Author: Wendy Higgins
Genre: New Adult/Dystopian
Series: Unknown Trilogy
Publication Date: August 16, 2016
Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.
When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.
In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.
Holy hell, Batman. This was some read! I hadn’t heard about these books before I received an email about the final book in the trilogy, but I knew who Wendy Higgins was. I’ve read a few of her YA novels and enjoyed her writing. So I was excited to get an opportunity to read and review her first foray into the New Adult genre. And it was so worth it.
Unknown is the story of Amber Tate and her family. Amber leaves in Nevada, and works as a paramedic. She loves her life, has great friends, and is in love with the neighbor boy. Unfortunately, he looks at her like a little sister, but it doesn’t stop Amber’s heart from wanting more. Her life is damn near perfect, until one day, it’s not. Bombings all over the world, destruction of government, along with complete shut downs of all electricity, cell towers, and military bases becomes the new norm. It feels like the apocalypse is happening, and Amber most stay strong for her family.
This book was terrifying. Not in a creepy clown in your closet kind of way. More of the “Holy Shit! This could really happen” kind of way. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading. As soon as I finished Unknown I quickly grabbed book 2 because I had to know what happened! Higgin’s writing draws you in and you are pulled into the story in such a way you feel every heartbreak and emotion of these characters. The one warning I will give about this trilogy is the romance definitely plays second fiddle to the main storyline of Earth’s destruction. This romance is a very, very slow burn. Veeeeeerrrrrrryyyyyy ssssslllllooooowwww. You feel me?
Overall, I really loved this start to the trilogy, and I’m eager to see where Higgins takes the story next! This was a four star read for, only because I found a few things to be predictable, but it is definitely an amazing book!