Friday, August 17, 2018

New Review from Belle: Control Freakz by Michael Evans (YA Post-Apocalyptic Thriller) - 5 Rising Stars

Control Freakz 
Michael Evans

  • Print Length: 407 pages
  • Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic Thriller
  • Publisher: Boundless Press; 2 edition (July 23, 2018)
  • Publication Date: July 23, 2018

Memories will haunt you.

Natalie has lost everything but herself, and she’s just one of thousands. After Protocol 00 is enacted, Natalie’s family is taken by the government, along with the families of her two best friends, Hunter and Ethan. With nothing to lose and the threat of government hitmen kidnapping them at any moment, the three must battle to survive in a horrid, post-apocalyptic world run by President Ash and his invasive government. 
Risking ruthless leaders, attempted mind control, and her very existence on the planet, Natalie, along with Hunter and Ethan, will stop at nothing in their quest to regain everything they’ve ever known. But there are unrivaled powers working against them, and with impending doom looming at any moment, there is no one to trust and nowhere to hide. In a life devoid of hope, happiness, and safety, Natalie must battle both the darkness lurking inside and out of her in order to regain one fleeting memory of her past that has all but fallen away for good, but it might already be too late.

Control Freakz, written by Michael Evans and narrated by a teen girl named Natalie, explores a dystopian world in which the government seeks to mentally control all of the United States of America. Natalie and her two best friends, Hunter and Ethan, are forced to learn to live without any help, as they are some of the few who ingested a mysterious pill. They soon learn that the pill is the only thing protecting their mental freedom.

The teens battle the government, a twisted rebellion, and their inner demons as the bond holding them together unravels. Betrayal, heartbreak, and mental illness all clash in Natalie’s mind as she tries to hold herself together and bring back those she loves.

This story is very immersive. Oftentime I find myself holding my breath in suspense, or cheering the main characters on. The characters are also down-to-Earth. As a person with anxiety, I found I related more to Natalie. However, I know many people who behave similarly to Hunter, always keeping a smile on their face. I know many Ethans as well, analytical and smarter than most people see at first glance. I lost myself in the world that Evans created, and I'm sure you will too.

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Michael Evans is the author of the novel Control Freakz and has always loved to read and write in his
free time. Whenever he is not writing he may be found at the beach or trying to walk Skye, his crazy goldendoodle. He is originally from Long Island, New York, but has since moved to Charleston, South Carolina. Michael Evans is constantly looking for an adventure, and loves to travel and see new things. Above all else, however, he would like to travel to the future, to a time where the world is way better than it is today. Despite the dystopic themes to his writing, he only writes about the dark possibilities of the future because he finds it way more interesting to write about than the good possibilities. He is driven to write every day to hopefully shed light on the dark prospects of the future, and to spread the message that humans are the control freaks of our own future, and it is up to us whether we bask in the darkness, or run free into the light. To find out more about him or his works you can visit his website at

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