Book Review: Colony East (The Toucan Trilogy, Book 2) by Scott Cramer
Series: Toucan Trilogy #2
Published by Trainrenoir Publishing
Published date 2013-09-09
Genres: Action & Adventure, Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopia, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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When the bacteria that killed most of world's adults undergo a deadly mutation, Abby must make the dangerous journey to Colony East, an enclave of scientists caring for an elite group of children. Fearing that time is running short for the victims of the new epidemic, Abby soon learns that time is running out for everyone outside Colony East.
Disclosure: I requested Colony East for review from the author, Scott Cramer. Having read the first book of the trilogy Night of the Purple Moon back in 2012, I was kicking myself to find out that Colony East was one of the Books I Missed in 2013. Thank you Scott for sending me a copy so quickly! At no point did I receive any payment for this review. Digesting The Words contains associate/affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy for more info.
Colony East was the first book I read this year and I absolutely loved it. I was an emotional wreck after reading Night of the Purple Moon, so I was expecting just as much heartbreak after reading the sequel. This time around I managed my feelings a lot better, so I’ve come to realise that I’ve hardened my heart a little to the misery I read in fiction. Hardened hearts aside, in true dystopian fashion, Colony East is filled with despair and hardship.
Colony East picks up where Night of the Purple Moon left off to my utter joy. The climax of Night of the Purple Moon was full of so much suspense, that I really appreciate the inclusion of Abbey and Jordan’s return home in the novel. I was slightly disappointed that there were time skips in the book, but truly the situation never changes. No matter how much time passed by, our protagonists were still constantly in danger and constantly fighting for survival. The kids work hard with the resources they have, but there are no breaks in dystopia land and so we witness new obstacles being thrown at Abbey and Jordan.
One line from the book that really struck me was: “How could anyone live in a world drowning in tragedy?”
Whilst I was reading the line, I couldn’t help but wonder the same thing. How were these kids continuing to remain positive? How were they surviving in a world where death was always just an arm length away?
Scott Cramer answers these questions for us – which is ultimately the reason for my love of The Toucan Trilogy.
Watching Abbey and Jordan grow physically and mentally is one of my favourite parts of reading the trilogy. We met the siblings when they were young and vulnerable, but we’re reunited with them as quick-witted, capable young adults. Abbey and Jordan’s attempt to fill the void left by the adults is impressive but doesn’t always pan out well for them. In love, relationships, and almost any time Jordan has feelings, they remain children. Unfortunately this means that both siblings – especially Jordan – make some wrong choices, leaving us rather frustrated. I lost my patience with Jordan numerously, but I found myself forgiving him every time.
The morals and values of both children are constantly questioned. It’s a world of survival of the fittest so I couldn’t help but want them to survive no matter what. In a scene that I’ll never forget, a boy dies in front of the protagonists and all the children around jump collect any supplies he may have. It was one of the many scenes that broke my heart, but at the same time I couldn’t blame them. Scarce resources mean that the children can’t afford wastefulness but it’s tragic nonetheless.
If it’s isn’t clear from the review, Scott Cramer is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. His writing is a joy to read and I can not wait for the next book in the series: Generation M. Check out Scott’s guest post On the Writing of a Novel to find out a bit more about him.
If you’ve read Night of the Purple Moon, you need to read Colony East. But if you’re a completely newbie to the series and enjoy a good dystopian book, I suggest you read Night of the Purple Moon first.