Lake of Sins: Escape
L. S. O'Dea
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Hundreds of years after the Great Death desolated the planet, the world was reborn. Ruled by humans and filled with human-animal hybrids the difference between life and death is determined by a creature’s purpose and usefulness to society.
For a Producer the only guarantee of survival is being allowed to stay in the encampment. Those on the Harvest List are loaded onto carts and taken away, never to be seen or heard from again.
Only the finest examples of Producers are chosen to stay and breed. Trinity knows she's not one of them. She’s too short, too skinny and her eyes are too light and those are the traits she doesn’t hide. She’s spent her life concealing her claws and fangs because if anyone saw those, she’d be dead.
She has one week to discover where they’ll take her and that means she needs to sneak into the woods – again. But this time she stumbles across mutated monsters and predators long thought to be extinct.
Hunted at every turn, can she make it home before her week is up? And once she discovers the horrifying fate of her kind, does she dare return to her home and save her friends and family?
Q. – Why should someone read the Lake of Sins series?
If you’re looking for your typical dystopian, post-apocalyptic, survival thriller then you should look somewhere else. This story has been described as a one of a kind world created in a unique dystopian society.
The characters in the series are human-animal hybrids—genetic mutations or evil experiments, is yet to be revealed. It’s an entire new species of characters who don’t fit in the typical genre categories of vampire, werewolf, witch, fairies or even angels and demons.
The world of the Lake of Sins is segregated by class with the humans ruling supreme. In book one, Escape, Trinity unwittingly sets off a collision between the classes when she flees into the forest to discover the fate of her kind.
The books are fast paced with adventure and mutated creatures around every corner. There are legends that are truth and societal truths that are well guarded lies.
All-in-all, it’s a unique and exciting read and you should give it a try. I think you’ll love it.
The Conguise Chronicles series also takes place in the world of the Lake of Sins. These stories are prequels, explaining how some of the characters, who you meet in the Lake of Sins series, became monsters.
Q. – Who should read the Lake of Sins series?
Although there’s a strong, female lead in Lake of Sins, the audience for both series is broad. I have fans (male and female) aged ten through eighty. Anyone who likes gory thrillers that are dark, a little disturbing and packed with action will enjoy these books. If you like Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings and The Island of Dr. Moreau, then you’ll enjoy these tales.
However, a word of caution is in order. These books are not for the squeamish. Some scenes are bloody and violent almost falling into the horror genre, but the interactions between the characters are funny, poignant and loving (and a love triangle develops as the stories progress). Still, I wouldn’t recommend these books to anyone under thirteen without the parents reading the books first.
Good writer. Excellent description of action. Lots of action, none gratuitous. Meaningful character development. Creative storylines and plot twists.
Her work is more fantasy than si-fi. The science is weak and the basic premise is not supported by research. But while the world that she has created is consistent, her biology (particularly the eugenics) is shaky at best. Which is at odds with some of the storyline.
The sociology is inconsistent. She is obviously making comments on race relations, classism, and economics. Some seem a little heavy handed.
There isn’t much joy or levity to give the reader any rest. The result is that I feel as if I had been pummeled, ridden hard and put away wet.
Nice read, kept my attention. Would have liked a little more back story.