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Only the strongest, smartest and most ruthless will survive.

Every six years, the world draws nearer to the sun. In Arcandis, those who want to live must claim the limited places in the Refuge, a series of underground caverns cooled by the sea.

The teenage boys of noble birth are sent out into the city to demonstrate their wits and strength. Some prove themselves in combat,
Published April 9th 2013 by Fiction Addiction
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Picture The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner smooshed together, in a slightly fantastical world... that's a good description of The Narrowing Path.

But this story does go deeper than either of those two books/movies into the silo structure of Arcandis' society. Like Divergent, the population is divided into segments. Four ruling houses, the ascor, and a second-class citizen class called escay. There's even secret societies and factions and plotting between the ascor houses that comes into play t
Experiment BL626
I did not expect how violent and gruesome the book was going to be, especially not one where the protagonist is a 13 years old. I read many YA dystopian books, but The Narrowing Path was certainly one of the most violent I’ve ever read.

The book echoed Lord of the Flies and, for a more contemporary example, The Hunger Games. Case in point, the prologue showcased a macabre scene of dead kids. Fortunately, the imagery was brief and not as graphic as it could have been. However, it was only the begi
Kira Simion
Mar 14, 2016 Kira Simion marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: got-for-free
Not a review (for now) but the cover on Amazon is better.
Jun 11, 2014 MrEkitten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: digital
Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in a collection "What Tomorrow May Bring" in exchange for an honest review. We could review any number of books, and I decided to start with this one.

First - This is a 4.5/5 star story in my eyes. I can understand why some might give it 4 stars as the plot has been widely done lately, but I have to say I was very pleased with this story. You pretty much have seen the pieces before, (it's a dystopian coming of age story with rigid social/political
Karen Siddall
Jun 23, 2014 Karen Siddall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thirteen-year-old Bowe is the last surviving member of the Bellangers, one of the four ruling families of Arcandia. Soon after his birth, the entire clan which was on the cusp of financial ruin committed mass suicide/murder. Somehow, the baby Bowe, survived or was missed only to be discovered by leaders of the other families as they surveyed the tragedy inside the Bellanger mansion. One leader takes the baby back to his family to be reared by one of the childless wives of the harem as her own.


May 03, 2016 Summer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in a futuristic dystopia where every six years certain boys from elite families are chosen to survive the massive heat wave, but first they have to survive "the path". The path is a competition where the boys are pitted against each other and must use any means possible to survive. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It's a fast paced story, with characters that draw you in emotionally (I cried more than once). The depth of the characters was probably my favorite aspe ...more
This is one seriously eff'd up world.

Every 6 years this world gets too hot, so boys aged 13-18 are forced to wage war against each other to prove they are worthy to go to sanctuary. If you don't get in the sanctuary you well... die in the heat. Kinda like being boiled alive. Did I say this book is messed up?

I am really on the dystopia band wagon lately, and fantasy is really one of my favorite genres so it is not a shocker that I completely enjoyed this book.

These kids fight, barter, kill, and
Jul 13, 2013 Kris rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Bowe is a likable character. He's intelligent and loyal to a fault. Even if it means putting his life at risk, Bowe will stand up for his friends and his beliefs. In fact, Bowe's naivety is his primary flaw. Maybe he was largely ignored as a child -- the story doesn't delve much into his childhood -- but it takes Bowe a while into the Path before he starts seriously trying to climb the ranks. In the meantime, I had to watch as he learned the brutal reality of the Path the hard way. Thou
Sandra Stiles
Nov 28, 2013 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that the synopsis drew me in and the story finished me off. This was a wonderful book.
Bowe Bellanger was the only survivor of his family. As an infant his entire family committed suicide. He was of noble birth and raised to participate in the Green Path. He must win one of the coveted spots if he is to survive the Infernam, the time when the sun bakes their planet and the lucky ones survive for those two weeks in the Refuge, a series of caves under the ocean. Bowe was raised in a c
Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book

This action-packed dystopian was about boys proving to society their worth by surviving the cruel world they are thrown into. And when I say cruel I mean CRUEL! Brutal stuff, I tell ya. The people in this world, the royals, are just ruthless without an ounce of compassion whatsoever, killing anyone they desire/think is in their way. Man...

What I liked about the main character Bowe, was that he was not like these cold-hearted people. On the contrary, he is very comp
May 29, 2013 Dana rated it liked it
Similar to Hunger Games, teenagers are set up to fight one another for the right to survive. This novel, however is bloodier than Hunger Games and the "green path" is not really defined, rather the reader has to try to figure out what is going on. The book cover is misleading because there is not an actual physical "path".
I am not sure that I really understand the premise of the story. Apparantly, every 6 years, a star is too close to earth or whatever planet they are on and the heat is too int
Gwynn White
I found this gem of a book on Netgalley and was struck by the cover: definitely intriguing. The blurb clinched the deal, luring me in.

Unable to resist The Hunger Games feel of it, I immediately requested it and am delighted to say that it delivered on all its promises. I started reading in the evening and found myself still awake at three in the morning when I turned the last page on my Kindle. I was so impressed that I filed it into it's own category under the author's name. I only ever do that
Jun 11, 2013 Pamela marked it as dnf
I am so, so confused. I requested this galley hoping that it would be a good middle-grade-to-YA sci-fi entry. In the first few pages, we learn that the head of a ruling family (more on that later) has committed suicide, along with his entire household. Okay, teens have seen that before. Except he did it in bed with a bunch of laydeez. Okay. Definitely not a middle-grade novel. Move to YA.

And then we get to the plot-thing. I really, really believe that there is a good story in here. I just think
Received a free review copy as part of What Tomorrow May Bring for [David Estes Fans & YA Book Lovers Unite] R&R #69
Kimberly C. Winslow

A good book that grabs hold and doesn't let go! I read it straight through not wanting to put it down! The story is masterfully written with great characters, details, and pacing. The only reason for 4 stars is I would have liked if the story had started with an Infernam to have a full understanding of how it worked!
Grace Jade
Bowe was likeable. Not your normal lead. It was very easy to forget that he is only 13 though.
The book was okay. It wasn't boring, but it wasn't good either. The names were confusing and it seemed to be "let's dig syllables out of a hat and hope they work"
The violence was a little unexpected. I should say, the quality of violence was unexpected. That was good to see.

I will probably read the next ones. Only because I need to know what happens. Hopefully they aren't as slow as this one was.
Sally Hannoush
Aug 03, 2013 Sally Hannoush rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book. The ending was great! The teenage boys are let loose once every 6 yrs to prove that their lives are worth saving. Only a few out of at least a hundred will be allowed to seek refuge when the sun is so intense that people must go underground. They found honor in killing the others to save their own lives. While on the Path, some vow to find another way with help from unlikely sources.
Oct 18, 2015 Caitlin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
A copy of The Narrowing Path was kindly sent to me by David Estes in the What Tomorrow May Bring box set in exchange for an honest review.

*This was on a previous account and I have lost my review. I will rewrite a review sometime in the near future.*
Shanna Cushing
Mar 28, 2015 Shanna Cushing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a messed up futuristic community. I look forward to reading the next one!
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David was born in Australia, but moved to Ireland at an early age. The early globe crossing must have gone to his head, as he has since backpacked through and lived in numerous countries. He grew up on a farm as the eldest of nine unruly siblings, but since his escape, he prefers city living. His electronic engineering degree is currently gathering dust while he tries new and strange pursuits such ...more
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