The Crossing by Jason Mott

I am a big fan of dystopian books. The stories don’t tend to be deep and are normally fast paced. But The Crossing really surprised me. I didn’t know what I was expecting…maybe the ruins of humanity type situation but this book was so much more. The Crossing was more about interpersonal relationships set in the background of what amounts to the apocalypse. I don’t want to give away too much but this was so much more then a dystopian novel.

Summary: A brother and sister try to get to Florida to see a probe launch while war and disease rage around them.

What I liked: I like that this was a different type of dystopian novel. The story line wasn’t about survival but about relationships. Mott interwove smaller stories throughout the main storyline that I felt set the overall atmosphere in the book. I enjoyed Mott’s writing style and the overall pacing of the novel.

What I didn’t like: There was plotline dealing with the brother when he got to Florida that I didn’t really understand. I felt that it was slightly unnecessary and didn’t really help the story along. For me it felt like the story stalled there and picked back up after. But it was a few fair pages. Even though I enjoyed how fleshed out the characters where the Sister character for me was a bit flat toward the end of the book. The last few pages kinda reminded me of the way Alexa or Siri would deliver a monologue, very computerish.

Star Rating: 4.5

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this novel. I liked that this was a dystopian novel that dealt with interpersonal relationships instead of just survival. I felt like the apocalyptic side was not really used as a plot device but rather background to the sister and brother. The Crossing was an overall enjoyable read. I will have to check out more of Mott’s books.

I would like to thank NetGalley and Harlequin Books for my advanced reader’s copy in exchange for a honest review.

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