Readers: February 27th: Apologies for the scattered posting that's about to come during the next week or so. University has just started and I have a lot of work to do to get on top of things (and ahead!). Thanks for your patience, as always.

Publishers: I promise I'm not abandoning the lovely review copies you've sent!
I'm getting through them and the reviews will come eventually!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Review: The Industry

Title: The Industry
Author: Rose Foster
Series: The Industry #1
Publisher: Harper Collins Australia
Published: April 1st 2012
Source: Manuscript for review

Kirra Hayward is an ordinary sixteen year old - smarter than most, but otherwise completely anonymous. When she solves an unusual decrypting puzzle on the internet to fill in a moment of boredom at school, she has no idea of what she's letting herself in for. Kidnapped by a shadowy organisation of mercenaries known only as The Industry, Kirra soon discovers how valuable her code-breaking skills are. And when she stubbornly refuses to help them, they decide to break her ... by any means at their disposal. Kirra knows that to protect herself, she must trust no one, not even her fellow prisoner, Milo. But as time goes by she wonders if he is the only person she can rely on.

The Industry is a novel so packed with mystery and action, you won't know what to do with yourself! I was honoured to have received a bound manuscript of this amazing book to read and review. My first experience: brilliant. I could barely contain my excitement after turning the first page and realising how greatly it would meet my expectations!

Kirra Hayward is a very intelligent student with a specialisation in maths and computing. Enrolled in classes too effortless for her, a simple maths assignment leads her to a deadly Google search. When she stumbles across a seemingly random puzzle, she solves it having no idea how she did so. There was no formula. No method. Just a string of numbers and letters flashing in her vision. Nothing happens when she submits her answer and it's over. Or so she thought. When a special organisation is alerted of the solved puzzle, it makes her one of the most wanted people in the word. With her ability to crack the code, something only three known people can do, she's a dangerous weapon who can get through all sorts of security barriers. Get ready for some high-speed chases, kidnappings and shocking deaths!

After being captured by Latham and his cronies, Kirra is thrown into a cell where she is tortured. She must solve each code presented to her or be injected with a fluid which will make her beg for death. Kirra gives in the first time but then vows to endure the pain for the sake of humanity. I admired her inner strength as she sacrificed herself to prevent Latham's plans for evil. What a character! Unfortunately, her resolves breaks when Milo Franklyn joins her in the cell. They develop feelings for each other and suddenly, the outside world doesn't matter when someone you care about is threatened with endless agony. Yes, fun times. Both characters are intriguing with minds I would kill to further explore! They mature and change very rapidly...with some unexpected surprises. Just wait until you run into the novel's major plot twist! *gasp*

The Industry's plot will blow you away. For every question answered, three more are asked. Have fun navigating this mind-numbing mystery! Along with the stunning characters, the storyline carries the novel in fierce style. Be swept away in the electrifying romance, with moments of absolute heartache and pure fluff. In this dangerous and frightening world, the sequel will surely keep us on the edge of our seats once again!
I can't believe this is so far away from release! I can't wait to see this get more hype and material. A nice cover and trailer would be good ;) Who's excited? Check out the Facebook page to keep up with the latest news and reviews!
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