Welcome to my tour stop for Battle Ground by Rachel Churcher, hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources! Check out my review and let me know what you think in the comments.
Sixteen-year-old Bex Ellman has been drafted into an army she doesn’t support and a cause she doesn’t believe in. Her plan is to keep her head down, and keep herself and her friends safe – until she witnesses an atrocity she can’t ignore, and a government conspiracy that threatens lives all over the UK. With her loyalties challenged, Bex must decide who to fight for – and who to leave behind.
The Battle Ground series is set in a dystopian near-future UK, after Brexit and Scottish independence.
Battle Ground is a YA Dystopian, and I am so happy I had a chance to read it! I love Dystopians because they are always eerily possible. Just one small change in the way a government is run, and we could easily live like this. I love that. Battle Ground feels really relevant and I love when fictional books do that.
The characters are very realistic. It’s interesting to see the weight of each decision and how it impacts the story later on. Trying to decide who to trust is not easy for any of the people in this story, and I could feel the difficulties through the pages.
A complex and thought-provoking read that is aimed at the YA auidence, but translated well to me as an adult. I love the morality questions, and the constant difficulty in deciding who to trust. I am really looking forward to the next book in this series!
I definitely recommend checking Battle Ground out if you love complex YA Dystopians!
Rachel Churcher was born between the last manned moon landing, and the first orbital Space Shuttle mission. She remembers watching the launch of STS-1, and falling in love with space flight, at the age of five. She fell in love with science fiction shortly after that, and in her teens she discovered dystopian fiction. In an effort to find out what she wanted to do with her life, she collected degrees and other qualifications in Geography, Science Fiction Studies, Architectural Technology, Childminding, and Writing for Radio.
She has worked as an editor on national and in-house magazines; as an IT trainer; and as a freelance writer and artist. She has renovated several properties, and has plenty of horror stories to tell about dangerous electrics and nightmare plumbers. She enjoys reading, travelling, stargazing, and eating good food with good friends – but nothing makes her as happy as writing fiction.
Her first published short story appeared in an anthology in 2014, and the Battle Ground series is her first long-form work. Rachel lives in East Anglia, in a house with a large library and a conservatory full of house plants. She would love to live on Mars, but only if she’s allowed to bring her books.
Let me know what you think!