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Reviewed by Maureen Dangarembizi for Readers' Favorite
The Stronghold by Sebastian Bendix is a futuristic, post-apocalyptic young adult novel. Bowie Neville grew up in a secluded island stronghold. His parents and others like them escaped the world when the system collapsed, spiraling humanity into a death spin. Raised on stories of man-eating zombies and brutal savages, Fort Thunder is all Bowie has ever known. When he rescues a beautiful young woman from a fallen plane, he is forced to rethink what he has been taught all his life and wonders about the world beyond their island. What really lies beyond the walls of Fort Thunder? As his enemies circle like hungry vultures, he may yet find out.
Sebastian Bendix is a master storyteller who captivated me from start to finish. I literary couldn’t stop reading The Stronghold until I reached the conclusion. This story has everything that makes a story unforgettable. From the wonderful cast of characters, suspense, tension and enough action to keep you on the edge of your seat, The Stronghold takes its place among the YA greats like The Hunger Games series. Bowie’s story has a soul to it that goes beyond so many stories I’ve read in this genre. One of the things that made this book so exciting was the author’s insightful revelation of human nature, and the bigotry and hypocrisy that go into the making of a cult. Bowie was the kind of hero I like; strong yet vulnerable at the same time. This book was a great read, hands down, and would make an epic movie.