Review: Backs Against the Wall by Tracey Ward

Backs Against the Wall
by Tracey Ward

Genres: Young Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian

Joss has escaped the Colonies but her troubles have only just begun. She's wounded, exposed and vulnerable but worst of all, she needs help. And there's only one place she can go to get it. Only one place she can stand to be.

With Ryan.

Together they'll have to delve into the seedy underworld of post-apocalyptic Seattle. A world of gambling, fighting, secrets and lies. A world governed by The Hive.

But the deeper they sink, the more they'll find that The Hive isn't everything it seems. That even the mighty have someone to fear. Is the enemy of their enemy their friend? Or is there another threat, one greater than the Risen or the Colonies, looming in the distance?
*The Survival Series is a spinoff of Quarantined, two books set in the first days of the outbreak as it swept across the Pacific Northwest.

 First Sentence:
I may be a Tinkerbell, but I'm definitely Tink when she's trapped in the lamp gasping for her last breath, begging the world to believe and clap their friggin' hands.

Last Sentence:
"Unless we end it."

 Three words to sum up my review:
Zombie curb stomp.

It was more exciting than this majestic cat on a PB&J.

  The first book in the Survival Series, Writing on the Wall, was my very first experience with any of Tracey's books. Because of that, this series became my favorite. I was so nervous and excited and all feels/puke-y overload to get this book. As usual, Tracey does no wrong and didn't disappoint.

  Tracey Ward is pure brilliance at writing series. The little nods that she gave the sister series, The Quarantined Series, made me smile (and weep) with glee. Whenever the part about the girl, the doll, and the Daddy happened, I had to put my Kindle down and have a nice little cry. Tracey did so well with this book. It's everything I wanted and more. I couldn't imagine anything better than what she delivered with Backs Against the Wall. Her writing is omgwtfbbqsauce amazing.

  This book is full of action. Sit on the edge of your seat, gnawing at your fingernails, furiously flipping (well, swiping) pages suspense. I was hooked from the first chapter. There are so many unknowns, and piece by piece, Tracey begins to unravel the story in an excellent flow. This story will stick with you.

  What can I say about the characters? They're amazing, even the scum-bags. Joss is one of my favorite main characters ever. She's the perfect blend of snark and broken while being such a fighter. I get easily annoyed with YA heroines, and Joss is such a refreshing break from the norm. Ryan is just a bucket of "can he just live in my pocket, please and thank you". These characters seem so real. They're so well thought out. Their growth over the course of these books is phenomenal. I love them.

  Obviously, I'm just gushing at this point. I don't know what else to say. I really love this series and its sister series. They're some of my best reads as of late. Please, go read them. I cannot recommend them enough. They're the perfect blend of zombies, romance, and dystopian feels.

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  1. I love when you can still love the scum bag characters because they are so well written!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. Yes! It's just how Tracey Ward writes. She's so good!

  2. Looks like you're reading a lot of zombie stuff lately.

  3. Awesome review! Love the gifs and those quotes would totally pull me in immediately, and the pacing would totally keep me entertained. I hadn't heard of the author or this book before so this is a great discovery!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    1. I love Tracey Ward! She's really amazing. I hope you get a chance to pick up one of her books. I know you won't be disappointed!


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