This Body Won't Break (O-Negative, #1.1)
The truth doesn’t always set you free. Orphaned as a child, Joanna has lived her entire life in the care of the New Terra Alliance. On the verge of turning eighteen, Joanna eagerly awaits her release into what remains of society. It was a beautiful lie. Joanna was never meant to leave. She is part of the August Harvest, slated to die before the month’s end. With a rogue soldier’s promise to find her a way out, Joanna dares to hope. But if the NTA finds out what she knows, it won’t only be her own life at stake, but the life of the handsome soldier who has vowed to set her free. Fans of Divergent, The Darkest Minds, and The Handmaid’s Tale will love this dystopian story of twisted secrets, romance, and page-turning suspense. This Body Won’t Break is Book One of The O-Negative Series and will be published in 3 Parts (each approximately 25k words in length).

This Body Won't Break (O-Negative, #1.1) Details

TitleThis Body Won't Break (O-Negative, #1.1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 5th, 2017
PublisherAmazon Digital Services
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Dystopia, Young Adult

This Body Won't Break (O-Negative, #1.1) Review

  • Atlas
    January 1, 1970
    Hope is a cruel emotion. It makes you cling to it * * *3 / 5First of all, this is not a book. It is a third of a book. I'm not a fan of authors releasing their books in sections and if I had realised that this is what Lea McKee was choosing to do, I would have waited until I could read the whole book at once. But I didn't read the summary carefully, so that's my own fault, really! Otherwise, this book had such a strong voice! I loved Joanna, it's just a shame that the plot to This Body Won't B Hope is a cruel emotion. It makes you cling to it * * *3 / 5First of all, this is not a book. It is a third of a book. I'm not a fan of authors releasing their books in sections and if I had realised that this is what Lea McKee was choosing to do, I would have waited until I could read the whole book at once. But I didn't read the summary carefully, so that's my own fault, really! Otherwise, this book had such a strong voice! I loved Joanna, it's just a shame that the plot to This Body Won't Break was so incredibly similar to another book I read recently: Body Parts.For those that haven't read Body Parts or "cough* my review, let me summarise. Both books feature a teenage girl, in This Body Won't Break this is Joanna, an orphan raised for something heinous, in both books this is blood and organs but for different reasons, but told something else. Both girls are broken out from aforementioned institution by a very attractive young man. This is as far as Part I of This Body Won't Break goes and, whilst I'm certain it will diverge drastically from the plot of Body Parts given the whole disease-in-the-air idea, I was a bit disappointed by how like Body Parts it was. Such a shame that I read them so close to offer, because This Body Won't Break has a fantastic writing style.The clock above my door has traded in its hands for knives. They cut and slice, shatter the minutes and seconds from existenceSeriously, I loved it. A great first person female voice is, I feel - possibly unreasonably -, becoming quite rare; Lea McKee's writing was enveloping, folding me into her world. It conveyed information, so that I always knew what was going on, with being claustrophobic about it, smothering me with long paragraphs of details. Joanna's strong and vibrant personality was at the forefront, whilst keeping the plot quickly moving.I really enjoyed Part I of this book and I'll certainly be reading the rest when it is published!My thanks to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for an ARC of this book Read this review and more on my blog: https://atlasrisingbooks.wordpress.co...
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  • Angel
    January 1, 1970
    The first lines drew me in and although I'm not a fan of cliffhangers at all. I found this book has potential. A small aspect put me in the mind of the show Orphan Black, but that might be because I'd recently saw the series finale of it and I'm missing it now that it's gone. The writing style was brilliant, which was the most enjoyable part.
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  • Nikki Landis
    January 1, 1970
    Omg, omg, omg!!! I LOVE this book! This is one of the best dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels I have ever read. Seriously. It's action packed, full of description, and anxiety filled from start to finish. The author does an amazing job of slowly building the tension to the boiling point and by the end I was white knuckling my kindle and as breathless as Jo. This little novel is so well written I forgot I was reading, transporting me into an alternate world of ruthless chaos and end of days. Omg, omg, omg!!! I LOVE this book! This is one of the best dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels I have ever read. Seriously. It's action packed, full of description, and anxiety filled from start to finish. The author does an amazing job of slowly building the tension to the boiling point and by the end I was white knuckling my kindle and as breathless as Jo. This little novel is so well written I forgot I was reading, transporting me into an alternate world of ruthless chaos and end of days.Things are not what they seem, nor have they ever been and as Jo embarks on a journey to a new facility her feelings of trepidation and danger begin to increase exponentially. Who really knows the truth? Is Jo ready to face the horror of reality? At every turn she's forced to decide who she can trust but one false move may cost her life. Torn between terror and feelings of doubt she seeks answers...but the answers are more terrifying than the questions. Left on a bit of a cliffhanger, I literally shouted at my kindle. I want more! Hope the sequel is out soon. I MUST find out what happens next. 5 anxiety filled thrilling heart pounding stars!
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  • Shay
    January 1, 1970
    Normally I shy away from books released in parts because I hate that cliffhanger feel to them. I was, however, pleasantly surprised that although this book does have a "cliffhanger" like end it still feels like a completed book and i'm just waiting for the next one! I really enjoyed This Body Won't Break! There is so much to like about this book! The writing feels real and sincere. The world building, although secretive so far, is still quite engaging. That goes for the plot as well. I'm totally Normally I shy away from books released in parts because I hate that cliffhanger feel to them. I was, however, pleasantly surprised that although this book does have a "cliffhanger" like end it still feels like a completed book and i'm just waiting for the next one! I really enjoyed This Body Won't Break! There is so much to like about this book! The writing feels real and sincere. The world building, although secretive so far, is still quite engaging. That goes for the plot as well. I'm totally into it and I really do want to know what's going on and how this all works and who's doing what! I don't feel that I got enough from the characters though. They are solid don't get me wrong. I just feel like I don't really truly know them yet. I completely attribute this to the fact that they really haven't had a chance to show their true selves because of the situation in the book. They are just as awed by what is happening to them as I was. Oh and the way that tension just slowly crescendos was amazing! I didn't want to put the book down but I HAD to. Stupid adulting. So let me tell you about the actual story! In this dystopia a nuclear blast depletes the population and creates a hostile atmosphere and also a virus that kills in ten days or less. In this decimated wortld orphans are raised under the watchful eye of the NTA (New Terra Alliance) which is their form of government. Joanna is one such orphan who can't wait to move to Phase 3 and get the chance to be integrated back into society! After the transfer she enters a world where testing of all kinds is the norm. All to, of course, find the correct placement for her. At least, that's what she has been told... The truth is that nothing is what it seems. OMG I am so excited to read the next 2 books!!!*I received a free ARC kindly provided by the author on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Angie Dokos
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this story, but I think the author could have put part one and two together and made it feel like more of a complete book. This was more like a short story, but it was a good one. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. The story pulls you in immediately and holds your interest. Of course, if you hate cliffhangers, don't read part one until you own part two.
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  • Manon the Malicious
    January 1, 1970
    I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Joanna is turning 18 this month, which for her means that she’s moving from the facility she is into another. All the kids turning 18 are.But when she’s about to go, her only friend who works in the kitchen tells her that none of what she thought she knew is true and that she’s in danger.Well, I’ve just read a book last month which had pretty much the same plot. So this wasn’t all that riveting for me. I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Joanna is turning 18 this month, which for her means that she’s moving from the facility she is into another. All the kids turning 18 are.But when she’s about to go, her only friend who works in the kitchen tells her that none of what she thought she knew is true and that she’s in danger.Well, I’ve just read a book last month which had pretty much the same plot. So this wasn’t all that riveting for me.I found it extremely short and definitely not a full story. I mean I read this in less than two hours.It really just felt like the very beginning of a book, none of the characters felt all that interesting yet... But I guess I’m still intrigued and I will be reading Part 2.
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  • Coco.V
    January 1, 1970
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  • Kayla
    January 1, 1970
    I got sent this book in exchange for a honest review, all my opinions are my own and thank you so much to the publishers for sending me this book!Wasn't my favrouite book I've ever been sent but I am continuing with the series for the sake of completing a series.
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  • Sharon Mariampillai
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great read. The story was very good. It was engaging and interesting. I really liked it. The characters were great. I really liked Joanne. I thought she was interesting and different.
  • P๏€cɨℓią* ~SLiTsRead
    January 1, 1970
    This book is basically a setup to a dystopian world where lots of humans got wiped out by a virus. Joanna was one of the "lucky" ones that got care from the government. And, you'd have to read the book to find out why she got chosen.I liked how Joanna had a quasi friendship with one of their staffs, Dianna. I very much wanted to find out how Dianna suddenly turned cold towards Joanna, or the other way, why was she her friend to begin with.The "ending" I did sort of see it This book is basically a setup to a dystopian world where lots of humans got wiped out by a virus. Joanna was one of the "lucky" ones that got care from the government. And, you'd have to read the book to find out why she got chosen.I liked how Joanna had a quasi friendship with one of their staffs, Dianna. I very much wanted to find out how Dianna suddenly turned cold towards Joanna, or the other way, why was she her friend to begin with.The "ending" I did sort of see it coming. I didn't mind the cliff too much. What I didn't like was some of the writings. It just drastically changed to "poetry" from story telling in first person point of view. It felt like stepping out of the story and reading poetry all of a sudden, quite jarring. At first, it was shock, then disbelief, now the only word to describe it is frustration. It tightens my muscles and curls a fist around my heart. It’s a cluster of storm clouds in my head, the warm rain pooling behind my eyelids. I think with some editing, the story would read better. I'm looking forward to the next book, to see where the story would go. Would they meet up with Knox? Would she see her mom? My gut tells me yes and yes.
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  • Mihlean
    January 1, 1970
    I received a digital copy of this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and voluntary reviewRating: 3,5 starsThis Body Won't Break is a great new YA dystopian. It has a unique world-building and the characters were enjoyable to read about. The plot was solid, it has a tinge of mystery, betrayal and a hint of romance and friendships which was great. My only complaint is that the book is only 108 pages long and therefore didn't feel like an actual book but a novella.
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  • The Beauty and Her Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Rating : 3.75/5 ‘This Body Won’t Break’ is a dystopian novel set in a post nuclear war world where most of the population has been wiped out. ‘Nuclear blasts so enormous they wiped out entire cities, and eventually entire continents. Our small piece of land is the only inhabitable chunk left.’This part is a really short introduction to the novel. Nothing much happens in it, but it is a promising start and I’m excited to see the story develop a little bit more in the next part.The Rating : 3.75/5 ‘This Body Won’t Break’ is a dystopian novel set in a post nuclear war world where most of the population has been wiped out. ‘Nuclear blasts so enormous they wiped out entire cities, and eventually entire continents. Our small piece of land is the only inhabitable chunk left.’This part is a really short introduction to the novel. Nothing much happens in it, but it is a promising start and I’m excited to see the story develop a little bit more in the next part.The author’s writing feels very sincere. The only issue I feel is that the protagonist Joanna, doesn’t talk or think like an eighteen-year-old person. She reads like a fifteen-year-old to me. This matter was particularly awful when I came to realise Knox (her love interest) is in his twenties and somehow they still hit it off.Another annoying aspect was the ‘insta-love’ Joanna felt for Knox days after meeting him. I’m hoping this relationship will mature a little in the upcoming parts.‘He tosses Cash his shirt, starts to unbuckle his belt. I turn around, a blush clawing up my neck.’ ‘I’m nodding, but the very idea of anything happening to Knox twists my stomach and sends my heart beating out of its proper rhythm.’Overall, I feel this part, even though small, is a good premise for what is to come and it fulfills its purpose to intrigue you enough that you want to read the other parts as well. I know I want to. Hence, I gave this book 3.75 stars.
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  • Shayay
    January 1, 1970
    This Body Won't Break is great! I don't normally read books that come in parts, but I loved the premise and I can't pass up a dystopian, so I wanted to give this a go, and I'm glad I did because I loved the mystery and suspense for this story. This book was a great start to what I feel will continue to be an interesting story, and although I've read plenty of dystopian books, I felt this book is unique enough to stand on its own. Joanna is naïve, but I see her becoming a stronger character as th This Body Won't Break is great! I don't normally read books that come in parts, but I loved the premise and I can't pass up a dystopian, so I wanted to give this a go, and I'm glad I did because I loved the mystery and suspense for this story. This book was a great start to what I feel will continue to be an interesting story, and although I've read plenty of dystopian books, I felt this book is unique enough to stand on its own. Joanna is naïve, but I see her becoming a stronger character as the story progresses. Joanna's eyes have been closed to the deception in the government, but she's in for a rude awakening when she can't continue to ignore the signs. I'm liking the people that are entering Joanna's life, and I love the story between Joanna and Knox, and the connection between the two. Some of the characters do make some odd choices; Joanna included, so that felt a bit weird, but these teenagers have grown up in an oppressive environment, so they are all naïve to many things. This story has a lot of interesting directions it could go, and I'm really excited to see where Lea McKee takes the story!
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    REVIEWAfter reading a few contemporary books I felt ready to go back to one of my favoured genres of Post Apocalyptic or Dystopian. When I read the blurb of this book I decided this was what I wanted to read. I was ucky enough to have an e-copy from Netgalley, though I had forgotten I had it! and bought an e-copy of the book from Amazon UK. At the very end of the blurb there's a snippet that recommends this book for fans of Divergent, The Darkest Minds, and The Handmaid’s Tale saying it is REVIEWAfter reading a few contemporary books I felt ready to go back to one of my favoured genres of Post Apocalyptic or Dystopian. When I read the blurb of this book I decided this was what I wanted to read. I was ucky enough to have an e-copy from Netgalley, though I had forgotten I had it! and bought an e-copy of the book from Amazon UK. At the very end of the blurb there's a snippet that recommends this book for fans of Divergent, The Darkest Minds, and The Handmaid’s Tale saying it is story of twisted secrets, romance, and page-turning suspense. I loved Divergent when I read it so decided to read this book.The background cover of the book is just a plain white and has an explosion on read on it. Upon reading I would say that the red represents the O-Negative series name as well as fitting well with they way blood is a large part of the plot/story of the book. The title and author name fonts are quite basic yet stand out well. I think the "explosion" of the red would certainly attract attention to the book when it is on a bookshelf in a store. The only thing I would be tempted to change about the cover is to add the first line of the blurb "The truth doesn’t always set you free."to the cover After finishing my previous book I decided to read just a couple of pages of this book (as it was late at night) I felt pulled into this book almost immediately, and read more than just a few pages as originally planned! I finally forced myself to stop reading at around 26% I seriously didn't want to put it down In fact I ended up reading this book in just two reading sessions. This book certainly draws you in quickly and keeps a hold on you until the very end! I wanted to start the next part straight away so went on Amazon UK to buy that one and to pre-order the last part too!The main background part of this book you need to know, is that a virus was caused by nuclear fallout and has become airborne which leads to a terminal sickness that has wiped out a lot of the population making it necessary for the government referred to as the NTA to take the steps of introducing an Institute for those orphaned to be brought up and prepared for being useful citizens when they reach working age. Each area has a few of these Institutes where those that live in them go through phases one and two, preparing them to leave and go onto phase three. Upon reaching maturity, at 17 almost 18 years old those at the Institute are taken to "phase 3" where they will be tested and helped to choose and train for their chosen job in society. We meet the main character of the book, Joanna as she is dressing in her black, white and dull green uniform that marks her out as being part of zone 3. She looks around her room an exact copy of every other room in phase 2 at the Institute. Those living in the Institute are orphans'aspirants who have lost their families to the dreaded virus which is referred to as TEN. Its August which is Joanna's birth month, she is now considered an adult and will be leaving for phase 3 along with the other aspirants with the same birthday month. This leaving phase 2 and moving on to phase 3 is referred to as harvesting. Joanna first came to live at the Institute quite late in life at just three years old. Her parents died in an accident, leaving her an orphan so she was sent to the Institute. The others at the Institute such as Danny and Sophie have been there all their lives like the other aspirants at the Institute. Making friends is not really encouraged so it is unusual when Dianna, one of the Institute workers seems to take Joanna under her wing, allowing her to eat her meals with her in the kitchen instead of alone in her room. This friendship is the only reason Joanna can think of, when Dianna pulls her to one side in a desperate bid to hurriedly tell her something before she is actually transported to phase three. The information that strikes Joanna as odd, that she remembers Dianna telling her is that, Things are not as they seem. That they have been risen like a farmer raises pigs. Joanna doesn't get the opportunity to ask Dianna exactly what she means as guards appear to usher all the aspirants into an awaiting van. As the ten aspirants from Joanna's Institute get into the van, they are all pondering what will happen at phase 3. One girl says they will only be at phase 3 for a month before being sent out to specific areas to train for their future jobs. After her brief warning from Dianna Joanna is even more perplexed when the van guard berates the ten aspirants for not working "it" out. He actually tells them they have thirty days and they should make the most of them. Another character in the van who is even more suspicious about what is to come in phase 3 is Chase. We learn has escaped twice already, the first time out of pure curiosity, and the second time because of something he had seen that he shouldn't have! When their van stops they are told to leave the van in an orderly way and wait along with other aspirants from all the other Institutes in the different areas. Males and females are assigned their wings and room numbers and will only mix with each other in the shared communal spaces. Only for some strange reason Cash is assigned to the same room as Joanna, and two other female characters, Danny and Sophie. Joanna's suspicions are raised even more when a guard whom seems strangely familiar to her hands her a piece of paper saying he needs to show her something. Should Joanna trust him? Is it some sort of trap or part of the training or even a test.So I have decided at this point I cannot really tell you much more of the plot, as you should have things unfold and pique your individual curiosity as you read the book.The character I instantly liked was Joanna, who has to try to piece together clues she is seeing to decide whom she can trust. Joanna also has to deal with Cash and his distrust of the establishment that runs the Institute and has brought them up. I think maybe Joanna would have just put her concerns aside but with Cash asking questions and then the guard Knox saying there is something she needs to see, she cannot just forget and go on blindly. I loved the description and character of Knox. When Joanna has her recurring nightmare of falling from a tree despite a hand from above trying to save her, and this time she see's the actual face belonging to the hand and it's Knox you realise there is much more to Knox that Joanna cannot remember. I enjoyed the writing style and pace of the book. Lea managed to reveal things slowly but still hold enough back to make you so eager to read more, I really hated having to put this book down! There is so much going on in this part of the book I am really looking forward to part 2 & part 3. I think there is so much more to come about the NTA, why "they" are doing what they are, as well as probably meeting the talented scientist who is in exile who has come up with an alternative to the NTA harvesting. I want to know who Dianna really is, why she is working at the Institute if she is secretly opposed to what they are doing. Why did she risk so much to be a friend to Joannna? I do have some suspicions about who Dianna may be and am looking forward to that being revealed. I'm also eager to learn more about the guard Knox, how was he part of Joanna's past? I want to know if it was in fact Knox in Joanna's dream? And does he survive the ending of this book part? The ending of this part of the book is at such a crucial moment and creates a brilliant cliff hanger! Lea how could you stop it right there? I have read some other reviews on this book upon finishing it where people complain that it is only part of the book rather than the whole book. . . I honestly didn't think of it as a problem book parts 1 & 3 are priced at just 99p, though bk part 2 is more expensive and had it been the first installment I probably wouldn't have been so eager to pay as much, not knowing if I would like it. Though at a total cost of under £5 I don't think its too overly expensive. Being totally truthful my usual limit is around at most £5 for an ebook, dependent on author and how much I want to read the book too!My immediate thoughts upon finishing the book were, Oh wow I have found another series I have immediately fallen in love with! Just bought part 2 as soon as I finished this one! Will be starting to read the next part as soon as I have done my review of this part, which is gonna be super difficult to do without giving away too much! I hope I have told you enough in this review to encourage to read the book without giving away too many details and spoiling the flow of the book for you to read for yourself. What else can I say, I loved this book. Certain aspects in it reminded me of other titles I have read. There is a certain aspect within the book that seems to be an upcoming new sub genre. This book had me thinking of Body Parts by Jessica Kapp, The Body Institute by Carol Riggs, The Vampire Games by Stephanie Archer along with a few other titles I have read. I'd definitely recommend reading it, whether you read it in three separate parts or waiting until the whole book is released.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book to review from Netgalley. Wow. This Body Won't Break had me tearing through the pages as the first chapter starts off with a bang and the pacing only gets faster. You won't be able to put this one down. Right from the start the book is intriguing and mysterious, it only takes a few pages before the author has you hooked for an intense ride. Lea McKee does a fantastic job setting a tense and anxious tone helping convey that something is clearly wrong with where the orphans are being sent. I received a copy of this book to review from Netgalley. Wow. This Body Won't Break had me tearing through the pages as the first chapter starts off with a bang and the pacing only gets faster. You won't be able to put this one down. Right from the start the book is intriguing and mysterious, it only takes a few pages before the author has you hooked for an intense ride. Lea McKee does a fantastic job setting a tense and anxious tone helping convey that something is clearly wrong with where the orphans are being sent. The brevity of this book is perfect for the pacing and leaves the reader anxious for the next installment in the series. I wanted more, but the length was good because it didn't bog down a fast paced novel with unnecessary details.
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  • Tammy J
    January 1, 1970
    “My mind attempts to plod through the mud of what she is saying, but I can’t seem to find traction. There’s unadulterated fear seeping through her skin, twisting her words into terrifying sounds.”I’m so glad I was asked to read an ARC of this exciting new series. I’ve never been a big dystopian fan, but I couldn’t help being drawn into this new world Lea McKee has created. It’s a quick read and the story picks up rapidly. The writer does an excellent job of taking you on a very belie “My mind attempts to plod through the mud of what she is saying, but I can’t seem to find traction. There’s unadulterated fear seeping through her skin, twisting her words into terrifying sounds.”I’m so glad I was asked to read an ARC of this exciting new series. I’ve never been a big dystopian fan, but I couldn’t help being drawn into this new world Lea McKee has created. It’s a quick read and the story picks up rapidly. The writer does an excellent job of taking you on a very believable and interesting journey. The heroine, Joanna struggles to deal with murky unknowns and the frustration of who can and can not be trusted. As the story unfolds we get glimpses of the horrific darkness that lies ahead for our heroin and those around her. I can’t wait to read the next part to see how this world develops and learn more about the characters. I was given a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Carolyn Injoy
    January 1, 1970
    This Body Won't Break: Part 1 (The O-Negative Series) by Lea McKee is a poignant story about an orphan, Joanna who is almost turning eighteen and ready to leave Zone Three. I gave it four stars because it was easy to read and kept my attention."The clock above my door has traded in its hands for knives. They cut and slice, shatter the minutes and seconds from existence. Countless days have led me to this point, this day."She and the others who have turned eighteen have be This Body Won't Break: Part 1 (The O-Negative Series) by Lea McKee is a poignant story about an orphan, Joanna who is almost turning eighteen and ready to leave Zone Three. I gave it four stars because it was easy to read and kept my attention."The clock above my door has traded in its hands for knives. They cut and slice, shatter the minutes and seconds from existence. Countless days have led me to this point, this day."She and the others who have turned eighteen have been transported to a new location. "The entire roof is glass, the pieces angled, allowing the remnants of sunset to soak the room in a glow of fragmented amber light. Like being underwater if the water was on fire." I received a Kindle copy in an Amazon promotion. That did not change my opinion for this review.Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073YK24MW
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    Dystopian at its worst. It’s amazing to see how far humans will stoop to keep their race alive. Nuclear fallout has left the planet with an incurable virus. The government has found a way to save the population. The orphans have no idea what’s in store for them. Hidden away from society, scientists have also been working towards saving the population. A pathologist may have found an answer. The time has come to be reunited with her daughter, but can she be rescued in time?I loved the Dystopian at its worst. It’s amazing to see how far humans will stoop to keep their race alive. Nuclear fallout has left the planet with an incurable virus. The government has found a way to save the population. The orphans have no idea what’s in store for them. Hidden away from society, scientists have also been working towards saving the population. A pathologist may have found an answer. The time has come to be reunited with her daughter, but can she be rescued in time?I loved the variety of metaphors used to describe the mundane. The drab buildings turned into majestic castles. The hands of a clock became knives slicing away at time. My mind was bursting with clarity as my eyes took in each word.Thank-you to the author for providing me with an advanced copy. I cannot wait for part 2 of The O-Negative Series. I need to know what happens next!
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  • Lan Chan
    January 1, 1970
    Shorter than I would have liked but well written nonetheless.
  • Barbara Russell
    January 1, 1970
    This dark novella introduces us into Joanna's dystopian world. It's fast paced and has a lot of tension. Looking forward to reading the second part!
  • Avery ☆ bforbookslut
    January 1, 1970
    This review and others like it can be found at [email protected] This book was provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This review edition is an ARC and may differ from the final edition. Verdict:The only reason This Body Won’t Break by Lea McKee received a three star rating was because it was underwhelming. And also because it is part of a three part series and I absolutely hate when authors do it, just so they get more people to read it. Like, just stick your parts together an/> This review and others like it can be found at [email protected] This book was provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This review edition is an ARC and may differ from the final edition. Verdict:The only reason This Body Won’t Break by Lea McKee received a three star rating was because it was underwhelming. And also because it is part of a three part series and I absolutely hate when authors do it, just so they get more people to read it. Like, just stick your parts together and publish one book, please and very thank you. I find that it’s self-published authors who do this a lot.I am unable to write a much longer review in my usual style because it was so short. It was definitely engaging when all the little pieces fell into place and I really loved the plot. It’s insanely creative and if it weren’t chopped up into three bits, I bet it’ll have fans banging down the door just to read it. Firstly, the main character, Joanna has such a strong voice and personality. She’s headstrong and she’s incredibly determined. I love that she managed to form a relationship with a motherly figure and she seems to be turning out to be a leader. But not in an obnoxious way. It sort of reminded me of Katniss but less aggressive. I also really love the little bits of worldbuilding that we can see. I’ll admit, some of the details get a little bit confusing, especially about the NTA and the disease that is in the air. But I do absolutely love the glimpses of authoritarianism and dictatorship that we do get to see. For example, in Joanna’s love to read. Books in this verse are forbidden material which feels a little 1984 but the books are classic stories that we know, Pride and Prejudice etc which tells us that this is a dystopian society. Lea McKee also has a fantastic style of writing that really drives the plot forward and moving. I always had questions with every step that I read, making me want to know more and more. Plus, she’s informative without being too detailed which I feel is something that’s quite hard for authors to do these days. It’s usually throw all the information at you and make it heavy to read or throw all the information at you but make it absolutely confusing.I will say that the decision to chop the book up into three parts makes me have little concern for these characters, except for Joanna, of course. It’s not enough to determine or keep my interest at finding out what their motives are. Or, even give us glimpses into their personalities to at least humanise them.I can’t even remember their names. But, phew, the plot is phenomenal. Conclusion:This Body Won’t Break Part 1 by Lea McKee sets itself up to do good and great things. But, that’s all it does. It sets itself up and that is such betrayal to the reader who expects a full book, because I sure as hell can promise you that no one will shell out money for three parts of a book when they can purchase one.
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  • Mary Ann
    January 1, 1970
    If you enjoy Dystopian, Post-apocalyptic novels with strong female protagonists, pick up This Body Won't Break by Lea McKee. First, this is a story, complete as it stands, in my opinion. Second, if you want to know more, that is a sign that you were pulled into this world McKee has created. Third, if you enjoy discovering a new author who writes kick-ass female leads, pick this book up and enjoy the growth of a character who may reappear in a new tale. (Ignore the reviews that don't actually rev If you enjoy Dystopian, Post-apocalyptic novels with strong female protagonists, pick up This Body Won't Break by Lea McKee. First, this is a story, complete as it stands, in my opinion. Second, if you want to know more, that is a sign that you were pulled into this world McKee has created. Third, if you enjoy discovering a new author who writes kick-ass female leads, pick this book up and enjoy the growth of a character who may reappear in a new tale. (Ignore the reviews that don't actually review the book.). That said, what did I think?Jo is a young woman moving into adulthood in a world she appears ill-equipped to live, much less survive. One sentence summary, now the book. McKee has a finely honed writer's voice and knows to take her time allowing Jo to unwrap and accept the facts she learns as her world changes in myriad ways. Many writers might inadvertently rush through these tense and ever-evolving (pun intended) scenes, but an expert writer allows the character to grow and become part of a reality where the reader inhabits the world alongside a human, fault-filled person whom you cheer for and also wish to chastise at times.The future world that McKee builds has enough basis in our present day world that a reader can agree to suspend disbelief and transport into it. Is TENS nature's way of taking control, is it another governmental experiment, is it the aftermath of worldwide chemical or biological warfare? Get readers to speculate, and you have them hooked.This is a book that made me.want to find answers and that had me filled with questions along the way. This book made me care about Jo, Ethan, Cash, Liam, and more. This is a book that forces a reader to see positive and negative behaviors as having consequences, although not always what you might expect. And this is a book that has a definite story arc that made me want to enter this world of the future again.I received a kindle version of this book to read, asking only for my review. If you are avid reader, you know a good back from a poorly written one. This book is an excellent start to a series that will appeal to those who crave story art, those who love dystopian or post-apocalyptic tales, those who enjoy strong female protagonists, those who appreciate well-rounded characters who find a bit of romance, and those who appreciate discovering a young writer with a way with words.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    This first book of the series got moving pretty quickly and kept at a strong pace. The pace was good and though the story does end in a cliffhanger, it was fairly easy to see it coming. The story takes place in a society where nuclear fallout has caused a virus that affects large portions of the population. The ruling regime exerts almost total control and ideas that do not support it are discouraged or forbidden. Orphans like Joanna are raised in underground facilities and wait until they are a This first book of the series got moving pretty quickly and kept at a strong pace. The pace was good and though the story does end in a cliffhanger, it was fairly easy to see it coming. The story takes place in a society where nuclear fallout has caused a virus that affects large portions of the population. The ruling regime exerts almost total control and ideas that do not support it are discouraged or forbidden. Orphans like Joanna are raised in underground facilities and wait until they are assigned to permanent jobs. Of course, all is not as it seems and Joanna finds herself having to make big choices that affect herself and others. Once I became accustomed to the author's frequent use of similes, I found myself enjoying her style. These types of stories can frequently be told in a sort of analytical way that makes it tough to connect with what the main character is feeling. That was not the case here. I liked that I always knew what Joanna was thinking and feeling. I feel that many of the bad things that occurred in the story could have been avoided with a little more communication. Though, if everything went perfectly there wouldn't be a book two on its way. I'm looking forward to continuing the series and seeing the main character develop as the story progresses.There were a handful of swear words, very limited violence, and no sexual content. This would probably be a PG, or maybe PG-13 at most if it were a film.I reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    *This ARC was provided through published via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*I thought that this book had an interesting plot and decided to give it a chance. The author had some interesting ideas, particularly the idea of raising people for the slaughter in order to save others from a deadly disease. The book began well enough with the main character, Joanna, being naive about what is to become of her. She goes along with hat is asked of her, never questioning *This ARC was provided through published via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*I thought that this book had an interesting plot and decided to give it a chance. The author had some interesting ideas, particularly the idea of raising people for the slaughter in order to save others from a deadly disease. The book began well enough with the main character, Joanna, being naive about what is to become of her. She goes along with hat is asked of her, never questioning anything except for small things in the grand scheme of things. It is quickly revealed that not all is what it seems and Joanna realizes that she has to escape before it is too late. I wish that I could say that I loved this book but it was just okay. There were things that were never explained that made portions of the book fall flat and feel hollow. I enjoyed he realistic feel to the book but that also became tainted when more fantastical/sci-fi elements were introduced into the story that didn't make any sense. There is also major insta-love within the book which I hated. There was no basis for the connection between the two main characters. They had known each other for such a short amount of time and then all of the sudden they were spouting out declarations of love and saying that they would die for one another. I believe that this book could be great with some editing because the bones of the story are solid and intriguing. https://fictionedtodeath.blogspot.com...
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  • KarenJo Custodio
    January 1, 1970
    This Body Won’t Break by Lea Mckee is phenomenal and I enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would. Mckee’s writing is gorgeous and atmospheric. It doesn’t take long before the mystery, intrigue, and tension had me completely hooked. I honestly could not stop reading and became more and more anxious by the minute… and I TOTALLY LOVED IT! I do have to admit that I initially gave this a 4 star rating since it was too short for my liking and there were so many unanswered questions… BUT the This Body Won’t Break by Lea Mckee is phenomenal and I enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would. Mckee’s writing is gorgeous and atmospheric. It doesn’t take long before the mystery, intrigue, and tension had me completely hooked. I honestly could not stop reading and became more and more anxious by the minute… and I TOTALLY LOVED IT! I do have to admit that I initially gave this a 4 star rating since it was too short for my liking and there were so many unanswered questions… BUT the more I thought about it, the set-up is actually quite ingenious. I HONESTLY have not stopped thinking about this story and the characters since I finished it. The world building so far is eerie and disturbing, but absolutely fascinated me. The plot is enigmatic, well-written and full of action. Mckee does such a wonderful job slowly building the tension and suspense that I was literally holding my breath. The characters are likeable and very interesting. I can’t wait to get to know them more and see how their stories unfold in the next 2 installments. There’s also a hint of a romance… and being a romance junkie, I’m so ready to swoon. As the story comes to an end, Mckee leads her characters to unknown and terrifying situations. I don’t want to say anymore, but if you’re looking for some fun thrills and chills, then you need to pick this up. This Body Won’t Break may be short, but that was one of the most satisfying 2-3 hours of reading I’ve ever done. I’m definitely looking forward to reading the sequel when it comes out in October. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.To read more of my reviews, visit Sincerely Karen Jo
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  • Romee Darling
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have very mixed feelings about this book. There are aspects I absolutely loved and things that simply don't sit well with me. This is a very action packed book. It's always alert and quite tensionate and I loved this about it. I'm not necessarily a big fan on long, detailed descriptions so I actually found myself enjoying this. This book won't bore you. Truly. Apart from its obvious flaws that I will list down below, this bo I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have very mixed feelings about this book. There are aspects I absolutely loved and things that simply don't sit well with me. This is a very action packed book. It's always alert and quite tensionate and I loved this about it. I'm not necessarily a big fan on long, detailed descriptions so I actually found myself enjoying this. This book won't bore you. Truly. Apart from its obvious flaws that I will list down below, this book was very very enjoyable. It may not be the smartest well thought dystopia work out there, but I really enjoyed reading it. Now, its flaws... Well. I think the biggest flaw of this book was its lack of originality. It was not original in the least. Now, I was a great fan of dystopia when it became popular. I watched numerous movies, read several books because I was simply obsessed. So it's very hard to find something really original in a dystopia. But this was totally a let down. There was no big revelation. Nothing I haven't read before. It was a tamer version of Never let me go meets Eve meets Shatter me. I've read all this before. While I do understand that it's hard to be original at this point, it still bothered me a lot. Truly. Second of all, the writing was just so good sometimes. There are some quotes that are so well drawn out that I'm still speechless about them. "They say curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back "" Hope is a cruel emotion. It makes you cling to it, even tough the logical part of your brain rebels against it, tells you it's impossible. "" I am too many things and suddenly I am nothing " But the main character was poorly written. Yes, I do understand she's innocent and all, but she made no sense as a character. She was simply unrealistic. And the dialogue was so unnatural I simply cringe. "Why would she go to all this to get me back? I don't understand, it's been fifteen years. She doesn't even know me. How could I help you? I'm nobody " I can't imagine anyone saying this in real life without seeming completely foolish. Maybe it's just me. Throughout the whole book, although it being enjoyable, I was never convinced of the accuracy of the events. Yes, I know fiction is not real, but it's made to at least SEEM real. This book didn't convince me in the least. Although this was hinted as a dystopia romance, there was no romance. There were some hints at some point, but nothing really romantic. I know this is only a part of the actual book, and while I would like to read the whole thing, this one just didn't do too much for me.
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  • Happily
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a free ARC direct from the author on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.*Since the outbreak of books like the Hunger Games, The Maze Runner and Divergent, I'm often wary of Dystopian stories as they tend to follow the same path. This book takes that path and runs along it. The inquisitive, headstrong teenager. The over protective love interest. The powerful goverment official. This book is part 1 of 3 of This Body Won't Break and at 108 pages long I read it in a c *I received a free ARC direct from the author on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.*Since the outbreak of books like the Hunger Games, The Maze Runner and Divergent, I'm often wary of Dystopian stories as they tend to follow the same path. This book takes that path and runs along it. The inquisitive, headstrong teenager. The over protective love interest. The powerful goverment official. This book is part 1 of 3 of This Body Won't Break and at 108 pages long I read it in a couple of hours. I honestly felt that it was so fast paced, too fast, likes massive chunks of the story were missing. I like the overall concept, or what I'm starting to believe is the overall concept. The interactions and relationships between the characters are believable. The men in the book seem to have a common theme, fit, smouldering and protective. The main character Jo is your usual smart, curious and headstrong girl who can't help but ask questions, and questions don't get you answers here.I feel this book has left me with a lot of questions; who is Knox? why is he helping her? will they get away? what is TEN? Overall I liked the book. The unanswered questions will make me read the 2nd part. If you want a longer read wait until all 3 parts are out.
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  • Kira Baumann
    January 1, 1970
    Lea Mckee offers so much in just one part of an entire story, and what she has written about makes you take a step back and assess humanity and how we have dealt with disasters and diseases so far. From page one she does a wonderful job of setting up the dynamic of the story and revealing major conflicts and rather than just coming right out and explaining what happened in one long paragraph she breaks it up with dialogue and inner monologue that also gives you an idea of what exactly is going o Lea Mckee offers so much in just one part of an entire story, and what she has written about makes you take a step back and assess humanity and how we have dealt with disasters and diseases so far. From page one she does a wonderful job of setting up the dynamic of the story and revealing major conflicts and rather than just coming right out and explaining what happened in one long paragraph she breaks it up with dialogue and inner monologue that also gives you an idea of what exactly is going on in their society from an inside point of view. I must say that I have been in a reading slump lately and I begin to read a book but lose interest quickly, but from the first few paragraphs Mckee had me hooked by just the simple act of someone removing the cover of a book, and I sat there thinking why is this relevant and I knew I had to keep reading to find out. Throughout this entire book I was always guessing about who was the enemy and how they kept things in order, and I believe Mckee does a fantastic job of making you question what is really going on. I definitely recommend for those who love dystopian novels and the mystery of who is really the enemy.
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  • Bob Morton
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the story. The characters, especially the one that we see the story through, were quite believable. And the story line was good as well. I really dislike it when an author drops us off in the middle of the story, so that is why I gave it 4 stars. It was not a bad a drop as I have seen in other book, but it did leave me hanging. It is a short read, took less than an afternoon at a slow day at work. Our hero is an orphan in the care of the state. She knows that soon, when she turns 18, t I enjoyed the story. The characters, especially the one that we see the story through, were quite believable. And the story line was good as well. I really dislike it when an author drops us off in the middle of the story, so that is why I gave it 4 stars. It was not a bad a drop as I have seen in other book, but it did leave me hanging. It is a short read, took less than an afternoon at a slow day at work. Our hero is an orphan in the care of the state. She knows that soon, when she turns 18, that she will have to make it in the world outside the home and that is a bit of a scare because of the virus that has destroyed the earth after the humans have killed each other. We follow her as she leaves her group home and goes to the 'training' facility that will determine what job she should take. There was enough suspense to keep me interested. While the story could be read by most everyone, there could be a bit of a fear generated by younger children. Otherwise, it is recommended for people looking into a story of what happens after we as human beings destroy ourselves.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this first segment of the series. The book is very short, more of a longer novella, so it's difficult to say a lot about character development, but there sure is a lot of action in a short amount of time. The book offers an interesting take on an apocalyptic future in which only the eastern portion of Canada still supports human life. A deadly airborne virus threatens anyone who ventures outdoors without a respirator and, clearly, humans are under constant environmental control. I really enjoyed this first segment of the series. The book is very short, more of a longer novella, so it's difficult to say a lot about character development, but there sure is a lot of action in a short amount of time. The book offers an interesting take on an apocalyptic future in which only the eastern portion of Canada still supports human life. A deadly airborne virus threatens anyone who ventures outdoors without a respirator and, clearly, humans are under constant environmental control. The story centers around Joanna (Jo), an orphan, as she is moved into the next stage of her life; training to integrate into society. In the new facility, she feels that something isn't right and that is confirmed when she is contacted by a guard who seems strangely familiar. Once Jo finds out what is going on in the facility, is there any way to avoid her unwanted destiny? Why does she think the guard is so familiar when she's never met anyone outside the orphanage where she's lived since she was three?Once you finish part 1, you will be utterly compelled to grab part 2 immediately.
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