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Beauty & Lace Book Review: Rogue by A.J. Betts

Title: Roguerogue small

Author: A.J. Betts

Published: June 25th 2019

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Pages: 368

Genres:  Fiction, Young Adult

RRP: $16.99

Rating:  3 stars

There was no going back; there was no choice, anymore. I’d chosen out and this was it: hot-cold, dry-wet, bright-dark and lonely.

Hayley has gone rogue.

She’s left everything she’s ever known – her friends, her bees, her whole world – because her curiosity was too big to fit within the walls of her underwater home.

But what is this new world she’s come to? Has Hayley finally found somewhere she can belong?

Or will she have to keep running?

The thrilling conclusion to Hive from award-winning, internationally bestselling author A. J. Betts

Review:

Rogue: The Vault Book 2, is a 2019 Pan Macmillan publication, written by Perth based author A.J. Betts. Rogue is the sequel to Hive, which was released last year. A thrilling, creative and imaginative young adult novel, Rogue completely immerses the reader in a  brave new world.  Rogue is an essential read for those who have previously enjoyed Hive, as it offers a propulsive conclusion to the Vault series.

Rogue follows the intriguing story of Hayley, who is free from her previous sheltered life and is now ‘rogue’. Leaving behind the only life she known, Hayley struggles to come to terms with her new existence. This new world Hayley inhabits is free from her comforts, but it may offer her a sense of place and belonging. The second and final novel in this dystopian series comes to a heart pounding conclusion, as the lead of the story weighs up her options in this potentially hostile new world.

A.J. Betts has collected plenty of praise and accolades since her groundbreaking novel, Hive, which  was released last year. Betts has an impressive list of awards to her name. I was pleased to see that A.J. Betts was shortlisted for a number of awards last year for Hive. Those who were able to indulge in the experience of reading Hive last year will really welcome Rogue, the two cannot be separated in my opinion. I know there are many out there that wanted some more answers and closure following the ending of Hive, which has made room for Rogue.

Yet again, I found myself taken aback by the world Betts is able to present to her audience. I am a little jealous of the wild imagination and ability Betts has to transfer this dimension from her mind to the page, in such a vivid framework.  It takes great skill as a writer to transport the reader from the comfort of their home, to such a strange and eerie future. Betts has the skills and determination to make this work. I welcomed the water experiences in Rogue very much, and I am sure the striking setting will sit well with a wide audience base.

I am familiar with the lead of this novel, thanks to my experience with Hive. In Hayley, Betts has released a character with many connective and positive traits, but there were times where I felt my age and distance as adult reader of a young adult focussed novel. I did observe that Hayley appeared to be a real hero and the reader will want to cheer her on, every step of the way. Surrounding Hayley is the community in which she inhibits, which is expressed well on the pages of Rogue.

There are plenty of taking points in this Rogue, the concepts range from the treatment of refugees, displacement, belonging, acceptance, hope, friendship, the environment and evolution. For a young adult novel, Rogue has covered new ground. I’m keen to see what A.J. Betts conjures up next, I’m sure it will be inventive!

Rogue by A.J. Betts was published on 25th June 2019 by Pan Macmillan. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

To learn more about the author of RogueA.J. Betts, visit here.

*Please note that a free copy of this book was provided to me for review purposes through Beauty & Lace and Pan Macmillan. To read the original review on the Beauty & Lace website please visit here.

Rogue is book #111 of the 2019 Australian Women Writers Challenge

 

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