Friday, May 13, 2016

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: The Colony by Kathleen Groger @KathleenGroger @XpressoReads @XpressoTours #XpressoBookTours

The Colony by Kathleen Groger
(A Rasper Novel, #1)
Publication date: April 5th 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult


Trust no one.

Never go out in the dark.

Always have a weapon.

Sixteen-year-old Val lives by these three rules etched on her arm. Her rules and her gun are the only things standing between her and assimilation by hordes of human-looking aliens she calls Raspers.

By day, Val gathers supplies. By night, she hides and wishes she could go back in time…before her family died…before the annihilation…before the Raspers began stalking her and demanding she join their collective.

But when the Raspers attack in broad daylight, the truth becomes startlingly clear.
They’re evolving.

A fellow survivor crashes into Val’s life. Adam’s full of charm and promises—like rumors of a safe haven—but there’s something wrong. He’s survived with no supplies, no weapons…no plans. Time is running out. With the formula for survival shifting around her, Val must decide how many rules she’s willing to break to escape the Colony.


My Review:

Val a sixteen year old girl is fighting to for her life against the raspers. Raspers are human looking aliens that are evolving every day. The Raspers don’t come out during the day so that is when Val hunts for supplies but at night you better find shelter and lock yourself in or they will get you and maybe you will die or maybe you will become one of them, maybe.

Val has three rules that she lives by and they are:

Trust no one.

Never go out in the dark.

Always have a weapon.

Val lives by these rules and they are what have kept her alive so far. But when she meets Adam a boy about her age her rules start flying out the window one by one. Val is a tough girl but Adam is just the opposite of Val and he is breaking her down and causing her to throw her rules to the wind. Is he worth it? Is he being completely honest with her? You see Adam tells Val that he knows of a place that is safe. Does he know what he is talking about or is he just telling her what he thinks she wants or needs to hear to get her to trust him and follow him anywhere? Val thinks Adam is hiding something from her. Is he? Or is he just trying to save both of them?

When Val meets Adam she notices that he has no supplies of any kind. No food, water or even a weapon. She is like how has he survived all this time with no supplies. She is wondering what he is? Is he human? But he does save her life on more than once and on more than one level. Did he save her because he cares about her or does he have something up his sleeve? Does he have a secret that he is not telling her about?

The Colony was definitely unlike any book I have read before. The raspers is a new form of zombies, well they are not actually zombies but maybe close. Hmmm? The raspers are a great new twist and I absolutely love it and can’t get enough of it. I am anxiously awaiting book two in the series. If you love a good science fiction novel then I highly suggest that you grab yourself a copy of The Colony and check out Val’s raspers. 


Kathleen wrote her first story in elementary school about a pegasus named Sir Lancelot. It had no plot or conflict, but it sparked a dream. After serving a fifteen-year sentence in retail management, the bulk in big box bookstores, she turned her love of reading into a full-time career writing dark and haunting characters and stories.

She lives by the mantra that a day is not complete without tea. Lots of tea. Kathleen lives in Ohio with her husband, two boys, and two attention-demanding dogs. When not writing or editing or revising, you can find her reading, cooking, spending time with her family, or photographing abandoned buildings.

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erin said...

this looks and sounds fabulous! Thanks for sharing :)