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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
In Plucked by Blaine C. Readler, the last thing Rommy remembers is driving out of the city and hearing a deafening sound similar to a jet engine. He wakes up on an isolated ranch in the Sierra Nevada foothills, along with three other strangers. They have no power save for some food and a few cows in the barn. They have no idea who is responsible for their strange predicament and the reason behind it but soon enough their mysterious abductors make themselves known. Rommy and the others have to work together to survive and figure out how to escape from their peculiar situation.
Filled with mystery, conflict, and suspense, fans of the genre will definitely love the concept and the story premise that are brilliantly developed into a fast-paced plot. The rustic Sierra Nevada foothills make the perfect background that exudes calm but eerie seclusion. At first, Rommy comes across as slightly incompetent to be an asset to the group compared to the tough-talking, sarcastic Clara who seems more forward when comes to making decisions. Tina is an EMT whose approachable demeanor becomes the subtle binding force for the group. Yet Rommy gradually shows his valuable worth as an engineer along with Teddy, an alcoholic college instructor who provides valuable notions, and young Christopher who’s a whiz with radio transmission. It's easy to root for the well-developed characters especially when other unwanted guests threaten to destabilize the group. With its clear narrative, Blaine C. Readler's sci-fi horror Plucked is an engaging and inventive contemporary tale about human survival and ingenuity when facing an otherworldly threat.