RECOIL BY Joanne Macgregor

Self Published, May 2016

Pages: 258

Purchased: AMAZON 


Book Synopsis

When a skilled gamer gets recruited as a sniper in the war against a terrorist-produced pandemic, she discovers there’s more than one enemy and more than one war. The Game is real.

Three years after a series of terrorist attacks flooded the US with a lethal plague, society has changed radically.

Sixteen year-old Jinxy James spends her days trapped at home – immersed in virtual reality, worrying about the plague and longing for freedom. Then she wins a war simulation game and is recruited into a top-secret organisation where talented teenagers are trained to become agents in the war on terror. Eager to escape her mother’s over-protectiveness and to serve her country, Jinxy enlists and becomes an expert sniper of infected mutant rats.

She’s immediately drawn to Quinn O’Riley, a charming and subversive intelligence analyst who knows more about the new order of government and society than he is telling. Then a shocking revelation forces Jinxy to make an impossible decision, and she risks losing everything.

First, I want to say that I really enjoyed reading  Scarred by Joanne Macgreogor. So, when it came to reading another book of hers, I was really excited. In fact, I was thrilled she wanted me to review this book. When it comes to Dystopia books, I’ve always been so fascinated  by the concept. I honestly think I am part of this story and the journey behind it.

Jinxy, a sixteen years old, captive in her own home by the government; She is locked in a house with her mother and brother, as she is a little naive over the fact of what is happening. Very true for most people when it comes to what is really happening in their world. She believes in what she sees and what she reads, thinking it’s right because that’s all she could know. Until one day she meets Quinn. He makes her think, is the mission she is conquering is really what she is supposed to be doing? Cue in the questioning of the government.

Quinn is this Irish bad boy (yum!). He is the reason she breaks this mold that seem to be built around the idea of what is real and what is not. They team up together to fight the war that seemed to surround them. Even if they want it done, will it ever be?


The story is powerful–it’s driven. It’s something that had me really intrigue about the plot. It was at times predictable, but overall Joanne did a fantastic job explaining the the story of Jinxy and how she is built to be something stronger than she didn’t believe she could be. The once naive girl, has to become the adult that changes her perception.

I highly suggest you check out this beauty — I like the concept and what Joanne Macgregor had created. The fact she can easily switch different genres so easily, was incredible. Now, there was things that I sort of enjoyed and others that seem alright, but it was well-written story.