Her home. Her parents. Her freedom. Gone.
His dreams. His sister. Himself. Lost.
The economy crashed, the country is floundering, and Carrie Ashworth struggles to keep her siblings alive. She has two jobs in her newly-formed, newly-outlawed clan: growing crops to feed thirty-six people, and keeping Oliver Simmons, their local patrolman, happy. Carrie’s life is almost content when Greg Pierce shows up. A man with the ambition to help them survive. A man determined to hate her.
When a government raid nearly wipes out their clan, Greg realizes the true reason behind their safety. Patrolman Simmons has fallen for Carrie. Greg takes it upon himself to give the socially-awkward patrolman what he wants. Only Carrie doesn’t like Greg throwing her in Simmon's path, especially when Greg’s brusque exterior melts, and she catches a glimpse of the real man underneath. Carrie is forced to choose: follow her heart or save her clan. Life won’t let her choose both.
I absolutely LOVED this story! Each night before going to sleep, I became so engrossed in the story that I later dreamed about being there. In the mornings, I had to think about whether what I dreamed was in the book or part of my imagination. The characters were so genuine, I almost believed they were real. If it weren't for the horrifying situation these characters found themselves in, I think I would actually enjoy the challenge of living off-grid in a community like Logan's Pond.
The ending of the story was so perfect, so satisfying. Even though this is the first book of a trilogy and I can't wait to read the sequels, I didn't feel unsettled at the end like I do in so many trilogy first books. It wasn't exactly a happy ending, mind you, but a hopeful, satisfying one all the same.
This is a must read for anyone who likes the post-apocalyptic/dystopian genre or is worried about the financial stability of our country. Highly recommended!
About the Author
Rebecca Lund Belliston is the author of the romantic suspense novel, SADIE, its sequel, AUGUSTINA, and a new trilogy, CITIZENS OF LOGAN POND. Besides writing fiction, she loves to compose music, teach piano, and read. She lives in Michigan with her husband and five children.
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1. What is one non-essential item you would keep? I would keep my Kindle. I would charge it with my solar charger daily and, therefore, always have something to read. (And Citizens of Logan Pond: Life would be read many times!)
2. What responsibility would you have in a clan like this? It has to be something essential: food, clothing, or shelter related. I have the knowledge (because of my Teenage Survivalist series) to fulfill any of those roles, but I would probably gravitate toward the raising/gathering of food.
3. Would you have stayed in Logan Pond or moved back to a municipality? Why? Definitely stayed in Logan Pond! I'm on off-grid, independent type already. The prospect of living in the municipalities is horrifying!
4. Which citizen are you? You can take the quiz at http://www.whichblankareyou.com/q/which-citizen-of-logan-pond-are-you. Carrie! Of course I knew that before I even took the quiz. I identified so strongly with her, which is why I got so invested in the story.