Book Review: The Rift Uprising By Amy S. Foster

Title: The Rift Uprising
Author: Amy S. Foster
Publication date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher


Normal seventeen-year-old girls go to high school, binge watch TV shows all weekend, and flirt with everyone on the face of the Earth. But Ryn Whitaker is trying to save it.

Ryn is a Citadel. A soldier. A liar. Ryn and her fellow Citadels were specially chosen and trained to guard a Rift—one of fourteen unpredictable tears in the fabric of the universe that serve as doorways to alternate Earths. Unbeknownst to her family, Ryn leaves for school each day and then reports for duty as an elite, cybernetically-altered soldier who can run faster, jump farther, and fight better than a Navy SEAL—which comes in handy when she’s not sure if axe-wielding Vikings or any number of other terrified and often dangerous beings come through the Rift. A fine-tuned weapon, Ryn is a picture-perfect Citadel. But that’s all about to change.

When a young man named Ezra is pulled through the Rift, Ryn finds herself immediately drawn to him, despite her training. What starts as a physical attraction quickly grows deeper, and Ezra’s curiosity throws Ryn off balance when he starts questioning the Rifts, the mysterious organization that oversees them, and the Citadels themselves—questions that lead Ryn to wonder if the lies she’s been telling her family are just the surface of a much bigger lie told to her. As Ryn and Ezra desperately try to get to that truth, they discover that each revelation blurs the line between the villains and the heroes even more. 

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Wow. I am having a hard time wrapping my head around this book. The Rift Uprising was not what I expected, and I mean that in a good way. After the most recent election, this book hits home with discussions based on immigration, prejudices, governmental power, and basic human rights. As a book about covering up governmental experiments and conspiracies, I was on the edge of my seat a majority of the time while reading. 

Because this is a young adult novel, and like many dystopian young adult novels, The Rift Uprising situates a select few (superhuman) adolescents to protect society. There are many government secrets that linger in small towns scattered around the world. And one of these secrets are portals to different variations of Earth, called the a Rift. The Rift serves as a gateway between different Earth realities, and you never know what will come through, thus creating children with super powers to protect each country that has an active Rift. 

More particularly, The Rift Uprising focuses on a Rift in the state of Washington, which is protected by teen soldiers, and one of those main soldiers is Ryn. As the main character, Ryn is smart, feisty, and strong. She loves Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so automatically she became one of my favorite heroines to watch develop throughout the novel. I liked Ryn because she is fierce and brutally honest to her friends and superiors. She doesn’t hold anything back, especially when it comes to topics of mortality, sex, friendship, and questioning the government and her superiors. 

This story is intriguing, shocking, and sometimes even off-putting (there’s so much sexual tension!). Because the story is so action packed and character driven, I look forward to seeing how Ryn develops in the upcoming series and more importantly, I am interested to see how the story and governmental secrets unfold. 

Rating: 3.5 stars out of 4

Note:  I was  provided a copy of this book by the publisher in an exchange for a review. All statements and opinions in this review are mine.

amy-s-foster-author-photo-headshotABOUT AMY S. FOSTER
Amy S. Foster is a celebrated songwriter, best known as Michael Bublé’s writing partner. You might recognize her work in his four hit singles, including “Home” and “Haven’t Met You Yet.”  She has also collaborated with Destiny’s Child, Diana Krall, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and a host of other artists. She is also the author of the novel When Autumn Leaves. When she’s not in a studio in Nashville, Amy lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. Amy is the daughter of singer B.J. Cook and the legendary music producer, David Foster. Fun fact about Amy: Her extended family tree includes Bella and Gigi Hadid, Sara and Erin Foster and Brody and Brandon Jenner, and Clay Aiken! The Rift Uprising, her YA debut, will be released on October 4, 2016.   

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