About the Book
Title: Everything Under The SunGenre: YA/NA Crossover; Dystopian
Author: Jessica Redmerski
Author: Jessica Redmerski
Thais Fenwick was eleven-years-old when civilization fell, devastated by a virus that killed off the majority of the world’s population. For seven years, Thais and her family lived in a community of survivors deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. But when her town is attacked by raiders, she and her blind sister are taken away to the East-Central Territory where she is destined to live the cruel and unjust kind of life her late mother warned her about.
Atticus Hunt is a troubled soldier in Lexington City who has spent the past seven years trying to conform to the vicious nature of men in a post-apocalyptic society. He knows that in order to survive, he must abandon his morals and his conscience and become like those he is surrounded by. But when he meets Thais, morals and conscience win out over conformity, and he risks his rank and his life to help her. They escape the city and set out together on a long and perilous journey to find safety in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Struggling to survive in a world without electricity, food, shelter, and clean water, Atticus and Thais shed their fear of growing too close, and they fall hopelessly in love. But can love survive in such dark times, or is it fated to die with them?
My Rating: 3.75 Stars (4 Stars rounded up)
I was sent this book as part of a blog tour. My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review.
I actually completed a promo post on my blog a month or so ago on this book. I really wanted to read it back then, and I knew I needed to grab it. I have loved everything I have read by JA Redmerski previously. When I saw this was going to be available to review, I was very excited to get the chance to finally read this one!
I actually read this on both Kindle and paperback, as I started the Kindle version until the paperback got to me in the mail. I did not want to put this down which is good since this is a beast of a book over 600 pages long. However; the author has a way of pulling you into her stories and not letting you go. Everything Under The Sun was no exception.
I loved that this was so different than the other books I have read from the author. This is probably why this is published under Jessica Redmerski and the others are published under J.A. Redmerski. That is just my speculation, and not a fact.
I am not normally a huge Dystopian fan, but this was one of my favorites I have read yet. This is a new adult dystopian. This is a story about strength and determination, survival, sisters, hope, and love. This involved some pretty intense plot points and I do not recommend this for sensitive readers. This is a very crude world involving rape and murder and inequality to women. This covers abuse or all kinds and issues around suicide. There are scouting parties who bring back goods and people in which women are cast into jobs including a warrior, a worker, a wife, or a whore.
This book will make you have every feeling possible. I felt angry and disgusted how the men were treating women (I understand this is problematic, but keep reading it is worth it). I laughed, I cried, and there were moments I wanted to throw this book across the room. Every time I thought this would slow down, something would happen and my heart would be racing to find out what happens next.
I also loved Atticus! I loved how much he respected Thais, wanted to protect her, and wanted to change the world.
This was pretty long, and I do think that somethings were a little repetitive. It could have been a little shorter and just as amazing. The middle section could have been taken out and I think I would have loved this even more. I give the first half 5 stars, the middle 3 stars, the ending 4 stars.
Overall, this was probably one of the most unexpected reads of the year for me so far. I loved it!
Jessica Redmerski is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, international bestseller, and award winner, who juggles several different genres. She began self-publishing in 2012, and later with the success of THE EDGE OF NEVER, signed on with Grand Central Publishing/Forever Romance. Her works have been translated into more than twenty languages.
Jessica is a hybrid author who, in addition to working with a traditional publisher, also continues to self-publish. Her popular crime and suspense series, In the Company of Killers, has been optioned for television and film by actor and model William Levy.
She also writes as J.A. Redmerski.
Web site: http://jessicaredmerski.com/
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