Fragmented Souls (Fragmented Souls #1) by Kasha Ross (2022)
YA Fiction | Dystopia
When Mother Earth grew tired of giving her people chance after chance to right their wrongs, she resorted to her last hope and released a toxic gas into the atmosphere. She spared only her creations and killed over eight billion people. In a new society made up of just three cities and five towns, a tyrant claimed power. The initial hope swiftly dissolved into starvation and fear in a place built on greed, motivated by violence, and populated by those who wished only for a quick death.
Thirty years later, Harley Hudson and her oldest and most devoted friend Jimmy Carter, who battles demons of his own, are forced to face this world head-on when her younger brother is kidnapped by sinister Hunters linked to the ruling powers. They gather together an ill-equipped group for a poorly-planned rescue mission: a mad scientist with a gift for irritating the wrong people, a pickpocket, two ex-boyfriends, a stoic refugee, and the two leaders of the most dysfunctional gang in town.
As they fight for their lives, they find themselves lost in a maze of their past, and secrets that reveal who they were always meant to be. Though reader, as you may know, sometimes remaining in the dark your whole life shatters fewer hearts and buries fewer bodies than finding out the truth.
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This book intrigued me and wow yeah I quickly became hooked into the story. It has a similar dystopian energy and addictive pace as the Cage of Lies series by Susanne Valenti.
It starts off with a grim prologue before launching forwards thirty years later where we meet Harley and Jimmy. The story is told in both of their POVs which I really liked and we get just enough to time to settle into the world and meet the cast before Harley’s little brother J is stolen and the ragtag crew set off in vengeance. There are little hints here and there of the secrets untold in Harley’s family and as the story unfolds we see past and present, mystery and answer begin weaving together into a rolling snowball of revelations and plot twists.
Fragmented Souls is an easy read to sink into but not an easy one to put down. If you’re on the hunt for a new YA dystopian adventure then definitely give this one a try. There’s action, romance, mystery, and everything else you could want from the genre.
Meet Kasha Ross!
Kasha Ross is a twenty-year-old poet and freelance writer born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia. She has recently relocated to Fredericton, New Brunswick, bought a Siberian Husky puppy and settled into a balance of writing and puppy training.