This is my review for the Wrecked Duology by Elle Casey. The first book is Wrecked and the follow up is Reckless.
In Wrecked we meet siblings Sarah and Kevin as well as siblings Candi and Jonathon. These four teenagers could not be any more different. Sarah is the popular prom queen, Kevin is a Rugby playing jock, Jonathon is a very smart “nerd” and Candi is a socially awkward outcast. The two families (parents) decide to go on a cruise because Kevin and Sarah’s father is trying to buy some kind of computer program from Candi and Jonathon’s father. The first night they’re at sea, there’s a storm and the teenagers are forced to get in a lifeboat together where they eventually find themselves shipwrecked on a tropical island. Over the next couple of months, they build a tree house, learn to fish, make wine, throw themselves a prom all while learning that they may not be that different after all. They become friends and eventually love and trust one another and think of themselves as a family and then they discover a way to get off the island, but it just happens to be a little dangerous.
If you haven’t read Wrecked, then the review for Reckless might contain a few spoilers but I tried to summarize it the best I could without giving too much away. I feel like I wrote enough to summarize but not really spoil anything.
Reckless picks up where Wrecked left off. After stealing a boat belonging to the drug dealers, Sarah, Kevin, Jonathon and Candi make it back home and start to put their lives back together. While attending their prom, there is a shooting in front of the school and the four teenagers learn that one of them was the target. After being put into the witness protection program until they can testify against the drug dealers, their safe house is breeched and their guards are murdered. Sarah and Candi overpower their assailant and find Jonathon and Kevin, and then the four of them go on the run together because they feel like they can’t trust anyone but themselves.
I love the relationships that these four characters build within the two books. I love the relationships between the siblings as well as the relationships that they build with each other throughout the books. There are some surprises that pop up. There are funny and sweet moments and there are scary and sad moments. I love that the characters are so diverse but at the same time have so much in common. I also really loved the conclusion of the second book. I thought it was the perfect way to end it.
I really enjoyed this duology and had a hard time putting it down. I’m kind of sad that Elle Casey didn’t write a third book but considering that she never intended for there to be a sequel, I shouldn’t complain. I gave both books a 5 out of 5 and I definitely recommend them.