REVIEW: Unknown by Wendy Higgins

Unknown Trilogy Book One

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Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.

In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.



Addictively captivating, Unknown was a fast-paced thrill ride. As a fan of apocalyptic fiction, it was like unlike anything I had read before. With a wonderfully delicious slow burn of a romance that ebbed and flowed to the movement of plot, the story never once suffered because of it and was instead accentuated by its raw connection. A well-written slow burn can be powerful, and the one between Amber and Rylen was throughout the story.

Without going into too much detail, this first installment captured quite a bit of history between the characters and their family, both crucial to the plot, and then swiftly brought the reader into the horror of war. The actions of war were calculated and spaced apart to provide great tension throughout the story and keep things under a veil of mystery. And once things got going, Higgins did not apologize for the directions it took, sometimes brutal and sad and confusing. Though at times I was ahead of the characters in catching on to details, it didn’t detract from the gut-punch feelings of when they joined me. What would’ve made this even better was if there was more showing and less telling, but even with that style in there, I couldn’t stop reading.

The humanity of Unknown was always there, even during times of duress, and Amber’s character was there to provide the heart of the story. Her selflessness and strong convictions made her a character to root for. This was just the first installment, and I cannot wait to see what the next story in the trilogy has up its sleeves.



Unknown Trilogy Book Two; Not a standalone

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Wendy Higgins is a soccer mom and backstage drama mama. Most people in her tiny bayside town don’t know she’s a USA Today and NYT bestselling author of paranormal, fantasy, and science-fiction romances. Wendy is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time in her pajamas, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue.

Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.

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