Book Review & Giveaway: Carrier

Book & Author details:

Carrier by Anne Tibbets
(The Line #1)
Published by: Carina Press
Publication date: June 16th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult

Twenty-two -year-old Naya has spent nearly half her life as a sex slave in a government institution called The Line. When she’s kicked out after getting pregnant with twins, she’s got no way to earn a living and a horrifying choice to make: find someone to replace her, or have her babies taken in her stead.
A doctor with a history of aiding ex-Line girls, Ric Bennett, wants to help. He runs a team of rebels that can delete Naya’s records and free her forever. But when The Line sniffs out his plan, things get bloody, fast. Naya means more to them than just a chance at fresh faces—her twins are part of the government’s larger plan.
As they hide from government search parties, Ric comes to admire Naya’s quiet strength. And Naya realizes Ric might be a man she can trust. If they make it off the grid, they could build a new life. But first they’ll have to survive the long, vicious reach of The Line.

Tina's Thoughts: This book was action packed from start to finish! I feel this plot was well developed, and the characters were easy to relate to. The story line set in the future. It was intriguing, and dark for the most part. It handled some serious subject material but wasn't too vulgar in its approach. But it was hard to put down, and I had no problem sailing right through it. I was happy to see the Naya and Ric relationship develop into a little more personal, but I would have liked to have seen a little more romance. But over all it was a very good read.

Lisa's Thoughts‘The Line book one: Carrier’ is set in the future, after worldwide financial crisis.  Auberge buys a large section of land which is then divided up into five sections. There are piles of foul smelling rubbish lining the streets and poverty is a huge issue.  Jobs are hard to come by and people live from hand to mouth.  Auberge owns everything and through the banking system, he is able to track everyone.

Naya is a 22 year old sex slave who after 9 years of slavery is released into Auberge due to an unplanned pregnancy. She has no skills and can barely read, and has limited memory of the area around her.

Her release comes with some pretty complicated strings attached to it. During her first week of freedom Naya tries to meet the demands asked of her. During this time she discovers three important things about herself.

One.  She has feelings, as a slave she’d kept herself numb as a means to survive.

 Two.  She may have limited education, but she isn’t stupid. Her wits come in handy twenty minutes after her release.

And thirdly, she will not survive without the help of others.

This book is written in the first person, which happens to be my least favourite writing style. There are parts of the story I can understand why the author did this, but there are other times I wish we could have seen inside the head of the other characters. There are nonces to the writing style that add depth to the story and subtly remind you that this book is set in the future, for example the spelling of Tim, a computer hacker is spelt Tym.
 The beginning of this book reminded me a lot of an adult version of the hunger games to the stage I pictured Jennifer Lawrence as Naya and Evie as Amandla Stenberg. The book changed direction in chapter eight once Naya meets Doc.  It then became quite a page turner as the Doc tries to help Naya get out from under Auberge’s ‘all seeing eye’.

Even though there is a touch or romance in this story, it is defiantly not a hot and steamy romance.  The sex scenes in this book are unashamedly rape as the author is taking you through the real and gritty life of a sex slave.  This book will leave you with things to think about unlike a soft and fluffy romance novel.

Jennifer's Thoughts: This book is definitely not your typical new adult read.  The futuristic-dystopian setting gives The Line Book One a very unique and interesting twist.  I found this book to be quite good, actually better than I expected.  The hero and heroine, Ric and Naya  develop a strong bond early in the novel and their chemistry is undeniable.  Naya spent many years as a sex slave in a government run institution.  She is released after she becomes pregnant with twins.  She meets Ric in a clinic where he works as a doctor.  He wants to help Naya and they both want to escape the society they are living in.  The story is well written and  Anne Tibbets does a good job as an author to shed light on the serious issue of sex slavery.  
I did enjoy this book for many reasons.  I think mostly because it was different.  I also appreciate the fact that it was easy to read and was the perfect length.  I am looking forward to the second book in the series.  I hope Ric and Naya find the happiness they both deserve. 

Julie's Thoughts: 
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Carrier is the first book by Anne Tibbets that I’ve ever had the chance to read, and I’ve definitely found another new favorite author. This story hits the ground running, and I didn’t want to stop reading…even when it was over. Luckily, there is a second book that looks to be out in December. I’m not thrilled about waiting that long, but I’m dying to find out what happens next.

This is a dystopian story, set hundreds of years in the future and after the economic fall of the world governments. A corporation, Auberge, has purchased all of the surrounding territories, walled the land off to the outside world and owns/controls everything. The story follows Naya, a sex slave owned by The Line, which is also owned by Auberge. Naya is 22 and has been a sex slave for 9 years. She is released from The Line after being told she is pregnant and must find someone willing to take her place in The Line or they will take the twins she is carrying in her place. Along the way, Naya meets people who try to help her get away from those who are tracking her, friends who are willing to give their lives, if necessary, to help someone in desperate need.

Naya was a great heroine. She is strong, working hard to contain her emptions and the fear she has of even a casual human touch. She is loyal and caring. She is a fighter, not giving up on the hope of living her life with as much freedom as someone in Auberge can have. I can’t wait to see who Naya becomes in the next book. I think she will be a force to be reckoned with, one that Auberge will regret letting free. I’m anxiously awaiting the chance to watch her bloom to her full potential.

I recommend this story for readers who love dystopian stories that deal with difficult story matters. Sex trafficking is a real issue in our world. It is tragic, and we need to all stand together to protect the innocent people in our world. There are things in this story that are hard to read, but there are harsh realities in life as well. The story does not drown you in the harshness, so don’t pass on this due to the issue. This is a story of hope and the chance at new life and love as well as fighting back and taking your life back. It is the story of survival.



Anne Tibbets is an SCBWI award-winning and Best Selling author. After writing for Children’s television, Anne found her way to young/new adult fiction by following what she loves: books, strong female characters, twisted family dynamics, magic, sword fights, quick moving plots, and ferocious and cuddly animals.

Along with CARRIER, Anne is also the author of the young adult fantasy novella, THE BEAST CALL and the young adult contemporary, SHUT UP.

Anne divides her time between writing, her family, and three furry creatures that she secretly believes are plotting her assassination.

Find her on Facebook at or on Twitter @WriteforCoffee. To contact Anne, visit and click the ‘CONTACT’ tab.

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--3x eBook copies of Carrier
--20x Carrier t-shirts with Auberge pens.

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  1. Wow you all really enjoyed this and make me want to read it right meow! I love these kinds of dystopians and it sounds like it's not sugar coated which always makes the most compelling stories if you ask me. I do like darker reads too. Great reviews, ladies!

  2. this looks and sounds aaaawesome :) Thanks for sharing!