Welcome to the Arcadia.
Once a luxurious cruise ship, it became a refugee camp after being driven from Europe by an apocalyptic war. Now it floats near the coastline of the Federated States – a leftover piece of a fractured USA.
For forty years, residents of the Arcadia have been prohibited from making landfall. It is a world of extreme haves and have nots, gangs and make-shift shelters.
Esther is a loyal citizen, working flat-out to have the rare chance to live a normal life as a medic on dry land. Nik is a rebel, planning something big to liberate the Arcadia once and for all.
When events throw them both together, their lives, and the lives of everyone on the ship, will change forever . . .
Title: The Stranded
Author: Sarah Daniels
Publication Date: January 3, 2022
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Thriller
This one had a lot of promise and I was so ready to jump back into the dystopian genre, but this was unfortunately a letdown.
The idea behind the book was great and well-timed. I loved that all these people were stuck on a cruise ship because of an illness and it was essentially it’s own little world they were trying to escape. But I wasn’t drawn into the story. There are three povs, which gave me a full view of everything happening around the ship, because there is a lot happening, but I still found myself bored. I didn’t love any of the characters and I didn’t find the plot sucking me in.
I tried really hard to love this one, but I couldn’t. Maybe this will be an incredible book for someone else, but it wasn’t for me.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.