ARC Review: The Stranded by Sarah Daniels

Posted December 29, 2022 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 10 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review:  The Stranded by Sarah DanielsThe Stranded by Sarah Daniels
Series: The Stranded #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on January 3, 2023
Genres: YA Dystopia
Pages: 464
Source: the publisher
Format: ARC
My Rating: four-stars
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Snowpiercer meets The Hunger Games in a gripping near-future dystopian: romances, betrayals, and fights for freedom in a world turned upside-down…

Welcome to the Arcadia.

Once a luxurious cruise ship, it became a refugee camp after being driven from Europe by an apocalyptic war. Now it floats near the coastline of the Federated States – a leftover piece of a fractured USA.

For forty years, residents of the Arcadia have been prohibited from making landfall. It is a world of extreme haves and have nots, gangs and make-shift shelters.

Esther is a loyal citizen, working flat-out to have the rare chance to live a normal life as a medic on dry land. Nik is a rebel, planning something big to liberate the Arcadia once and for all.

When events throw them both together, their lives, and the lives of everyone on the ship, will change forever . . .

My Review:

So, first of all this is a LONG book. That’s not too bad, although the fact that it doesn’t wrap it all up at the end could be an issue for some. What it makes me think of, as it is an alternate reality/dystopian type of story, is the Divergent series. And I loved that series, so that shows you that I think this could be a hit as well. While the comparison is to Snowpiercer, a movie/tv show I couldn’t get into even with the help of my celebrity crush Chris Evans being a part of it, this book was one that hooked me very quickly.

There were a lot of twists and turns and different layers to this world and this rebellion. Not to mention all the characters. I can’t believe at first I didn’t notice the character name in one chapter and how it related in the next chapter, until a couple chapters later! I loved the idea of this huge cruise ship just becoming its own world. My mind was busy trying to picture all the different rooms and areas based on what I’ve seen of real cruise ships or in movies/tv shows. And of course, it even make me think about the real Titanic as well as the movie of course.

We didn’t get a lot of info on the world that the United States, or I believe Federated States as it is now called, was like. Just the negative things that the characters saw from a distance. I’m very intrigued to read more in this world and see just what the world is like. I mentioned all the twists and turns and even when things seemed like they were going to go right in one way, yet what happened was a major disruption to the plan and sent things in crazy new directions.

It is a long book, but definitely worth keeping up with. There is definite violence, on the page violence, so that could be something that would keep some from reading. As I mentioned before though, if you read and enjoyed the Divergent series, I think you will enjoy this.

Now I see that the UK version was from Penguin and actually came out last July, and it is showing the next one comes out in July, but I’m guessing that might be the UK version, not the US one, but I’m putting it on my calendar for then just in case!

About the Author

Sarah Daniels is an ex-archaeologist who escaped academia and now writes stories from her home in rural Lincolnshire. This is her first novel and part of a duology.

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10 responses to “ARC Review: The Stranded by Sarah Daniels

  1. Oh YAY so there is definitely a sequel happening?! This is great news! Because yeah, it definitely seemed like there was supposed to be one but I wasn’t seeing one so this definitely makes my day! I really enjoyed this one, I am glad you did too! I agree, I think we’ll get a lot more of the world in the next book for… well, reasons that I am sure you understand haha! Great review!

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    • Lisa Mandina

      It says on Goodreads one comes out in summer 2023, but I’m guessing that is the UK one, so who knows if we’ll get part two before this time next year! Yeah, it was really good! I’m glad they sent me a copy to read.

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