Within The Walls by Dre Keeton – Review

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Title: Psycho Infected: Within The Walls

Author: Dre Keeton

Genre: Dystopian Fiction

Summary: from Amazon

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.

Something that may keep them apart forever…If it doesn’t kill them first.

Review:

Within the Walls had me interested right from the start, I immediately wanted to know more about the Psycho infection and the impact it has had on the society depicted in this dystopian book. Lenah and Jackson are the two main characters and they are both fascinating to follow. They are very different and have led very different lives in the wake of the Psycho infection which makes them all the more interesting.

There is a great deal of darkness in the world depicted in Within the Walls and there is also a huge class divide. The PI’s (Psycho Infected) are treated as second class citizens whilst the non-infected live in wealth and comfort. This divide is one of the central points of this novel as Lenah, who lives a privileged life begins to realise that something is very wrong with the society she lives in and how the PI’s are treated. I found the idea of Within the Walls pretty original, it’s certainly not like anything else I’ve read in the genre and I think there is a lot more to be discovered about this world as the series hopefully progresses. Within the Walls is complex, dark and gritty and I think in this book the reader just scratches the surface of the corruption and dark forces at play here.

One of the biggest strengths of Within the Walls is the developing relationship between Lenah and Jackson. The romance does not overtake the story which is full of action but it is a focal point that helps the reader unravel what is going on as Lenah and Jackson do. Their relationship is full of fire and intrigue and it progresses in a realistic way. The book is pretty serious but there are some genuinely amusing moments of sarcastic humour between Lenah and Jackson and also moments of real warmth. I’m really interested to see how their relationship develops after they come to terms with the revelations in Within the Walls.

Overall I very much enjoyed this read. I didn’t really know what to expect from the story but it sucked me in quickly and made me want to know more about the dangerous world these characters live in. I will definitely be reading the next book in this series as I feel quite attached to Lenah and Jackson and I think there is a long way to go with this story. If you are a fan of dystopian fiction and lots of action then I would absolutely recommend Within the Walls.

I received this ebook from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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