18 From Breckenridge

Love On The Run (18 From Breckenridge Book 1)

Young Adult - Thriller
343 Pages
Reviewed on 05/16/2020
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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.

K.C. Finn

Author J. P. Castle's 18 From Breckenridge: Love On The Run is a work of fiction written for young adults which encompasses the romance, thriller, and adventure sub-genres. In a near-future setting, negligence on the part of humanity has sent Earth into ruin, and so humanity turns to a dark resolve in order to save the race. High in the mountains of Breckenridge, a group of high school students faces a sharp shock when the world starts caving in around them, sending them out on the run and in search of a new place of safety. What results is a powerful adventure tale of survival, interpersonal drama, and the power of hope.

Author J. P. Castle has crafted a truly thrilling tale that will certainly captivate its young adult audience on many different levels. First, there is the romantic and interpersonal entanglements within the group itself, particularly Bastian and his love interests. Castle utilizes sharp dialogue and intimate narration to give these dramas their life and vitality, especially when put under stress by the survival situation. This forms its own layer of fantastic intrigue that puts the group under pressure, creating a breakneck pace of twists and turns that will keep the audience captivated from cover to cover. Beyond this, the fantastic atmospheric work paints a portrait of a world falling apart, and overall I would highly recommend 18 From Breckenridge: Love On The Run for YA fans who want a story that has truly got it all.

Rabia Tanveer

J. P. Castle's 18 From Breckenridge: Love On the Run is the first book in the 18 From Breckenridge series. Set in the near future when Earth has been ravaged of its resources, Bastian Ballentine is living in Breckenridge, Colorado away from the cares of the rest of the world. His biggest worry was to pass high school and get on with the next step in life. But when his world came crashing down in an instant, Bastian had to run for his life. He never had to think about the harshness of life before, but now that he is an orphan and with nowhere safe to go, Bastian has to think about all that. Now, he and a group of his friends are on the run for survival where they will be tested beyond their limits. Friendships and love will be tested in a new environment that they have never experienced before. Can they survive?

J. P. Castle's 18 From Breckenridge is an action-packed and high-strung story that will have your heart racing as it unfolds. Bastian is the perfect character for this story. He is likable, smart, and ready to take the necessary actions to make sure he helps his group of friends as much as possible. He doesn’t disregard his own struggles, he knows they are valid, yet he doesn’t let that stop him from being the best person he can be. His struggles with romance were a nice touch that gave him the opportunity to grow and become a well-rounded character. I enjoyed his reactions because author J. P. Castle made them genuine and as human as possible. This is a solid start to a series that I’m sure is going to become a favorite!