The Colony ~ A Rasper Novel by Kathleen Groger ~ Review and Giveaway

Posted: May 10, 2016 in Blog Tour, giveaways, reviews, Science Fiction, YA
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The Colony

A Rasper Novel #1

by Kathleen Groger

Published: April 5, 2016

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Genre: YA Science Fiction

My Review

So, the skinny is, scientists and Big Brother drill for what they think is the biggest oil deposit ever. What they raise is a plague on humanity. Many people die, and others are infected. Survivors are hunted by the  Raspers, and the world crumbles.

You meet Val after the apocalypse started. She’s lost her parents and is surviving by three simple rules she keeps written on her arm.

Trust no one.

Never go out in the dark.

Always carry a weapon.

This serves her well. But she soon has to bend those rules when she meets Adam. Forced out of hiding, they travel together, trying to stay one step ahead of the Raspers. It gets riskier when the Raspers start coming out in the daylight. And it seems no matter how far or fast they run, the Rasper’s keep finding them. They want Val, and their pursuit is relentless.

This is a real page turner. You’re sucked in from the beginning and the action and suspense are relentless. In those few moments when the action slows, you are swept along with the characters as they evolve and grow during desperate times.

Always on the lookout for something new, the author gave me a good one with her Raspers. Just what do we know about them? They’re called Raspers because of their noisy breathing. They are the infected humans that survived, kind of. But what are they really? What came up when the drilling began? Not what I was expecting and that’s a nice surprise.

A solid science fiction story for all fans, with a dash of something scary to keep you hooked.

4 Stars



Trust no one.

Never go out in the dark.

Always have a weapon.

Sixteen-year-old Val lives by these three rules etched on her arm. Her rules and her gun are the only things standing between her and assimilation by hordes of human-looking aliens she calls Raspers.

By day, Val gathers supplies. By night, she hides and wishes she could go back in time…before her family died…before the annihilation…before the Raspers began stalking her and demanding she join their collective.

But when the Raspers attack in broad daylight, the truth becomes startlingly clear.

They’re evolving.

A fellow survivor crashes into Val’s life. Adam’s full of charm and promises—like rumors of a safe haven—but there’s something wrong. He’s survived with no supplies, no weapons…no plans. Time is running out. With the formula for survival shifting around her, Val must decide how many rules she’s willing to break to escape the Colony.

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Kathleen wrote her first story in elementary school about a pegasus named Sir Lancelot. It had no plot or conflict, but it sparked a dream. After serving a fifteen-year sentence in retail management, the bulk in big box bookstores, she turned her love of reading into a full-time career writing dark and haunting characters and stories.

She lives by the mantra that a day is not complete without tea. Lots of tea. Kathleen lives in Ohio with her husband, two boys, and two attention-demanding dogs. When not writing or editing or revising, you can find her reading, cooking, spending time with her family, or photographing abandoned buildings.

Author links: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest


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  1. Great review! This sounds like an exciting read and action packed, too! Glad you liked it! :)

  2. Rita Wray says:

    Sounds like a great read.

  3. kim hansen says:

    Sounds like a good read.

  4. kim hansen says:

    Cool cover.

  5. Sandra Watts says:

    Totally into books like this.

  6. Kathleen Groger says:

    Thank you all for the kind words! I hope you enjoy Val’s story of survival.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      All the best on your tour, Kathleen. And thanks for the exciting story. I’ll be watching for the next book!

  7. sjhigbee says:

    I really like the sound of this one…

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I hope you get a chance to read it. Got a nice twist and plenty to keep you engaged.

  8. Lelia T says:

    Sounds like a good one!

  9. Sounds like a good one.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  10. sjhigbee says:

    Ooo… I really like the sound of this one. Thank you for an intriguing review:)

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I enjoy sharing and this was fun. I hope I don’t have to wait too long for more in the series.

  11. I have added The Colony to my summer TBR list.