Push (Beat: Book 2) by Jared Garret


Title: Push

Author: Jared Garrett

Publisher: Future House Publishing

Date of publication: Feburary 8th 2017

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Number of pages: unknown

POV: 1st person

Standalone: No

Series: Beat

Beat – Book 1 (review here)

Push – Book 2

Where you can find this book: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

Two months after the attack on New Frisko, Nik Granger and the other survivors believe themselves hidden from the tyrannical rule of Prime Administrator Adam Holland. After finishing a patrol, Nik returns to camp to discover everyone was wrong. Holland and his Enforsers have killed or captured most of the survivors—including Nik’s parents.

Barely escaping with their lives, Nik and his friends Pol and Melisa race to stop Holland before he murders their friends and family. As they travel through what’s left of America, they face danger at every turn, including Ranjers who will stop at nothing to carry out Holland’s sadistic orders. With the world against them, can they make it in time to save what’s left of humanity? And when it comes to it, will Nik have what it takes to destroy Holland once and for all?

My review:

Push picks up two months after Beat ends.

Nik and his group of Pushers are living in the woods, near New Fisko, and they are battling relentless Ranjers who are determined to wipe them out of existence.

During one attack on their camp, the Ranjers kill several people and take Niks mother and father (Kayt and Bruse) hostage per the Prime Administrator. He is warned that if he goes after them to find out where they were, then he will kill Nik’s parents. Which is the wrong thing to say to Nik.

They travel to another site (where other survivors from New Frisko are). After they get there, a group of Wanderers happens to wander near the camp (which is located in a cave). The leader of the triune of Wanderers dropped a bombshell on Nik. He knows information about Holland (the Prime Administrator) and is willing to let Nik know….if Nik lets Devera, a young Wanderer girl, join his triune. After making that decision, he returns to the caves to find Dyana and Pol arguing about Nik not being the leader of the Pushers. It escalates to Dyana blaming Nik for everything that happened from the destruction of New Frisko to present day. Nik makes the announcement that he will go traveling to San Francisco to see what intel he can get on Holland.

The trip to San Francisco is pretty much drama free and the trip to find Holland’s offices are too. One of the Wanderers, Lily, was alerted to an attack being planned by the Ranjers that targeted her father and she left with Pol and James to go warn him what was happening. Leaving Melisa and Nik to search the building. What they turned up (and almost died for) was something that would rock their worlds.

From this point on, the book focuses on Nik, James, Lily, Pol and Melisa and their journey to go free Nik’s parents. It is full of action and there was a twist that I kinda saw coming and one that I didn’t see coming.

I did think that Nik must have nine lives. That boy was beaten, stabbed, impaled with metal, shot and choked. He didn’t die. I seriously was in awe over that….lol. Either he was super lucky or he was a superhuman. I am still trying to figure that one out.

The substory of the Wanderers and the Outsiders was interesting. The Outsiders fascinated me and I really wished that there was more background on them. A society of people who have piercings, tattoos and body modifications while being artistic fascinated me.

The end of the book was great. I couldn’t get a feel if there is going to be a book 3 (there is the NorthWest, SouthWest, MidWest, SouthEast and NorthEast to explore…hint, hint).

How many stars will I gave Push? 4

Why: A great 2nd book that didn’t hold back on the action.

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age Range: Teen

Why: No sex (a couple of very mild kissing scenes) and no language. Lots of violence.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

Beat (The Beat: Book 1) by Jared Garrett

Beat (The Beat Series Book 1) by [Garrett, Jared]


Date of publication: June 5, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Series: The Beat

Book synopsis:

Humanity nearly went extinct 100 years ago. Now, if your heartbeat goes over 140, you die.

At least, that’s what the New Chapter preaches. But Nik Granjer knows they’re lying about the Bug. Sure, it was the Bug that wiped out more than ninety percent of humanity a hundred years ago, but that’s ancient history. 

The Bug has to be gone by now. 

Except everyone thinks that the Bug still kills anyone whose heart rate goes over 140 beats per minutes. Which is why the Prime Administrator gave citizens the Papas: digital wrist monitors that knock people out when their heart rate gets too high. The Papas saved the last of humanity. 

But one night after curfew, on the border of New Frisko, Nik tampers with his Papa with terrible consequences. And when a brutal, high-tech enforcement squad from the city shows up, Nik goes on the run. 

Outcast and desperate for allies, Nik’s only hope is to unearth the truth about the Prime Administrator and the origin of the Bug. And stay alive in the process. If he fails, he could be the only witness to the final extinction of humanity. 

My Review:

This was a great book. A combination of sci-fi/dystopia/YA, it had enough action in it to keep you reading. You didn’t know what was going to happen from chapter to chapter and it did make my heart rate go up with the action.

This book takes place 100 years after a biochemical attack wiped out 90 percent of the world population. The survivors called it the Bug and it could kill you if your heart rate went over 140. To help the survivors watch their heart rate, a digital wrist monitor was developed. The Papa puts the survivors asleep when their heart rates get too high.

Then you meet Nik Granjer and his friends. They like to “Push” their heart rates to the limit because, well they are 15/16 years old and kids that age like to push limits and buck the system. Nik has also figured out how to bypass getting his nightly Knockout from his Papa.

I will say that I enjoyed Nik’s character. I was once a 15/16-year-old who liked to push limits and he came off to me as realistic.

I also enjoyed the alternative spellings (Nik, Tek, Pol….etc). It added the right flair of different to the book and kept my attention!!

I will say that there is a huge twist that I didn’t see coming. Like 100% huge and I was taken aback by it (like Nik was) and a little shocked. Actually, a lot shocked.

The story itself was fascinating and very well written. If I had to picture a dystopian society, New Frisko would be it. Oh, and it takes me a minute to realize what city it was supposed to be.

How many stars would I give Beat? 5

Would I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Would I read this book again? Yes

Age range? Teen on up.

Where to buy: Amazon

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**