Saturday, February 22, 2020

Unborn by Rachel McLean - Book Tour & Review

She killed her unborn child. The punishment will fit the crime.
America, 2026.

Feminism has been defeated.
Equality is a memory.
And abortion has been criminalized.

Three women find themselves on the wrong side of the law.
Kate, carrying the child of a sexual predator.

Grace, whose baby will be born with a fatal deformity.
And Cindee: abused, abandoned and pregnant.

Can these three very different women come together to fight an oppressive system and win their freedom?
Find out by reading Unborn, a chilling dystopia combined with a gripping legal thriller.

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My Review
Unborn is an emotional read. And by emotional, I mean it will most likely make you angry. 
Set only six years in the future, in Texas, things have changed drastically. Like women are basically back to being treated as inferior and incapable of taking care of themselves. And having babies is considered a great honor, while choosing not to is criminalized. Regardless of the circumstances of how that baby got there, women are now thrown in jail if they refuse to continue with their pregnancy.
This is a tough read. I think, regardless of your own views on things, the subject matter is intense and will definitely stoke some fires. There were a few times while reading where I just wanted to scream. I was angry throughout 90% of this book.
I felt the most terrible about Cindee. She's only a teenager with a creepy dad, and because of his dirty, disgusting ways, Cindee ends up in jail. It's not an easy way of life for her. 
Grace is also dealing with a terrible predicament. She's being punished for something out of her control, and her trial is the main focus of the book. I think I was most angry about how she was treated.
The only thing I had an issue with was that the story ended a bit abruptly, at least for me. I wanted a little more, especially with Cindee. While I suppose her story did technically come to an end, it didn't feel like closure to me, and I wished there had been more to tie her issues all up a little more thoroughly. Other than that, though, I thought the book was really good.
If you are looking for a scarily realistic legal thriller set in the near future, give Unborn a go. The subject matter might be triggering, so do proceed with caution while reading.
4 stars.

Author Bio –
My name's Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.

What does that mean?

In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.

Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?

My books aim to fill that gap.

If you'd like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club at I'll send you a weekly email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I'll let you know when my books are on offer.

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