Review of Colony East by Scott Cramer and Giveaway!

Colony East (Toucan Trilogy #2) by Scott Cramer

Genre:Young Adult Science Fiction/ Dystopian

Age: 12 +

Published: Oct. 2013

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In a terrifying world where an epidemic has killed off most of the world’s adults, fifteen-year-old Abby struggles to keep her brother and sister safe.

When a new, deadly disease spreads among the survivors, Abby must make the dangerous journey to Colony East, an enclave of hidden scientists caring for a small group of children for reasons unknown.

Abby fears that time is running short for the victims, but she’s soon to learn that time is running out for everyone outside Colony East.


Night of the Purple Moon (Toucan Trilogy #1)

Abby Leigh is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple, unaware that deadly bacteria from a passing comet will soon kill off older teens and adults. The lightning-fast epidemic sweeps across the planet when the germs attack the hormones produced during puberty.

On a small island off the coast of Maine, Abby must help her brother and baby sister survive in this new world, but all the while she has a ticking time bomb inside of her — adolescence.

Night of the Purple Moon is FREE on Amazon & for Nook.

About the author:

Scott Cramer has written feature articles for national magazines, covered school committee meetings for a local newspaper, published haiku and poetry, optioned a screenplay, and produced customer reference accounts for a big computer company. His pursuit of a good story has put him behind the stick of an F-18, flying a Navy Blue Angels’ fighter jet, and he has trekked through the Peruvian mountains in search of an ancient Quechua festival featuring a condor. He is the author of Night of the Purple Moon and Colony East. Scott and his wife have two daughters and reside outside Lowell, Massachusetts (birthplace of Jack Kerouac) in an empty nest/zoo/suburban farm/art studio with too many surfboards in the garage.

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Giveaway info:

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REVIEW by Kara Ashley Dey

After a brief summary in Chapter One, Colony East takes off and keeps a steady, tense pace, even with lapses in time. I found myself flipping through pages, reading the first part of the book in one sitting.

Colony East takes place where the first book left off. We follow Abby and Jordan as they face an apocalyptic aftermath where most adults have been killed by an infection caused by a germ carrying dust that a comet deposited in the atmosphere.  Older teens are not immune. Their only hope for salvation is an antibiotic which is distributed at certain locations throughout the east coast…

What I found especially riveting with Cramer’s story was how Abby and Jordan dealt with constant threats and moral dilemmas as they made some pretty tough decisions.  Abby strives to hold onto her humanity and Jordan wrestles with distrust.

I also appreciated how the author used time and location. This was clearly an adventure packed with suspense and drama. I felt compelled to care for the characters, even some of the more difficult ones that show up later, because character motivation was expressed well.

Cramer spins a tale with believable characters and spellbinding descriptions that drew me in.  I don’t want to give anything away so, just let me summarize that I highly recommend this book and look forward to the trilogy’s conclusion!



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