The Blonde Bookworm: Cruel Reality by C.J. Whitley -- Review

Cruel Reality by C.J. Whitley -- Review

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Title: Cruel Reality

Author: C.J. Whitley

Publication Date: May 27th 2016

Pages: 524


Taken by masked men in the night, a host of British people find themselves at the mercy of unknown abductors. They cannot guess where they are going, or why they are going there. When they find an arsenal of medieval weapons in their new prison, horrific possibilities are imagined. When the cruel reality of their fate is revealed to them, they must learn a new way of life. Fight or die. There is nowhere to run.


Husbands, wives, children, and young adults are stripped from their beds and their lives without a bit of notice. They are forcefully sent to a strange land where they must learn to survive... or die. In Cruel Reality, Whitley creates a world that is a mix between The Hunger Games and Gladiator.

I have to admit, when I first started the book it seemed a little slow. After two or three chapters, I completely changed my tune. I was utterly sucked in and I had to know how it ended. It is a fairly long book, coming in just shy of 550 pages. Don't let that scare you off. It is action packed and full of developed characters. Mike, the main character, is a young man who automatically picks up the task of group leader. He is strong, courageous, and humble. Throughout the novel, we meet many other robust characters that you instantly feel close to. There are many characters that you meet throughout the novel. It seems a little overwhelming at first, but the reader gets to know the character so well throughout the book that it becomes entertaining to know so many of the people in the camp. You start to feel like you are there yourself!

Whitley's summary of the novel didn't give away too much information and leaves a lot to the imagination, so I don't want to give away any spoilers. While reading, I often found myself wondering how I would react if I were abducted from my home and forced into the same situation. I think it was relatable because even though it was a little far fetched, it is something that could possible happen to you. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and if you like suspense, fight scenes, non-stop action, and a little bit of romance... then you will enjoy it too!

Rating 4/5


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