Monday, February 27, 2012

Untraceable (The Nature of Grace #1) by S.R. Johannes

Goodreads Summary:
16-year-old Grace has lived in the Smokies all her life, patrolling with her forest ranger father who taught her about wildlife, tracking, and wilderness survival. 

When her dad goes missing on a routine patrol, Grace refuses to believe he’s dead and fights the town authorities, tribal officials, and nature to find him. 

One day, while out tracking clues, Grace is rescued from danger by Mo, a hot guy with an intoxicating accent and a secret. As her feelings between him and her ex-boyfriend get muddled, Grace travels deep into the wilderness to escape and find her father. 

Along the way, Grace learns terrible secrets that sever relationships and lives. Soon she’s enmeshed in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. And it’s going to take a lot more than a compass and a motorcycle (named Lucifer) for this kick-butting heroine to save everything she loves.

My Review:

After I finished The Hunger Games trilogy, I wanted to read something with a similar vibe. Untraceable was a great book to follow The Hunger Games with. It takes place in the mountains in North Carolina. Grace is a survivalist and she has spent her life roaming these mountains. It is modern-day.

3 months before the start of this book Grace's father went missing in the mountains. The police have closed his case saying he will never be found. Grace refuses to give up on her father and has been going out searching for him. Everyone around her thinks she's crazy and in denial about him.

I loved this book. I could not put it down. I read it in one day because I couldn't wait to find out what happened. It was like riding a roller coaster.

I loved Grace. She's very tenacious and determined to find her father. She keeps going even when the people she trusts the most don't support her. I also loved the fact that she had a motorcycle named Lucifer (Lucy for short). Grace kept going even when her own life is put in danger.

This book also brings attention to the growing problem of bear poaching but it wasn't preachy. Grace loves the outdoors and was appalled at what was happening.

I also learned a few things about surviving in the wilderness. I liked that each chapter started with a survival tip.

I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I highly recommend Untraceable.

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