Friday, April 27, 2012

The Industry by Rose Foster

Kirra Hayward is your average teenager, she goes to school, struggles to deal with living with a perfect sister, and tries to stay out of trouble at home - the only thing that makes her really special is her ability to do maths.  Kirra is so good at maths that she is taking maths classes with senior students, something that makes her a bit of a social outcast at school.  When she is given an assignment to make a puzzle, she decides to cheat a little and find one online to copy, but the puzzle she finds is like nothing she has even seen before, and the way she works out the answer is even weirder.  At first it seems as though there is nothing to the puzzle, but then some strange men come out of nowhere and drag Kirra away from her family, her country, and her whole life. 

Trapped far away from everything she has ever known, Kirra struggles to grasp what has actually happened to her, and clings to the hope that someone will come and save her.  This is a hope that slowly fades away as the weeks pass and there is no sign of rescue.  The rules of her captivity are pretty simple though, she is one of the few people in the world who can crack the Spencer code and she will crack the code every time she is asked to - if she doesn't then they will use force.  It is a terrifying world she has been forced into, and she is not alone for long, soon Milo joins her and he can crack codes too.  But as she finds herself sharing more and more with Milo, Kirra leaves herself open to more pain and anguish as the people who have taken them use their growing friendship against them.

Kirra and her world are imagined in intricate detail in this first installment in an amazing new series.  Rose Foster may be a debut author, but she has started with a high quality read that is both engaging and highly believable.  It is easy to imagine that there really is an Industry out there, a shadowy organised world that connects criminals across the world.  Kirra is realistic and engaging, her emotions are genuine, and you feel what she feels as she is forced to become part of a world she never knew existed.  The people around her are more than cardboard cutouts of bad guys, they have connections to other people, emotions and dramas that flow around the main part of the story.

I hope that the rest of the series is as good as this first book because it starts with a hiss and a roar and was incredibly addictive - I had to read it in one go to get through it to see what happened next.  There were some great twists and turns in the story, and Foster seems to have really kept a rein on her creativity to keep the story firmly grounded in the here and now which makes it so much more believable and engaging.

If you like this book then try:
  • The recruit by Robert Muchamore
  • Also known as Rowan Pohi by Ralph Fletcher
  • The arrival by Chris Morphew
  • Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
  • Boy soldier by Andy McNab
  • Maximum Ride: the angel experiment by James Patterson
  • Agent 21 by Chris Ryan
  • Heist society by Ally Carter
  • Wake by Lisa McMann
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • January: Conspiracy 365 by Gabrielle Lord
  • Crime seen by Jenny Pausacker

Reviewed by Brilla

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