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The Letting

(The Letting #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  37 reviews
What if the Devil doesn’t know he’s the Devil?

This is the question Veronica “Ronnie” Billings poses to Phoenix, her sworn enemy, the leader of the Peaceful Revolution, and the one she loves.

Kidnapped by Phoenix’s rebels, Ronnie learns how wrong she has been. She had no idea that her patriotism was wasted on a corrupt government. Ronnie was proud to be a Leader; taking hun
Paperback, 335 pages
Published December 15th 2014 by The Wild Rose Press (first published November 26th 2014)
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Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Letting is a dystopian novel at its heart, but reads more like a combination of a horror and a thriller genres. Though it has one of the strangest and most chilling premises I have come across, I found that I really enjoyed Goldstein’s world building. In another author’s hands the idea behind this story could have easily become baffling and far too elaborate for most readers, but Goldstein presents her premise by weaving it through a rapid-paced and engrossing plot that is backed up by an in ...more
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it

I surprisingly enjoyed this book. I was interested in the concept of it. The setting reminds me of Wall-E, everyone is lazy, selfish and highly reliant on technology. It disgusted me that they used young girls' blood to keep them young. Not only is it disgusting but it is just plainly wrong. It's a very original futuristic world. It's depressing and I really hope that our world does not become like this but I have to say, I was infatuated with the idea Goldstein came up with.

Veronica is very ki
Stephanie Ward
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
'The Letting' is a gripping new novel that will enchant readers from the very first page and have them on the edge of their seats throughout the entire book. The story begins with our main character, Veronica "Ronnie"Billings, being a proud Leader at a camp for girls to prepare them for the Letting. She's well-known and loved by the girls and she's glad to help them get through the ritual and then to their bright futures in the New World. At least that's what she's thought for the last several y ...more
Ashley Ehlers
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Originally posted on Paranormal Sisters:

*Was given a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review*

I haven't read a Dystopian in a long time so this was quite refreshing from my previous reads! The Letting is gripping, intense, and fast-paced! The story moves along quickly and in a matter of pages Ronnie is kidnapped by a small group of rebels. Here we find out how truly corrupt the government is in trying to stay young forever and Ronnie sees all
Lelia Taylor
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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When we first meet Ronnie, she's a sort of camp counselor but this camp is unlike any we've ever seen. For starters, the kids (all young girls) are housed together by blood type, the first hint we have that this may not be a wonderful place. Blood type O, by the way, is almost extinct and that matters because O is the universal donor.

We can't be sure in the beginning precisely what's going on because the author has created a maze of facts and suppositions but, once I started to catch on, I was e
Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)

Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?

This was a unique story in which society is selfishly using the blood of young girls to stay young and healthy, and they've about used up all that's left, both stored and from the living. Veronica has spent her life dedicated to her government without fully knowing what she was really supporting. I think that is something we see in real life every day. When she's faced with the harsh reality, we see what she's really made of. Through most of this book, I didn'
Crina (Reading Addict)
Original post on as part of the blog tour.

So, apparently I'm the only one who doesn't love this book, and I don't know if I should be dissapointed or just say that it wasn't for me. Or that the way in which it was written it wasn't for me.

I wanted to read this and I read it because the cover looked nice and the synopsis was pretty good, but from the first chapter I felt that I couldn't get into the story. But I told myself that I should keep reading and reading, an
Peggy Jaeger
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read YA but the tagline on this book just "spoke" to me so I had to see what it was all about - and DAMN! am I glad I did!

What if the devil doesn't know he's the devil?
What an amazing premise.
THE LETTING is, for lack of a better description, a dystopian novel about how greed can destroy the world.
But it is so much more than just that.
Veronica Billings is a heroine I would love to have for a daughter: kind, considerate, loyal and loving, she is also smart, sassy and cunning when
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This book had a premise that was completely unique to me. The dystopian approach wasn’t something I’ve encountered before, which was a refreshing and interesting twist though a little creepy. The characters are extremely well developed too, which I related to very well. Veronica goes through some reasonable changes in her attitude towards the government and Phoenix so I was able to forgive the insta-love that could have otherwise felt like a bit much.

At times I was a little confused as to where
Michael Murphy
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Catherine Goldstein’s The Letting grabs the reader from the beginning and doesn’t let go. Readers will root for and cheer on the novel’s seventeen-year-old hero, Veronica Billings. The YA novel offers a chilling vision of the not-so-distant future.

Idealistic and patriotic Veronica Billings discovers to her horror she’s been the New World’s most successful executioner. With no one to trust she sets out to make things right. With her handsome, but sworn enemy at her side, the seventeen-year-old
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was very fortunate to receive the ARC of this stellar YA novel from the author. The story draws you in immediately and never lets you go. Highly recommended.
Shawna Shauntia
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it

So who authorized a cliffhanger. Unacceptable! I needed to know what's going to happen next and I would like that to happen sooner than later. The Letting just happens to be my first experience with Cathrine Goldstein's work and I will say that I was quite impressed. I was out in the mindset of Hunger Games meet In Time (Justin Timberlake and Dakota Fanning). Immediately within the first few pages I was drawn in and my attention didn't wonder did the most part. I have to admit there wer
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
I received a review copy of this book for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl.

How would it feel to find out that what you thought you were doing was patriotic and serving your country but was actually causing hundreds of deaths? This is exactly the predicament Veronica (Ronnie) finds herself in when she's caught by a group of rebels out in the woods, and her world has effectively been turned upside down.

In The Letting, humans have gone nearly extinct after heavily relying on technolo
Caro [The Book Rogue]
A very interesting story, I liked it! The concept of a luxury capital where people have it all to waste, oppressing the rest of the people who live in poverty always makes a good dystopia. Add in the promise to stay young forever, and it only gets better. I find the cost of the blood and life of young girls particularly savage, and the mating system to ensure all blood types, which is naturally reliable to fail, right along with it. But the real savage dystopias are always the best, in my opinio ...more
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it, ya, dystopian

What I Thought

How often in life do we think we are doing right, right by ourselves, right by others and right by the world; only to find out that we have been wrong all along?

Ronnie is about to take that realisation to a whole new level.

In the Letting, we experience love, hate, turmoil, changes of heart, passion and fear - not to mention the hours of sitting on the edge of our seats, waiting for what's coming next. We are taken into a dystopian world, where things are not what they seem, which
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was so FAN FREAKING TASTIC!.

Ronnie Girls for the "letting". She is so proud of her job and has earned some rewards for being so good at her job. She has prepared the most girls for the "letting" and considers herself a patriot. She loves and cares for every girl that comes under her charge. She works at a camp where girls are sent to prepare for their turn for the "letting".

Ronnie has always wanted to be part of the "letting" but has never been chosen. Now that she is considered a "w
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of The Letting fro YA bound books in exchange with an honest review.

This book is different than anything I have read lately. It is showing a darker, scarier aspect of how the human race might end up to be. The word Selfish is taken to a new level.

This book is like the story of Elizabeth Bathory , who killed virgins for her youth , with some kick ass plot twist.The story follows Veronica, who is a legend for sending the greatest amount of Lettings. What is a Letting? Something
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
With secrets and thrills, along with some sweet romance, The Letting was a fantastic YA read. I wasn't sure what to expect going into it, but I ended up really enjoying this lovely book.

Ronnie was a wonderful heroine. When she believed in something, she put her all into it, whether it was working for what he thought was a benevolent government or fighting for the innocents who would be harmed. She proved herself as clever, brave, and a force to be reckoned with. I really liked her.

Phoenix was al
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Letting is about a dystopian world where blood is more valuable than gold. The rich live in 'The New World' and the poor live on the outskirts in camps, being raised to supply blood to the people of The New World. Veronica has led more children to the "lettings" than anybody in history, meaning she preps young girls by feeding them and training them so their blood is healthy before they are sent to donate their blood in The New World. When Veronica is told that everything she has ever believ ...more
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story line of a dystopian world where people are coupled to breed for The Letting. The Letting is how the privileged stay young and healthy.

Phoenix' job is to harvest. Veronica's job is to prepare the harvested for the letting but what if you found out that what you've always thought was right, was actually wrong. As the synopsis says, "What if the Devil doesn’t know he’s the Devil?"

So what is the letting? Ah, good must read the book for the answer. :-D You'll b
Rita Hesselbach
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read an ARC for review purposes of the THE LETTING, and was captivated!
The characters are strong and vivid -- all excellent characters. The love story is sweet, sensual, and exciting. Although Veronica is only seventeen years old, her love for her charges represents motherhood throughout time.
Phoenix is the all-time hero. Both younger and older readers will find him manly, protective, and swoonworthy.
I understand there is a Book 2 -- can't wait! More, more, MORE!
Laura Altom
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for dystopian, and The Letting didn't disappoint. Loved the overall premise. Loved the world the author created. More description would have been appreciated as at times I struggled to get a clear mental image of scenes, but overall, I enjoyed the read!
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really great book, really enjoyed it, and while the opening line of the synopsis is eye-catching, it does kinda get turned on it's head in this book, as she learns the truth about what's going on!
Katie Hamstead
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, dnf, own-it
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book has me so torn... for one, I think the story is great, the idea behind it is very captivating; however, I HATED the author's writing style. I felt like the story was incredibly rushed and the characters very shallow. It was hard to keep track of how fast time was moving in this story, making the story very unbelievable. I also felt like the characters didn't have enough depth, and made very irrational decisions/actions. It was hard to relate to any of them. I feel the author could have ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks
Another dystopian YA. Ronnie, a camp counselor of sorts, prepares young girls, by feeding them, exercising them, and keeping them robust and healthy so that they can get ready for "the letting." As far as they know, "the letting" is their contribution to this selfless society and their passage into the "New World" where the streets are paved with gold (basically). The girls are split into four groups - A, B, AB, and O. Once you know that and the title, you can figure out what is going on.

So I w
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Letting was a twisted tale of just how far blind trust can push people to certain extremes.

Elizabeth Bathory eat your heart out.

Instead of one sadistic person who believes the blood of the innocent can keep them young and healthy, you will find an entire civilization who thrives on this, no matter the cost, (view spoiler).

Rachael Eliker
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Letting was a quick YA Dystopian read, where the main character, Veronica, discovers her world is a sham and that she's been unknowingly leading others into danger. Goldstein created an interesting and broken world, that is on the verge of collapse, where Veronica Billings finds herself trapped in the middle of three different power struggles. One leader, Phoenix is the idyllic hero while his polar opposite, Farnsworth, makes my skin crawl. Goldstein is a very descriptive writer and I was im ...more
AK Mama Reads
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-for-review
This book starts off a bit slowly but once you get into the thick of it, the pace hardly gives you time to blink. Though I was left a bit confused and wanted to get to know some more about the characters, I understand this is the first in a series, and after reading the second book, feel it is a good lead in. A wholly original take on the dystopian genre, will chill you to the bone and have you asking all kinds of questions, priming you for the next leg of the journey.

***copy received in order t
Laura  Redmon
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's been a long while since I read a Dystopian and so glad I read this one!

The Letting started out a bit confusing for me at first, while the author explained what the letting is. Once you understand it though, the story Flys forward with non stop action, adventure, romance, and a patriotic heroine.

I couldn't put it down once it picked up its pace. I was loving it. I look forward to book 2 and to read more from this Author.

****I received this ARC in exchange for an honest Review.****

Laura Redmo
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