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When a skilled gamer gets recruited as a sniper in the war against a terrorist-produced pandemic, she discovers there’s more than one enemy and more than one war. The Game is real.

Three years after a series of terrorist attacks flooded the US with a lethal plague, society has changed radically.

Sixteen year-old Jinxy James spends her days trapped at home – immersed in virt
Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published May 14th 2016
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The terrorists had come and their method of destruction was brilliantly vile and deadly. A lethal plague was released in the United States and the survivors now hide away in their homes, rarely leaving their homes and only when totally covered with hazmat type protection. Jinxy’s mother was one of the health obsessed and she was forced to live trapped at home. Becoming a virtual wargame expert brings Jinxy under the scrutiny of a black-ops organization training gifted youths to become the front ...more
Grab yourself a copy of this very different novel and venture into a dystopian future where terrorist attacks three years ago spread a lethal plague. The consequences now are that everyone lives in their own little box, rarely venturing out and then only whilst wearing protective clothing, a respirator and multilayered gloves. There’s little social interaction, no schools for children to attend, just stay there in your box and stay alive. Online gaming is the major entertainment and sixteen year ...more
Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Rating: 4.5 stars
In a nutshell: This indie puts a lot of traditionally published dystopians to shame. I've already preordered the next one!

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Two things you need to know about me:

1. I love dystopian YA.
2. I always play the sniper, be it in computer games or in real-life. (Well, not real sniping, but I enjoy target practice with my grandfather
Melissa Delport
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tsbc-authors
3.5 stars for this one. It's not fair to compare, but I did prefer Scarred. That being said, Joanne MacGregor's ability to switch genre gear is effortless and deserves two impressive thumbs up! Recoil is a solid start to a YA dystopian romance series. As with Scarred, the pacing is excellent, the plot is clever and and the twist revealed by Quinn leaves you wanting more. There are a few things I felt could have been expanded upon, but I have a feeling all will be revealed in books 2 & 3, and I l ...more
Siobhan Davis
May 20, 2016 marked it as to-read
This book sounds amazing. Free on Amazon until August 3rd. Download a copy like I just did!
Shanice Singh
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, wishlist
I feel this review should start with a warning- this book is part of a series (which will all thankfully release this year).
I don't generally like dystopian fiction but I really enjoyed this book. I feel like with the hundreds of dystopian novels that are already out, you can either go very right or very wrong with the genre. My first impression of Recoil was that it was very strange but in a good way. This is a world where people can die if they go outside without proper protection. A lethal pl
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read a couple of Joanne Macgregor’s books – Hushed and The Law of Tall Girls within her young adult contemporary books, along with The First Time I Died which is a thriller written as Jo Macgregor – and have enjoyed them all. Knowing there was another genre I could dive into, a dystopian tale, I was more than willing to give Recoil a read.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if The Rats by James Herbert was the basis for a dystopian novel? I do not simply mean the soft brush we were g
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recoil by Joanne Macgregor is a very good addition to the genre of teenage dystopian fiction. The world building is interesting and convincing, set in a plague ridden America, where people are largely confined to their homes for safety sake. Teenagers spend most of their free time playing an online game. Jinx discovers that The Game is being used to identify useful skills and recruit teenagers to be trained in the war against the plague, and the terrorists who are spreading it.

16 year old Jinx
Fiona Leung
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
2019 update: As good as the first time!

(I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review)

Recoil by Joanne Macgregor is the first book in the Recoil Trilogy. It's written from Jinxy's point of view and she's a 16 year old girl in the middle of a Rat Fever Plague that's been around since 4 years ago.

Jinxy plays in The Game, which is highly popular ever since the Plague 4 years ago, when everyone stays locked up at home. She's a sniper in the game and by winning it, she's invited
Amanda Coetzee
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Once again Joanne Macgregor has written a YA novel that effortlessly appeals to a wider audience. The dark, dystopian setting does not overwhelm the characters or the storyline which weave an intriguing trail of love and loss of innocence across the deftly written pages. I can't wait to read the next instalment and love the way in which the protoganist Jinxy, is increasingly forced to challenge her world view and complex relationships whilst kicking butt in her day job as a sniper!

It is clear th
Lea Cherry
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A girl training to become the best in a male dominant profession while learning the truth of her virtual confinement just screams entertainment.
The character of Jinx has all the makings of a great protagonist as she questions morality of the academy as well as her heart.
The story is greatly entertaining with every second of the book riveting and not a page goes by that you are not encased in the events and wondering about what comes next!
Can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy!
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recoil is set in a near-future dystopian America. Terrorists have unleashed genetically modified rats infected with a plague virus on American soil. Millions of citizens have died and for those that remain, their way of life has been irrevocably changed.

We are introduced to Jinxy, the main character. In an America where the risk of being infected by the plague has made social interaction dangerous and people are confined to their homes, Jinxy is a typical teenager. She spends a lot of time playi
Jennifer G
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recoil is the first in the Recoil Trilogy and I look forward to reading the next two. This is a dystopian novel featuring a world destroyed by a manufactured disease and the accompanying fear. It's an original book that examines both the physical and psychological devastation of an apocalyptic event. This is a world where humans live more of a virtual life rather than experience true interactions.

Jinx is the female lead. She is addicted to "the game" where she excels as a sniper. She is a smart
Katy Haye
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love a fast-paced dystopian and this was deft and convincing. Recoil created a good, plausible world set in the near-future, and the backstory was slipped in with assured ease.

The characters were fabulous. I loved Jinx. She was special in a very ordinary, accessible way. At home with mum and brother Robin she was a typical teenager with a touch of the worry-wort,but get her in her natural environment and she was magnificent! The other characters were equally well put-together. Bruce, in partic
Monica Kagan
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a free review copy of the new YA dystopian romance novel "Recoil" from the author, Joanne Macgregor. This novel is the first book in what promises to be an exciting trilogy set in the United States. The author seamlessly shines a light on various economic and socio-political issues in this intricately imagined dystopian society. Life for the protagonist Jinxy James, who is confined indoors with her family to protect them from contamination by a horrific deadly virus, is stifling. She ...more
Sue Holmes
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*I received an advanced copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Recoil is an unpredictable, fast-paced, exhilarating ride. While I have been avoiding dystopia lately, tired of the predictability and lack of originality I am so glad I accepted this ARC from Joanne Macgregor a well-known, talented South African author whose previous books have been amazing. Recoil did not disappoint in fact I was glued to the book as I rushed to the finish trying to pace myself so it wo
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I did not think I was a fan of dystopia but the Hunger Games and Divergent series hooked me enough to seek other books in this genre. And so Recoil by Joanne Macgregor caught my attention, especially when I realized it was the first in a trilogy. I nearly recoiled at the idea of plaguey mutant rodents and teen snipers, but I'm glad I gave this book a read because it is so much more than rats and games! It is fast moving, well written, and thoroughly entertaining, with a feisty and evolving prota ...more
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks
I bought this ebook when it was on sale because the preview to the second installment sounded like my kind of book.
I was right!

The first chapter had me hooked and Joanne wrote that SO incredibly well that it HOOKS you in and you cannot stop. I was telling everyone about that excellent chapter and scenery.

What I enjoyed most is how believable this book was to me. We DO live in a society controlled by fat-cats and fear.

The characters are awesome. I do love Jinx and she's relatable too. Innocent bu
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Government conspiracy and biological warfare had me hooked. Set in the 'not so far off future' this adventure follows a exceptional recruit, Jinx and her friends through training and the hardships of first love. Suspense and thick sarcasm had me biting my nails and giggling like a school girl.

I can not wait to get my hands on the follow up books.

I desperately want to know what happens to Jinx after she is caught, if Quinn would save her, leading a band of rebels. I want to know what Lyra is ac
Nicolinia Spurgeon
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow what a book!!!! review coming soon!!!
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book really gripped me from page one, The characters were interesting, well-imagined and easy to relate to. An action-packed plot that will appeal to anyone interested in dystopian YA fiction. The subject matter is also incredibly relevant to political and social climate we live in today, so well done to the author or weaving this into the story. The twist in the tale makes you glad this is a first in the series, can't wait for part 2! ...more
Lood Du Plessis
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Enders Game meets Divergent. Joanne Macgregor has a knack for writing YA, and this dystopia tale is no different. She weaves together plot and character to form a gripping story that keeps you hooked until the end.
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when I was 16 and at that time, I read a lot of books. But this one I remember the best. It's an amazing book, with just the right amount of suspense and mystery. ...more
Ann O'Nymos
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is by far the best book I have read in a long time. The whole trilogy is just amazing. I hope I can find the words to explain my overwhelmed feelings after reading the series for the last few days.

(Review for the trilogy, so Spoilers for all 3 books here...)

It all starts as a fictional story with a dystopian world. A highly dangerous virus has made the people retreat/confined to their homes, always worried of the outside world and the dangers there. The children are playing The Game, a virt
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads First Reads
Shelves: dystopian, romance
"Recoil" opens when sixteen year old gamer Jinx James wins a simulated sniper game at PlayState's Southern Sector Headquarters and is recruited into a clandestine government organization where teens are trained as operatives in the fight against terrorism. An expert marksman Jinxy believes her role is to shoot mutant rats spreading a toxic virus, but quickly learns that she's been enlisted for a much more sinister and lethal purpose.

Joanne Macgregor brings to life a dystopian society where terro
Book Catharsis
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first book and cannot wait to start the second! You cannot help but make connections to current events while reading. This futuristic, dystopian, post apocalyptic story hooks you and makes it impossible to put down! Starting the next book immediately.
Elizabeth Brooks
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, read-in-2016
Recoil is the most recent work by Joanne Macgregor. It takes place in modern day United States, three years after a terrorist attack used biological chemicals to unleash a plague. The story is very realistic dystopian fiction. It's full of elements that terrorist attacks cause- hyper-awareness of foreign residents, larger defense industry, mass media reporting on threats, politician comments about terrorists.

Jinxy starts out naive, playing a game that eventually leads to recruitment with the mil
Chris B. (1 More Chapter)
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 stars
At first, I gave this book a solid 3 stars. There were some elements that I found especially annoying. The voice was way to "preachy" for my tastes. The MC was very naive and believed everything the Sarge told her with little question, and then everything Quinn told her with little question too. Her personal dilemma on whether or not to shoot rabids (i.e. zombies) was borderline annoying to me, (but with the number of zombie books/movies/shows I've digested I'd have no problem pulling the
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book does a really good job of reminding me why I try to stay away from uncompleted series. The problem with reading the first book of a planned trilogy before the rest is available for reading means you end up with unanswered questions, and when it's written well wanting more.

Yes, dystopian future, young hero who learns the truth aren't exactly new story elements, but the way it is used here - with Joanne Macgregor making use of show don't tell fairly well, makes the story stay with you.
Leanne Hunt
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Set in a future America, this young adult fiction novel has all the elements of a great series opener. It is the story of an ordinary girl from an ordinary family who, because of her skill in gaming, gets offered a position in an elite team of snipers. It took me a little while to get into the story because the genre is so different from what I’m used to… the kind of games young people play are nothing like what I played thirty-odd years ago! Nevertheless, as the characters and the plot develope ...more
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When not writing, Joanne Macgregor is a counselling psychologist in private practice where she works mainly with victims of crime and trauma.

Although she lives in the frenetic adrenaline-rush of the big city, Joanne has always been in love with nature, and escapes into the wilds whenever she can. She's a Harry Potter fanatic, bakes the best choc-chip cookies on the planet, and is addicted to chil

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