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INSIDE the Wall (The War in the Wall Series Book 1) by [Lotus, A.]
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What if everyone just stopped caring? What sort of world would we create for future generations?

Letha and Nathan were best friends just as were their mothers before them. Soon, however, two dictators overthrow the city, take the children captive, kill the opposing parents and then brainwash, train, and sculpt these children into soldiers. At first, Letha rejects the new life she leads, staying strong only to protect those younger than her. She is then given the ultimate task: kill Nathan; If she does not, everyone, including herself, will die.

In a world where no one cares, Letha struggles against herself to do the right thing. Ultimately, she has to make a choice, save herself or drown in the codependency of one young boy who has become brainwashed and hardened into the dictator’s web. No matter what choice she makes, she will have to lose someone that she loves.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1707 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Lotus Books (28 July 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B012V2IAVK
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Letha and Nathan were best friends when a war broke out, and they find themselves on opposing teams.

I found this book confusing and disappointing I love the Idea of what happens when people stop caring, but I did not find this really incorporated through the novella.

I would have loved more details on why the war happened and why they are using children as soldiers. and what is over the wall?

These questions may be answered in further novellas in the series which would be interesting to see if the books can be improved upon, which I do realise it is hard in novella form.

I found myself drifting more often than not when reading this book, I usually love dystopia novels and especially where there is a new theme such as lack of empathy and emotions.

I would probably read the next in the series but if it doesn't improve I will probably shelve this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 26 August 2016
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it was good reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monsters....killing.....no one cares.....friends fighting against friends...kids killing kid.... 19 April 2016
By Nancy Allen (The Avid Reader) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Letha and Nathan were best friends as were their mothers until the day two people attacked their city and took the children captive and then killed their parents right in front of their very own eyes. They did this to gain control of them. They were separated into two groups and were then made enemies. All the little kids were trained to be killers and sent on missions to kill. If they did not do what they were told by their leader then they would die as well as everyone on their team.

Letha and Nathan became enemies because of these two people not because of the way they felt about each other. They were trained and brain washed into believing what they were told not to mention threatened. The thing is it wasn’t a threat at all it was a promise which all always came true. Letha didn’t want to kill Nathan but did he want to kill her? Would he kill her if given the opportunity? Would Letha kill Nathan if or when it the opportunity is put in her face literally? Or does Letha have plans of her own? How will Letha save herself, her friends and everyone else? Can she save everyone including herself?

No one cares about anyone or anything anymore well except killing someone and surviving. Will the world ever care again? Will they start caring about each other like they did before? Can they ever go back to what they once had?

I loved reading INSIDE the Wall not that I liked seeing people get killed or seeing kids watch their parents die or seeing kids being brain washed and trained to kill but the world that the author created was amazing. INSIDE the Wall will grab you from the first page and won’t let go until you have flipped that last page and leaves you wanting to know more. Wanting to more as to what happens to Letha and the rest of her friends and what it is like for them in their new world. I can’t wait for the next book
OUTSIDE the Wall.
4.0 out of 5 stars It felt like one and not at all at the same time ... 15 June 2016
By Nadine Chucri - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Inside the wall is very different from what I expected in terms of Dystopian universes. It felt like one and not at all at the same time if that makes sense.

So in the future somewhere around NYC Nathan and Letha are best friends like their mothers and also in love. If I am not mistaken, they fell into it quite young (age 11) and were happy until well the area where they lived in was split into 2 halves and war started.

The parents and adults in general were killed at least from Letha's side of things and children became murderers, I mean warriors set on ending the opposing faction. I kept wondering why kill them unless the whole purpose is to control the kids but ultimately to what end? At some point those kids were going to grow up, plus the area where they are is pretty much cut off, so what happens next?

I am going to honest here, there are components that I liked and felt were reasonably believable and some other bits that I did not care for too much.

All of it is from Letha's PoV and when she is captured with her team by Nathan and dropped in a makeshift cell with the ex-governor it gets weirder...

So you see this is why I cannot make up my mind in terms of the love love or like like. At this point, to be honest is all depending on the other books in the series. I may be a tad harsh, but I believe what will make those books is what comes after.

I do not want to put in even more spoilers as I already have, but I am hoping we will get more insight and understanding in what comes next. How could 2 people make such a mess?

To be honest, I am thinking that I should be reading it again later on away from anything and see if I still feel the same way. Over the years, I have realised that my mindset influences my perception in terms of how I absorb a story.

But either way, in the meantime this has some potential for sure!
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Gritty Dystopian that will make you think about the future 22 March 2016
By Lauren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
INSIDE the Wall is about a girl named Letha who is struggling to come to terms with her role in her now overthrown city. The city is divided into three parts: Tsunamis, Rats and Neutrals. Letha is a Tsunami and the Rats are their enemies. She gets a mission by the Tsunami's leader, Officer Lindsey, to kill a boy named Nathan who is part of the Rats and just so happened to be Letha's best friend and boyfriend before the war happened. Letha reluctantly agrees to do the mission and takes a team of misfits with her (Angel, Spur, Bullet and Freckles - everyone has nicknames now and Letha's is Heart) who are the closest thing she has to friends. Letha has other plans though and killing Nathan isn't at the top of her list.

I really enjoyed the concept behind Inside the Wall. It reminds me of the notion that people will do unquestionable things when told by someone in a position of power. I instantly thought of the Milgram experiment that was conducted, were people would give supposed lethal electric shocks to another person because Someone In Charge told them to do it. The world that Letha lives in is a world that has been tortured and conditioned into not caring. Everyone's instinct is to survive. It is brutal. And I mean that. This book has a lot of violence and is quite dark and gritty. It is definitely an intense read and will make you think and question what would happen if our own world became this way.

Whilst I did enjoy the concept of this book I feel like it could have been executed a little better. I was quite confuse about the Walled City that Letha lived in and why and how the war started. I would have liked to learn more about the Neutrals too. We got a few flashbacks to how the city was Before, but it didn't explain too much. The flashbacks mostly focused on Letha's relationship with Nathan, which I guess was so we would feel the angst that Letha had to kill someone she once loved. Honestly though I didn't really connect with the relationship. Letha and Nathan were 11 when they started going out. Call me old fashioned, but that made me kind of uncomfortable. I know it's a common thing these days and I am not trying to judge anyone who may have been dating/kissing boys at that age. Maybe it's because I have a hoard of younger siblings and I'm extremely protective. It was just weird hearing 11 years old proclaim their love for each other. I think I would have connected more with Leda and Nathan if they had have just been portrayed as best friends. This was more of a personal preference though and it may not bother others. I also didn't really care for Letha's other sort of love interest, Spud, he wasn't the nice and was always touching and kissing Letha without even asking.

I didn't connect with the love interests of Letha, but I loved her relationship with Angel and it's a huge part of the reason I gave this 4 stars. Angel is a younger girl who is also a brutal killer and her and Letha have a sister-like relationship. If you have siblings you'll know what I mean when I say you will either kill them or kill for them and that's the vibe I got from Letha and Angel. I was really attached to Angel and worried about her the whole book. She was dangerous, but she also had moments were you realised just how young she was. Letha did everything she could to keep her (and the rest of her team) safe and this also played a part in my 4 star rating.

The ending was a cliffhanger of sorts and bit rushed and the pacing felt a bit off too. It was fast, which I liked, but then sometimes it felt too fast? I know this is only a novella so it couldn't cram a ton of world building in, but I feel like we were told more than we were shown so I felt a bit disconnected from the awful events that were happening.

My initial reaction after reading this was again a 3.5 and I spent a lot of time debating whether to go up or down. Eventually I went up because I thought the idea behind the story was really interesting. A. Lotus said in an introduction that she originally wrote this particular book in high school so it could explain some of the issues I had with it. I really, really hate critiquing writing because I feel like I have no right and it's why my reviews focus on the feelings I have. I wanted to talk about the things I had problems with though because I want this to be an honest review. I also went up to 4 stars because this book had something in it that I rarely ever see in YA Dystopians. THERE WAS PERIOD TALK. I know it might seem like a bit of an overreaction to go up a whole star, but it just made it feel so much more realistic? Another reason I gave this four stars was because A. Lotus created a playlist to go along with the book. I'm a sucker for music, okay?

Also, not sure if it was an error on my end but my Netgalley Kindle copy was full of formatting errors. There was incorrect spacing throughout the entire book and it drove me crazy. I have no idea if these are in the Amazon version or if like I said it was an error on my end, but I just wanted to make people aware of it in case.

If you're after a quick and dark, almost horror like dstyopian read then check this out! I'm going to read the rest of the series once I have time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book but not easy to read if you had a sheltered life. 16 July 2016
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was raised in a violent neighborhood so much of this book made sense to me. It is well written and I can't wait for the next one in the series. It is not an easy read for someone who grew up without the challenges that the kids in this book face. But, if you would like to experience some of what the inner city kids grow up with...walk on the wild side and read this book.