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The Woodlands
     

The Woodlands

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by Lauren Nicolle Taylor
 

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Rosa never thought she'd make it to sixteen... When being unique puts you in danger and speaking your mind can be punishable by death, you might find yourself fighting to survive. Sixteen-year-old Rosa lives in one of the eight enclosed cities of The Woodlands. Where the lone survivors of a devastating race war have settled in the Russian wilderness because it's the

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Rosa never thought she'd make it to sixteen... When being unique puts you in danger and speaking your mind can be punishable by death, you might find yourself fighting to survive. Sixteen-year-old Rosa lives in one of the eight enclosed cities of The Woodlands. Where the lone survivors of a devastating race war have settled in the Russian wilderness because it's the only scrap of land left habitable on the planet. In these circular cities, everyone must abide by the law or face harsh punishment. Rosa's inability to conform and obey the rules brands her a leper and no one wants to be within two feet of her, until she meets Joseph. He's blonde, fair-skinned, green-eyed, and the laid-back complete opposite of Rosa. She's never met anyone quite like him, and she knows that spells danger. But differences weren't always a bad thing. People used to think being unique was one of the most treasured of traits to have. Now, the Superiors, who ruthlessly control the concrete cities with an iron fist, are obsessed with creating a 'raceless' race. They are convinced this is the only way to avoid another war. Any anomalies must be destroyed. The Superiors are unstoppable and can do anything they want. After all, they are considered superheroes by the general public. But not everyone sees them this way. When they continue to abuse their power by collecting young girls for use in their secret, high-tech breeding program, they have no idea that one of those girls has somehow managed to make friends even she didn't know she had. And one man will stop at nothing to save her.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781940534039
Publisher:
Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date:
08/22/2013
Series:
The Woodlands Series , #1
Pages:
278
Sales rank:
956,668
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Daughter of a Malaysian nuclear physicist father and an Australian doctor mother, Lauren Nicolle Taylor was expected to follow the science career path. And she did, for a while, completing a Health Science degree with Honors in obstetrics and gynecology. But there was always a niggling need to create which led to many artistic adventures. Lauren married her high school sweetheart at 24. They had their first child the following year. The next six years of her life were taken up with caring for her three children. She found out early on that being a parent could be as devastating as it is wonderful. Her son and two daughters are now happy, mostly healthy and extremely boisterous. When Lauren hit her thirties and her children's health problems began to settle, she started throwing herself into artistic endeavors, but was not entirely satisfied. The solution: Complete a massive renovation and sell their house so they could buy their dream block of land and build. After selling the house, buying the block and getting the plans ready, the couple discovered they had been misled and the block was undevelopable. This left the family of five homeless. Taken in by Lauren's parents, with no home to renovate and faced with a stressful problem with no solution, Lauren found herself drawn to the computer. She sat down and poured all of her emotions and pent up creative energy into writing The Woodlands. Family, a multicultural background and a dab of medical intrigue are all strong themes in her writing. Lauren took the advice of write what you know and twisted it into a romantic, dystopian adventure!

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The Woodlands 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Melinda4 More than 1 year ago
The Woodlands, by Lauren Nicolle Taylor, is a YA dystopian novel that I happened on just by chance and really enjoyed, though the ending demands the sequel:  The Wall.  See the author interview for a story description and more information. First, my grammatical issue: The novel contains many sentence fragments with only the "–ing" form of the verb, as if the clause should have been attached to the previous sentence.  Example:  "I burst into the Class on the first day.  Bleary-eyed, wiping my nose with my sleeve, smearing snot across my face."  Fragments can be powerful and punchy, but these just aren't.  They leave the reader waiting for the rest of the sentence.  It gets distracting after a while. There are also several points which the author beats into us, over and over.  They would have been stronger if they'd been more subtle. Otherwise, the writing is very good and draws the reader into the story and the characters. The plot is creepy and exciting and feels fresh for a dystopian novel.  Joseph, the love interest, is a little too perfect, but he's what we all want, so it's fun to read.  The other characters are interesting and distinctive.  I like Rosa's inner struggles and her defiance, which is much of the time so realistically undirected.  The setting and the world building are also good. What I LOVE about The Woodlands is the way the society in this book has taken something good like racial tolerance and intermixing, and turned it disturbingly on its head.  The leaders encourage people not to see "own kind" but "all kind."  Sounds good, right?  They manipulate things to get as much interracial marriage as possible.  But this has turned into the same thing they were supposedly trying to avoid.  Cultural uniqueness is squashed.  Pure races are seen as inferior.  There's still racial prejudice and oppression, just aimed differently than it used to be.  Very, very profound. The Woodlands is a good read, and thought-provoking.  I recommend it.
MQuire More than 1 year ago
I decided to read The Woodlands by Lauren Nicolle Taylor to see what all of the hubbub was about and with her third book in the series recently released, I needed to catch up. So, I began the first book content in the belief I was reading just another dystopian novel involving an unfortunate teenager caught in the trap of a society gone wrong. There would be sick and twisted governmental games, yes? Air it on media and everyone watches, totally enthralled, and succumbing to the net that keeps them all in line. It’s the standard fair of dystopia. However, what I found in The Woodlands was something more frightening than all of my assumptions (even more frightening than government mandated games encouraging murder and mayhem among kids). I found a society limping along over two hundred years after wars nearly eradicated them. This is not an unusual find in a dystopian novel, but Taylor does an excellent job in bringing forth the wrong solution to a deadly societal problem. In order to prevent history from repeating itself (wars between people of different ethnicities, or Our Kind) it is necessary to genetically engineer the ultimate race, or All Kind, a creation which would include physical characteristics from all human breeds. And this is where we find the main character, Rosa, a teenage girl who was unfortunate to not only inherit her father’s unique eye color, but also his sarcastic attitude and driving need for rebellion. I found Rosa to be a character after my own heart. When the superiors say jump, she doesn’t ask how high, she asks why, which is another great edge in this story. Unlike most stories where the heroine can be a smart ass and get away with it, Rosa cannot and she is hauled away like defective rubbish, making her realize how insignificant she truly is in the ringed society. This is a nice bite of reality in a fictional tale and I found Taylor’s writing of it to support the old adage, there are no new stories, only stories told in a new way. The Woodlands truly is a powerful story, powerful enough that I am eagerly moving into the next book just to see what happens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really am hoping that there is going to be a sequel to this book due to its slightly cliffhanger ending. Just to put it out there does he die and what happens to the babie and mother.
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 unicorns - I really liked it!! Can't wait to read book 2 to see what happens next!! ***Received ebook from Clean Teen Publishing for an honest review, but I also added to my library because it is free. The cover is breathtaking.  I love how you see the wooded railroad tracks through her face and see her beautiful blue eye.  It is very intriguing and attracts you to the book. If you couldn’t tell from the blurb, this story is set in a post-war era and is a dystopian fantasy.  This story is difficult for me to put words to paper.  I think part of the reason is because it is just too real life for me.  Everyday people deal with race issues, pregnancy, and teen rebellion, and this story has it all.  This story is not something I usually read because it is way too real life, and I like to escape into my books and get away from real life.   Rosa feels so real when you read the story.  I was crying with her, saying don’t do it when she was rebelling, and telling her to stop pushing people away when she was.  She is definitely stronger than I am because I don’t think I could have handled half of what she had to. Joseph is sweet and adorable and the knight in shining armor.  Most boys would not put up with half the stuff he has from the drama, but he always sticks by Rosa. Okay, I was annoyed when the story ended because I have no idea what is going to happen next which doesn’t happen very often, and I had so many questions that weren’t answered.  It was the appropriate place to stop, but I still don’t like that it did. Lauren did a fantastic job with the story, and I will definitely continue this series to see where Lauren takes it next :)  I will also be buying the paperback from my classroom because I have quite a few students who like stories that are more real life and dystopia as well. You too can read this fantastic story because it is FREE!!!
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
This book has been on my kindle since it came out but I was holding off reading till the rest had published. When I was asked to review the audio though I jumped at the chance! The books sounded amazing and were getting great reviews. Well I loved it!! The blurb above sums it up enough so I'll get straight into what I thought.  I liked Rosa for the most part, she was brave, strong and wasn't afraid to take chances. My heart broke for her so many many times! She lives in a house where her stepfather loathes her and her mother shows her no love. She is then sent off at 16 to try to conform to the way others want her to be. She doesn't and ends up in a prison, pregnant with no idea how she got there or how she became pregnant. Her life now is a small cell, a little exercise and no idea of where she is. She has had such a crappy life but she still fights with everything she is!  Joseph met Rosa in her old town and both went to training together. He tells her that he can't have these feelings for her because people from the same town are not allowed to marry! He tells her they have no future and that she isn't to talk to him again, she is shattered but he has no choice. Joseph was awesome and I loved watching their friendship grow. He does all he can for Rosa and loves her totally.  This book deals with tough subjects but the author handles it really well. You feel for Rosa even when she hates the "thing" inside her. My heart broke for her! She is trust into things beyond her control and its hard not to feel for her. Its a dark and dangerous world with a smattering of joy and love.  This isn't a happy ever after book, it is a Dystopian after all!! It's tough, it's gritty and it's harsh but it makes for excellent reading. There is a lot of questions unanswered and even more questions added but being the first in a series it was expected. It was action packed, with a few twists thrown in. With it's well written story and well developed characters, The Woodlands is a must read. I can not wait to read the next book to see what happens!  Anyway, The Woodlands was amazing and I loved it. It's everything a great Dystopian is and more! I listened to the audio and I'm so glad I did. The narrator really puts her all into Rosa and when the bad things were happening she made me want to give Rosa a big hug! She really brought her to life! I really need to read the next books but I'm tempted to wait till they come to audio because it was so good!! Highly highly recommend!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and engaging! Im buying the series...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book caught my attention by the haunted girl on the front. It swept me into her world in no time. By the time I finished the book, i quickly Googled the Author and was thrilled to find a second book. I didn't hesitate to buy it. Lauren Nicolle Taylor leaves you at such a cliff hanger by the end. I've reread both books over and over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, is amazing!! It has everything! You'll laugh, you'll cry, etc. I could not put it down! There isn't one dull moment. This is a unique dystopian with an epic romance! It'll leave you hanging off the edge of your seat.I will definitely be reading more from this author!!!!!! =)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Only mad because it ended abruptly.
ClaireTaylor More than 1 year ago
Lauren Nicolle Taylor The Woodlands The Woodlands #1 I love dystopian books, but it’s getting difficult to find ones that are unique and intriguing. The Woodlands is all that and more, and I’m now eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. Thankfully the author isn’t afraid to kill off characters, and describing this book as an emotional rollercoaster does not even come close to the truth. The world building is fascinating, and you can tell there is so much more to the story that meets the eye leaving me wanting to know everything possible. From start to finish I just couldn’t stop turning the pages, and stayed up late into the night to finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was un sure of this book but glad i read it, The heartache and promblems Rosa went through were heartbreaking, I glad she found love hopefully there will be a second book, looking forward to one. Well written great author, highly recommand for all to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a real page turner! I loved the setting and was fascinated to know more about how the world had come to be in the situation you find it in on page one. The main character I found to be the perfect heroine: Rebellious, brave, strong-willed, passionate about finding out the truth and yet doing all this in a relatable, imperfect way, making mistakes, having regrets... I loved reading her internal and external journey and where that took her.  This is a book for all ages! As a woman in my thirties I know the 15 year old me would have wanted to read this all in one go too. Bring on the next part of this adventure!!
Shadowplay4u More than 1 year ago
The Woodlands by Lauren Nicolle Taylor is an edge-of-your-seat, thrilling dystopian adventure chock full of self-discovery, blossoming love, and hope amidst despair. I went into this story with my own ideas, but they were obliterated by what I found instead. I was so happy to be wrong because this story touched my heart deeply in a way that I never expected. Heart-wrenching pain and world changing love met me in this journey, and I was delighted to let them lead me from beginning to end. I loved this story, and I can’t wait to see what comes next! My heart was perpetually shattered while watching the pain and trials that our main character Rosa had to endure. I felt for her so much that I wished I could have comforted her and held her in her darkest times. She started out as a broken child who thought that she had lived through the worst that life could throw at her. Alas, she was in for a very rude awakening that would force her to grow into the strong-willed, capable, and guarded young woman that we find as the story progresses. Time and time again, the people she loved are taken away, and she is left to grieve the loss and watch as her heart turns to stone. Only one man can bring her heart back to life, and only she can choose to let him in. Lauren Nicolle Taylor is a brilliant author who paints a dark picture of a heartless and deceitful world, and slowly brightens the far landscape with the light that only pure and true love can bring. She allows the hope that comes with love to permeate the darkness and then steps back to watch it transform this dark and devastated world into something more and something different. I was breathless as I was watched how Rosa changed into a beautiful, strong, and loving woman who was capable and yet vulnerable. Taylor is a wonderful artist who I am thoroughly impressed with, and I am eager to see where she takes this story next. I encourage you to become a part of her dark world and watch its light of love change your heart along this perilous and costly journey.
Anonymous 18 days ago
Never knew what was coming next
Anonymous 25 days ago
I liked it.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Very strange book. I am rather sorry I read it all. The ending was more like a cliff hanger, with absolutely no point.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not for everyone. Although it is a good read if you wanna explore a bit and see something different. I can understand that people with certain mindsets wouldn't like it because of certain topics it portrays. (People that only see what they want.) But hey they didn't write the story and honestly I'd rather have people talk about the book instead of complaining and nitpicking. -Kai Cahill
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is excellent
224perweek More than 1 year ago
Somehow this story kept me turning the pages. I say somehow because it was too romantic and I hate romance stories. There was not nearly enough action but once again.......I kept turning the pages. Overall, it was good. Not great but good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've always been a huge fan of these types of stories and I can't seem to put these books down. Very well written and full of cliffhangers, this book will grab you and hold you until the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are spoilers in this review. I decided to read this book, because it was recommended to me. It was okay. I gave it two stars because while I liked the story and found it interesting these are the issues I had. 1- There are numerous grammar issues. This is a pet peeve of mine because it draws your attention to the fact that the author is not concerned with details. 2- The gratuitous violence was just that. Gratuitous. In combination with the other things going on in the story, it was too much. The part of the book where the Superiors came to the classroom and started smashing everything and Rosa yelled at them to stop was over the top. Taylor could have said that Rosa yelled for then to stop and felt a strike across her face and everything went black. Then she woke up pregnant. This would have left a little to the imagination with the violence. But instead, we get a detailed description of her getting cracked in the face with a hammer and spitting out her teeth and the blood and she tried to get up. Then she wakes up drugged and very pregnant. I know that I may be in the Minority with this feeling, but I also feel that from the beginning of the book it was established that the Superiors had no value for human life. Violence was their way of life. There was also another scene where a nine-year-old was getting dragged by their hair so violently that the scalp was coming off. Rosa spoke up and the Superior punched her in the stomach. So the little kid got the worst of it. There was also a graphic scene where a couple had their hearts cut out of their chests while the whole town watched. I forgot to mention that they were alive when the Superiors were cutting their hearts out. 3- The author contradicts stories on more than one occasion. The first is in the beginning she implies that Rosa's stepfather is abusive and she gets detention so she doesn't have to go home until he is asleep. And there is mention about marks and bruises on her back. But later she has an argument with him and he goes to hit her but doesn't. Rosa said that it was because child abuse was out of the question unless it's by the Superiors. She also said that the law is they have to feed the children, but she came home late and her stepfather threw out her food. 4- Rosa would not made it to her teens. Her stunts would have gotten her killed long ago. 5- It says that they are living off of canned food from hundreds of years ago. The contents are a gelatinous glob of green or orange. Assuming the cans were not made of titanium they would have rusted to nothing. 6- The reader they kept taking out in the middle of nowhere had amazing wifi. 7- Why was Rosa the only one rescued? More could have escaped. The drugs had worn off and instead of getting them out of there, the author made them all sitting ducks. 8- It is very difficult to find Rosa sympathetic. Even when people are trying to help her she is nasty to them. When she wants something she says that the person owes her. 9- After Joseph had his surgery, he sprung up and joined the group like nothing happened. There was no explanation as to how it was possible. He spent several months in a coma then he woke up ready to fight. 10- Rosa was told to ask questions, but they all seemed to keep everything from her. 11- Monkeys? Really? That's how they were found. I will keep reading the series because I find it interesting. Some of the things make it very hard to suspend disbelief. I want to see where the story goes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What about the baby and the mother, whats the babys name, will they leave the survivors, so many questions that arent ansered please give me book 2
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, characters and writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago