Sometimes the only way is to be a... Stowaway by Jen Castle (Blog Tour Review)

I enjoyed the first book in this series and wanted to know what would happen next.
Find out what I thought about book two and enter the giveaway below...

Stowaway (The Reservation Trilogy, #2)
(The Reservation Trilogy #2)
by Jen Castleberry
YA Dystopian, SciFi
Paperback & ebook, 136 Pages
October 15th 2016


Twelve years ago, Nathan was forcibly transferred into governmental custody.

Once a brother, a son, and an outsider, he is now little more than an instrument of the Continental Order.

At least, that's what his superiors think.

Now, the Order is shipping out, and a resurgence of destruction lies in wait for the continent.

Will Nathan break free and embrace the hostile outside world, or will he take his place on the last train scheduled for the Reservation?

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My Review

STOWAWAY picks up right after CARGO ends, but is from Nate's POV. Again, the apocalyptic earth is the setting as the people try to survive against insurmountable odds, particularly a girl and a boy who don't seem to fit in anywhere. Those who enjoyed the first book and the Dystopian genre, may enjoy this one.

I have to say that it was nice to see what Nate thought in comparison to Cassidy's POV from the first book. I still like them both, although Cass is hardly in this story. I also still find the whole human versus aliens and the mix of hybrids interesting. I wanted to know quite a bit more about the aliens and where the transports take the people from earth and am hoping that future books will explain that more.

I honestly wanted more from this second book. Nate's internal dialogue doesn't always sound like him, so his voice wasn't consistent. There was also quite a lot of him chatting with himself or thinking that felt a little empty where I wanted more substance and answers. I really wanted some parts cut out and more story added in. I did like the overall plotting and the couple of facts that were unveiled regarding Nate and Cass. There were a few twists and turns in this story that kept me engaged.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I liked finding out what came next after Cargo and seeing inside Nate's head, but I also wanted to much more from this book. I'm looking forward to finding some answers in book three.

Content: Some swearing (including one f-word), innuendo, and violence.

Source: Received a complimentary copy through the tour host, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

Other Books in the Series

(The Reservation Trilogy #1)
by Jen Castleberry

YA Dystopian, SciFi
Paperback & ebook, 182 Pages
January 17th 2016


The earth has been reduced to a singular continent, governed by extra-terrestrials, collapsed by nuclear weapons residue and wracked with radiation sickness. Only one viable territory remains, and access there is restricted by a mysterious selection process. Everyone hopes to be chosen for transport. Everyone but Cass.

Seventeen year old Cassidy Hartinger has spent the past eleven years living in a government-maintained bunker. She should be thrilled when a handsome transporter arrives to take her to the Reservation. So why does she feel like he's dragging her, kicking and screaming, straight into the anti-paradise?

Faced with gun-wielding survivalists and elemental catastrophes, will Cass make it more than two steps out of the bunker? Will her journey to peace and safety in the Reservation turn out to be the most perilous thing she's encountered so far?

Fast-paced action and a tumultuous teenage romance will keep readers begging for more installments of The Reservation Trilogy!

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About the Author

Jen Castleberry is a North Carolina native currently based in Virginia Beach, VA. She is a Communications graduate and proud ECU alum.

When she's not writing, Castleberry works full-time as a Veterinary Assistant at a local animal shelter.

Her affection for all critters, large and small, comes home with her at the end of each day. She frequently lends her house and heart to homeless animals in need of foster.

Her own clan of silly creatures include an Akita, a Basset Hound, a Maine Coon, and of course, her active-duty husband.

At twenty-seven, Castleberry hopes to soon realize a life-long dream of writing professionally.

The first installment of her YA debut series premiered in January of 2016.

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