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Finding North (Compass #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Sometimes you have to lose everything to find what you've really been looking for.

Kat and Tyler were childhood sweethearts, inseparable in all things. When he was drafted into the Alliance army, it was only natural that she would join up, too. Then he dies in battle, and Kat is left adrift, with her heart shattered but her life still tied to the Alliance. Going through the
Published January 29th 2015
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Kate Mary
Jan 13, 2015 rated it liked it

This was a personal preference and no real reflection of the writing or story.
I got about 50% through and finally decided to put the book aside. The story focused mainly on Kat and Reynan. He was attracted to her, she was (maybe?) attracted to him. It went around in circles, which isn't bad if you're looking for a romance, but I picked it up thinking I was reading a dystopian novel. That wasn't the vibe I got, and since I rarely read romances, I wasn't really into the story. I think the writ
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a beautiful cover, very eye-catching. If I were browsing through a bookstore, I would check out this novel based on the cover alone.

Overall, I enjoyed parts of Finding North - the writing flowed well and the concept was intriguing. I sympathized with Reynan in his struggle to gain his father's approval while also being true to himself. Reynan had the patience of a saint, because he seemed to spend a good amount of time rescuing Kat, as her questionable decision-making got her into some d
AK Mama Reads
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-for-review
Sometimes you read a book that grabs you by the neck and barely lets go the entire time you read it; your heart is in your throat and you just have to do whatever it takes to finish reading this book, though you’re afraid of ending up with your own heart breaking for the characters in which you’ve become so invested. Finding North is one of those books. You keep thinking you’ve figured things out and BAM! you’re smacked in the face by a clever twist or intriguing incident. Furthermore, Gottlieb ...more
Cheree Castellanos Edits
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A very different story from what you normally get out of a Post Apoc type book, but a fast paced adventure to be sure. 30 years in the future of a very different United States, ravaged by disease and natural disasters, the US is just a shell of a country of it’s former self, in the middle of a civil war fighting for power. The Restoration Alliance is fighting to take power from what I believe is left of the original US government, referred to here as the Alliance. The story follows Kat, a medic ...more
Mar 14, 2015 rated it liked it
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Kathrine "Kat" Zova, joined the war as a medic on the side of the Alliance to stay with her boyfriend, Tyler. Now, with Tyler dead after being shot, Kat is living with crushing grief. She walks with haunted eyes during the day, at sleep offers no escape from her despair. While she and a small team of soldiers are out in the field, they get captured by the enemy, all of them hauled off to prison. Except her. The leader of the group t
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I liked the characters immediately, although I was relatively surprised with how quickly the two characters crossed paths. I was expecting a little more build up of getting to know them as individuals before circumstances put them together. But what circumstances they are! Reynan Caverly and Kat Zova are on opposite sides of a civil war in what's left of America.

Kat's a sweet girl, who you do realize soon into the story is damaged by loss. I had to admire her bravery in the situations she found
S.F. Benson
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved Allyson Gottlieb’s “Finding North”. I’m a sucker for a good dystopian and this story doesn’t disappoint.

The backdrop for “Finding North” is a country torn apart by a plague followed by a divisive civil war. But Gottlieb’s story is about more than a military battle. It’s about the true tragedy behind war—the loss of morality. For one of the main characters, Reynan Caverly, he needs to choose between sense of self and family loyalty. Deep.

I loved Reynan. From the beginning, Gottlieb lets r
Jennifer Treviño
Not your typical dystopian, but a great story nonetheless.

What a colossal bite Ms. Gottlieb bit off with this one. Even though this hit me more as a romance than the dystopian novels I normally read I do believe she did a fantastic job telling this tale of Kat & Reynan's unconventional relationship.
Finding North had me thinking back on all of the times I thought my inner compass was damaged. Wondering 'what if' & 'how come' don't always seem like the best ideas, but on occasion they lead us to
Mrs. Kenyon
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-audiobooks
Kat is trying to adjust to life in the Alliance after her boyfriend, Tyler, is killed during a battle. She is doing what is required and nothing more, until the enemy finds them and her best option is military prison … or so she thinks. Reynan Caverly may be the son of the man who started the civil war, yet he can’t stop himself from helping girls down on their luck. Reynan takes Kat to his Las Vegas home and shows her a lifestyle she could not have imagined. As their time together grows, so do ...more
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like or love this story but at 43% I was still not enjoying this book so DNF.

Katherine Zova aka Kat has been trough so much in a short period of time. She should be heartbroken in shock and sometimes seconds she is and than she isn't. I could not relate to Kat she was not very strong or brave. Kat is not worried about her friends that were captured. She was missing Tyler but not very much, if she did I wasn't feeling her pain with her.

Reyan is a soldier forced to do his fath
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
From Magnolia Reviews: Two Petals

The plot was interesting, albeit not unique, but it needed more depth and description to really catch my interest. Without those it felt very flat and stereotypical. I am therefore unable to recommend this book and will not be reading any subsequent sequels.

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