Review: Afflicted by Susanne Valenti || Where the Execution Beat the Cliches

Title: Afflicted
Author: Susanne Valenti
Series: Tainted Earth Saga, book 1
Genre: Dystopia, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Trigger Warning: Child Abuse
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 240 pages, Ebook
Published: December 15th, 2017 by Amazon
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Change carries on the wind, flows through the rivers and grows in the heart of the storm. Once it is set free, nothing can stop it from spreading like poison through the Earth and all its creatures. The planet is evolving and anything that wants to remain will have to adapt. The animals are learning to fight back while the plants grow beyond control. Kaitlyn and her friends must find a way to survive while everything around them becomes stronger and stranger. They can’t trust anything they thought they knew about the world. They can’t even trust each other. Rage and violence twists its way into the hearts of the contaminated: shaping them into something new. Something which cannot feel pity, mercy or love. Kaitlyn’s heart draws her towards the one person she knows can help them but can she find him in time? Safety lies just out of reach and they must find the strength to achieve it.

Seventy years before Maya discovered the Cage of Lies, Kaitlyn’s world is about to change forever. Afflicted is the first book in the Tainted Earth Saga, an action-packed dystopian romance filled with love, uncertainty and danger on every page.

Soooo, SooI am an idgit for delaying to read this book for so long. I kind of was in a dystopian slump but reading this would have definitely cured it!! Anyway, after watching Death Cure (which was sooooooo freaking awesome btw!!) this month, I wanted to read dystopia again and as expected Susanne did not disappoint.

Afflicted is the prequel series to the Cage of Lies series which I enjoyed veeeeery much. It was full of action and intrigue. This series depicts how things became the way they were in the Cage of Lies series. And this book just gave us a glimpse of the beginning and I am already excited for the rest of the books in this series!!! SooThis series is definitely a must read for zombie fans! (That sounds weird though… XD)

Things had been going the normal way for Kaitlyn and his brother other than the fact that their parents are called way too often into the new city where a permanent cage-like wall is being set up because of “terrorist” attacks. Then suddenly, random people are going violent and attacking people. They are banned to use the water from the river but somehow this disease is still spreading. But when the connection of their hometown is cut from the new city, will they be able to make it to the other way in time?

Oooh, this was such an exciting start for a new series. The plot although a bit cliched managed to hold down its charm and suspense throughout the whole book. The plot sucked me in from the very first page. Kaitlyn and her friends had been living their normal life until suddenly things start to become suspicious as people are getting violent and randomly attacking anybody on the streets. When things start to get real bad, the city had already decided to let a certain amount of people in from the danger. This already showed a glimpse of the government which we are going to get more in the next book and I already have a line of thought in that matter since I have read the Cage of Lies series.

I looooooved the suspense which kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire time. Especially when Kaitlyn and her friends were having a pretty normal day hanging out together but when they came out of the movies, the whole scenario had changed. The real story began from that point onwards. The action parts were definitely my favourite, I loved how clearly they were depicted but the most interesting aspect was the final chase to the city gates!!!

One of the things I love about Susanne’s novels is her kickass heroines. Although I didn’t immediately like Kaitlyn, she slowly grew on me. The fact I didn’t like about her was that although she wanted to get out of her relationship but she could do it because of petty reasons. Also, at first I thought that her boyfriend was not that bad but then he started to get on my nerves! I was so glad when Kaitlyn finally took a step forward and stood up for herself.

Aaaaaand I am definitely rooting for Lincoln who is Kaitlyn’s childhood friend and he had to leave his home because of the constant abuse he received from his father and a silent mother who did nothing. Those are waaaay worse!! Aaah! I hated her, she definitely didn’t deserve the title of a mother. Anyway, the sparks were crystal clear between Kaitlyn and Lincoln and they had a natural understanding between them which I loved. Kaitlyn’s relationship with her brother was too bad but I am reeeeeally hoping some development in that department in the next books!!

Overall, Afflicted was a great start to the Tainted Earth Saga. This book slowly edged from the normal world to the dystopian world and its full force would definitely be hitting us in the next book. The plot was fast-paced and the writing flowed smoothly! This book kind of ended in a semi-cliffhanger and I am dying to know what happens next!!

Recommend it?


Soo guys have you read this?? Is it on your tbr? Have you read any other book by this author?


3 thoughts on “Review: Afflicted by Susanne Valenti || Where the Execution Beat the Cliches

  1. Great review! 🙂 I haven’t read any books by Susanne Valenti but this one does sound interesting! I like action packed dystopian reads with a dash of romance soooo I’m definitely adding it to my tbr. Do we need to read the cage of lies series before starting this series?

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