Title: The Breakout
Author: Rachelle Harp
Series: Genesis: Book 1
Page Count: 224 pages
Genre: YA Dystopia
Release Date: November 1, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: Trina Hauk isn’t good at following the rules, despite her elite genetic designation. She’s never really fit in, kind of a loner who has a major crush on Kalen. Raised by the government, Trina has never had a choice in occupation, social standing or even love. Until Kalen is arrested for helping her cover up her latest mistake.
Now, the only way to save him is to seek help from an unlikely ally—a mysterious teenager with healing powers named Jarek—who is scheduled for termination. Jarek knows the prison location, but won’t tell unless Trina breaks him out of his cell. Becoming a fugitive is not exactly what she had in mind. And then there’s the part where she denies her growing attraction to Jarek. Pulled between the pre-determined life she’s always had and her forbidden love, Trina must choose…before it’s too late.
My Thoughts: *Full disclosure: I was the editor of this book for 48fourteen Publishing.
The Breakout by Rachelle Harp is one of the best-kept secrets in YA dystopian literature. I have read *oodles* of YA dystopia and this one stands out. The author’s writing style is polished and precise. Trina is equal parts a badass and a compassionate protagonist you can’t help but root for. Everything about her relationship with both Kalen and Jarek is organic, believable, and interesting. The worldbuilding is spot-on. It ends with a twist leaving me clawing for the sequel. I can’t wait to see what author Rachelle Harp comes up with next!