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3.45  ·  Rating details ·  302 ratings  ·  75 reviews
In a world plagued by constant earthquakes and volcanic debris, people in the valley struggle to survive while those on top of the hill want for nothing.

This is where I come in.

I spend my nights plundering supplies in the walled city of Hilltop, and I trade them to the valley people below. Im not a thief. I prefer to be known as the head of Lost and Found.

When I discover a
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Published February 19th 2019
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Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

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My favorite thing about Shay Savage's books are that they aren't your typical romance. Any book I pick up of hers isn't going to be like a book I just read. Talen is another unique story. It's a post-apocalyptic read with a touch of romance and it's one I thoroughly enjoyed.

Talen takes place over 100 years after our time. It's a world where over half the US and it's population have been destroyed by earthquakes. There's not a lot left, not enough resources for all, and the country
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Twenty seven year old Talen comes from a world that is constantly in battle with the elements plagued by continual earthquakes and volcanic debris that shrouds their little corner of the world they have been given from the people (Thaves) from the hill top.

It's a bit like the haves vs the have nots, the haves have plenty food supply, live up in their
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have a weakness for dystopian books that have romance thrown in! This book had the perfect balance of a romance that blossoms through very hardcore circumstances. It takes place around the year 2100s and it is during a time when there isnt much left of the world. There had been immense earthquakes that caused the earth to crumble, and most people died during that time. What is left of the earth is covered in ash, and earthquakes still come and go. Even with civilization being so small, there ...more
What an awesome read! Ive only read a handful or less of post-apocalyptic books and Ive enjoyed each of them but this one was incredible!

Talen is the sweetest, kindest hero I think Ive ever read. He does have a dark streak that runs through him but he struggles against it to the point that you know that isnt his heart. His soul survival is to provide for the people hes adopted into his life and the community that he calls home. On one hand he was a bit naïve and on the other hes fierce and
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Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ratula
Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely adore Dystopian and post-apocalyptic romance novels. There is something about the setting and the "end of the world" feel that I am addicted to. The gritty and edgy storyline coupled with the real and raw romance is sexy and so addicting. I loved the world Shay savage created for us. Talen and Aerin were sexy and had great banter and chemistry.

Without giving away any spoilers, this story was mysterious and riveting. I enjoyed the setting of Plastictown
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Review and blog tour can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

Talen lives in a world set after the apocalypse. When the volcano in Yellowstone exploded, the world changed and the planet destabilized. As Talen tries to survive he will discover that his own past can come back and haunt him and also that love can be found even in the most unexpected places.

Talen was an interesting character. You may see, especially in the cover a badass man but to
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Dystopian romance with a very Robin Hood like feel. I rarely venture in this genre, preferring to mortals who roam the good 'ol  Earth with human flaws and rippling bodies. But I trust Shay's  storytelling skills and so I dared to venture in blind.
The setting is post apocalyptic Plastictown, which is across from the Thaves community, separated by the river. Might as well be the Grand Canyon, seeing the difference of lifestyle, money, luxuries and education between the Naughts & the
Talen is the baby of Commodity and Specimen. Its the dystopian world of Commodity and the politics and corruption of Specimen. Combine that with the sweetness found in Judging Books and Win Some Lose Some, and given a slight Robin Hood theme, it had potential to be a wonderful book.

But for me, it was not.

It is super unfortunate because it is hard to find a Shay Savage book that I dont like, so to not enjoy this one honestly upset me so much. Usually I finish an ARC of hers within hours and at
Veronica LaRoche
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Omg I absolutely love Talen. I enjoy a good post-apocalyptic book and Talen is a must read. Talen will make you swoon hard and you will definitely want him as your next bbf. From the moment I started reading I was hooked. This book and the characters were amazing and the ending was perfect.

I voluntarily reviewed this Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Can't wait! Love this genre, love thus author.

read in january this year and forgot to review. i enjoyed, but im a fan. a fan on her kids chromebook doing her review, thus no automatic caps or correction of my grammar. sigh. i love my ipads/macs, lol.
Sandy S
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date February 19, 2019

In a world plagued by constant earthquakes and volcanic debris, people in the valley struggle to survive while those on top of the hill want for nothing.

This is where I come in.

I spend my nights plundering supplies in the walled city of Hilltop, and I trade them to the valley people below. Im not a thief. I prefer to be known as the head of Lost and Found.

When I discover a beautiful but dangerous competitor in my territory, I also learn she
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story of Talen in a dystopian future is riveting. Shay Savage tells an interesting story of the world in this us and them story line.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book is the epitome of OW drama. This is more of the relationship between the H and his friend, rather than the romance between him and the h. There's also too much TMI about his past relationships.
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Shay Savage is one of those authors that can write in any genre and completely own it! There was several times where reading Talen that I felt like it could fit in several genres. We definitely have the romance, but theres also a ton of action, Dystopian/end of the world, even a bit of fantasy, and even a kind of dark feel occasionally. Shay bounces a bit all over. Youd think Talon would feel a bit scattered, it doesnt, it feels insanely-well put together. This story is layered-upon-layered. Its ...more
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I am such a sucker for an apocalyptic romance. Shay Savage is one of my favorite authors and when I saw this I couldnt wait to dive in. While the book was excellent I almos feel like it was anti-climatic. Sure there is a lot of story packed in and the plot was intriguing and compelling the book as a whole felt like a lot more buildup than what we got. Theres a hea dont get me wrong, sometimes I just like to see vengeance persevere. (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Carla's Five Star Review

Well, the world has gone to hell. Earthquakes abound and debris covers the ground. There are thaves (haves) and Naughts (have nots). One group lives high on the hog, while the others scrounge just to survive. Amidst their strife and struggles, there is one man the naughts look to as a hero. Talen. The head of the "lost and found". Talen has a heart of gold, but he also harbors a secret-a secret that has the power to destroy everyone's faith and trust in him.

While out on
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I never read science fiction, future kinds of stories. But come on this a Shay Savage book. I basically devoured this 5 star story.

Talen is the finder of lost items. He helps the people of Plastictown. Hes well loved and respected until someone comes in his territory, Aerin. Both will embark on a journey to save people.

This was an amazing story, an adventure that kept me on the edge of my seat. It was well written and thought out. I admire this author very much because she switches genre of
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I always enjoy the journey Shay takes me on. This one hit close to home with the state of the world today. Its scary to get a glimpse at what could be our future. Its definitely a must read for 2019.

Plot~ 4/5
Main Characters~ 4/5
Secondary Characters~ 4/5
The Feels~ 4/5
Pacing~ 4/5
Addictiveness~ 4/5
Theme or Tone~ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5
Originality~ 4/5
Ending~ 4/5
Book Cover~ Fantastic
Series~ Standalone
Source~ Kindle eBook ~ ARC for honest
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure, favorites
Savage has hooked me again!! I requested an early review copy without knowing the blurb and I loved it. I'm a huge fan of the dystopian storyline and Robin Hood like characters. Talen has a past that brought him to Plastictown, he is the head of lost and found. Aerin, a stranger with a secret and a task, forms a partnership with Talen to survive. The people of this quaint valley are special and unique, surviving circumstances that we could probably face one day. While I enjoy her writing I get ...more
Catherine  Wright (Cat's Guilty Pleasure)
I didn't know what to expect going into this book. I was pleasantly surprised with the whole story. It really makes you think and then throwing in the sweet romance between Talen and Aerin was just an added bonus. I loved every page of this book and look forward to reading more of Shay's work.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author to review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

In a world plagued by constant earthquakes and volcanic debris, people in the valley struggle to survive while those on top of the hill want for nothing. This is where I come in. I spend my nights plundering supplies in the walled city of Hilltop, and I trade them to the valley people below. I'm not a thief. I prefer to be knosiwn as the head of the Lost and Found. When I discover a beautiful but
DNF @43%. Yawn.
Jolanda Gelissen
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, tattoos
With this author I know Ill be in for a surprise, and she doesnt disappoint with this book. When I first started reading it, I thought it would be a post-apocalyptic Robin Hood type of story, with our hero, Talen, possibly falling for a rival thief. There is more to the story, however, and as it progresses, details of Talens background and history are revealed, as is a large conspiracy plot. I wont give away too much, so you can have the full experience when reading.

Talen is absolutely adorable.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shay Savage has a knack for world building. In Transcendence we were catapulted back in time to the Stone Age (via time travel), with Talen we are transported into a possible, bleak future, not far off on the horizon.

In this dystopian world we are carried through the struggles faced by the people of Plastic Town. We meet our odd hero, Talen. Hes a bit of a mystery. Part Robin Hood, part Bourne.

Whats left of the world is split between the haves and the have nots. Talen carefully skims between
Kali McQuillen
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read, 2019-arc
Not everybody is who you think they are and Talen knows this from experience. As the lost and found expert in plastictown, he has found where he can be who he wants to be. He has made friends who like him for who he is. He helps everyone out and likes the way things are.

When he catches another thief in his territory, he's intrigued, especially after he finds out that she's a girl. Aerin has secrets but so does Talen. Will they be able to put their secrets aside to help each other? Will they be
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was emotional, exciting and intense! Man what a ride. It reminded me of Lost with a hint of Divergent. I never knew what was going to happen next. I loved the connection between the two main characters. Their attraction was on FIRE!!! Another great read for Shay Savage. Her world building was a beautiful movie in my mind. I loved it!!!
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Talen is not my typical go-to story, but I trust Shay Savage to give me a tale worth my time. With Talen , she delivers and then some. The setting is a post-apocalyptic world in constant turmoil due to the environmental events of constant earthquakes, volcano eruptions, and the social structure of the wealthy (Thaves) and the poor (Naughts).

Talen has a Robin Hood persona of taking from those who have more than enough and giving to the people who struggle to survive daily. Talen is a hero
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a masterpiece of world building and fascinating characters crafted to inhabit the world of the future after eruptions have destroyed so much and created a separation of classes that is enormous and startling. Talen is a Robin Hood of the future that takes from the "haves" (Thaves) to give to the "have nots" (Naughts) and has a secret of his own that could unravel his existence. He is the careful master of his territory always insuring that his operations go unnoticed until another dares to ...more
Kelly Brock
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aerin and Talen

If you are looking for a break from the standard norm of romance this author is for you. She never fails to deliver a unique, thought provoking, and unique romance story each and every time.

This is set in a dystopian era more than a hundred years into the future. I hope people stay open minded because this book is totally worth it. I love Ms Savage because each of her stories has a strong heroine and and protective hero. She brings a story of two people fighting for their
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Shay Savage is an independent author from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she lives with her family and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. Her hobbies include off-roading in her big, yellow Jeep, science fiction in all forms, and soccer. Savage holds a degree in psychology, and she brings a lot ...more

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