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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Love on the Run by J. P. Castle is the first book in the teen and young adult dystopian series, 18 from Breckenridge. The story begins in the year 2085 with the violent and sudden arrival of the military in the otherwise peaceful and secluded Colorado town of Breckenridge. The tight-knit community is ripped apart under the premise of “vaccines” being issued through the force of martial law, in a covert attempt to thin out the population of an environmentally ravaged and starving United States by as much as 70%. A group of teen survivors escapes the murders of their families and begin to forage their way through the fear and carnage, battling all that surrounds them while mitigating the emotional toll that seeps through from within the group as they make their way toward an uncertain future.
This is an excellent book. Honestly, Love on the Run is probably one of the better stories that have landed in my lap this year. J.P. Castle has a genuine talent for dialogue, which feels completely authentic throughout. Teen and YA reads are usually going to give an older reader at least one good eye-roll, but I was wholly committed to the story from its prologue. Bastian is a fully-fleshed character and exactly the type of perfectly imperfect leader required for a believable and epic voyage across the States. The narrative is clean and the style of writing engages instantly, leaving me with a sour-puss face only at the end, knowing I'll have to wait a bit to follow what happens next. Very highly recommended.