Thursday, November 28, 2019

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Fighting Back by Rachel Churcher - Book Tour & Review



Fighting Back (Battle Ground #4)


Bex Ellman and her friends are in hiding, sheltered by the resistance. With her family threatened and her friendships challenged, she's looking for a way to fight back. Ketty Smith is in London, supporting a government she no longer trusts. With her support network crumbling, Ketty must decide who she is fighting for – and what she is willing risk to uncover the truth.

The Battle Ground series is set in a dystopian near-future UK, after Brexit and Scottish independence. 




My Review
Fighting Back is book four in the Battle Ground series, and in this one, everything is coming to a head. It's the penultimate before the explosive end. 
Bex is getting restless and anxious, wanting to do more than just train and practice and wait for the OIE to be ready to fight back against the government. She's determined to save her mom and Margie, and she'll fight with anyone to try and get her way.
Ketty is still reveling in her power, abusing prisoners and working to get them to incriminate themselves on public TV. But she's a powder keg waiting to explode. 
Power plays and corruption abound, and Ketty and Bex are slowly realizing how little control they really have. 
What happens when the hard truths hit them both? Will either of them be able to do the right thing before it's too late?
I absolutely adore Fighting Back. It's a slow burn that builds up to a wild ending, and I can only imagine how this series is going to end in book five. Ketty is still an awful person, although she's starting to realize the strain of keeping up that attitude. Is beating up prisoners and supporting the government really worth it? 
Bex is also feeling the strain. She wants to do something, but she's still being used and treated like "just a face" instead of a person. But she's determined to get the OIE to listen to her, no matter what.
There's a lot of stuff going on. Not a ton of action, but tensions are escalating, and when that ending hits... wow! 
I'm a huge fan of this series, and I can't wait to see how it's all going to end.
4.5 stars from me!



Author Bio – Rachel Churcher was born between the last manned moon landing, and the first orbital Space Shuttle mission. She remembers watching the launch of STS-1, and falling in love with space flight, at the age of five. She fell in love with science fiction shortly after that, and in her teens she discovered dystopian fiction. In an effort to find out what she wanted to do with her life, she collected degrees and other qualifications in Geography, Science Fiction Studies, Architectural Technology, Childminding, and Writing for Radio.
She has worked as an editor on national and in-house magazines; as an IT trainer; and as a freelance writer and artist. She has renovated several properties, and has plenty of horror stories to tell about dangerous electrics and nightmare plumbers. She enjoys reading, travelling, stargazing, and eating good food with good friends – but nothing makes her as happy as writing fiction.
Her first published short story appeared in an anthology in 2014, and the Battle Ground series is her first long-form work. Rachel lives in East Anglia, in a house with a large library and a conservatory full of house plants. She would love to live on Mars, but only if she’s allowed to bring her books.


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