#BookReview: Contra by Andrea Murray #CLPBlogTours

Reviewer: Sandy

I received a review copy


In the sequel to the young adult dystopian novel, Omni, one young couple will do anything to stay together, and one man will do anything to control them.

After barely escaping death in Omni, eighteen-year-old Pierce has left behind his place in the Artist stratum in exchange for sanctuary with his family. However, when Harmony goes missing, he can’t help but think it’s just another ploy of the Omni government to force him to return.

With Harmony on her own, the two must find a way back to each other while battling against the full might of the government, but one powerful official is determined to keep them apart. Bent on revenge, Pelagic will stop at nothing to expose the secret of Pierce’s parentage.


This is the second book in this series and I jumped right in, not having read the first novel which was okay, after I got myself organized.  It took me a bit to fully understand the storyline but I think it really had to do with all the characters that were integrated inside this story.  Using a multitude of characters, the author creates various storylines weaving them around the same account for which I had a hard time keeping them separated.   I finally decided to make myself a cheat sheet so I could finally enjoy the novel and this worked wonderfully.   The author did a great job briefing me on the information that was contained inside the first book in this series but I feel that I would have had a deeper passion and been more prepared for the disputes and the relationships had I read the first novel.

Harmony and Pierce were the perfect couple; they had made the citizens happy.  When Pierce vanished, his whereabouts were a mystery.  It’s a mystery that too many individuals have their sights on and want a piece of.  It’s a fight for power, a fight to prove themselves, a fight to settle a score and sometimes it’s a fight to advance their careers …..either way, to find Pierce and bring him back to Omni is not just about helping the citizens, it’s about these individuals helping themselves.  The government wants Pierce back and now everyone has their own reason to bring him back.  To observe these conspirators, they put up a good front they looked to be doing their jobs for the country but their rational is far from respectable.  Gathering in small groups, they plot their intentions while Harmony arranges her own plan.   Holding strong feeling toward Pierce, she take great risks to fast-track the plan the two of them had devised earlier.  Could Harmony be harboring information about Pierce and the fire in his cubicle?  As they plot to find Pierce, this notion puts Harmony in harm’s way as they begin to track Pierce.   I enjoyed the character of Harmony, being a successful actress, she was used to being cared for but throughout the novel, she matures and becomes a much stronger and outspoken individual.  She was not afraid to step off her podium and experience life and get herself dirty.  I liked that about her.  This novel has plenty of entertainment value with the history of the individuals coming into play, the characters constantly plotting against one another and their constant strive to achieve the ultimate goal.

4 stars

andrea murrayAuthor Bio

Andrea Murray has been teaching English for longer than most of her students have been alive. She has taught everything from elementary reading groups to concurrent credit classes. She is currently teaching junior high language arts. She has a BSE and an MA in English. She lives in a very small town in Arkansas with her husband of nineteen years and their two children. In addition to teaching, she also blogs on Chick Lit Plus, writes young adult fiction, and recently completed her fourth novel, Omni, a YA dystopian based on the story of Paris and Helen. Andrea has also written The Vivid Trilogy, a YA paranormal romance. When she isn’t doing that, she’s probably reading or watching bad B movies.

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