“What if your father had to run for his life? Carbon Run is an exciting thriller set in a dystopian world ravaged by climate change. Fossil fuels are banned, pirates smuggle oil, and governments erase citizens’ identities. Anne Penn dreamed of saving an endangered species of birds. When a fire destroys the birds’ last home, her beloved father Bill is accused of starting the blaze. Fanatic officer Janine Kilel comes to arrest Anne’s father, but Bill escapes, because in the 22nd century, destroying a species means execution. How will Anne find her father in a Russian city where the difference between good and evil is as murky as the choking smog?”
*I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This book came out on August 30th, 2017. All opinions stated are my own.*
This book was an interesting read for me.
Anyone who has been following this blog or my YouTube channel for any length of time will know that dystopian in my favorite genre. I was so excited when the author reached out to me last year to see if I would review an ARC of this book here on this blog. Dystopian and Thriller elements put into one book? Sign me up!
Thankfully, this book didn’t let me down.
Starting off with the characters, I think reading from more than one character’s point of view really payed off in this book. I loved how we got the perspective not only through Bill’s eyes but also Anne’s as well. Father/daughter relationships aren’t that common in books these days so having such a strong focus on that really payed off for this book. Anne reminded me a lot of myself with a love of animals and wanting to work with animals as a career. Bill also had elements that I could see members of my family (especially my brother) relating to. Both were very head-strong and independent, two things I look for in a good dystopian as well as a good thriller.
Going into the plot, this is where I had some problems. While I enjoyed it, I also found myself a little bored at some points and it felt a little generic. I felt like I had read the story before. Not that that is a bad thing, but I kind of wish it had been a little more fleshed out. I also wanted more world-building. I felt like we didn’t really get to know the true reason why this society was like this. How did it go from being like today’s society to a dystopian one? I know that this book is the first book in a series so I hope the problems and questions I wanted answered while resolve themselves in the future books.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read. Thank you once again to the author for sending me an ARC copy. I will be picking up the rest of the series sometime in the near future.