they all in some way or another depend on each other for one reason or another. Ever depends on Fox most of all. Fox never wants Ever out of his sight. He has this wired way of keeping her close and never letting her does anything that he has not told her do. All through the book I couldn't quite figure him out. Does is really love Ever or is he just a "you belong to me" controlling kind of person. He loves Ever more than his own life or that is what he says. But with his attitude it is very hard to tell if he really loves her or not. Maybe is only afraid of losing her and never seeing her again.
They have lived in this mall for the past fifteen years which is all of their life. They are tired of always being locked up. They want their freedom to be able to do what they want and not what someone tells them to do. They are tired of being some else's puppet on string. They have been working on plan a way out of the bookstore and out of the mall too. So one day they decide that it is time to leave. So they take off and escape. When they get outside they discover that they are in New York but it is a lot different than what all of the info that they have read in the books tells them about New York.
After they escape and find their way to the city they realize that they can't stay there for long they only have a matter of hours to find their way out of New York before they are trapped their forever. They meet a lot of different people on their little expedition on their way through the city. Some of these people do try to help them even though they have no idea how to get out of the city either.
Fox is always telling Ever never to use her gift under any circumstances. He is afraid that if she uses her ability he will lose her forever and that is something he doesn't think he could do. He can't imagine life without his love right there beside him.
Talk about sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for what is going to happen next is an understatement with Into the Blind. Helen Rena has you hanging on by the hair of your head with all the suspense that is bouncing all over the place. I love the world that she built in Into the Blind. It is very hard at times to figure out what is real and what is not. Now that is one amazing authors when they can do that. Yes it is a fictional book but you are always wondering if it is real or not. You are wondering if what is happening to Ever, Fox, Sinna and Demi is real or not. At times you are thinking that it is not real that they are being made to do what they are doing. Or that someone is having a bad nightmare because you are thinking that is the only answer.
If you love a good book that is spilling over with suspense, mystery. and the thrill of your life then Into the Blind is the book for you. Do you like your books that keeps taking you in different directions every time you turn around and you never know where you are going to turn up next then Into the Blind is your next read. The ending has a very surprising turn of events it is an ending that in lots of ways you never saw it coming. The writer knew just how much to throw out there to keep you hanging on and coming back for more.
About The Author:
Helen Rena loves reading and writing novels. And short stories. And flash fiction. She has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, and a vast collection of books and green bottles. She is still not sure why green bottles. She lives in Southern Oregon with her husband and two children. Please visit her at helenrena.com.