Book Review & Blog Tour: The Key to Fear by Kristin Cast

Today I’m excited to participate in the Bookstagram & Creative Blog Tour for The Key to Fear by Kristin Cast! The Key to Fear is the first book in a young adult dystopian trilogy publishing on October 13, 2020 from Blackstone Publishing!

Title: The Key to Fear

Author: Kristin Cast

Series: The Key #1

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing

Publishing Date: October 13th, 2020
Genres: YA Dystopian

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No touching today for a healthy tomorrow.

For fifty years, the Key Corporation has defended humanity against a deadly virus that spreads through touch. Lovers don’t kiss, or even hold hands. Personal boundaries are valued above all. Break the laws, and you’ll face execution.

Elodie, a talented young nurse, believes in the mission of the Key and has never questioned the laws that control her life. But Elodie is forced to break the rules when she sets out in search of a terminal patient who goes missing while under her care.

From the outside, it seems like Aiden was given everything he could want from the Key—a purpose, an education, and a future. But Aiden knows more than he’s letting on, and the dark secrets he’s keeping could tear the Key’s strict society apart.

When Elodie and Aiden’s lives collide, the fallout will be devastating. What do you do when the brutal system that once kept you safe hunts you down? Run.

There’s nothing more timely than reading a post-apocalyptic book that’s the result of a pandemic in 2020.

No touching today for a healthy tomorrow.

After a pandemic decimates most of the population, those who remain live by this mantra. Physical contact of any kind has been outlawed. Babies are now conceived by science. The ruling government, which is referred to as the Key, chooses your career and love interest (amongst other things). The freedoms that once seemed obvious have ceased to exist.

The story starts off as a bit of a slow burn as the author does a spectacular job of immersing you into this eerie and desolate environment that makes 2020 seem like child’s play. The intricate set up of the Key and how it controls its citizens was equal parts fascinating and frightening.

This book is told from multiple POVs, but Elodie and Aidan were by far my favorites. Elodie is wicked smart and lives and breathes the rules that have been set forth by the Key. Well, that is until she meets Aidan who is pretty set on doing the exact opposite. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Elodie and Aidan and watching them work together to take on the Key.

Overall, if you love a good character driven dystopian novel filled with lush world building, action, and a government that you can’t trust, this one will definitely be for you.

Thank you to MTMC for the tour invite. Thank you to Blackstone Audio for providing a review copy through NetGalley.

Kristin is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author who was born on an Air Force base in Japan and grew up in Oklahoma where she explored everything from tattoo modeling to broadcast journalism. After battling addiction, Kristin made her way to the Pacific Northwest and landed in Portland. She rediscovered her passion for storytelling in the stacks at dusty bookstores and in rickety chairs in old coffeehouses. For as long as she can remember, Kristin’s been telling stories. Thankfully, she’s been writing them down since 2005.

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Head over to my Instagram account where you can enter the Instagram tour-wide giveaway for another chance to win a copy of The Key To Fear + signed bookplate! There will be two winners. (Make sure to also check #TheKeyToFearMTMC hashtag for more tour posts!)

Tour Schedule:

October 12
@thereaderandthechef – Bookstagram + Book Blog

October 13
@of.books.and.bone – Bookstagram

October 14
 @paperfury – Boostagram + Book Blog

October 15
@courtofbingereading – Bookstagram

October 16
@thereadingchemist – Bookstagram + Book Blog

October 17
@theheartisabook – Bookstagram

October 18

@linathebookaddict – Bookstagram + Book Blog

October 19
@ya.its.lit – Bookstagram + Book Blog

October 20
@theladysparks – Bookstagram

October 21
@thereadingcornerforall – Bookstagram + Book Blog

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