Sunday, December 1, 2013

External Forces by Deborah Rix

The Laws Of Motion, Lex 1
Author: Deborah Rix
Publication Date: 09/15/2013
Published By: Dime Store Books
Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance

It’s 100 years since the Genetic Integrity Act was passed and America closed its borders to prevent genetic contamination. Now only the enemy, dysgenic Deviants, remain beyond the heavily guarded border. The Department of Evolution carefully guides the creation of each generation and deviations from the divine plan are not permitted.

When 16-year-old Jess begins to show signs of deviance she enlists in the Special Forces, with her best friend Jay, in a desperate bid to evade detection by the Devotees. Jess is good with data, not so good with a knife. So when the handsome and secretive Sergeant Matt Anderson selects her for his Black Ops squad, Jess is determined to figure out why.

As her deviance continues to change her, Jess is forced to decide who to trust with her deadly secret. Jess needs to know what’s really out there, in the Deviant wasteland over the border, if she has any hope of making it to her 17th birthday. Because if the enemy doesn’t kill her first, the Department of Evolution probably will.

(Picture and Summary from Goodreads.)

**I received this as an eARC through Netgalley from Dime Store Books in exchange for an honest review.  In no way does that effect the thoughts and opinions voiced here.  I did not receive compensation in any way to write this review.**

Well we have another one folks!  This book was fantastic!
The concept behind the reason for the world falling apart is different, something I hadn't read in a dystopian thus far.  The Devotees who make up the New World's governing body have spun a tale saying God sent an asteroid to destroy the world to cleanse them of the Deviants.  Now they have to prove they are worthy which leads them to messing with the genes of the people.  While we learn a lot behind the Devotees reasons and motives I still think there is a lot more to learn.
Our MC is Jessica Grant. Jess is a strong MC but because of her past is full of insecurities and trust issues.  She has one friend, Jay.  Her mother hates and fears her, so other than Jay she has no-one.  The story starts off with her and Jay twisting the system so they can be called into the military rather than leave their futures to be decided by the Devotees.  Once inside the military Jess has to prove herself worthy of being there, along the way she makes new friends and finds herself falling for her black ops sergeant.  I was really happy that Jess was able to find herself a part of such a tight group of people.
I feel I should mention up front that while there is action and suspense, a big part of the book also revolved around the budding relationship between Jess and Matt.  I was completely fine with this since I happen to like a little action with my romance stories.  Not to mention the chemistry between Matt and Jess is soo intense.  Matt is pretty smooth and there were numerous times he had me feeling like a giddy school girl. *sigh*
Rix did a good job of balancing everything going on.  While there is obvious chemistry between Jess and Matt it isn't the only thing going on.  Rix also develops strong relationships between Jess and her black ops team.  I especially love Sheree, she balances out Jess' self consciousness by being overly confident. 
Even after finishing the book I feel like there is so much more going on.  I can't wait to see where this series goes and if I am anywhere near the truth.



Deborah Rix has had a successful career in entertainment publicity, live music promotion, corporate communications and event management. She lives with her family in Toronto, Canada, where she is the proprietor of The Lucky Penny, a corner store and take-out joint in the Trinity-Bellwoods neighbourhood.
External Forces is her first novel.
(Picture and Bio from Goodreads Profile)


1 comment:

  1. I've seen this one around but haven't heard much about it, but I think I so have to read it. Especially if it's got it's originality in dystopian, and we know how hard that can be at times. Sounds like there was an actual plot to go along with the romance, too. And the love interest being the black ops sergeant? Sounds like Rose/Dimitri, which I'm totally fine with. ;) Sounds kickass, glad you enjoyed it, and great review! :)


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