- Title: A Single Light
- Author: Tosca Lee
- Series: The Line Between, #2
- Genre: Thriller
- Publishing Date: September 17th, 2019
- Publishing Co.: Howard Books
- Length: 384 pages
- Format: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook, Audio CD
- Acquired: Given free digital version in exchange for an honest review
- Amazon Link: A Single Light
Six months after vanishing into an underground silo with sixty others, Wynter and Chase emerge to find the area abandoned. There is no sign of Noah and the rest of the group that was supposed to greet them when they emerged—the same people Wynter was counting on to help her locate the IV antibiotics her gravely ill friend, Julie, needs in order to live.
As the clock ticks down on Julie’s life, Wynter and Chase embark on a desperate search for medicine and answers. But what they find is not a nation on the cusp of recovery thanks to the promising new vaccine Wynter herself had a hand in creating, but one decimated by disease. What happened while they were underground?
With food and water in limited supply and their own survival in question, Chase and Wynter must venture further and further from the silo. Aided by an enigmatic mute named Otto, they come face-to-face with a society radically changed by global pandemic, where communities scrabble to survive under rogue leaders and cities are war zones. As hope fades by the hour and Wynter learns the terrible truth of the last six months, she is called upon once again to help save the nation she no longer recognizes—a place so dark she’s no longer sure it can even survive.
Fast-paced and taut, A Single Light is a breathless thriller of nonstop suspense about the risks of living in a world outside the safe confines of our closely-held beliefs and the relationships and lives that inspire us.
First Chapter Challenge: 4%
We start this continuation of The Line Between series with Wynter and the others situated in the silo, 9 days after the time-lock door closed. Everyone seems to be getting along, and luckily no one brought the disease in with them. They have started their own routines and have begun laying the foundations for their new lives within the bunker as well as planning for what they’ll do when they get out. Noah, the owner of the bunker and the kindest man alive, sends video updates of life on the topside every night. But this time, the screen freezes and then goes black during one of his videos. What does this mean? Is Noah in trouble? What is happening on the outside? I can’t wait to find out!
Final Judgment: 5 Stars out of 5
In this thrilling sequel to The Line Between, Tosca Lee continues to astound readers with her gut-wrenching plot twists, complicated romance, and amazing suspense. At the beginning of this book, our protagonist Wynter and her dreamy love interest Chase have just been sealed off from the rest of the world in Noah’s nuclear bomb-shelter silo with 60 other people, Julie, Lauren, and Truly included. Still wanted for murder and potential terrorism, Wynter must continue to hide her identity even now. Maybe once the silo opens up in 6 months, she can run away with Chase and Truly and live happily ever after. But even that dream is dashed as tensions rise in the silo, and Julie is gravely injured. After the silo opens up, Chase and Wynter must traverse ghost towns, sick and desperate humans alike, and even a corrupt, mafia-like governance system in order to find the IV medications that Julie needs before time runs out. Can she survive–not only physically intact, but mentally?
The end of the world. When everything dies after all the good is gone. So it can start over pure. (Loc 4053)
I read The Line Between a few months ago, and I was completely amazed by the quality of Tosca Lee’s work. Here is my 5 Star review of that first book in this series. Everything that I said in that review is also true of this second novel. It upended my cozy view of reality, and instead brought the apocalypse to my front step. Immediately, I felt connected to Wynter and her plight, her naivete simply making me yearn to protect her even more. The characters drew me in, the romance was so frustratingly suspenseful, and I absolutely could not wait to find out the ending to the book. But even more so, I didn’t want it to end. I wanted to continue learning about the characters’ lives and this new world that they had created.
I went into reading the first book with absolutely no expectations–I had never heard of Tosca Lee or her word before, and I was somewhat apathetic about this modern day thriller. At the time I was much more interested in medieval fantasies (as I will probably also be… They hold a special place in my heart!) But for this second book, I went into it with my expectations through the roof. I was so hyped to continue Wynter’s story that I forgot to check my enthusiasm, and it thus remained uncontained… And yet, Lee met all of those expectations and more!
The lies we tell ourselves.
That we’re civilized. That we are sane. (Loc 553)
One of the biggest things that I enjoyed about this specific book was the sucker-punch plot twists. I never knew what direction the plot was going… And even if I thought I had a pretty good idea, it would completely pull the rug out from under me. I’m not proud to admit that I found myself screaming and crying at my kindle multiple times… There was just so much that happened that I wished could have been different, and yet it made the story that much more powerful.
My emotions were a wreck after reading. Not only from the plot twists, but also from Chase and Wynter’s relationship. We ended The Line Between with them happily ever after, climbing into the silo with Truly a nice addition to their newly made family. It seemed like everything was finally going right between them. And yet, at the start of the sequel, their relationship is strained and awkward. Perhaps the fact that they barely knew each other became much more of an issue as the adrenaline of running for their lives waned. Regardless of what it was, the romance was changed, and not for the better. My heart ached for the two to recover that happy place we ended the first book with.
Speaking of emotions, my nerves were fried. EVERY page was dripping with suspense, and it made it extremely difficult not to skim and jump ahead. I practically could NOT wait to find out what was going to happen! I caught myself several times scanning the page and then swiping to the next because I was that anxious and scared about what was about to happen. The suspense was killer! I don’t know that I’ve ever been so jittery as I was reading that book. It was incredibly fast-paced, making the suspense all the more taut. I was absolutely wired while reading, and I ended up devouring the book in 2 consecutive days.
Blind from tears, forgetting not to see those in the emergency room bays.
A naked man facing the wall in shame.
A woman shaking in the corner.
A figure crumpled on the floor. (Loc 3148)
I also really enjoyed the witty humor scattered throughout the novel as a break from the rest of the powerful emotions coursing through my body. The humor was so well-placed that I never sunk too deeply into my anxiety or fear of what was going to happen to my beloved characters, and I actually laughed out loud a few times! The perfect comedic release.
I absolutely recommend this two-book series by Tosca Lee. It is simply phenomenal. I don’t think my review does it justice in the slightest, but if you ever want to talk about it, I will gush my heart out to you. Probably in a ceaseless ramble, because that is just how much I loved this book, and how much my emotions were compromised. I can’t stop to make cognizant sentences! Anyways, if you are a fan of dystopias, psychological thrillers, even romance, I would highly recommend this book. Even if those are not your typical genres, give The Line Between a try! I think the themes and characterizations really speak to a wider, more general audience than the traditional thriller readers.