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How far will they go to restore the power?

It’s been lights-out for three months and society is already falling into chaos.

Teenage tech-genius Simon Harper and his team of fellow gamers have been searching for the cause of the outage since it went down. Simon and his twin brother West are often at odds, but when the key to restoring power drops into their hands, they’ll risk everything and join forces to bring it back.

Descend into an epic, young adult adventure, featuring family and friendship with a heart-skipping side of romance by debut authors Deborah Adams and Kimberley Perkins.

Mysterious deaths and disappearances are piling up, and unknown enemies are everywhere. As the brothers make their 500-mile journey to Waypoint they’ll have to decide who they can trust, and which secrets can be told.

357 pages, Kindle Edition

First published December 1, 2018

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Deborah Adams

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Deborah Adams is an award-winning co-author of the breakout series Waypoint. Deborah holds a degree in Communication from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She lives in Huntsville, Alabama with her husband John and two boys Weston and Warner, cheering along with their soccer teams and loaded down like a pack mule with chairs, snacks, and other sundry items.

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Profile Image for Alana.
665 reviews1,266 followers
November 30, 2018
Twin brothers trying to save the world. Badass females (with a side of so-awful-you-have-to-laugh-jokes when they get nervous). Gamers. A world with an apocalyptic feel. What more can a girl really ask for?! This book was a blast. From the moment it started it hit the ground and never stopped running. I literally read the first few pages and had to stop and let my heart rate slow down because the opening was WILD. I'm one of those readers who will never accept the fact that dystopian/apocalyptic books aren't really a thing anymore, so when one comes my way you best believe I'm picking it up, no questions asked. I honestly don't know what I liked most about this book because it was just all so good, but let's try and start somewhere.

First, let's talk about the characters shall we? I love books about sisters with strong relationships, but hello, I am now basically trash for brotherly love. Simon and West are twins, who really couldn't be any more different than one another. Simon, is a genius when it comes to all things computers and games. He's basically a God in the gamer world, but in real life struggles with anxiety in social situations which is just too damn relatable. West, is the complete opposite, he's got the total jock package going on. Charismatic, cocky, and uh, pretty hot. Plus, he also has awesome survival skills, I really have to hand it to him. I was not expecting such a pretty boy to handle his time in the woods so well.

And where we would be without our leading ladies? That's right nowhere. Riya and Alex gave me LIFE. Two girls with two pretty big secrets are accompanying our twin brothers as Simon and West split up and take on the 500 mile trek to Waypoint. Alex, is the type of girl who will fight when provoked, but when not provoked she will tell the worst jokes in the history of comedy to try and calm her nerves. It's hilarious. Riya, is the type who will fight when provoked, when not provoked, and could easily kill you in her sleep, but we also start to see a softer side to her as the story progressed. I loved both of these ladies so much.

As the four make the journey to Waypoint they run into A LOT of obstacles, and I don't want to say too much without giving away any of the plot but this is a book you will easily fly through because you just have to know how it ends. One of the things I was most nervous about was my least favorite thing in the world - intsa-love. The characters are thrown into each others lives pretty quickly, so I was worried there would be a ton of ooey-gooey insta love. And while the characters were hot and bothered by one another pretty quickly there was still all the right amount of tension I needed to never once deem the romance eye roll worthy. Plus, the romance wasn't overpowering to the story and didn't take away from Simon and West trying to find their way back to one another, so zero complaints over here!

Something I really appreciated in this story was the talk about how internet friends are just as valid as real life friends, and y'all, if this ain't the truth I don't know what is. Especially being a part of the book community, I've made so many friends who I've never met and yet we understand each other so well. I also really loved the gaming aspect of this story because I used to LOVE playing video games back in the day. However, I loved that this video game in particular worked around people actually going outside and doing things in the real world to level up and get new weapons and gear, it was super cool.

Favorite Quotes

Sometimes you decide to save the world, and you end up in situations that you may or may not be ready for. Sometimes nerdy guys get the girl.

He'd often lost himself in made-up worlds and watching someone get lost for the first time was wonderful.

"I can't talk to people in real life without feeling like I'm going to suffocate. I can't carry on a conversation without having to decompress afterwards. It's too hard. The only time I've ever felt like I really connected with someone was through a stupid computer. What will my life be like when our consoles finally die? Who will I talk to? I can't..."

All in all, if you're looking for a super fast paced story, with epic characters, tons of plot twists, and all the feels when it comes to family and romance, then Waypoint deserves a spot on your TBR. In case you missed it in my last post the authors are currently hosting a giveaway where you can win a signed copy of the book plus a $25 Amazon gift card, you can enter HERE.

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886 reviews122 followers
January 4, 2019
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3.5 Stars

*I received an ecopy of this book from the authors. This has not influenced my review.*

This book was kind of a YA thriller/action & adventure story about a cross-country trek with a vaguely post-apocalyptic feel, due to the premise of the power grid being down. Not quite as SFF as what I usually read, but I enjoyed it! There was danger, secrets, survival, romance, bad guys, twins---a little bit of something for everyone.

All four POV characters were ones you could root for, but I especially loved Alex---she was endearingly awkward, but she thought on her feet and fought her way out of bad situations instead of giving up, and she always wanted to pull her own weight. She was very down-to-earth and relatable. I thought the romance between Alex and West was cute, although I wasn't as big a fan of the blossoming romance between Simon and Riya because it felt a little forced. Another thing I liked though was the anxiety rep and how the book touched upon online friendships and how a lot of people don't understand them and believe they're not real friendships even though they very much can be.

Overall, I think this is something that fans of twisty YA books might really enjoy.

Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight
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1,483 reviews47 followers
December 6, 2018
Wow! That sums up everything I want to say about Waypoint. As soon as I started reading this books, I could not put it down. It is action packed, with a thrilling plot, developed and complicated characters, and writing that delivers everything you’d want in a novel like this.

The characters are very intriguing and well developed. I was passionately cheering for them the entire way through. I liked the bits of romance scattered around. It gave this book an even more realistic feel. There were also bits of humor to lighten the tension and I just loved that.

I’m highly recommending this one to anyone who loves a bit of action, tension, romance, and really well-developed characters. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

*I received a copy of this book as part of a blog tour. All opinions are my own.*
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Author 9 books204 followers
December 23, 2018
I need to start off by saying this is the first book in a series. It wasn’t obvious from the description, so I wasn’t expecting the ending, but now that I know, I’m anxiously awaiting the next installment. Told from four third-person points of view, this is a little different than most young adult dystopians. Instead of a single protagonist, we have four, although Simon seems to be the main character. Twin brothers Simon and West inhabit a world without power, similar to the TV show Revolution from a few years back. West is a classic player with good looks and swagger to match. Simon is a nerd among nerds, living inside a role-playing game he accesses through power he generates with solar panels, something that must remain a secret. When a mysterious man is killed in front of Simon, he’s given information that may allow him to turn the power back on. He and West embark on a journey to Washington DC, only to be separated almost immediately. While West is at home in the wilderness, Simon is out of his element. Each winds up with a traveling companion, Riya for Simon and Alex for West. Both girls provide a romantic element as well as the foil that each boy needs. Along the way, all four encounter danger and learn a lot about each other and themselves.

The plot centers around Simon and West meeting up in DC to turn the power back on. Several subplots feed the main plot, but they’re minor. With four points of view, we get a lot of insight into their journeys. The authors throw everything at them, one setback after another, at a pulse-pounding pace that kept me turning the pages long past when I should have been doing something else. While this is primarily a plot-driven tale, the authors do a good job with character development which feeds into the story well.

The Characters
The characters are where this story really shines. All four main characters are deeply-drawn and complex in ways that enhance the plot. I loved all four of them, and even though at times their goals conflicted with one another, I never stopped rooting for all of them. West and Simon couldn’t be more different as twins, and yet that bond is strong, making them realize how important they are to one another. Alex and Riya were as different from one another as Simon and West, but they each bring something to the relationship that the brothers desperately lack, rounding out this foursome to perfection.

Top Five Things I Loved About WAYPOINT
1. The plot. Young adult dystopian is my favorite genre. I love dark worlds that are recognizable, peppered with characters who are still trying to figure out themselves much less the world around them.

2. Angsty love. Not one, but two romances with enough angst to satisfy even me.

3. The characters. I can’t pick a favorite; I love them all. Like two sides of a coin squared, they balance each other out.

4. Action. There’s plenty of action, adventure, and suspense to keep me riveted to the pages.

5. The ending. Normally I’m not a fan of cliffhanger endings, but the authors crafted a satisfying conclusion to this portion of the story while leaving me on the edge of my seat for more

Bottom Line
A wonderful young adult contemporary romance that examines how social anxiety can transform someone from the inside out.

A pulse-pounding young adult dystopian page-turner!
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2,510 reviews199 followers
December 9, 2018
This book is a bullet... It starts with a bang, travels at the speed of light and doesn't stop till it reaches the target. 2 brother + 2 girls + 1 Nano = travel 500 miles to Waypoint to restore power to the world.

An adventurous thriller like no other, this book by Deborah Adams and Kimberley Perkins saw me stuck to the book the whole Sunday, longing to get to the end. The book didn't allow me to breathe, ok it did... But I didn't want to, I just wanted the story to go on....

I loved the way the authors knew their way around a thriller. Each chapter pulled me in. The brothers got separated, each met up with a girl and had enough trials and tribulations to keep my pulse skyrocketing. Characterizations of brothers Simon and West were in contrast to each other, yet similar. West was the hunk, better in physical aspects, and Simon was the gamer, a hacker. They were both brave, wanting to protect and to do good for the people. And, yes, they were both sexy.... Oodles of oomph!!

The girls had their own strengths, Riya Sharma was a total badass who could take a guy out with a few kicks. And Alex was sweet vulnerable, filled with corny jokes but with a spine of steel. I was mightily impressed with the way the authors have made them no damsels in distress.

I love action sequence, guns knives, grenades, and this book gave me all that and more. The only niggle, if you can call it that, was that the plot was straightforward in most parts and I would recommend reading the prequel Intel, before getting to this to really understand what was happening in the region.

This book was nothing short of a vivid three dimensional motion picture, with action, adventure, romance, and of course, saving the world. Everything that I want in my movies and in my book.
372 reviews11 followers
November 26, 2018
I really enjoyed this book! It had pretty much everything-good guys, bad guys, an important mission and all those teenage hormones. I got into the story quickly and my only complaint is having to wait to find out what happens next. I won this in a goodreads giveaway, thanks! Looking forward to reading more from these authors
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Author 5 books30 followers
January 27, 2023
I struggled to decide whether I should review my own book or not, but you know what? I love it, so I'm reviewing it! If you don't like your own stories who will? Also, I have the added advantage of Waypoint being coauthored, so I can safely say the author is brilliant, and not necessarily be talking about myself.
Waypoint grew out of a spontaneous discussion in an office parking lot, it was the brainchild of two people who love YA books despite being grown women. This story follows two brothers as they try to bring back the power after a global outage that is causing millions to suffer. Two leading ladies, the daughter of the world leader, and an FBI-style agent get caught up in their mission. There's action, secrets, friendship, and romance...everything we love in a story! We hope our readers love it too and connect with these characters as strongly as we do. Happy reading!
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218 reviews17 followers
November 29, 2018
Overall Rating: ★★★★
Heroine: Dad Jokes & Laura Croft
Dude: He-man & Spock
Steaminess: Waterfalls make good baths...
Brutality: Stabbed with a tree spile

We follow twins West and Simon as they journey to turn the power back on in the US. Along the way, they meet Alex & Riya and adventure ensues.

This book starts off with a bang. I actually had a “what am I reading?” moment right before everything makes perfect sense. Thanks for making me feel stupid guys… jk. In the future, all of the power was put onto one giant grid - which stopped working. Simon and his gamer friends are looking for answers, while everyone else is just trying to survive. The plot is super intriguing with some interesting twists, like video games that require you to go outside and be active in order to get to the next level or get extra gear. It really brings to mind the topic of whether or not they are good for our health and/or should we limit them.

But, my favorite thing about this book was the characters.

Simon is a super intense gamer who has won tons of competitions and even got into MIT for his pure genius. However, Simon is anti-social and deals with extreme anxiety issues when he encounters new people or enters a new environment. He pulled at my heartstrings so much because he gets his affection and socialization from his gamer friends and society looks down on that. He is made fun of multiple times and it just broke my heart. Some people just need to be internet friends!!! I think we bloggers get that more than others.

We meet Riya a little ways into the book, but I am still not sure how I feel about her. She was forced to grow up way too early and is trying to fill her parents’ shoes. I did like that we see the softer side of her eventually, but I’m still not 100% sure about this one.

West, Simon’s twin, is a super jock and he reminded me of Jace Herondale from The Mortal Instruments so much. West is cocky and has assured himself that he is, in fact, the fairest one of all. But, I kind of loved him because he has the biggest superhero complex ever. West is 100% going to get your kitten out of a tree and then slowly strip in his front yard because “it’s just too hot.” We do actually get a naked West very early on because he is too sexy for his clothes. He is also super outdoors man and carries around a Mary Poppins camping bag that is probably the bag that Hermione used in Harry Potter...Ok enough bag analogies.

“He’d dug around in the canvas bag - blessed to be bottomless from untold sorcery.”

Alex was my favorite character easily. You need dad jokes? Alex has you covered. She was kidnapped and barely recovered by telling West dad jokes on repeat. She gets nervous or bored and they just come spewing out like magic. Sassy and puns are the best combination. She is smart and funny and awkward and I JUST LOVE HER OKAY…. I may have a girl crush on a fictional character. Let me be...

West and Alex’s adventures just slayed me. I can’t get over these two. I want to rock out to Guns N’ Roses with them and live happily ever after. That’s all I’m saying.

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957 reviews82 followers
December 6, 2018
Oh gosh, where do I begin with my review? Perhaps with one word: AHHHHHH!!!

Okay, now that I have that out of my system, I think I can move on...

Waypoint is the first book in a new series by Deborah Adams and Kimberley Perkins. It's their debut novel, and boy is it a good one. I was immediately drawn in by the synopsis, and after starting the story, I didn't want to put it down. It was that good.

Waypoint is a dystopian adventure full of twists and turns that will leave you breathless. It's an intense thrill ride of secrets, lies, and serious trust issues. There's also some romance thrown in for good measure.

The characters are well-written, and you find yourself invested in their lives. Even though Simon and West, the two main male characters, are twins, they're complete opposites. West is more outgoing and a jock; Simon is an introvert who likes to spend his time playing video games with his friends.

I really liked both of them, but I related more to Simon than West. Simon was a very shy, awkward duck, although he did end up surprising me at time.

I also really liked both Riya and Alex. Both girls had their own thing going on (Riya was on a mission, and Alex was trying very hard to avoid certain people), but when they meet up with the brothers, it makes the story even more exciting. Together, the stuff they go through is pretty crazy.

The world building is pretty great too. You get a sense of where each character is and what they're seeing as they travel either through the woods or along the highway. And when they stop in different cities/towns, you can picture in your head what it might look like (considering they're real cities just set in a dystopian/post-apocalyptic world). I liked that. I always like being able to visualize what's going on and where.

Plot-wise, this book will suck you right on in and not let go until the very end. And when it does end, you'll be an emotional disaster who can't wait for the sequel and needs it now. Oh, wait... maybe that's just me.

Anyway... I would highly recommend Waypoint to fans of dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction. It's got everything you could want, and more. Romance, action, adventure, and lots of crazy twists.

I think this may be my favorite dystopian/post-apocalyptic novel of 2018. I loved it so much!

5 very well-deserved stars from me!
1 review
November 9, 2018
Let me start off by saying that I was given a free copy of this book for my honest review. I have a very busy, hectic life both at work and at home so I am very possessive of the free time that I have. As an avid reader, I depend and rely on book reviews to help me decide where to invest my time for that next great read. So please rest assured, I would never give anything less than my honest review.

Now with that out of the way . . . Wow . . this was a very good book.. It starts off at a fast pace and never looks back. Get ready get for an action packed adventure, that also gives you suspense, romance and it’s own brand of humor. And best of all, no TSTL characters making TSTL decisions.

What would your life be like if the power went out? Not just for a couple of hours or a few days, not just around the block in your neighborhood, but for months, for the entire world? Think about how it would affect every aspect of your life and how maybe, just maybe it might drive a socially awkward, but brilliant teenager, whose incidents of social interaction mainly happen on line, to investigate why the power went out, and how to get it back. Meet Simon, he needs to have power, his life revolves around gaming and the online communities he is a part of. Online he is a legend, a hero. Can he become one in real life? He has an older brother West who is anything but socially awkward. West may be a jock, but he has plans for his future, plans that have been put on hold because of the world wide power outage. He and Simon are typical brothers that often times don’t get along, but when needed, will be there for each other. The authors have done a great job fleshing out all of the characters in the book and I found myself being able to relate to their actions and feelings. Waypoint is like your favorite “escape” movie with a brain. The character relationships/developments, action and mystery continue through to the last page and kept me engaged till the end. What more could I ask for, except a second book???
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40 reviews
August 19, 2019
Great read that you didn't know what to expect. I noticed that every time I put the book down to pause to actually do some sort of work, I was always wondering what was going to happen next. Interesting story, that was well written.
1 review
September 25, 2018
I had the privilege of reading an early draft of Waypoint in the role of a beta-reviewer, and I was immediately impressed by it, even at that nascent stage. When I was approached about reviewing, I wasn’t sure whether I should accept, since the book was initially described to me as Young Adult, a genre from which I rarely read. Fortunately, Waypoint defies pigeonholes and stereotypes, and I found myself engaged in the story and characters from beginning to end. Like a meal of well-balanced flavors, Waypoint boldly showcases a wide variety of writing and emotions with a richness that defies genre. Thrills? Mystery? Humor? Drama? Suspense? Romance? Waypoint has it all, in spades, and in the right proportions to keep the reader from getting burned out on any of them. The story begins by following twin brothers living in a small town in the near future shortly after a global power outage. What starts out as a simplistic life without electricity quickly becomes a tangled web of murder, hacking, hiking, and intrigue spanning hundreds of miles. The pacing is excellent, like a blockbuster movie, and the action doesn’t feel contrived or forced. The authors deftly weave 4 unique characters’ perspectives together to present the plot, which keeps the storytelling fresh and exciting. I loved getting to know the characters and speculating on how they would handle situations, then getting to see how it actually played out. The scenes with suspense were my favorite—the writing was spot-on and gave me chills! I don’t know what I expected from first-time writers, but I definitely wasn’t expecting the level of natural and refined intensity that I found in Waypoint. It is fun and accessible while still being polished and intricate—a mix that readers of all ages and genres will find enjoyable. I highly recommend Waypoint, and I’m very excited to find out how the story ends in Book 2!
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112 reviews14 followers
November 29, 2018

My Review:


Honestly, It took me longer then anticipated to read Waypoint. It's not a bad book, with the holiday, it was hard to sit down and read it. I gave this 4 stars because the story and and structure was very complete. You can tell that they really thought it out and outlined the book.

I don't like when people compare bestseller books to other books lower then it but this one I have too. It's not bad, but it could be, depending if you like any of the things and books I am comparing it too. So, here I go, hopefully I don't slaughter this. When reading this book I got vibes of multiple books and things; one was Hunger Game vibes and Ready Player One vibes without the Virtual Reality becoming LIFE. There was VR but it was for gaming and Simon one of the main characters was a nerd who plays video games. He didn't rely on the VR world to help him with the crushing world. He used it more for communication; that's it. And other things like watching tv.

Also, the third thing was the gaming system seemed to me almost like a concept of Pokemon Go. It was a gauntlet you wear on your arm and you are supposed to walk to gain cool equipment; expensive gear that you unlock but this too can be crossed over into Ready Player One( I won't spoil it) if you read or seen it. ( Disclaimer: I didn't read the whole Player One book because it got boring but seem the movie which was totally different). But it's the same concept; take care of your health you can play.
Okay, the book was very plot and Character driven. The whole book was about saving the planet from the power outage between four Teen characters; Simon, West, Riya and Alex. Riya and Alex are secondary characters who you meet on their way to DC to find Waypoint to save the world from a permanent power outage. Throughout the adventure it jumps from the four characters points of view of their adventure to give you that character driven perspective and emotion. They dab romance between both West, Simon and the girls and I will tell you it does get cheesy but isn't that what Teen romance is about? Butterflies flutter and emotionally-blind-hormone-love to suck you in to forget about what your mission was too do? They use the love as a motive to kind of blindside you with other twists and turns --- I mean A LOT of conflict--- that started getting annoying but if it wasn't there then what would the story be? Some of the romance scenes were steamy! Not going to lie! 🤷‍♀️

I liked the book. It wasn't as good as I hoped. I gave the book four stars because the structure of story was great and the characters were all easy to get along with and relatable. It went down because the same conflict always happened---it was predictable and same with the romance. The book was slow moving but I really favored West' side of the story because they were cute and I like nature and hiking. They were my favorite. ❤️ West and Alex.
The ending is a CLIFFHANGER guys! Ugh, they got me, now I MIGHT have to read the second one. Maybe. I was getting bored with it by the end it was getting good and I want to know what HAPPENS. It was getting predictable that they were cliffhanging us--they meaning authors.

Disclaimer: If parents are reading this for their tween kids, there is swearing and sexual suggestions but nothing too erotic but flirting to the point where there is a scene that they are touching inappropriately but nothing explicit. Very PG-13 or 17?! Also, the people who don't like blood, there is a few scenes of blood and knifes/guns(violence). It is an adventure to save the world!
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3 reviews
December 1, 2018
Waypoint is set Washington DC and surrounding states in the VERY near future (2067). Prior to the start of the text, the authors provide a timeline to set-up the story. The world is under one worldwide governing body. Since the novel is set 49 years in the future having references to familiar locations and institutions (MIT) made the book more believable, unsettling, and relatable.
The story kept my attention and I was not thrilled to stop reading and sleep…to the point I dreamed of joining world saving mission. The characters are well developed and believable. I did figure out the secret role of some of the characters prior to the authors’ revelation to the reader.
I enjoyed a NBC show in the early 2010s with a worldwide blackout I found Waypoint FAR more believable he world in Waypoint has some wireless communication that uses batteries to connect to satellites. Generators work.
Waypoint also discusses how much society depends on the power grid to keep life going. A significant Blackout would directly influence life and safety. The characters seemed like real people with depth and complexity.
This is the FIRST book in a series and does end with an upswing into more action. I look forward to the second book, Constellation.
I received an ARC through Hidden Gems in exchange for completing a review.
This is my first time reading Deborah Adams and Kimberley Perkins work and I look forward to reading more by these authors.
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1,231 reviews
May 6, 2020
The good thing is that there is no pandemic; the bad thing is that there is no electricity. What to do? It's obvious to Simon, video-game player extraordinaire, that it is his mission and that of his friends to find the problem and solve it. Enter his athletic twin West, an ex-kidnapped first daughter, and an undercover UNID agent and we have a multi-faceted journey to Washington, DC to turn the power back on. I did enjoy this mainly because the characters were likable. My only quibble was that there is a sequel and I don't have it.
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September 12, 2020

I loved the story and how it divides into two very different tales but connects all in the end. West and Alex are an adorable couple who have the right amount of cute and quirky. Simon and Riya had meeting for them the entire time. I love the friendships and the sibling relationships we get glimpses of. There is plenty of action mixed in with funnier moments.
September 19, 2018
I was a Beta reader for this novel and was blown away by the story...love the dynamic between the brothers. I was especially drawn to West, he had a plan and made it happen. The story was well written and fast paced. I can't wait for the sequel!
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155 reviews2 followers
November 7, 2020
This book was so much fun! There were a few places where you have to suspend disbelief, but if you're looking to be entertained, this is your book! It leaves off with a cliffhanger (not my favorite), but the action and adventure would be great as a tv show/movie. I look forward to reading more by these authors especially Constellation, the next one in the series. Definitely worth your time to read!
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2,333 reviews102 followers
December 8, 2018
Waypoint is set in a post-apocalyptic world featuring twin brothers Simon and West. The power has been out in the country for a while now and when information on how to restore the power falls into the brothers hands they risk life and limb to get the power turned back on.

Simon and West have a 500 mile journey a head of them but along the way they manage to get separated. They agreed on a place to meet once they have reached their destination.

As West is making his way through the woods he hears a scream and takes off to see if he can help whoever is in trouble. He sees a young girl being attacked and steps in to help. West decides to let Alex tag along with him as they are headed in the same direction anyway.

It doesn’t take West long to figure out that this girl is hiding something from him. But he is also keeping some secrets of his own. West or Alex knows if they can trust the other. West has no idea who he can trust with the information he has.

Simon meets a woman Riya on his 500 mile journey to meet his brother. Riya said she was on her way to see her family and asked to tag along with Simon as she didn’t feel safe being on her own. Simon wasn’t sure if that would be a good idea or not but couldn’t to say no to the lady. Can Simon trust Riya? Can Riya trust Simon? How is either one to know?

Simon and West both run into a little trouble along the way with dead bodies popping up everywhere. People chasing them trying to stop them or find out what they know. But with some people they will shoot and ask questions later so to speak. Will Simon and West make it to Waypoint on time? Will they make it there alive? Who can they trust with their secrets? Can they trust the girls? Who are they and what do they want?

Waypoint is filled with lots of action and excitement from the first page. It will have you in its grip wanting to know what is going to happen next. Waypoint is so intense and intriguing that I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I was rooting for Simon and West the whole way I was like go, go, go when they were being chased and then there were times when I was like no, no, no this can’t happen. I can’t wait to check out the next book to see where their stories to continue and end.

I would recommend Waypoint to all fans of suspense, mystery, adventure, and post-apocalyptic worlds. Waypoint has a little bit of something for everyone.
9 reviews
January 9, 2020
Worth the Read

I normally hate sequel books but this one is good enough for me to want to read more. The four main characters are likable and I really like the twins.
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872 reviews16 followers
December 5, 2018
At some time in the not too distant future, the powers that be decided that having one power grid would be a good idea. You know, consolidation of resources, leaner staffing needs, etc., and all that works just fine until the inevitable happens and the thing stops working. Oops, no Plan B.

Simon and West are twins by birth but that’s about the only thing they have in common. One is a hunky athletic type adored by all including himself while the other is your run of the mill gaming genius with no social skills and, somehow, they find themselves on a perhaps-hopeless quest to turn the power back on before humanity completely loses its you-know-what. Along the way, a couple of girls, Riya and Alex, join the boys and bring their own strong personalities to the splintered team.

A little romance, a lot of suspense and adventure to the max make Waypoint a fun read and it becomes especially page-turning when West and Simon get separated. I really enjoyed this and will wait with as much patience as possible for the next episode.
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Author 3 books21 followers
December 31, 2018
I love reading YA fiction, but typically I don’t lean toward action/adventure stories. I’m so glad I took a chance on Waypoint, though! The entire book was full of suspense and kept me wanting to read more to see what was next – I could never quite guess, though, because it was full of surprises.

I loved the characters of Simon and West. After the first few chapters alternating between their stories, two other main characters are introduced, and the book shifts chapters between the four of them. I wasn’t expecting this, but it was interesting to get inside the minds of the new characters. I would’ve really liked to dive into the characters of Simon and West more, though!

Overall, this book is extremely well written, from the dialogue to the scene descriptions. The plot is unique, and the story is fast-paced. I also enjoyed the mix of romance in there. I definitely recommend Waypoint to anyone who enjoys YA action, adventure, or romance!
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951 reviews11 followers
July 23, 2019
This is a post-apocalyptic adventure story with power going off, world-wide, some three months ago and no idea what was behind it. There is no electricity, no power, no transportation and no lights, nothing we have come to rely on in the modern world. Society is beginning to fall apart as supplies run low and chaos abounds. They only people who seem to be managing are a group of online gamers, using solar powered battery packs to keep playing. One of them is Simon Harper, who plays down in his family’s basement, where he has no interruptions or interference. He is somewhat of a tech genius and has been searching, along with his fellow players, for any answers they can find as to why the power went off and how it can be turned back on. They all have varying specialties and some are great at hacking into government systems, to look for clues.

His twin brother West, is almost a complete opposite of Simon. He had a sports scholarship to college, the girls all love him and he has lots of friends and can mingle with everyone. Simon can hardly string sentences together in a social situation. They go into town for supplies, with Simon making his way down a side alley, to the tech shop, hoping no-one will see him buying batteries, when no-one else has any kind of power. A dangerous thing to spread about. A shot rings out and a man falls down in front of him, passing him a thumb drive and telling him to give it to a certain person (named by a gaming tag) and that they need to take it to the ‘Waypoint’. Simon is the person he was actually trying to find and this Waypoint is somewhere in DC, which is over 500 miles away.

He will have to go on foot and that’s a long distance for someone not exactly ready for the journey and with no experience whatsoever! His brother finds out what he is aiming to do and insists on going with him. Even though the brothers can’t stand each other and are nothing alike. They don’t exactly get the chance to prepare, as there is a group that was following the dead man, for the thumb drive, and now they are after the brothers and have followed them home. These military style types break into their home and the brothers flee, but have to separate almost immediately and can only arrange to meet in a certain location on a set date and hope they both survive to reach DC.

Each of the brothers end up with a young woman tagging along. The girl West rescues from some thugs, has a deep secret which she doesn’t want exposed, but which comes out in the end. He keeps trying to leave her at what should be safe areas, but his guilt and feelings towards her, always draws him back. Simon meets someone maybe a bit older than him, who can handle herself a lot better than him, but also has a lot to hide. She is deliberately following him and is part of the team that assaulted his home for the drive and she is armed and able to defend both of them. Could she be the enemy he is trying to hide and escape from?

This is a fascinating read, with adventure mixed in with what you might face as the lights go out. Why do more not have solar panels, I wonder? Life will just fall apart and those with power and strength will take over from those without. Not a pretty place to live in. If Simon and West can reach DC and somehow find this Waypoint, I will be interested to see what happens next. Not a world I hope I have to live in. Most people in modern society have no idea how to hunt for food or survive without power and shops for all their supplies. One pleasing part, is the relationship between all the gamers and their ability to help Simon as he continues on his trek. But one may be playing for more than one side.

Really enjoyed reading this and stayed up just to read it right through! It is a young adult story, but suitable for all ages. There is something happening all the time and it just keeps your attention the whole way through. The twin brothers are so different, yet deep down, they will fight for each other and protect each other from anyone trying to harm their other half. I know how that is, having grown up with a twin and also being total opposites. A very realistic tale of survival, whilst being chased by faceless foes, and on your way to hopefully save the world! I would recommend this to one and all and I can’t wait to read the next book. I received a copy of this book from the author, but have also bought it as I loved it so much! I have freely given my own opinion of the book above.
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2,089 reviews148 followers
December 4, 2018
4 Cranky Stars

West and Simon Harper are two ordinary teen aged boys who happen to be twins. But that is where the similarity ends. While West is a hunky jock with plenty of girlfriends, Simon is a geeky gamer whose only friends are online. As long as he is playing "Arcadia", he's fine. In that world, he is known as SI-FIGHTER, the baddest of the bad.

The electrical grid has gone dark and things are rapidly changing. Everyone blames the President, but who is really at fault? West and Simon head to town to get insulin for their diabetic father. Instead, they find a man dying in an alley, holding a nano-drive and saying that he is looking for SI-FIGHTER to save the world and turn the power back on.

The twins are separated when someone starts chasing them. West takes to the woods, where he knows he can find his way, while Simon follows a highway. Simon knows that they need to get to Washington DC and find Waypoint in order to get the grid up and running. The nano-drive is their only hope.

Along the way, both boys find young women to accompany them on their trek. West rescues the beautiful Alexandria from a gang of thugs, while Simon encounters the tough Riya. Simon is able to keep in contact with his friends from Arcadia and journeys to see each of them along the way: Malachi, Troy and Collins. Each of them adds some information to Simon's quest to find Waypoint. "Malachi - he has trust issues when it comes to the government. We've always thought he was being paranoid, but hey, maybe he's been the smart one all along."

Both girls have secrets, but are they friend or foe? Will they aid the twins in their quest or instead bring destruction down on them?

This book is entertaining and well-written, part dystopian/post-apocalyptic and part spy novel. Who can you trust? Or, can you trust anybody? All of the characters are well-written and their personalities develop as the book progresses.

To sum up Simon's character, here is my favorite quote: "I can't live in a world like this. I can't talk to people in real life without feeling like I'm going to suffocate. I can't carry on a conversation without having to decompress afterward. It's too hard. The only time I've ever felt like I really connected with someone was through a stupid computer."

There are some humorous scenes in the book, especially involving Alex/Cricket and her horrible jokes. More than a few tense moments abound as the pairs travel toward DC, dodging villains along the way. And, who are the true villains? Add in a little romance (or almost romance), references to cheesy TV shows and games, and you have a good mix.

And, any book that mentions Mr. Spock automatically gets an extra star from me. And, when they quote one of my all time favorite movie quotes, that just makes it better: "The needs of the many outweigh the needs the needs of the few."

The book does end on something of a cliffhanger and there is sure to be a sequel. I look forward to continuing the adventure with this group of enterprising teens!
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648 reviews38 followers
August 7, 2019
I received a digital arc in exchange for an honest review. This is simply my opinion on the book and is not influenced by any external factor.

Absolutely astounding!! Waypoint is the first in a post-apocalyptic adventure of four teens investigating the cause of the electricity cut around the world. There’s no lights, no transportation, and no power. The answer lies in Waypoint, which is 500 miles away. We follow the adventure of Simon – computer geek, gamer and hacker), Alexandria (the president’s daughter, normally always flanked by bodyguards), West (Simon’s twin brother and exact opposite – typical jock and ladies’ man), and Riya (a federal agent with more at stake than she lets on) as they travel to Washington DC to get to Waypoint, but without power, the trek is not going to be easy.

Here’s what you can expect while reading Waypoint:

• It is an addicting fast paced story that you will not want to put down. The story itself is constructed well and flows and melts into a smooth story.
• The story is told from four perspectives, and each chapter is clearly annotated to indicate whose point of view we are reading from.
• The journey itself is not easy, as they are not only travelling to waypoint but also on the run. Expect tense and exciting action scenes, but no graphic violence.
• All the gamer references – I am a gamer at heart, and seeing references to Hyrule and Zelda made me smile. I fangirled when I caught the Final Fantasy references of Ivalice (FF 12), Gaia (FF9), Spira (FFX) and Eos (FF15). My two favourite game series!!
• All the characters were very well developed. All have their secrets, which come to light during their journey. They all have their quirks and their strengths, and all of them grow during the course of the story. Personally, I think Simon was my favourite character, but probably based on the fact that I am also a gamer and could relate to some things from Simon’s perspective. I love as well how Simon is not only just a gamer but extremely intelligent when it comes to computers and coding, and has social anxiety – he was the most interesting of them all, in my opinion. Not to say the others were not interesting – everyone’s chapters keep you at the edge of your seat and immersed.
• There are some attempts at romance, however, any romantic interaction is clean and does not disrupt the flow of the story. (There are a couple of instances of ‘mature content’ but nothing ever described in detail’) It’s pretty clear from the start of the journey which boy will end up with which girl, and there are no love triangles.
• The ultimate villain themselves is not who you would expect. And sadly (sad but true), I can see their motive happening in real life.
• The story itself ends in a cliffhanger that makes you really want the next book right away.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Waypoint. Definitely one to reread in the future and am really looking forward to the next one.

Rating: 4.5/5 (rounded to the nearest full star).
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197 reviews4 followers
August 23, 2020
An interesting read and concept that kept a good pace. The book centers around a time when the nation is without electricity, with a more or less a dystopian power grid background with corrupt politicians. Correcting the situation is twin brothers in an adventurous goal to fix the situation. Along the way they grow in their own way and find a little romance.
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691 reviews17 followers
March 6, 2019
DNF about 1/4 of the way through. I wanted to like this book because of the basic plot, but unfortunately it seemed to be more action-focused than story-concerned, and the pace of everything seemed rushed.
39 reviews
January 7, 2020
No ending

Nothing bothers me more than to read a story and arrive at the end only to find out that there is no ending and you need to buy another book! I never but the next book I will not be a party to such a farce!
175 reviews1 follower
December 25, 2021
was an excellent book until the last page when it left me with a cliffhanger to buy another book, I hate it when authors do that... it is pure bad marketing... slimy marketing... i refuse to buy the next book just on principle.
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Author 1 book9 followers
August 26, 2022
I felt like the book started off a little slow, but as soon as it picked up, it moved like a freight train. Characters you come to appreciate and feel like you could know in real life add to this action-packed story. Can't wait to read book 2.
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