{ARC} Review: A Single Light by Tosca Lee || Someone stop me I’m emotional

A Single Light

The Line Between #2

Tosca Lee

a single light by tosca lee

In this gripping sequel to The Line Between, which New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava calls “everything you want in a thriller,” cult escapee Wynter Roth and ex-soldier Chase Miller emerge from their bunker to find a country ravaged by disease, and Wynter is the only one who can save it. 

Six months after vanishing into an underground silo with sixty others, Wynter and Chase emerge to find the area abandoned. There is no sign of Noah and the rest of the group that was supposed to greet them when they emerged—the same people Wynter was counting on to help her locate the IV antibiotics her gravely ill friend, Julie, needs in order to live.

As the clock ticks down on Julie’s life, Wynter and Chase embark on a desperate search for medicine and answers. But what they find is not a nation on the cusp of recovery thanks to the promising new vaccine Wynter herself had a hand in creating, but one decimated by disease. What happened while they were underground?

With food and water in limited supply and their own survival in question, Chase and Wynter must venture further and further from the silo. Aided by an enigmatic mute named Otto, they come face-to-face with a society radically changed by global pandemic, where communities scrabble to survive under rogue leaders and cities are war zones. As hope fades by the hour and Wynter learns the terrible truth of the last six months, she is called upon once again to help save the nation she no longer recognizes—a place so dark she’s no longer sure it can even survive.

Fast-paced and taut, A Single Light is a breathless thriller of nonstop suspense about the risks of living in a world outside the safe confines of our closely-held beliefs and the relationships and lives that inspire us.

Publisher: Howard Books

Publication Date: September 17th 2019 

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Graphic Gore/Blood/Death/Violence/Genocide, Mentions of Domestic Abuse/Sexual Assault/Suicide, Murder, Death of Animals, PTSD, Anxiety Attacks

I don’t know what it is about this duology?? trilogy??? Is it obvious that I’m asking for more??? But I can’t not give this anything less than five stars.

Like I said in my last review: this book had everything that would appeal to yours truly- same cinematic feel, great pacing, amazing immersion… just add a bit more of a personal motive.

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Because this book is the aftermath of this pandemic. So much is happening: we’re stuck in the silo Noah made, there’s a malfunction and people start losing their minds. But that’s not all- because there’s still a mission: this time around, we’re not trying to save the world kind ofwe’re trying to save a person.

After Julie gets into an accident and needs medicine to fight he infection. Which is nearly impossible, because the world outside isn’t how we remember it: it’s worse. It’s beyond saving; we’re in a world where structure, humanity is out of the window and even the people you know best can lose it.

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There were just twist on twist on twist and… this is a book where I wasn’t just reading it, I was in it. My heart raced, my breathing quickened… I was immersed to the T. I was scared. Which is a rare thing- Mrs. Lee’s writing is just *chef’s kiss*

That’s the thing with these books, you just fly through them.

But something I really appreciated was Wynter’s PTSD, her OCD, her compulsions… they stayed prevalent throughout the entire story. They pushed her decisions, they made her question her relationships, I loved it.

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Speaking of relationships, the romance stepped up a bit and… I’m trying not to gush too much but… it was a real relationship. They grew together, had ups and downs, hiccups and communication. We love a communicative unit. 

And the characters… I just… love them??? so much??????? Because they grow and are realistic. They are super soldiers or perfect: they’re desperate people put in impossible situations asked to do their best.

I do have a favorite new character, Otto, who is mute and a light in this dark plunging world. But, you know anything suspicious in these times is in automatic danger. However, we just adopted a new child and is my heart broken? Yes. Do I forgive you Tosca Lee? No, you are evil and I can not believe you would do this to me right now. I’m hurt.

Listen, This series is just a joy to read. Can’t say anything else without turning into a gushing, repetitive mess. Just go read it.

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