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Reduced, Reused, and Recycled - The trilogy by Robin Tidwell

Updated on October 7, 2014

What happens to Abby?

I might be a little prejudiced as I had the honor of being a beta tester for this book. I met Robin as a writer on Helium and have always known that she is a great writer. When she put the first chapter out for our Helium group to read, it captured my attention. When she asked who would read the book, I raised my hand (figuratively).

I was soon drawn into Abby's life and the events that changed her world. As with any book, there is drama and conflict. After reading the first chapter, I knew that the book had monsters but they were not what I expected. Robin made me like the characters and then made me sad when some of them died.

Although I'm not fond of reading books on my computer it didn't stop me from reading till the end. When Robin announced that it was available on Kindle, I bought it so I could reread it.

Abby's story

Friendships forged as children become the basis of this story about devastating world events. Abby's time spent at the summer camp as a child puts her in the unique position to take a leadership roll in the post-apocalyptic world. Here she uses her skills as a tracker to protect one small group of humanity left in the outskirts of Saint Louis, Missouri. Abby is strong but not much on commitments so in the end, one small child is her salvation.

As mentioned, there are monsters but not the supernatural kind. It is the ultimate "Man's inhumanity to man" that creates a world that Abby didn't expect .This is her story of ultimate survival.

Second book in the series

I read the entire book on the day it came out. Thanks Robin for putting it on Kindle!

Abby's story continues. There are some new characters and we lose some of the old ones. What I find interesting is when I am reading these books, I feel like I am there. When I finished this book, I was disappointed. I had to wait for the last book.

More about Robin

Robin is a freelance writer, wife, and mother and yet she still had time to write this trilogy. She lives in the St. Louis area. Read more about Robin here.

Road trip from California to Missouri to see family - What do you know, just happened to be in the Saint Louis are for the book signing

Why not stop in and pick up my prepaid copy of the book and have it signed? I even won a mug for the furthest traveler to attend the book signing. I wish I'd thought to hold up my signed copy but at least, I had a chance to meet Robin.

The end of the saga of Abby and the government plot has an unexpected twist that I found surprising. All in all, I was satisfied with the ending until the last word.

Darn it Robin, what does it mean?

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Thank you for this introduction to Robin Tidwell and her books. I love that you met her at Helium and that she signed your guestbook. What fun! You have me anxious for the 3rd book to come out and I haven't even read the first two. Enjoyed this visit!

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      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks bunches, Mandy!!

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      6 years ago

      @bushaex: Well... yes!

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      Stephen Bush 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      Dystopian sounds like a meaning designed for the U.S. Congress!

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      6 years ago

      I'm so happy when I see pages like this about incredibly good writers I know personally. Makes me really proud of you two: Ann, for this page... and Robin for the books that light up this page. I have a mind to read both these books, but there seems to be a whole lot popping up in the way. Soon. Soon.... I hope to be able to review these two books at Mandy's Pages too.

      All the best with the success of this series, Robin! Proud of you!

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      6 years ago

      Wow, Ann! This is great, thank you so much!

      And it is, indeed, inspiration - I better get busy!


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