Author: Eve Kenin
Copyright: 2007 (Shomi)
Who: Raina Bowen and Wizard
Where & When: Post-apocalyptic, frozen north
It was suppose to be simple. Be the first to reach Gladow Station with a load of grain and receive a fat bonus. All Raina needed was a special license that would allow her to drive the transcontinental highway, and that was going to be supplied by a guy named Wizard. The problem? He was late for their meeting, and when he finally shows up, he incurs the wrath of a trucker gang. Thanks to this encounter, Wizard is without transportation, and Raina grudgingly allows him to tag along. With the license now useless, she is forced to take a more dangerous route through pirate territory if she wants to stay in the race. But the race is not what it seems, as she learns, and an enemy from her past has decided that the time is right to hunt her down. There are secrets about her family she doesn’t know about, and she finds herself falling for a man with secrets of his own.
Raina has been taught to trust no one and she doesn’t let others get close to her. She doesn’t want to lose any more people she cares about, and tries hard not to fall in love with Wizard. Raina’s afraid to let her guard down and settle somewhere because Duncan Bane — her enemy — might find her. Though she doesn’t let people get close, she still cares what happens to others who are less fortunate and helps when she can.
As for Wizard, he’s not what he seems and he has his own agenda. He has the ability to compartmentalize feelings like sadness and guilt. But once he meets Raina, he begins to feel things he’s never felt before — fear, love — and he can’t compartmentalize or control what he feels for her. This is made all the worse by the fact that he will have to break the fragile trust between them in order to take down their common enemy.
This is the second Shomi book I’ve read and I liked it almost as much as Twist (Colby Hodge). Driven is set in an post-apocalyptic world and is action-packed. The world building isn’t elaborate, but that works for the story. I read this during some of the coldest days this month, so I was in the right frame of mind to read a book set in the frigid north — it felt like I was right there with them. I really liked the characters, especially Wizard. I have the sequel in my TBR, and hopefully I get to it this year.
Started: 4 February 2009
Finished: 7 February 2009