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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
Life – Citizens of Logan Pond, Book 1 by Rebecca Belliston is set in the future but without all of the science fiction mumbo jumbo. The story happens in Logan Pond, Illinois, with the 30 plus clan members who have survived a deadly economic crash. The government has a new system put in place that makes it almost impossible to live a normal life unless you comply with their stringent rules. Work camps are set up and all citizens who have not paid for the expensive citizen card are forced to live and work there. Logan Pond is one of many rogue villages that have been created. Raids are conducted often and without warning in an attempt to round up those people not conforming to the rules. There is only one family in Logan Pond that has this government issued citizen card and they become the haven for all of the other Logan Pond residents. Carrie Ashwood is the heroine of the story; Greg Pierce is the hero; together they try to keep the clan safe. Patrolman Simmons is the policeman who breaks the rules and protects the Logan Pond clan, mostly because he is in love with Carrie. The village has many good people and a few that are not very likeable. They struggle with the everyday issues of life; falling in love, getting married and having babies, but always under the fear of being found and placed in a government camp.
Life is a spectacular example of what the future might become. Rebecca Belliston has written a book that is pure fiction but it makes you stop and think what if, what would I do, how would I survive. I was hooked on Life from the very first page and could not put it down. I cannot wait to read book 2 and find out if Carrie and Greg marry, does Officer Simmons continue to save the clan, do the times get better or worse? I would love nothing better than to see it become a movie or TV special. Life is a must-read book for fans of all genres.