Sixteen-year-old Alex has always suspected her father’s death wasn’t random, but she never guessed how deep the mystery runs or what it involves. When a rare meteor shower is followed by a highly contagious infection, the people she once knew so well start acting like they have a similar purpose that doesn’t include her. Alex can now only rely on her friend Chris and loyal dog Baxter as she plunges into a strange, new world predestined since ancient times. Wandering the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, deciphering cryptic messages left by her father, desperately searching for a cure-will Alex have the courage and faith to even survive?
Bloodline is the first book of the Forgotten Origins Trilogy.-Goodreads Synopsis
It pleased me that the writer gave us a YA female character that was completely comfortable with things like hunting and fishing, yet doesn’t self-identify at any point as a tomboy. Those skills/activities were simply part of her life.
The story was interesting, the fast-pace perfectly fit it, and I loved that there were no massive info-dumps. She gave me the information I needed to know, I wasn’t drawn into yet another love triangle, and while there was a male character (two actually), Alex is definitely the focal point.
Now, there are some similarities to the 5th wave, so if you liked that book, I would definitely give this one a try. Both Alex and Cassie are driven by the urge to save their brother, both are racing against time and running from aliens. However, I repeat, NO love triangle in this one! Also, Bloodline doesn’t quite have the epic us-against-the-world feel to it. It doesn’t need to. It is a small-scale battle (at least this book is) with a satisfying conclusion, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Enjoyed it enough I might pick up the second book in the trilogy, and if you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know THAT rarely happens.
Overall, this was a very satisfying read with a main character I couldn’t help but instantly like and root for. I also loved that the little brother also made some believable contributions, and the reader is reminded that little kids are sharper than they’re given credit for a lot of the time. It is an great stand-alone book, and an excellent introduction into a series.