Cost of Survival

About the Book by Bonnie R. Paulson

Cover Art Cost of SurvivalMy dad predicted World War III would happen in our lifetime. He was right.

Mom’s bleeding in my arms right now. She could die any moment, but not before she’s made me promise three things:

Pray.

Don’t trust anyone.

Stay alive.

I promised, but I don’t know if I can keep them. Not surviving World War III doesn’t scare me, it’s surviving it that does.

If you’re looking for a great dystopia romance, this book is for you

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Cost of Survival by Author Bonnie R. Paulson

Reviewed by Zara Lethallan | 294 Pages


Cost of Survival is a YA Dystopia Romance. I would call it a romance but, the LI didn’t show up until the second half of the book. This book is different from the other  YA Dystopian books I have read. Most of them, the parents are already gone and you meet the LI in the first couple of chapters. But that is not the case with this book.

The story starts off with Kelly at school while bombs are landing all around them. After her father’s prediction of WW3, Kelly and her mother have been preparing for this day to come.This book just proves that no matter how much you plan, that plan can go wrong. Kelly’s mother had everything planned out, even the camp they would meet other preppers in. Sadly, the camp is taken over by other member and things turn for the worst. They find themselves trying to escape the safe heaven that they built.

When Kelly finds herself alone, she thinks all is lost. Only to be found by her crush Bodey and his father. Together the three must escape the men hunting Kelly and learn how to survive. Kelly finds herself breaking a rule her mother set in place. Don’t trust anyone. But she knows, in order to stay alive, she must stick close to the people she barely knows.

I think that at one point we all have thought about what would happen if the world came to an end. Whether it be by war, disease or the famous zombie apocalypse. I think this book makes you think and realize that no matter how much you plan, things can and will go wrong.

I loved how Kelly was vulnerable, even though most of the times I am rooting for strong female characters. I still understand the need for the character to show a softer side, to show that its okay to break down and cry. The emotions that Kelly has, made me feel she was realistic. She was more than just a character in between the pages of a book.

No worries on this book being a romance, I know I said that it is a YA. But recently even YA books have sex in them. Good news, the only thing that goes down it this book is some kissing. But Warning, it has implied rape and it has some violence.

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