Oct 252013

Review: Colony East

Review: Colony EastColony East (The Toucan Trilogy #2) by Scott Cramer
Published by Trainrenoir Publishing on Sept 9, 2013
Genres: MG, Post Apocalyptic, YA
Format: eBook from Author
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Rating: four-stars

When the bacteria that killed most of world’s adults undergo a deadly mutation, 15-year old Abby must make the journey to Colony East, an enclave of scientists caring for a small group of children for reasons unknown. She fears that time is running short for the victims, but she’s soon to learn that time is running out for everyone outside Colony East.

Picking up right after the first one ends, this story moves away from the immediate after effects of the disaster to more of a survival story. This shift happens smoothly, and pulls you into the story.

While the first book was quite sad, this book did not cause the same emotions. I was more intriguing and entertained this time. The kids have adjusted so well, and are creating a life that is not just about danger. The older children on the island are trying to let the younger children still have a childhood, even though circumstances cause most of them to grow up too early.

The science in this story is just as believable as in the first story, and once again, the level of detail is very appreciated. This story moves quickly, and there is no end to the danger and disasters. The author even very bravely kills off some beloved characters.

Overall, this was a fun MG/young YA story, and was a great addition to the series. The story has a complete plotline, and while there is a cliffhanger at the end, there is definitely no second-book-curse here. I just wish the third book was available so I could move right to it.

  5 Responses to “Review: Colony East”

  1. Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop! I’m glad you enjoyed this so much!

  2. Sounds great, Sarah. While it wasn’t as action-packed as the first one, I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it nonetheless.

  3. Hey, Abby’s fifteen now! And yes for sequels that start immediately where the previous book ends. I hate time jumps, it makes me so disoriented and it kind of helps to progress my book amnesia. Recaps are super important for me because I’m just so forgetful. Anyway, I’m glad that this didn’t fall prey to the second book syndrome. Hard to find books like that these days.

    The older children on the island are trying to let the younger children still have a childhood” — For some reason, this really caught my attention and made my heart swell. It’s so touching, and I don’t think the “lack” of emotion in this one will bother me much because I can already feel some of it just through your review. Besides, it sounds like the story made up for that in a way. And it’s actually shocking that the author would kill of beloved characters, since this is a sort of MG novel. Then again, it shows that the author isn’t toning down anything just because of the readers’ age group, and I really appreciate that.

    Oh, those cliffhangers! I think I’ve read enough of them to last me the rest of the year. They’re so painful. I hope you manage to get the next book soon to quell the torture you must be feeling right now!

    • This book did a cool thing where it started right from the last one and wrapped up the little cliffhanger, then jumped a year. I got my cliffhanger solved, and a summary all in one, and then this book started. I liked it.

      Also, the author killing characters shocked me tremendously. It’s so rare in most books. I loved it, and yet also hated who was killed. It was just so unexpected.

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