Friday, April 22, 2016

Omen Operation by Taylor Brooke - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

 Book details:

Omen Operation by Taylor Brooke
(Isolation #1)
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: January 26th 2016
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Synopsis:
After an epidemic spreads through the country, Brooklyn Harper’s high school years come to an abrupt end.
Implanted in a rural camp, Brooklyn and her friends are cut off from their families and the outside world. Each day is filled with combat training to assure their safety against the crazed, belligerent, and deadly— those infected with a mysterious virus.
If the world couldn’t get any crazier, a letter ups the insanity…
After being assured day after day that the world outside their little camp had been compromised, Brooklyn’s cabin-mate, Dawson Winters, finds a letter that turns everything they’d known upside down. There is a world outside the trees that surrounds their camp, and the virus they all feared seems non-existent.
Determined to see it herself, Brooklyn plots with others to attempt an escape…
On the outside, Brooklyn finds the world is as normal as ever. But when they are attacked in the city, they dispose of their attackers far more efficiently than any normal human.. Is there more to Brooklyn and her friends then just being highly trained?
As their exploration continues, the group is faced with impossible feats. Betrayal, love, death, and a powerful sense of camaraderie lead Brooklyn and her friends to fight for their life, their freedom, and most of all, each other.


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My Review
**I was given a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review** 

Omen Operation is a young adult novel with sci-fi elements. The cover and synopsis both intrigued me, so I figured I'd give it a shot and see what the book was all about. Also, the girl on the cover reminded me of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow. Just throwing that out there.

Ok, so, when the book first starts out, it just kind of jumps right into things. There's no real backstory or anything to lead up to where things start. It just...happens. I did find that a little confusing. I kept thinking to myself, "What is going on and why is this happening?" I mean, it's good that you're left trying to figure things out from the get-go, but at the same time, I would've liked a little bit more to sort of ease into what was going on. That would have been nice.

Plot-wise, other than what I mentioned above with the beginning, the story is intense and moves along at a really nice pace. You just sort of fly through the pages, eager for more. Eager to discover what's going on and why things are the way they are. It's post-apocalyptic and science fiction thrown together, and I loved it.

Like the synopsis says, you've got this group of kids holed up in this camp, training and preparing themselves in case the virus that wiped everyone out spreads... or worse. But then a letter shows up and things get turned upside down. These kids have been lied to, but not just about the virus. The world may be normal, but the kids are not.

I found myself enjoying the togetherness that the characters had going for them. Brooklyn is a great character who knows something is amiss, but she also wants to protect her friends while on the hunt for the truth. Gabriel, her BFF, is also a likeable character. I just got a little confused by her name. I kept wanting to call her Gabrielle, since Gabriel is more masculine a name. But that may just be me nitpicking.
Porter is a character you love, then hate, then love again. He's got secrets, but also good intentions. With him, he's kind of in-between when it comes to your feelings about him.
The other characters in Brooklyn's group, while not unforgettable, didn't really have a huge impact on me. I liked them well enough, but they didn't leave much of a lasting impression.
And, of course, you have your bad guys, who are known as ECHO. I won't say anything more about them, though. Just know that you will dislike them very much.

The writing, and imagery formed from that writing, suck you into another world and leave you breathless as you travel with Brooklyn and her friends in search of the truth. It's thrilling, page-turning, edge-of-your-seat excitement. You won't want to put it down.

Overall, I'd rate men Operation four very well deserved stars, and I am definitely looking forward to the sequel! Highly recommend!

AUTHOR BIO:
Taylor Brooke is the author of the sci-fi adventure trilogy The Isolation Series. She started out as a freelance makeup artist, and quickly discovered her love of elves, zombies, mermaids, kaiju, and monsters of all kinds. After receiving eight professional certifications in special effects makeup, working on countless projects, and fleshing out a multitude of fantastical creatures, she turned her imagination back to her one true love — books. Taylor has had a knack for writing since she was a little girl, and received recognition for her skills throughout grade school and junior college. When she’s not nestled in a blanket typing away on her laptop, she can be found haunting the local bookstore with a cup of steaming hot tea in her hands, scanning the shelves for new reads, or hiking one of the many mountains that surround her home in Oregon.

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3 comments:

  1. Great review! This sounds like an exciting and fast paced read. And the character dynamic looks like it was well written, too!

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  2. This book really is fantastic, and I am excited for the sequel!

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