Name: The Unexpected Inlander by Kellyn Thompson
Date Published: June 6, 2016; Updated Edition: May 10, 2020
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Romance
Goodreads Rating: 3.83/5 Stars
How I acquired it: I received an ebook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion below.
Agent Christopher Rockford has been the best assassin in the agency for eight years, and he loves his job. He loves his solitary lifestyle. He loves eliminating criminals. He loves his comfortable life as a member of society’s wealthy coastal upper class.
But in pursuit of a target, he meets Jenna, a mysterious civilian who belongs to society’s lowest and most shunned group. Being around her is fun and intriguing, but it forces him to see things through her eyes—causing him to reconsider the world around them and The Order he so obediently serves. As he falls in love with her, he fears telling her the truth about his profession may cause him to lose her.
But Jenna has her own secrets to keep.
Reading Level: ★★★★
My Overall Rating: ★★★★
Kellyn Thompson grabbed me from the very beginning. The original POV was a little confusing at the beginning but once it got going it all started to flow nicely. I really enjoyed the characters and the plot felt new and fresh.
It’s been 40 years since The War that Brought Order split the world into three Sectors with 12 presidents. There are two classes of people, Modifieds and Purebreds. People who have gone through genetic modifications to correct that which made the human race weak are the modifieds. Those who decided against the modifications are Purebreds. Purebreds are still susceptible to disease so they are restricted to live separate from everyone else. They also do not get any government funding. Christopher is a Modified and an assassin for the government based on the Coast. He is the best assassin the government has and as a result he’s been doing it the longest. Jenna is a Purebred who works at an art gallery located inland. I enjoyed the different plot line this book followed. I think it was a good change in the typical post-world-war-dystopian world. This book had a major plot twist in the middle. I will admit I saw it coming from the beginning but that didn’t take away from the book it just made it less exciting when I was proven correct.
Chris and Jenna weren’t supposed to cross paths but when they do it’s almost love at first sight. The romance seemed a little rushed but it didn’t feel forced. As an assassin Chris doesn’t get a lot of free time to meet people. So he’s never been in love. Jenna has spent her whole life running and hiding. She doesn’t allow herself to get close to people. The whole book we are left wondering if they will open up enough to let the other person see who they really are.
It was a “feel good” ending and everything was wrapped up in a nice little bow. I enjoyed how everything concluded however it felt a little rushed to me. This book was an easy read. Everything flowed really well and it all made sense. I wish the characters were developed a little more and I wish the ending wasn’t so rushed but overall I really enjoyed reading this book. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a suspenseful thriller.