Book: The Girl in the City – Author: Philip Harris
Genre: Novella, Dystopia
Description from Goodreads:
With the oppressive Transport Authority controlling every aspect of their existence, Leah and her father do what they can to carve a good life for themselves. Leah spends her nights scavenging in the rural zone around the City, risking capture by the Wild Ones as she hunts for salvage her father can trade for food and other essentials.
But when Leah takes a bag of salvage from a dying stranger, she and her father are drawn into the world of Transport and its war against the terrorist organization, TRACE.
A war that could cost them both their lives.
**I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through NetGalley.**
Well, I was going to spend this review enthusiastically telling you about the amazing world-building that Harris was able to accomplish in less than 100 pages…and then I found out that this story is basically an add-on for another author’s work (Pennsylvania by Michael Bunker). So that review is out. 😉
This little story is still very good however. The characters don’t have a huge amount of background (which is to be expected in such a short novel), but what you do get is really interesting. You come to honestly care about what happens to them, especially the main character Leah.
The story stops in a good spot, at the end of the immediate action and before you get too much into the aftermath. I would have loved to learn more about what happened to Leah afterwards, though.
I don’t want to go into too much detail and spoil things, so I’ll just say that this was a good little novella that made me want to read the original work.
Pennsylvania – Michael Bunker