Four years on from Why You Were Taken, book 2 in the When Tomorrow Calls Series begins. Kirsten, now called Kate, is the mother of two 4 year olds, one girl and one boy, and lives with her twin brother Seth. She suffers PTSD from the traumatic events at the end of book one and appears paranoid and overly protective of her ‘twins’. Luckily we have other points of view because I found Kate’s sections a little heavy handed in their emphasis on her fears, making her not such a likeable character for me. I was actually relieved for the story when I discovered that she had good reason to be concerned for her children’s safety.
Her son was not born, he was printed—in 2021! Yes, the dates are a bit premature—and now a cult wants to kill him because of a prophecy they think refers to him. Kate and Seth try to keep him safe, but the cult manages to kidnap Kate’s daughter and want to exchange her for her son. As it asks in the blurb: would you sacrifice your son to save your daughter?
Once again the book is written in the present tense, and the author is skilled enough to pull it off. The story is dark, the outlook bleak, the characters flawed, and the end brutal, but it’s all skilfully done, and has some nice twists. If you like futuristic thrillers, then you’ll like this.