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{July 29, 2012}   {Review} No Shelter by T.S. Welti (No Shelter #2)

From Goodreads: When the environment is ravaged by rising sea levels and monstrous storms, America is divided and survival becomes more precious than love.

After a harrowing rescue and escape, Nada sets off to rescue Isaac from the prison where she was forced to abandon him. During this long journey, Nada’s feelings for Daedric intensify… until they discover Isaac roaming the mountains north of the Salton Sea–and he’s not alone. Isaac is accompanied by a mysterious and beautiful girl, a fellow prisoner who was also set free by the Guardians. Nada is conflicted about how she will fit into their tribe, and how she factors into Isaac’s past. Meanwhile, Isaac must decide whether to ditch everyone for their own good or stay true to his promise to Nada to “never give up.”


In this second installment of the No Shelter trilogy, we follow Nada as she attempts to right a wrong and find Isaac in hopes of bringing him home safely. We learn a little bit more about Nada’s personality as this novella unfolds, especially as the love triangle between her, Isaac, and Deadric begins to climax.  I have to admit, I found myself miffed with Nada throughout much of this novella.  I think that she made some terrible choices, and I wanted to reach through the pages and strangle her on many occasions, especially when it came to acting on her feelings.  However, she lost her mother when she was about 15, and so she hasn’t had the guidance she needs to understand what love versus lust is, and I think, had her mother survived, things would have panned out differently in this novella.  And, that being said, reader beware, there are some situations within the novella that make me think this is more suited for 18+ readers, as some explicit scenes take place that I don’t believe are suitable for teens and younger readers, so just keep that in mind as you read.   

That aside, I was very interested in the love triangle, though I still dislike Isaac—there is something off about him, but I don’t know what it is.  I don’t trust him, and while Nada seems to, she also doesn’t seem to have a clue what she’s doing.  Daedric is a great guy, but I’m not 100% sure about him either… perhaps it’s because Nada has only known him for a few months… I don’t know, but we’ll see what happens in the final installment, which I’m about to read!

Now, in terms of the story line of book two, I felt a little bit like it happened too fast for me to really connect with all the characters and situations.  I’d love to slow it all down and learn even more about the perils of their travels and the characters’ innermost feelings because I think it’s a very good story.  So much could have happened within the weeks that are glossed over while the characters travel about, and I’m dying to know all the details, but I also understand that too much detail can be boring as well.  Thus, it’s a hard line to tote when writing, and I think Welti did a good job sticking to the information readers needed, and not making the story so full of detail that it put the reader to sleep.  This is definitely a fast-paced read, and if you like post apocalyptic stories, then this series is for you!  Three and a half stars.

I received a copy of this novella from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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