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Saving Raine

(The Drone Wars #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  49 reviews
"Matt, Raine went to California because her parents thought it was safe. It’s not.

You’ve got to get her out as soon as possible. She could die, Matt."

When 19-year-old Matt Carney gets a cryptic message from his father telling him to

go to California and save his girlfriend, Raine, he doesn't hesitate—he grabs his AK-

47, revs up his blue pickup, and gets ready to make the
Published December 15th 2013 by Smashwords Edition (first published December 13th 2013)
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Simon Jenner
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing start drops you straight into this exciting dystopian future set in 2021 where the U.S. has become a near-military state and the country is on the brink of starvation. The U.S. in 2021 is not an easy place to live. Tech has advanced but life in general has gone backwards. The political situation is up in the air. The world is well described and fascinating with its nightly explosions, the need for ration coupons, pizzas costing $100 and restaurants having bulletproof walls.

Matt Car
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Saving Raine by Frederick Lee Brooke is a fantastic look into what our future may become. It is exciting and over flowing with strong,purpose driven characters. The telepathy was a pleasant surprise. I am usually a bit out of my league reading sci-fi novels, but this one explained the details with minute patience. The story line is jumbled and erratic, always leaving me on the end on my seat, wondering how each episode fits into the big picture. All in all, a terrific beginning to a compelling s ...more
Heather Bridson
This book is different. It is written in a world that may be ours in the future, full of drones, violence, and militia. Really not my cup of tea. The story jumped around a lot, I think it was supposed to show a lot was happening all over, but it was just distracting. It really seemed like there were way to many story lines in a single book, with chapters just a few pages long that jump from story to story. I know it is all tied together, but jumping around like that made the story not engage me ...more
Naznin Azeez
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
The book cover is apt for the story line. The title Saving Raine is all about Matt’s cross country road trip to save his girlfriend, Raine. The drones shown in the background play a crucial role in this story.

The introduction to Matt’s family background, is really detailed. It sets a nice pace in the beginning. The author’s writing captures the very essence of each situation, makes you want to hang onto every word of his. You feel exactly what Matt feels. The turmoil that he goes through is very
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s 2021. America no longer looks like the booming capitalist country it once was. The military has all but taken over, looking for terrorist groups such as the one called March22. In this dystopian world, people are using technology to spy on each other, and technology is also being used to make people the average person complacent to what is going on.

In the midst of all of this, an already dysfunctional family is torn apart when the father is taken by the FBI on charges of being involved in
Martha Bourke
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been a longtime reader of Frederick Brooke's adult detective series and I was very curious as to how the first book in his new Young Adult Dystopian would come out. YA voice is tricky to pull off for the best of writers, but I've always thought his characters were so well painted and Saving Raine is no exception. I love that the main character is male for a change and Matt is easy to like. He's definitely flawed, but that makes him all the more believable. Brooke's wonderful cast of charact ...more
Fiona Wilson
Actual rating - 3.5 stars

This book is quite relevant right now. It involves drones, and the way they can be used to control certain things and people, and how easily they can be used for both wrong and right. At the moment there is a lot of debate going on regarding drones and the need for registration for anyone flying them.

I took a long time to get into this book, kept putting it down and then going back to it a day or so later. I got very confused as to who everyone was, with lots of charact
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, dystopian, series
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The author starts off with action and never lets up. This is a fast-paced read, with fully developed characters and a plot that kept me turning the pages. If you enjoy dystopian science fiction, then I think you'll like this book. I'm looking forward to the next in the series. ...more
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The cover:
Simple, beautiful and eye-catching :). It gives you an idea about what the book is all about.

The story:
As a dystopian diehard fan, I’ve been looking forward to reading this book. The story is purely amazing. Great style of writing and interesting characters. The whole aspect of a dystopian world is well done. I’m a fan.
The story begins in 2021, in the USA, with Matt 19 years old, living with his father, his stepmother and 2stepbrothers and step sister. After something happens
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

At first I thought this was a YA series, but soon after I stared reading, I could tell it was for a slightly older audience. The world the author painted is a gritty, kill or be killed sort of world where only the strongest survive, as common with the dystopia genre. It's full of violence, death, lies, corruption and everything else. I thought the use of drones as a predominant plot element was interesting. Seeing as drones are gaining predomina
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am a big fan of dystopian/speculative fiction, and this book didn't disappoint. It was refreshing to read a dystopian novel that takes place in the near future (2021), rather than in some vague "far off future year" that is never mentioned.

Brooke is excellent with world building, thanks to the small details he includes about the sad state of our country in 2021. The ideas that he presents (the development of 9 political parties,
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads/First Reads
Set in 2021 in a virtual militaristic state that's the U.S. "Saving Raine" begins when Matt Carney receives a cryptic message from his father who was kidnapped one evening from their home. Warned to save his girlfriend Raine who's attending University in California before something dire happens, Matt quickly packs his gear and climbs into his truck, leaving his murderous, obnoxious stepmother behind to cross hundreds of miles of dangerous country.

With Benjy his fourteen year old stepbrother who'
Tony Parsons
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time line: 11/1/2021-11/23/2021, Chicago-San Francisco

Matthew Carney (Matt; Kotter; 19), Wet Wanda (Matt stepmother; Carney), Benjy Robson (14; stepbrother; Benjamin), Robert (16; stepbrother), & Marissa (18; stepsister), watched in horror as their husband/father John Carney was arrested by the FBI.

Food/supplies were extremely scarce in the US. Families were issued Ration coupons, & Shadowmarket’s popped up everywhere. If you could find live game/fish to eat that was something else.

Later most
I received this copy for free in exchange for an honest review.

This book had an intriguing premise, probably cultivated by the news that Amazon were using drones to deliver parcels. We're in the US in the year 2021, so seven years in the future. Apparently this March, a huge terrorist action causes the US to implode, shut its borders, institute martial law (kinda) and food shortages run rampant. Into this hot mess comes our hero, his dad gets arrested and he runs away from home. He then runs acr
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
When I first read the blurb, I was a bit unsure as to whether or not I should read this title as I don't generally read futuristic/dsytopian novels. However, for some unexplained reason I felt tempted to give it a try. I figured I did not have much too lose from reading it. If the book was good then I would have been thoroughly entertained but if it was bad then my only regret would have been the time wasted spent reading it. Well after completing Saving Raine, I must say without a doubt this wa ...more
Roxanne Kade
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting read, with plenty of action and mayhem. I enjoyed the main plotline with Matt on a mission to save Raine, however, there were quite a few subplots, with the introduction of many other characters, and I sometimes felt like there was too much going on. It became a bit distracting. Another thing that got my head spinning, were all the different types of drones etc. I don’t read a lot of Sci-fi so I felt a bit lost whenever they were mentioned because I just couldn’t pict ...more
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
This is a crazy dystopian world with a corrupt government all but controlled by the military and using technology to spy on people and control them. With the world in shambles Matt's trip to save his girlfriend Raine is full of explosions, gun fights and a lot of secret help along the way.
I liked Matt right away and getting a look into the insanity he suffered at home and then a cryptic message from his father really pulled me into
Nakita Allen
This book was really quite interesting!!! Sadly though it was not my favorite book. I found that there was just way to much going on with the story its self. The book is called saving rain, so I would have thought it would have been about that. However there was so many other story plots going on that it was hard to pin point exactly what was going on. I found my self at times more confused then anything!!! However that being said this story did have some good points to it. The characters were a ...more
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*Received from Badass Marketing in exchange for honest review

Whilst this story wasn't the typical fantasy novel I mostly always read, I'm super glad that I was given the opportunity to review Saving Raine because I really enjoyed it. Let me just say that if this is our future, I would really like to not live on this planet...way too '1984' for me, thanks. But unfortunately, with the amount of drones the US uses for their military air strikes and the li
Sarah Embry
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love dystopians, high- tech, and war stories I would definitely suggest this book. First off I'm going to admit going into this book I was not expecting to like it as much as I did, just because it is not the type of book I would usually read. I really loved how the author created a world where technology is the biggest help, but also the biggest problem. Plus, the hierarchy and systems they came up with is pretty impressive when you think about just how many there are.

The book takes plac
Arlene Downey
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, ebook
Very interesting look at what the leaders of the USA can do if they really try to muck it up. The country suffered a series of catastrophes that resulted in the two major political parties splintering into many parties. The result is food shortages (shelves in the supermarkets sparsely filled), expensive gasoline, no airplanes flying, drones used for many purposes (think smaller drones with cameras and links to computers, not big ones with missles!) and people targeted and killed for no obvious ...more
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This is not my normal book genre, but this is definitely one of my favorite books now. I finished it and immediately bought the sequel. The two party system in the US is gone, and the different factions have sent the government into chaos. Nowhere is truly safe, although some places aren't that bad. Matt was surviving ok, until his dad is arrested and he has to leave home for his own safety and he also has to make his way across the country to save his girlfriend.

There was a lot of action in the
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Jonathan Pettit
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, solid dystopian action. Tale about Matt on a trip cross country to rescue his girlfriend, Raine. The book takes place in 2021 in a militaristic United States, where everyone owns drones and government assassinations seem to be common. Common goods and services are sporadic, though gas is cheap and plentiful. Characters are well thought out, with lots of descriptions. Supporting characters are entertaining. Bits of humor thrown in the story throughout. I plan to continue reading the series. ...more
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
[I received a review spread]

For fans of strange dystopian near futures this where you should start.

Here we find ourselves with Matt, and in the near future of 2019 with America in peril. Just like Matt, we'er not sure how our Freedom has dwindled down to the flickering embers that it is in this novel, but we're strapped in for a journey full of quirky, some fairly well-rounded characters, mysterious militias, and cut throat new political parties [if you thought 2 were bad get a load of these 9].
Mike Siedschlag
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author Frederick Lee Brooke provided me with an e-version of Saving Raine for review.

Saving Raine is set in a dystopian future of the United States. It is a post-apocalyptic without the apocalypse story. The country has become terrifying place to live. The protagonist in the story is an unwitting and at times, unwilling rebel hero. A lot of high tech gadgetry is used in the story, but it is not a techie book. There is romance (kind of ), action, humor (the hog farmers are great), political intri
Kristin Dutt
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very interesting military/sci-fi/dystopian novel. Have to say I do hate the title (sorry!) The title really doesn't fit the book in my opinion. Raine is barely a secondary character and honestly I don't like her a bit honestly from what little I've read about her. Now to what I did like....I love the idea of drones....LOTS of drones and they all go missing. The action was much more impressive than the poor love relationship in this book which could've just been left out (hence my reaso ...more
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is hard for me to review. When I started reading it, I was intrigues as to what was going on. The world that the author created is kind of crazy. Planes were scarce in the sky, food was hard to come by in stores and the government seemed to control everything.
Matt saw his father arrested and accused of treason. His step mother was very mean to him, so he decided to leave.
Chaos ensues where he is running for his life and trying to save people he loves.
The story is told by several dif
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the vision of what America has become in a few short years very disturbing, but effectively written. This radical right-wing revolution has destroyed life for normal people in the country. In this environment of violent militias, food shortages and a new political landscape, a young man Matt and his younger half-brother try to make their way across the country to reach Matt’s girlfriend Raine. This young woman seems oblivious, and uncaring about Matt the man she claims to love.
I also fou
Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time getting into this book. The blurb about it only talks about Matt's story but his is only one of many stories interwoven. Since I was expecting him to be the main character, every time a new story and set of characters was introduced I got confused and frankly frustrated that I had to start over getting to know new people. It didnt seem that all the stories had a large significance overall (maybe theyll be more important in future books in the series?) so I didnt feel they were ...more
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Frederick Lee Brooke launched the Annie Ogden Mystery Series in 2011 with Doing Max Vinyl and following with Zombie Candy in 2012, a book that is neither about zombies nor sweets. The third mystery in the series, Collateral Damage, appeared in 2013. The first book in Fred’s entirely new series, the Drone Wars, is called Saving Raine and appeared in December 2013.

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