2015 · 5 Stars · Book Reviews · Science Fiction · Young Adult

Chained – Susanne Valenti

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Terrified of the contamination and the creatures it has created, humanity hides behind The Wall. No one knows what lies beyond the wasteland. Maya has never thought much about what might still be out there, lurking in the forgotten places. But when she’s thrust into the unknown, she is forced to question everything she has ever been told. Not everyone outside died, some of them became something… else. As her heart is torn in two, every choice she makes is harder than the last. What she discovers will change her forever. She knows she will probably die, but Maya has seen enough of death and she won’t let it have her without a fight.


I was given an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

More 4.5 stars but I felt it bordered closer to 5 than 4. So 5 stars it is.


The last few books that I have read have been a little lackluster for me so I was a little worried about reading a debut book, but I am so glad that I did. It grabbed my attention from the very beginning and kept me trapped to the very end.

I loved the smooth writing that you don’t normally see in a debut novel. The author didn’t go overboard trying to cramp descriptions about everything into the book. She gave you enough to set the stage but left a little bit to your imagination. It was a great compromise.

All the characters that you were supposed to like, I loved. They were very relatable and I enjoyed following them through the story. After Maya lost her parents she had to grow up fast, and you can see that in how maturely she handles herself. Taylor is Maya’s best friend almost like a brother. They have a great relationship that makes you almost jealous.

I think that if I had to pick one character that was my favorite it would have to be Coal with Hunter being a close second. You will understand when you read the book. Not going to lie, I would love for him to be real… just saying. 🙂

But it wasn’t just the characters the I enjoyed. The whole concept and world was so imaginative.

You follow Maya as she witnesses the world outside The Wall for the first time. I loved Maya and Taylor’s reactions to what life was like before the contamination. It was nice to see our world through their eyes.

Taylor breaks protocol causing Maya and himself to be messengers in the SubWar. With all the build up and training that they underwent I thought that the SubWar was going to play a bigger part in the book. I mean they only lasted one day out of their 3 month sentence. Wish it had lasted a little longer.

Outside of The Wall Maya is exposed to a whole new world. I loved how the contamination altered everything a little bit. It made everything more exciting. Not just the animals but some people as well, called Creepers.

I don’t want to give away to much of the book so I will just leave it at that. If you want to know more you are going to have to read the book.
There was a lot more action in this book than I thought there was going to be, and that made me so happy. I love a good fast paced novel. You feel like you are really getting somewhere while you are reading. Nothing worse then a bunch of characters sitting around talking about an adventure they went on. I didn’t have to worry about that in this book. It was nice being shown things through a character’s eyes vs being told what happened.

There were a couple things that I wish had been different in this book.

1. Longer… I didn’t want it to end! (I know, it had to. That doesn’t mean I have to like it.)

2. I want to know who Coal was avoiding. I am pretty sure that will be in the next book, but I would have liked to know earlier rather than later.

3. Taylor was unconscious for a good majority of the book. After the big part he played at the beginning of the novel it felt odd for him to just be absent.

Overall this was a great book, now I will just have to sit around a twiddle my thumbs until I can get my hands on the next book. I can’t wait. I hope you give this book a chance. I am glad that I did. 🙂

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