Genre keywords: Dystopian, Action/Adventure, Thriller, Mystery
Release year: February 2022
It’s 2070, and climate change has ravaged the planet and destroyed national government, leaving cities to their own rule. Born with one arm and left for dead as an infant, Hope Mulder has struggled to find her place in life in the city of Prosperity Way. Hope’s greatest desire is to be part of the Elite Front, a group of highly trained soldiers who protect the city, keep order, and carry out the wishes of the Supreme Valor—the ruler of Prosperity Way—but she faces the doubt and derision of those who see only her disability.
At the age of twenty-one, Hope’s dream is realized—she is accepted into the Elite Front training program. As she throws herself into her training, her loving adoptive parents try to warn her about the choices she is making and how they may set her on a path of no return. When Hope is ordered to carry out an agonizing duty, she is forced to question her faith in the Elite Front’s mission. To redefine her existence, however, she must first face the consequences of her actions and confront the painful truth of her past.
"Hope Rises is an intense thriller in which a headstrong woman discovers the truth about her seemingly idyllic home."
4 out of 5 stars!
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"A bracingly tough female protagonist enhances a so-so SF tale."
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"I enjoyed this book. Appreciated the significance of the title. Well done!"
"I thoroughly enjoyed reading Hope Rises. I thought the author did a great job of developing the characters...their histories...their motivations and their emotions. I found myself able to picture the story vividly in my mind as I read. An enjoyable read and hope there is a sequel in the works! Would definitely recommend!"
"I really enjoyed reading this book. A super unique and eerie world that was fun to read about. If you like a book that keeps you guessing and continually dying to know what happens next, then Hope Rises is for you!"
"Ryan Souter has created a unique dystopian world that feels both fantastical, and grounded in reality at the same time. The characters who populate the page are well thought out with their own motivations and the protagonist, Hope Mulder is a driving force throughout the story. I highly recommend this as your next read."
"I was unable to put this book down! When I wasn’t reading, the characters had a way of staying with me. Souter really makes you feel for the characters in this book. I love a book that tugs at your emotions, makes you feel angry and makes you cheer all in one great read. I highly recommend Hope Rises!"
"Hope Rises features an efficient narrative that grabs the reader's attention and pulls them in. The pacing of the story reminds me much of Dan Brown novels like The Da Vinci Code. Once the setting & circumstances are established, it's go, go, go. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel."
"Ryan Souter's ability to draw readers creatively and intelligently into the journeys of his characters never fails to disappoint, and Hope Rises is certainly no exception. I was captured by the dark setting for which Hope ultimately travails, and with the challenges she faces, Souter does a remarkable job showcasing them as a tacit strength in her character that empowers her, and all those around her. A definite page-turner worthy of a sequel."
Genre keywords: Psychological, Suspense
Release year: October 2020
John Marvin walks the high school hallways and streets of Island Cove mostly unnoticed. A Grade 12, socially awkward outcast, his world is turned upside down when a new girl arrives in town.
After sudden tragedy hits John’s life, he is forced to find a heartfelt, human connection. Wanting another life, he focuses on the new girl who has shown him care and affection. The two build a friendship, but John finds himself needing more.
With an unflinching, human desire for acceptance, John finds his life spinning out of control, taking others with him and leaving the quiet town of Island Cove shattered forever.
"LITTLE DEVIL INSIDE brought me back to my high school days and the terrors of teenage social dynamics. Despite the rather dark subject matter, I found the story very engaging. The characters have life, and their interactions are genuine. The plot builds in intensity, and I found it difficult to put down the more I read."
"Great read.. once I started I couldn't stop until it was finished! Lived the development of characters...could feel their pain and what drove John to do what he did."
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"This book drew me in immediately after reading the author’s notes on how the idea of this book started in his head. I love my true crime podcasts. Often while listening to them, I wonder “How and why can someone do something so terrible to another person?” Read this book to find out! I also have to add that this book has a great ending. How many times have you read a book that you could not put down only to be disappointed at the last few pages? I have MANY times before. Trust me…this book does NOT disappoint!"
"Little Devil Inside kept my heart racing and my fingers eagerly turning the pages! This isn't my usual genre of book, but I decided to take a chance, and although horrified by many parts of the story, I was hooked and managed to finish this book in record time for the slow reader that I normally am! I grew attached to the characters right from the start, and felt their pain and frustration with each chapter. Just when I thought I knew what was about to happen, things always took a turn, and left me in a new state of appallment! The story is written so well that it even seeped in to my subconscious, leading to a couple nightmares. Aside from keeping me on my toes, it also ignited some deep consideration of where dark motives stem from and what could lead to someone snapping. A captivating read, filled with plenty of excitement!!"
"This is a coming-of-age story that addresses the many issues affecting young people today. Blended families, bullying, peer pressure, and body image are just some of the situations presented. This is a character-driven story, with all the qualities of a page-turner. It’s the kind of book I could not put down. It may appeal to all ages. I am a senior citizen and for me, it was a real eye-opener to see what my grandchildren may be dealing with. Valuable lessons for parents and teens run throughout the story. I would highly recommend it as a must-read."
"It's a damn good book. You start to feel sympathy for the main character. Anyway you'll enjoy it."
"A well written story that tears at the heart strings. The characters were relatable and believable. The storyline drew me in and I didn't want to put it down."