Okay, confession time, before now, I had never read a Tosca Lee novel. I recognized her name and even enjoyed the covers to her books, but for whatever reason, I had never read any. Having said that, after reading A Single Light, the fact that she is a New York Times Bestselling Author becomes rather apparent.
A Single Light is the sophomore novel in Tosca’s The Line Between series. I haven’t read the first novel, The Line Between, and while I’m sure that would have added to this experience (knowing a bit more about Noah would have added a nice, emotional hit), it in no way stopped me from enjoying this read.
The story opens with a group of people preparing to leave their underground home after spending considerable time secluded from the rest of the world to avoid the flu-like epidemic that has either killed or driven the majority of the population insane.
Okay, give me a minute to catch my breath after that…
The plan to remain hidden underground keeps them safe but fails to take into account the captivity factor. It seems people are still susceptible to cabin fever even underground, reverting to primitive paranoia, and fear. I couldn’t help but think of John Carpenter‘s The Thing and the unfortunate events that befall the crew of Outpost 31. Tosca does a great job of capturing the untrusting and suspicious state of being confined in a subterranean dwelling.
After a series of events threaten to divide the dwellers and it seems like all hell is going to break loose, the door that secures them from the outside world opens early. As a small crew makes its way outside, things begin to take an unexpected turn for the worse. The silo that protected the entrance to the secured habitat is gone, obliterated in a pile of ash and debris. And they’re not alone. Something is watching them.
Despite the mystery behind the unexpected and early exit, other, more immediate demands require addressing. Namely, Wynter’s friend, who will die if she doesn’t get the medication she needs. Wynter, an apparent cult-pariah from the first book, heads out into the unknown with ex-soldier/romantic interest Chase (also from the first book) in search of the meds that will help her dying friend.
At this point, I grew concerned the story was about to turn into some lurid romance that I wasn’t interested in reading. Instead, Tosca pulled the carpet out from under my expectations, leading me on a captivating and unforgettable journey about friendships (#JusticeForOtto), forgiveness, and ultimately, validation, that stuck with me long after the last page.
It’s not very often that I have a new (to me) author that grabs my attention the way Tosca did with A Single Light. I’m actually pretty thrilled with her writing. It’s as smooth as it is effortless. Several times I became aware of the fact that I was unaware of the fact that I was reading–which amused me. I love finding writers that captivate me in this way. They’re a rare and true gem.
Check out our fun Q&A with Tosca here.