Review: Out of Control by Sarah Alderson

June 10, 2014 Book Review, Young Adult 16 ★★★★½

Out of ControlOut of Control by Sarah Alderson
Published by Simon and Schuster UK on May 22nd 2014
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: From Author
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<p>When 17 year old Liva witnesses a brutal murder she’s taken into police custody for her own protection. But when the police station is attacked and bullets start flying it becomes clear that Liva is not just a witness, she’s a target.</p>
<p>Together with a car thief called Jay, Liva manages to escape the massacre but now the two of them are alone in New York, trying to outrun and outwit two killers who will stop at nothing to find them.</p>
<p>When you live on the edge, there’s a long way to fall.</p>

I was immediately hooked with this premise. I mean, two characters on the run for their lives after a massacre from which they escaped? Sounds heart-pounding, right? And believe me it is right from the get-go!

Liva is a witness to a murder, but not just any random murder but one of a family whom she was staying with while her father was out of the country with work. As she is giving her statement at the police station, it becomes under attack and she manages to escape with Jay, a boy being booked on grand theft auto charges. And this is just the very beginning! I am a huge fan of cop dramas on television and I felt like that was what I was reading. Everything was detailed and exciting. I was immediately hooked and anxious to find out what was going on, especially when it starts to look like Liva herself was the intended target of all of this. Forced on the run with seemingly no one to trust, Liva strikes up an unlikely comradery with Jay. Both had some preconceived notions about each other but once those were stripped away their connection sizzled! Jay had this real bad boy vibe, snark and all, but with heart-warming sincerity. Liva had a tendency to bottle up her feelings and blame herself for things she could not control. And as they put the pieces together of what was happening and how to get themselves out the mess they were both in, we really get to see both these two let go and open up about their lives.

I honestly had a blast reading this! It was exciting, action packed, and well-paced with characters to root for! The mystery to solve kept me guessing, adding to my enjoyment, making it hard to put it down when I so needed answers. I also appreciated the involvement and awareness of human trafficking in the storyline, a very real problem that doesn’t get as much press and acknowledgement that it should; reminding me of another book I hold dear, Sempre by J.M. Darhower. I would absolutely recommend this book and I look forward to checking out more of this author’s work! (In fact I am currently reading Come Back to Me by Mila Gray, a New Adult novel under Sarah Alderson’s pen name)

“You have to let go of this idea that we’re in control of life. We’re not.”


About Sarah Alderson

Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and tutu-wearing daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home. After almost a year spent wandering around India, Singapore, Australia and the US, they settled in Bali where Sarah now spends her days writing and trying to machete open coconuts without severing a limb.

She finished her first novel Hunting Lila just before they left the UK, wrote the sequel, Losing Lila, on the beach in India, and had signed a two book deal with Simon & Schuster by the time they reached Bali.

Since then she has published a further four novels and several short stories. The contemporary thriller The Sound, will be published in the US in May 2014, while Out of Control, a thriller with a focus on human trafficking, will also be released in May in the UK.

As well as Young Adult fiction, Sarah writes New Adult fiction for Pan Macmillan under the pen name Mila Gray. Her first novel Come Back To Me will be out in summer 2014.

Sarah has co-written the Hunting Lila screenplay and is working on several other books and screenplays (multi-tasking is one of her favorite things).

Sarah is represented by Amanda Preston at Luigi Bonomi Associates (literary agents), and by Josh Varney & Mady Niel at 42 for screenwriting and books to film.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

16 Responses to “Review: Out of Control by Sarah Alderson”

  1. Maida

    I love the sound of this book! Its so different from usual YA reads, and the fact that two characters are on the run, is very fascinating. I really enjoyed Sarah Alderson’s Hunting Lila, so I am sure I will enjoy her writing in this one as well. I can’t wait to meet Jay ( I Love bad boys! ;p) and Liva, and see how the ending turns out! And I agree with you, human trafficking really doesn’t get any real attention, when it really should. I’m gald you enjoyed this, Sara! Great review! 😀

    ~ Maida
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  2. Sandra "Jeanz"

    I have also read this one and I really enjoyed it too. I actually wondered at the end if perhaps Liva & Jay could become undercover FBI and have another book about them!

  3. Stephanie

    Love this review!! I want to read this right now!! And I missed you!!! Lol

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