In this frighteningly believable thriller from New York Times bestselling author and master storyteller Tosca Lee, an extinct disease re-emerges from the melting Alaskan permafrost and causes madness in its victims. For recent apocalyptic cult escapee Wynter Roth, it’s the end she’d always been told was coming.
When Wynter Roth finally escapes from New Earth, a self-contained doomsday cult on the American prairie, she emerges into a world poised on the brink of madness as a mysterious outbreak of rapid early onset dementia spreads across the nation.
As Wynter struggles to start over in a world she’s been taught to regard as evil, she finds herself face-to-face with the apocalypse she’s feared all her life—until the night her sister shows up at her doorstep with a set of medical samples. That night, Wynter learns there’s something far more sinister at play: that the prophet they once idolized has been toying with the fate of mankind, and that these samples are key to understanding the disease.
Now, as the power grid fails and the nation descends into chaos, Wynter must find a way to get the samples to a lab in Colorado. Uncertain who to trust, she takes up with former military man Chase Miller, who has his own reasons for wanting to get close to the samples in her possession, and to Wynter, herself.
Filled with action, conspiracy, romance, and questions of whom—and what—to believe, The Line Between is a high-octane story of survival and love in a world on the brink of madness, from “the queen of psychological twists” (New York Times bestselling author Steena Holmes).
In chapter one of this moving dystopian thriller from bestseller Lee (First Born), 22-year-old Wynter Roth is expelled from the New Earth cult for disobedience after living in its rural Iowa compound for 15 years. Years before, Wynter's mother fled an abusive husband and sought a new beginning in New Earth, a "community of like-minded souls bent on worshipping the Creator," founded by wealthy entrepreneur Magnus Theisen as a haven and outreach ministry. Magnus's followers must abide by a set of strict rules, including what they can eat and wear. Wynter's return to the outside world coincides with an outbreak of rapid-onset dementia, which is beginning to become an epidemic, and power outages, which are possibly the result of foreign cyberterrorism. These developments seem to confirm Magnus's apocalyptic prophecies. Wynter's quest for a cure for the epidemic involves some minor plot contrivances. While this isn't as powerful as Cormac McCarthy's The Road, Lee gets readers to invest in the characters, particularly her well-defined and sympathetic lead.
Tosca Lee again delivers a story that is both believable and fantastic. Her strong, relatable characters and no down time in between the action scenes produces a page turning depiction of what could happen. I can hardly wait for the sequel.
Wow...gripping and intense
The Line Between is an engaging read of a New Earth cult meets end of world pandemic. A race against time with an engaging backstory. Loved it!
Wow...gripping and intense. The Line Between is a dystopian thriller from best selling author, Tosca Lee. It was thought provoking and engaging. When New Earth cult member Wynter Roth is kicked out after trying to escape her forced marriage, she is left with many questions. She walks into a world of increasing violence and a destructive illness spreading into pandemic proportions. She escapes with samples that may help bring a cure, but has to travel far to get it the right person. Chase Miller ends up rescuing her and believing in her cause. Can they get there in time? A riveting read that will keep you up all night! Apocalyptic fiction at its best...
I was given a NetGalley copy of this book. I was not required to give a review. All opinions are my own. I honestly loved it!