By: J. B. Cantwell
Genre: Young Adult
Pink is set in 2095 when most of the world is underwater and most people live in a state of constant fear, poverty and starvation. The only way out for young people like “pink” (Riley Taylor) is to join the service. If she survives the 3-year enlistment, she’s set for life. Only the odds are not in her favor. Only 20% of those who enter the service ever live to get out of it.
Have you ever read a book during which you got so caught up that when it ended you yelled “NOOOOO!”? I have. This one.
I did not realize when I purchased it that it was part of a series. In fact, it’s more of a serial. A new installment is released about once a month. I don’t think I would have started it had I realized that. HOWEVER, I’m hooked now!
The author, J. B. Cantwell is incredibly talented. Her writing style is fast-paced, yet not rushed. She paints an incredible picture of 2095 and the characters within her story without overwhelming the reader with flowery words that really have no purpose.
I very quickly found myself watching Riley’s story with great interest as if I were there, a part of it, riding on her shoulder. At one point, Riley finds herself in a fist-fight with another girl and my stomach LITERALLY tensed up as if I were the one about to be hit. No joke.
When I reached the end of this very short first episode, I really did mentally squeal “NOOO!” I ran over to Amazon to see if there was a sequel. That’s when I discovered it was part of a serial. I will be reading this through to the very end. I MUST know what happens next! Now I know how my grandmother felt all those years ago, listening to her radio serials. How will I make it to the next installment of PINK?!