Can’t Wait Wednesday : Survivors The Voices Book 3 by G X Todd

Can't Wait Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that was originally created by Breaking the Spine.  Unfortunately Breaking the Spine are no longer hosting so I’m now linking my posts up to Wishful Endings Can’t Wait Wednesday. Don’t forget to stop over, link up and check out what books everyone else is waiting for.  If you want to take part, basically, every Wednesday, we highlight a book that we’re really looking forward to.  This week my book is : Survivors The Voices Book 3 by G X Todd.  I am loving this series.  The next book is due out October 2019 and although I don’t have a synopsis at the moment I am absolutely buzzing for this : the blurbs for books 1 and 2 and my reviews are below:


Book 1 – Defender – In a world where long drinks are in short supply, a stranger listens to the voice in his head telling him to buy a lemonade from the girl sitting on a dusty road.

The moment locks them together.

Here and now it’s dangerous to listen to your inner voice. Those who do, keep it quiet.

These voices have purpose.

And when Pilgrim meets Lacey, there is a reason. He just doesn’t know it yet.

Book 2 – Hunted – The birds are flying. The birds are flocking. The birds know where to find her.

One man is driven by a Voice that isn’t his. It’s killing his sanity and wrestling with it over and over like a jackal with a bone. He has one goal.

To find the girl with a Voice like his own. She has no one to defend her now. The hunt is on.

But in an inn by the sea, a boy with no tongue and no Voice gathers his warriors. Albus must find Lacey . . . before the Other does. And finish the work his sister Ruby began.

Hunted (The Voices #2) by G.X. Todd

Posted On 30 July 2018

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huntedHunted is the second instalment in the Voices series by GX Todd and is a gripping and tense follow up to Defender.  Be aware that being a review for the second in series this may contain spoilers – I would also suggest that the Voices is not a series where you can pick the second book up at random – these need to be read in order imo so if you haven’t read Defender then you might want to stop reading this review about now – before you leave though, just know that this is a worthy second book and definitely a series that I will continue to read.

In terms of a brief recap.  In Defender we were introduced to a character named Lacey.  The world in which Lacey lived had gone to hell in a handcart to be honest.  The short version is that many of the population found their headspace invaded by another voice – a voice that urged them to commit acts of violence and as a consequence murder, suicide and mass suicide resulted in a huge proportion of the world’s populating being killed off in fairly short order. The survivors fall into two groups – those with voices and those without.  As you may imagine the people without voices are feeling none to friendly, and not a a little bit suspicious, of those with them.  Consequently people try to hide their head guests if possible.  Now, as if contending with ‘voices’ wasn’t enough civilisation has taken something of a nose dive with marauding gangs running amok in the cities.  Places have become overgrown and services are none existent as you would expect from a post apocalyptic world.  And, finally, it seems that the people with voices are being rounded up or gathered and there is talk of a ‘Flitting Man’ – tales of terror mostly involving disappearing bodies, and strange symbols – that have leant the character an urban myth type feel.

This isn’t going to be an easy book to review because the potential for spoilers is very real but what I can immediately say is that Todd doesn’t follow an easy path with this instalment.  Instead of taking that easy route she veers away from the characters introduced in the first book and instead, initially follows a new bunch.  At first, I admit, I found this a little jarring and wanted to return to Lacey and her companions, but, having finished the read I can really appreciate the way this story pans out.  For starters the characters are given a lot more depth which in turn really helps to pump up the tension.  There’s nothing like attachment to characters to give you that awful heart in your throat sensation when reading and Todd does make you care quite strongly about some of her cast.  She also gives you a horrible look at the antagonist of the piece – not the Flitting Man – but another character called Posy, who now carries his own voice (known as Not Posy).  Not Posy is a horrible piece of work, he’s just awful and it’s a testament to the writing here just how scary Todd manages to make him.  Devoid of any compassion, he’s the sort of coldly calculating character who absolutely will not stop.  In this instance he’s seeking a girl called Red or Ruby and unfortunately he believes her to be in the company of Lacey – so you can see how the story is going to develop.

Basically, there are three storylines, following slightly different timelines at first until eventually converging.  We have Not Posy and his ever growing gang of wild and vicious characters.  We once again meet up with Lacey and her two companions – who know tht they’re being followed and are making a good go of avoiding being caught and, finally, a character named Albus.  Albus and his companions live in an almost surreal and happy go lucky bubble, in an otherwise savage world.  It’s almost like they’ve escaped the events that are going on around them and found a little bit of bliss, living in an idyllic sounding Inn on the coastline.  Things are about to change however.  Albus also is guided to help people by his own internal hearings.  He’s an unusual character who doesn’t talk and instead sees colours in some people.  I won’t say more other than he is guided to search out these people and help them – which is where his companions at the Inn have all come from.  He’s going to receive a strong message to help one particular girl and although this will involve putting some of his companions, and himself, at great risk he must follow his instincts.

That’s about all I can say really without ruining the read for others.

The writing here is really good.  As I mentioned this is a tense story with very little let up in terms of room to breathe out and on top of that it’s unpredictable.  I mentioned above that Todd doesn’t take the easy route and in that respect her characters are given a very hard time too.  There is violence here and it might not be to everyone’s tastes, particularly the torture elements and the final chapters – so be aware.

Overall a very strong second in series, perhaps a little slower than the first in terms of pacing and also a little surprising in that it takes you away from the main character from the first book (at least initially), but, regardless, I think that the character building and wider scope that occurred as a result was worth the change in tack. A book that seems to move the story on and provide revelations whilst at the same time, on reflection, actually giving very little away in the process and therefore serving to push you yet further onto the hook of ‘desperately needing to know’.

I look forward to seeing how all these storylines will come together and more than that reading about whether or not the people in this world can survive – you never know, Ms Todd certainly isn’t shy of killing off a few people in order to keep things realistic, you were warned.

I received a copy through Netgalley courtesy of the publisher for which my thanks.  The above is my own opinion.


Friday Firsts: Defender (The Voices #1) by G.X. Todd

Friday Firsts
 is a new meme that runs every Friday over on Tenacious Reader. The idea is to feature the first few sentences/paragraph of your current book and try and outline your first impressions as a result. This is a quick and easy way to share a snippet of information about your current read and to perhaps tempt others.  Stop on by and link up with Tenacious Reader.    This week I’m reading  Defender (The Voices #1) by G.X. Todd (and loving it too I might add!)

defenderAt the beginning, Pilgrim missed a great many things, things that were by their very nature impossible not to miss once they were gone.  Imagining a hunk of cooked cow, for example, could torture a person.  It was easy to visualise a medium-rare steak, feel it melting as soon as it hit the tongue, molars sinking through the meaty plumpness and an explosion of juice gushing out.  It was enough to make his stomach cramp up like a fist and sit there just under his ribs in a solid, unignorable ball of want.

Then the next week he would miss something else.  Mashed potatoes, perhaps or fried okra.  There was a period of a month or more, near the beginning, when he would have travelled non-stop for a thousand miles if only at the end of the journey waited a thick, cold, strawberry milkshake.  The inanity of a craving couldn’t prevent it from rubbing on him like clothes on an open sore.

Quite often there was an absence of such culinary cravings, but those times were worse, for the ghosts of loved ones and more deep seated longings would creep around him instead.  Those he’d kept tightly bottled up for fear that if opened they would froth and volcano forth never to be contained again.

My First Impressions

Well, that opening (which is after a short introduction/prologue) is intriguing to say the least.  Who is Pilgrim?  Why is he longing for food and more to the point ‘loved ones’??  I’ve made good progress with this one and so far I’m loving it so you’ll just have to wait for the review.

What you reading this Friday??


*The above excerpt was taken from an advanced reader copy and it is possible that the final version may have further changes.