Tuesday, January 9, 2018

[Book Review] Inside the Wall by A. Tebbs

Inside the Wall by A. Tebbs is a fun and action-filled dystopian YA novel that really packs a punch! If you enjoyed The Hunger Games or The Divergent Series, you will love this one!

Note: This is the first book in the Desert series.

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Inside the Wall (Desert #1) by A. Tebbs

Questions Can Be Dangerous . . .

Seventeen-year-old Alysse's senior year was stressful enough with exams, a harpy teacher, and a long time crush falling for her best friend Tori. Then Alysse begins questioning what she is taught about the enemy living outside the city wall. Soon she is facing bigger problems like super-human guerrillas and a seismic bomb, all while accidentally discovering a genocidal plot that could spark a war.

As Alysse decides what to believe and who to trust, she and her friend Pete ask questions everyone else avoids--probably because they're scared of the answers.

And they should be . . .

My thoughts:
The prologue was awesome! It was short, but it really got me interested, even though I didn't really understand what the deal was... Thankfully, the world building came later.

However, after the prologue, the book slowed way down for me for awhile. I just wasn't really interested in a fair chunk of it simply because it revolved around the typical high school scene, complete with ridiculous bullies, teachers that would single out that one student, and drama about teenage crushes... Of course this allowed readers to get to know both the characters and the history of the world they were living in. But because of my lack of interest, it just seemed really slow.

That all being said, once I was hooked, I was totally captivated until the very last page! The storyline hit a point where things took a turn and I couldn't read fast enough! Turns out, the short prologue had actually set the tone for the rest of the book! Unfortunately, that is where I will have to leave that thought in order to prevent spoilers... But trust me, you need to pick this one up on a day off so you can read straight through!

Onto the characters! Right away I really enjoyed the main character, Alysse. It was clear that she was a teen that had a great head on her shoulders. And she worked really hard in both school and with her jobs outside of school. I really enjoyed that she didn't let the fact that her friends were rich affect her. Though the bit about her J system was quite the bummer! Pete was a riot, but a bit rude, so I was very happy to see his storyline move along. Chris was also one that I enjoyed. I'd be interested to see where his storyline goes in the next book, if at all.

Beware, the negatives:
Right from the start, one thing that I have to note as a negative is the use of an online platform to access more content. On one of the title pages it reads: "Exclusive behind-the-scenes are  marked by symbols. Join us online to learn more about Alysse and her friends." This has the potential to be really neat! I would just love to actually see it... I went onto the website to search and couldn't figure out where to go. I found one page (here) that asked you to sign up for a newsletter. The page said that once you sign up, that you will be emailed a code. This code is to be entered on the website to access the extra information. Well... I signed up for the email but never received anything. So that was quite the let down. As I was reading, I made sure to put sticky notes in for each symbol I came across. I'll make sure to update this if/when I get access.

My other issue was that I found the timeline and the pacing to be a bit confusing from time to time. I wish there had been clearer indication there.

My final thoughts:
Even though the beginning of this book was a bit slow for me, the second half totally made up for it! I just couldn't put the book down after it took a turn! Gah! I need to know what happens next!

Immediately after finishing this book, I went to the authors website to see if there were more books from the series out yet. I see in the footer of the page that there are two more listed, but the links are not live. I'm assuming this means they're not published yet. Darn! I need to get my hands on them as soon as they are available!

I would highly recommend this book to readers that enjoy YA dystopian stories!

Thanks for reading!
What is your favorite dystopian novel?


  1. I am always looking for new dystopians to read. This is going on my list for 2018 now :) Great review!

    Megan @ Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest

  2. It sucks that the online links didn't work! I agree, very cool idea with great potential, but it just didn't work out (which is a shame). Thanks for sharing your review! :)

  3. Dystopian is always right up my alley and a good one with YA characters is interesting. The book sounds like a good read, though the online access to extra bits was an unfortunate let down, I guess. Loved the review :D

    1. I'd love to hear what you think of the book if you get the chance to pick it up! :)

  4. This sounds good :) really too bad about the symbols and lack of promised code :/ are those musical note shaped stickies, BTW? :o impressive!

    1. Yeah.. I'm in touch with someone that is helping me figure out the codes and such, so I'll make sure to post an update when I get one :) And yes, they are music shape indeed!! They're super cute!