Failsafe by Anela Deen (Book Review)

I received a free copy of this book, thanks to Xpresso Book Tours and NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinions on the book.

Failsafe by Anela Deen Book Cover

Book Blurb:

There is only one rule: Never leave the settlement

Nobody remembers when human civilization fell to the living computer known as the Interspace. Trapped within its massive expanse, what remains of humanity struggles to survive. There are no maps to the outer grids, and drones patrol the network. Escape is impossible.

Except seventeen-year-old Sol can access the network’s secrets in her dreams. The information comes at a physical cost, but with food and medical shortages threatening her community, it’s a small price to pay for survival. The supply runs are also the best way to prove she can still contribute, especially after her recent epilepsy diagnosis took away the role she’d been training for.

When a grave mistake alerts the drones to her trespassing, Sol finds herself running for her life. She never expects to encounter Echo, a stranger who may hold the key to humanity’s freedom.

Together, Sol and Echo will attempt to reach the central core of the Interspace and shut down the system. To survive the journey, they will need to evade drones, signal towers, and a dangerous enemy known only as the Override. Even with Sol’s access to the network and Echo’s incredible abilities, they may still fail. The Interspace is always watching, and if they’re discovered, it will mean the final extermination of all mankind.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Tags: Sci-Fi, Dystopian, YA, Romance

My Thoughts:
You know that moment when you have to give yourself some time to absorb that a certain story’s ended before moving on to other ones? This was one of them.

I felt this strange sense of loss and happiness after reading it and I just had to lose myself in some C-drama ’cause I simply had to give it some respect. And closure. Yes, that’s what I need. Closure.

(Quote)The moon , bewitching as the gaze of a lover, casting spells on those beneath it.
Original photo courtesy of Lester Salmins

Failsafe by Anela Dunn is a high-stakes, stirring YA Sci-Fi, with a side of humor to lighten the tense atmosphere. It delves into what it means to be human, and whether the cost of freedom for humanity is worth sacrificing the things you hold closest to heart.

We watch the main characters, Sol and Echo, battle with external enemies and the ones that reside within themselves as they grow into better and stronger individuals. Sol, short for ‘Soleil’, and meaning ‘Sun’ in French(I guessed that from the start!), is a fiesty little firecracker with sarcasm as her weapon of defence. Regardless if she’s facing the epilepsy(seizures) that brings on debilitating after-effects or an enemy that strikes terror in people’s hearts she does whatever’s in her power to overcome them.

(Quote) Inaction was as much a choice as one made by conviction.

Echo, on the other-hand, has his own battles even if his strength is that of a hundred men. Part human, part droid, his robotic mannerisms can be quite endearing and at times frustrating. Always the cool and collected one, his sharp intellect and a body like titanium, it’s difficult not to love the guy.

The dystopian world that Anela Dunn has constructed made me think of a mechanic body/motherboard with the drones as white blood cells that eliminate any threats, i.e. the humans.
There were plenty of moments that gave me a fuzzy, giddy-happy feeling. Failsafe is not short of surprises, brutal realities, twists and mystery. There was one scene where my heart was wrenched out and smacked back into my body a few moments later. Oh, how cruel that was of you, Anela. I was on the verge of tears, did you know that?

Failsafe received 4.5 stars because there were some cheesiness but mainly because it’s not completely unique in the YA Sci-fi/Dystopian genre BUT it’s a very good one in that saturated corner of the genre. The keyword here is ‘not completely’, which means that it does have a freshness factor that keeps the reader wanting to know what’s next. One tiny scene got me confused, did she puke or get her period? Also, how do they deal with going to the toilet? And won’t the graffiti leave a trail for the drones to track them with?

Original photo courtesy of Krista Mangulsone

Truthfully, I don’t want to part with Sol and Echo. No wonder authors always come out with trilogies these days, who wants a fabulous story to end?? Oh, this bittersweet feeling!

Parental Guidance: 12+
Violence – Mild to medium
Sex – None. Only a detailed kissing scene.
Religion – None
Profanity – None

Should You Get This Book?:

Get it if:

  • YA Dystopian and YA Sci-fi is your thing
  • You’re looking for an intense adventure with sweet romance that makes you all fuzzy and puts a stupid smile on your face
  • You enjoy empowering YA fiction that deals with deep an meaningful topics

Don’t get it if:

  • You dislike YA, Dystopian or Science fiction
  • You want a book that’s completely unique and never seen before

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11 thoughts on “Failsafe by Anela Deen (Book Review)

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  1. I also have quiet a few on NetGalley right now but I am loving reading my way through them. I applied for lots and got them all. Luckily they are all ones that really appealed.
    Fabulous review. Ya sci-fi isn’t something that I would read. I do like how you say get if.. and Don’t get if..


  2. Since I’m a man in my 40s, YA/teen dystopian stories aren’t my thing.
    But in your review, you point out how Sol has to deal with her epileptic condition, and detect the moves of the evil A.I. Giving a heroine another thing to contend with while saving the world, is a good thing in a story.
    That being said, I love this cover! Hoo-hoo!
    You have dark silhouettes of the young people, running toward the reader from what looks like a Stargate type portal. And behind them you have an ominous-colored red background. Wondering what nemesis or threat might be pursuing them from that red background, from the other side of that portal, gives me serious goosebumps.

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    1. I agree! What I liked about Sol was that she made the decisions that ultimately got her to where she was in the end and wasn’t just The One or The Hero who saves the day without sacrificing too much. Not just anyone could’ve filled her place. And she couldn’t have done it without Echo either, which is realistic since she’s just a teen.

      Loll, you got one part right on the cover! It’s not a portal but they ARE being hunted down by ‘something’. It was thrilling to read those parts and I feared for their lives. There were also a few twists in the story, which made it all the more enjoyable 😁

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