The Rift Uprising by Amy S. Foster Review

Publisher: Harper Voyager
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Pages: 380


Normal seventeen-year-old girls go to high school, binge watch TV shows all weekend, and flirt with everyone on the face of the Earth. But Ryn Whitaker is trying to save it.

Ryn is a Citadel. A soldier. A liar. Ryn and her fellow Citadels were specially chosen and trained to guard a Rift—one of fourteen unpredictable tears in the fabric of the universe that serve as doorways to alternate Earths. Unbeknownst to her family, Ryn leaves for school each day and then reports for duty as an elite, cybernetically-altered soldier who can run faster, jump farther, and fight better than a Navy SEAL—which comes in handy when she’s not sure if axe-wielding Vikings or any number of other terrified and often dangerous beings come through the Rift. A fine-tuned weapon, Ryn is a picture-perfect Citadel. But that’s all about to change.

When a young man named Ezra is pulled through the Rift, Ryn finds herself immediately drawn to him, despite her training. What starts as a physical attraction quickly grows deeper, and Ezra’s curiosity throws Ryn off balance when he starts questioning the Rifts, the mysterious organization that oversees them, and the Citadels themselves—questions that lead Ryn to wonder if the lies she’s been telling her family are just the surface of a much bigger lie told to her. As Ryn and Ezra desperately try to get to that truth, they discover that each revelation blurs the line between the villains and the heroes even more. 

My Review

The Rift Uprising starts off introducing us to Ryn, the main character whose life is not a normal teenage one. Ryn is a cybernetically-altered soldier and along with her team mates/friends Violet, Boone, and Henry; they are led to believe by the ARC program that being a soldier or Citadel as their called is the only way to keep the world and their families safe. What the ARC entails is that Ryn and other Citadel's like her, guard the Rift a portal that brings in all type's of different beings to their world and make sure that they aren't hostile. Ryn doesn't enjoy killing but she believes what the ARC tells her until all that changes when she meets Ezra.

I admit that I felt put off by how fast Ryn fell head over heals for Ezra but I blame it on the ARC and how it kept all the teenagers in the program sexually frustrated. I mean can you blame them? I can't. The ARC made them incapable of human touch by the opposite sex, for god sake's (read the book if you want to know why because spoilers)! On the other hand though, regardless of what Ryn did I couldn't quite come to dislike her. Yes, she annoyed me at times and made me want to throttle her and tell her to stop thinking with her nether regions.  She still managed to have moments of badassery and also make me laugh.

As for Ezra, the boy who managed to capture Ryn's heart and make her question all that she was led to believe of the ARC, I have mixed feelings for. Not that I didn't like Ezra, in fact I found their romance believable and enjoyed how they grew close enough to trust each other and know each other's boundaries. I also liked how Ezra wasn't quite a push over when it came to Ryn even though she was stronger than him that didn't stop them from clashing. The main reason I have mixed feelings for Ezra is that although he was in the book a lot (after all he is a main character), I felt like we only saw glimpses of his personality. I could also say the same for Violet, Boone, and Henry, I liked their character's and would have liked to have seen more of them.

Overall, I quite enjoyed this book and will definitely be anticipating the next one! Hopefully, with a lot more of Ezra and Ryn's friends. If you're in the mood for some science fiction, romance, and action just check this book out!

Rating: 3 stars

I recieved this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

                              ABOUT AMY S. FOSTER
Amy S. Foster is a celebrated songwriter, best known as Michael Bublé’s writing partner. You might recognize her work in his four hit singles, including "Home" and "Haven't Met You Yet.”  She has also collaborated with Destiny’s Child, Diana Krall, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and a host of other artists. She is also the author of the novel When Autumn Leaves. When she's not in a studio in Nashville, Amy lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. Amy is the daughter of singer B.J. Cook and the legendary music producer, David Foster. Fun fact about Amy: Her extended family tree includes Bella and Gigi Hadid, Sara and Erin Foster and Brody and Brandon Jenner, and Clay Aiken! The Rift Uprising, her YA debut, was released on October 4, 2016.


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