Book Title: The Unexpected Inlander
Book Author: Kellyn Thompson
Genre: Adult Fiction/ Science Fiction
Publishing Date: June 6th, 2016
Publisher: Self Published
Date Read: August 8th, 2018
Synopsis: Agent Christopher Rockford has been the best assassin in the agency for eight years, and he loves his job. He loves his solitary lifestyle. He loves eliminating criminals. He loves his comfortable life as a member of society’s wealthy coastal upper class.
But in pursuit of a target, he meets Jenna, a mysterious civilian who belongs to society’s lowest and most shunned group. Being around her is fun and intriguing, but it forces him to see things through her eyes—causing him to reconsider the world around them and The Order he so obediently serves. As he falls in love with her, he fears telling her the truth about his profession may cause him to lose her.
But Jenna has her own secrets to keep.
The Unexpected Inlander was highly intriguing and highlighted issues of controversy that made it quite exciting! It was fast paced and intense. It was definitely a one sitting kind of read and I devoured it!
From the synopsis you can’t really tell that this is a science fiction genre book. To give very mild spoilers, The Unexpected Inlander was set in a time after “The War” where those who had natural births and declined to genetically modify the children in any way were considered Purebreds, and those who followed the law, modifying genomes to get rid of disease and vastly lower the risk of sickness, were called Modifieds. The government was now called The Order, and kept very close tabs on all Purebreds, as they posed a higher risk of spreading disease and infections.
The idea behind this story was insanely fascinating! I loved the idea of genetic modification to rid the world of diseases and sickness. What I wouldn’t give to have had that to prevent my type 1 Diabetes! I also loved how thought provoking this story was and how controversial it all became because, just like in reality with anti-vaccers, the Purebreds were against modifications and there was even a secret rebel group planning attacks against The Order.
The story was quite frightening at times though. The amount of control and power The Order held was horrific. There were retinal scans and trackers everywhere. The Purebreds were forced to live in communities among themselves due to their higher risk of contracting infections and diseases, and there was widespread prejudice everywhere!
I loved the two main characters and what they represented. Chris was a strong character set in his beliefs, and, obviously, the best assassin The Order employed. He also had a conscience from the start, and was an incredibly decent, caring man. Though he was set in his ways and beliefs about the Purebreds and modifications, after he met Jenna he started to change how he perceived things, and I thought that was beautiful. He began to care for her and realized how poor things were for her, and all Purebreds.
I really loved Jenna and her strength. She never let the prejudice get her down and she always fought so hard to live a normal life. I loved her attitude toward life and how she treated people as equals and how she touched and changed Chris. I enjoyed watching her slowly let her guard down to Chris as she opened up and flourished as the beautiful character she was.
This is one of the best stories I have read in a long time! I loved the sci-fi tech, and the espionage, and how every person on the street seemed suspicious to me (because of the case Chris was working when he met Jenna). I loved the moral lesson of acceptance and treating people as equals, and I loved that even though The Order had sought to create a Utopia, of sorts, with the genetic modifications, the environment felt almost Hitler-ish with the “concentration communities” and the law of requiring modification, (most modifieds sought to physically change their hair and eye color to one particular look too) and it highlighted how that much control and power could cause chaos, prejudice, and danger. Though the story was predictable most of the time, I couldn’t put it down and I absolutely loved it! It was worth the read and I’d highly recommend it! 4.5 stars!
Thank you to the author for providing me with this free e-copy in exchange for my honest review!
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