ALEXANDRA MOODY is an Australian author who currently resides in London. She studied Law and Commerce in her hometown, Adelaide, before going on to spend several years living abroad in Canada and the UK. She is a serious dog-lover, double-black-diamond snowboarder and has a love/hate relationship with the gym. She can often be found on Twitter at @alexandranmoody and facebook.com/alexandramoodyauthor.
Taintedby Alexandra Moody
At the tender age of two Elle Winters lost everything, when the day of impact transformed Earth's surface into an icy, desolate wasteland. Fifteen years later, all she has ever known are the cold, artificial confines of underground fallout
The ARC: the world's last chance for survival, but this underground fallout shelter is the last place you want to be.
At the tender age of two Elle Winters lost everything, when the day of impact transformed Earth's surface into an icy, desolate wasteland. Fifteen years later, all she has ever known are the cold, artificial confines of underground fallout shelter, the ARC. Under the Council's rule, ruthless officials roam the hallways and community comes first. Everyone lives in fear of failing their annual testing and those that do are deemed tainted-taken away without any warning or a word of goodbye.
No one has been taken in over six months and the remaining citizens of the ARC have slowly begun to forget the danger. Elle remains wary, but even she is beginning to wonder if it's finally safe to succumb to her feelings towards her closest friend, Sebastian.
But, no one is ever truly safe in the ARC. Elle is about to experience her own personal apocalypse and with nothing left to lose, she will finally attempt to uncover the truth about the tainted.
Will she find what she's looking for or are some secrets better left buried deep underground?
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I want to believe that book 2 will be as good as book 1 was. I was surprised at the ending and relieved at the same time. This story made me very anxious. It had me worried where this story was headed. Very exciting.
First off, let me say that I genuinely liked this book. I found the story compelling, and it always drew me on to read "just one more chapter". I think the premise was interesting, even though it's not vastly different from many other dystopias out there. I also liked how Elle (the heroine) was not a stereotypical female action hero -- she has a lot of weaknesses, but she is willing to fight for the ones she loves. Honestly, she reminds me a lot of Lena from Delirium, except that she isn't as annoying as Lena. Fortunately. There are two reasons why I didn't give this book the full five stars. Firstly, I felt that the editing was perhaps not the best. There were a few run-on sentences, and the writing felt clunky at times. Secondly, you would have thought that, having grown up in the ARC, Elle would have gotten used to it, and not be so sensitive to the feeling of being underground. Despite this, she feels constricted a lot, and has trouble going into small spaces. The fact that she's not comfortable with the only life she's ever known seems unlikely to me. My verdict? Take a chance and get this book. If you read it and you find that it's not for you, then no harm done. If you like it, buy the next one. As for me, Talented (book 2) is the next thing on my wish list.
The year is 2065. Nothing is as it was. Fifteen years ago, the world as we know it, changed drastically. Elle Winters is an orphan. She came to the ARC with nothing except fear. Many others are in the same situation. The one bright spot in her life were her friends. They made her feel loved and accepted no matter what she did. Sebastian challenged Elle's mind. He kept her laughing and exploring. Her friend Quinn kept her grounded. Things are beginning to change again, can they help her cope? PHENOMENAL! AMAZING! This book is perfect, solid writing at it's best. Ms. Moody created a book you can't put down. Characters you just want to hold and to help are exceptional. I wasn't so sure when I read the title. Then I began to read. I love that it's a different look at the world in years to come. I think it's fantastic how things stay the same but are upgraded, if you understand what I'm saying. Ms. Moody is a champion storyteller and I look forward to many, many more books by her. You must get this one for your TBR pile. Then tell your friends and co-workers about it. I didn't find an issue. I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 and am sending a little, hurry-up-I-can't-wait-for-the-next-one, message. *smile* Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
The year is 2065. Citizens of the world live below ground in a fallout shelter due to an asteroid hitting the planet and making the surface uninhabitable. This is a society where the rich live well and most of the people are poor and living in squalor and the government is lying to them. (Not sure whether to say it sounds perfectly Dystopian, or horribly like modern day.) Our heroine, Elle, is an orphan. She’s afraid to get close to anyone because everyone she knows gets taken for being ‘tainted’. What’s tainted? Well, you’ll have to read it to find out. Yearly citizens of the ARC get tested and if they are found tainted, are never seen again. Where do they go? What happens to them? Elle can’t help but wonder, but at the same time, is too terrified to truly find out. Until her friend Sebastian is taken. The good points: This is a good story, with major dystopian overtones. I was able to grasp that from the beginning. The bad points: The characters felt flat to me. I couldn’t tell you what Elle looked like. The one character with the most description was Quinn and I’m not sure whether to like or hate her. But the one thing that leapt out at me from every page and sometimes every paragraph was the fact the dialogue was wrong. Dialogue is set between “” not between ‘’. So - “This is dialogue,” I say - is correct dialogue ‘This is dialogue,’ I say - is not. It greatly detracted from the overall story until I wished it was a paperback book so I could pull out a pen and add in marks everywhere they were needed. Yes, correct grammar and punctuation is important in me truly enjoying a book. Without it, I have to struggle to finish the book. As for the ending of the book – it didn’t surprise me what happened. But it did surprise me how it ended. And, dang it, it made me want the next book in the series Talented to see if Elle finds…[can’t tell you that]. Only, I’ll wait to see if the author has the dialogue correct before I buy it. It would have been four stars if it weren’t for the flat characters and the dialogue issues. Reviewed by a-nony-mouse for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy Provided for Review*