Review:The Letting by Cathrine Goldstien

The Letting
Release Date: 12/15/14
335 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
What if the Devil doesn’t know he’s the Devil?

This is the question Veronica “Ronnie” Billings poses to Phoenix, her sworn enemy, the leader of the Peaceful Revolution, and the one she loves.

Kidnapped by Phoenix’s rebels, Ronnie learns how wrong she has been. She had no idea that her patriotism was wasted on a corrupt government. Ronnie was proud to be a Leader; taking hundreds of harvested girls to the Letting facility. After all, she was saving them from future Couplings and bringing them to the safety of the New World. Or so she thought…

Confused, Ronnie realizes the only way to discover the truth is to trust her heart. Together, Phoenix and Ronnie devise a plan to stop their corrupt government and preempt the dangerous rebel coup which is approaching. But when their plan goes awry, will Ronnie be strong enough to save Phoenix, her country, and herself?

So who authorized a cliffhanger. Unacceptable! I needed to know what's going to happen next and I would like that to happen sooner than later. The Letting just happens to be my first experience with Cathrine Goldstein's work and I will say that I was quite impressed. I was out in the mindset of Hunger Games meet In Time (Justin Timberlake and Dakota Fanning). Immediately within the first few pages I was drawn in and my attention didn't wonder did the most part. I have to admit there were few spots that I told my eyes and began to become irradiated with everything and everyone, but it all without in the end.

"What if the Devil doesn't know he's the Devil ?"

This just happens to be the million dollar question the great, Veronica Billings is faced with. For years her ignorance has lead countless of young girls down a path of false hours and dreams. While I attempted to understand  she was left in the dark for so long, I just couldn't wrap my mind around how little she knew. I felt like don't you ever wonder or ask questions. This new world / way of life leeching (literally) was mind blowing and inhumane.

Veronica's world is sent into orbit once her path crosses with a few rebels that have it out for her. Especially the leader Phoenix. The energy between these two was so electrifying everyone in proximity could feel it too. What started as the utmost contempt morphed into something they could not and did not want to deny for each other.

Everything about The Letting was enjoyable even the intermittent annoyance because of the angst of it all. The flow of the writing kept my undiagnosed ADD at bay. Even the secondary characters were interesting and added much to the storyline. I'm not sure why I don't read more dystopian because I'm slowly being a fan of it. What I do know is that when Ms. Goldstein announces the sequel I will definitely indulge.

Given my love for cities and all that is gritty, my new obsession with trees really has me stumped. (Sorry.) Maybe it's because trees are the inspiration behind my new YA/NA novel, theLETTING.

Whatever the reason for my new infatuation, some things remain constant -- like my love for: coffee (although sadly, it's now decaf); yoga; Luna bars (I am petitioning for them to bring back Chocolate Raspberry!); running in my neighborhood; Hemingway; Bukowski... and, above all, my husband and my girls.

I am the author of the bestselling novel, Sleeping With Mortals: The Story of a New York Mistress, and I'm also a playwright. I have my B.A. in English and my M.A. in Theatre. 

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