Book Review: Within the Walls

Within the Walls
by Dre Keeton
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Dystopian
 
Perfect opposites in a far from perfect world.
Jackson and Lenah are from two different worlds. Lenah is among the elite in
Sundale City. Jackson, on the other hand, is broke, Psycho Infected
and has a criminal record growing by the minute. It’s safe to say,
in another life, the two would never have crossed paths.
But when Jackson is assigned to work for Lenah in an effort to use his PI
abilities for something productive, things get complicated.
As their worlds collide, they realize how much they’ve both suffered
and struggled with the darkness the infection brought the world.
But the closer they become, the more dangerous things get. It isn’t
just that PI and human relationships are forbidden, but Lenah’s
powerful fiancé has no intention of letting her go. And as people in
the American Walled Cities start disappearing, Jackson and Lenah
discover there’s something even more sinister at play than her
pending nuptials.
 
My Review

“Within the Walls” is kind of a dark story. It gave me a creepy feeling and I wouldn’t say this is generally a bad thing. The atmosphere described is not at all a positive one. It’s dark and bloody and strange.

There are three types of people: the rich and healthy, the infected and the food. Yup, some people are food for others and they become food either willingly or… not so much. Now, we have many contrasting elements here. The rich and healthy live in a prosperous city, where the politics dictate, where politicians crave power and want it regardless of who gets hurt. For them the infected are not people, are just … things. Then we have Victory – a city that used to be beautiful and safe. After the virus outbreak, it changed dramatically. That’s the difference between our main characters. Jackson is a PI (infected) from Victory, Lenah is soon to be married with one of the politicians. Their story is great, not only because of these discrepancies, but also because they have a lot to face. Manipulation and sickness are probably their biggest enemies.

I liked the book quite a lot and it was a very easy read (finished it in one day), but there were some things that I did not enjoy. I was not very comfortable with how the infected people had to find food. It creeped me out! But that’s just me, ok? Then, the main characters seemed a little unstable. Lenah is hot and cold and undecided. She loved her fiancee and then she didn’t. But she did enjoy the luxury. Jackson’s sense of morality is greatly appreciated but he started to like this woman too fast. It seemed forced.

All in all, it was a good read and a series that I would like to follow. Even if I was not totally convinced by the characters, the ending is very promising and I am sure the next book in the series will be even better. My rating for now is 3.5 stars. Until then, happy reading and see you soon with another review 🙂

 
 
Dre Keeton is the oldest of three children, a tequila enthusiast, and
fueled by plants. One of her favorite things, aside from chatting
with her dog, is creating fictional worlds that seem likely. Dre is
an avid promoter of diversity in literature and seeks to mirror that
in her own work.
 
 
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