Seventeen-year-old Maisie Rojas has spent her entire life in the Q—a post-pandemic quarantine zone that was once Austin, Texas. Born and raised behind the high security walls that sealed their fate, she’s now a trusted lieutenant for one of the territory’s controlling families.
Lennon Pierce, the charismatic son of a US presidential candidate, has just been kidnapped by his father’s enemies and dropped out of a plane into the Q with nothing but a parachute strapped to his back. Lennon is given a temporary antidote to the disease and crucial intel for his father, but Maisie must get him out of the zone within forty-eight hours — or he will be permanently infected and forced to remain.
With unrest brewing both inside and outside the Q, reaching the exit is a daunting and dangerous task. But if Maisie and Lennon fail, it could mean disaster for the entire quarantine zone and its inhabitants—and could cost Lennon his life.
Title: The Q
Author: Amy Tintera
Publication Date: November 1, 2022
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance
This book was awesome! It featured a new world that was eerily familiar and had too many loveable characters to count.
First, this book was so funny. Right off the bat, I was hit with clever humor that made me want to laugh out loud. Tintera had a way of delivering jokes and sarcasm at the perfect moments. Several of the characters had sarcastic personalities that pushed the comedy bits of this along as well, which I loved.
Speaking of characters, there were so many great ones that I don’t even know where to start. Maisie, one of the main characters, was so cool. She fought guys off twice her size like a baddie and still managed to deliver a joke. I seriously wish I was her. And then we had Hadley who has the perfect wing woman (and who I could definitely see a book 2 being centered around. Just saying…). She knew how to support Maisie while also bringing her own flair to things. And Lennon, our MMC, was an absolute dream. He was so nice and kind and made everyone around him comfortable. I wanted to be his best friend or older sister or something.
This book had a sweet romance. Obviously, romance wasn’t the center of attention, but things still progressed with our two lovely main characters. And, since this book was dual pov, I got to see what both Maisie and Lennon thought of each other. I loved that!
The ending was a bit unresolved and open-ended. Like all the main parts wrapped up, sorta, but there were still quite a few questions that left me wondering if Tintera might return to this world one day. I hope she does!
Overall, this was a great book. I really hope we get to see these characters again, but if not, I’m glad I got to know them for a short time. Definitely check this one out if you enjoy dystopian-esque novels!
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Amy Tintera is the NYT bestselling author of thrilling novels for readers of all ages. Her books include the Reboot and Ruined series, and All These Monsters, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection. Her novels have been translated into 16 languages and sold into more than 20 territories.
She earned degrees in journalism and film and worked in Hollywood before becoming an author. Raised in Austin, Texas, she frequently sets her novels in the Lone Star state, but she now lives in Los Angeles, where there’s far less humidity, but not nearly enough Tex-Mex.
Her next book, The Q, will be out November 8, 2022 from Penguin Random House. Her adult debut, Listen for the Lie, will be published in early 2024 by Holt/Macmillan.
I'm All Booked Up YA says
We love the political aspects of the book and how the two MCs get suck together.
The Book View says
Gotta love a forced proximity romance