Title: Immurement (The Undergrounders Series Book One) by Norma Hinkens
Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction – Dystopian
Length: 247 pages
Publication Date: December 9, 2015
Publisher: Dunecadia Publishing
Rating – 5/5!
The earth’s core overheats. The sovereign leader vanishes. A young girl is the survivors’ only hope …
What little land is habitable is patrolled by cutthroat gangs of escaped subversives, but that’s not the greatest threat facing sixteen-year-old Derry Connelly, her brother Owen, and a ragged band of Preppers holed up in a bunker in the Sawtooth Mountains. Mysterious hoverships operated by clones are targeting adolescents for extraction.
Owen, is one of the first to disappear. To save him, Derry must strike a deal with the murderous subversives, and risk a daring raid to infiltrate the heart of the extraction operation.
But will the rookie leader falter when forced to choose between her brother and a clone who ignites something inside her she didn’t know was possible?
Happy Monday everyone and most importantly Happy New Year! I am excited to share with you my first read and also, my first review of 2016! I would like to thank the author of this book, Norma Hinkens for reaching out to me and giving me the chance to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review!
Immurement is a dystopian story that follows our main character, Derry Connelly as she tries to live and survive in a world that has been plunged into chaos and is fraught with danger.
I haven’t read a dystopian book in what feels like quite some time so it was really refreshing to be plunged back into the chaotic of environment of a dystopian world. I had alot of fun reading this book and getting lost in it, running through the forests alongside Derry and her dog, Tucker. When I first started the book it sort of gave me the feeling I had when I first started reading The Maze Runner. While I didn’t end up liking The Maze Runner, I ended up really loving Immurement.
As far as characters go, I loved Derry. I love that she’s flawed and that it’s obvious that she’s a character who is growing into herself and her position in her world. I love Derry’s development through the story. When I first started reading it she seemed to me like every teenage girl worried about the normal teenage girl things like boys and her dog but obviously in a more hostile setting. But when we get to the end she has just changed so much and because she has gone through tragedy and has had to make extremely hard decisions in order to survive she has grown up alot, become harder and more of a survivor. It’s interesting to see her try to balance her will to survive with her innate sense of compassion that seems to be missing from alot of people in her world. I appreciate her relationship with Tucker so much and alot of the time it was really endearing to witness their interaction with each other. I also loved a few other characters like Mason and am intrigued by Sven. I’d say I’m pretty intrigued at the love triangle we have brewing. I cannot wait to see how that develops as there is some definite friction between the three people involved.
There are alot of other things that happened in this book with various characters that we meet that I am SO pumped to see resolved in subsequent books. I don’t want to spoil anyone so I won’t mention them but yeah…I can’t wait.
Overall, I am giving this book a five star rating and I am super excited to be giving my first five star rating of the year! I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. I savored it. It was dangerous and fun, definitely action packed. I feel like it had a little of everything that I like in dystopian stories – the danger, the suspense, the science, the rebels, the battles, the tragedies and the romance! Ugh so good and I cannot wait to continue the series which I believe is due out this month so we don’t even have a long time to wait ahhh! Fans of Dystopian (or even just Sci Fi), this one is for you! You can purchase your own copy of book one of this promising series on Amazon at this link: Take Me to Immurement.
About the Author
Norma Hinkens grew up among vibrant storytelling traditions in her native Ireland. A Celtic bard at heart, she wields her wordsmithing sword with as much wit and eloquence as a bard can muster. She’s a legend-loving author who takes a fiendish delight in pushing reluctant characters over cliffs to find out what they’re made of. Epic odds, seemingly impossible missions, pasts that haunt, intrigue and misadventure. She’s happiest when wrangling provocative big picture ideas that are never black and white when you turn them inside out. It’s all about the tension in the journey. She lived and worked in Germany for several years, and currently resides in California with her husband, three children and Chihuahua extraordinaire. She is the author of The Undergrounders Series, Immurement, Embattlement and Adjudgement, a Young Adult post-apocalyptic, sci-fi adventure trilogy.
You can visit her site at: Norma Hinkens Site and follow her on twitter @NormaHinkens