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Title: Nameless (Broken City Book One) by Jessica Sorensen
Source: Bought as ebook on Amazon
Buy Link: Amazon
Summary on Amazon: I live in a world where freedom doesn't exist, and life is a battle for survival. Most people aren't even allowed to have names.
But I had a name once. I was Allura until the Wardens captured me.
They told me I was a Nameless. That I was no one, and my sole purpose was to obey them. And, for a while, I believed them.
I spent years living underground in the channels beneath the city, dreaming of being outside again. I never thought it would happen. That I'd die in the darkness of my cell.
But then three guys show up in the channels and my fate suddenly changes.
Blaise, Ryder, and Reece are part of a secret group working to take down the Wardens and help rescue the Nameless. For the first time in a long time, I feel like I might survive.
But the outside world isn't like how I remember. The city has become even more dangerous, especially for the Nameless. To survive, I'll have to learn how to trust the guys and live in a world full of crime where almost everyone is hunting for me.
A young woman saved from an underground prison called the channels turned out to not just be a regular human. Of course this trope has been done before. But the way it is done in this book is intriguing at least. Before being rescued Allura was among the nameless. Prisoners fed on by beings called the watchers. No one knew where they came from but they took over and kidnapped humans for nefarious purposes including feeding and experiments. Scattered around, the remaining humans varied from those like Allura's rescuers Reese, Blaine and Ryder with kind hearts but tough exteriors to heartless strays ready to harm anyone for a buck to the mysterious Forsaken who guard their territory from other humans and watchers alike. Also the wardens who are considered a lower level to the watchers but are the same beings able to feed on people. All this starts a hair raising adventure as Allura and these three males band together to brave the elements and get to the safety of the station where the men call home. Along the way they stop at a safe haven that's not so safe and Allura learns the hard way that watchers, wardens and the scary visitors she faced in the channels are not the only evil out there. This is a book I want to find out more about and will be reading the sequel soon.
On a whole the book was a good read. I really wanted to give it four or five stars. The plot itself is on that level. Sadly one of Jessica's flaws is that she has a bad habit of trying to force sexual tension in some of her novels and novellas. Sometimes it works but other times it doesn't. I was able to tolerate a few of them early on in the book. But by the sixty percent mark (over half way), it got to be rather grating. From 'accidentally' grabbing butts, to suddenly grabbing a female who doesn't like to be touched and a whole lot of other ridiculous set ups. I almost gave up on reading the book entirely and had to sometimes put it down for days at a time. Not a good sign. Especially since Allura's aversion to being touched sometimes worked in convenience with the plot. At the end of the day these annoying tidbits disrupted the flow of the story and took me out of the book entirely. I plan to continue the series but might wait until I get Kindle Unlimited again around April so I can read it for free. Slightly recommend.
Rating: 3 Stars
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