Barriers by Patrick Skelton

In 2079, Barrier domes shield the planet’s wealthiest cities from destructive solar flares, and only the healthy elite are granted protection. That’s bad news for Barrier resident, Nathan Gallagher — his son’s untreatable medical condition has deemed him a non-compliant citizen.

Nathan sets out to rescue his son from a Sanctuary deep in the badlands and becomes entangled in a mission of global magnitude. With only days until another flare is due to strike Earth’s Sanctuary cities, not only does his son’s life rest on his shoulders, but the fate of a quarter billion people.

Barriers is a sci-fi thriller set in a dystopian future where a trillionaire tycoon decides who gets protection from the sun … and who doesn’t.

Author: Patrick Skelton | Self-Published

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Rating: 3/5

Thanks to the author, Patrick Skelton, for the review copy of this book!

Fun fact about me: I read my Kindle on the treadmill at the gym. (Yes, people give me funny looks when I tell them that.) Barriers was a perfect treadmill read — the story was engaging and kept my attention held (away from my imminent cardiac arrest).

In the dystopian future of Barriers, the sun has started flaring, so it’s unsafe to be outside unless you live inside a Barrier. They helps to block the rays and protect people. Problem is, Barrier technology is owned and controlled by some seriously evil dudes. The main character, Nathan, is desperately fighting to save his paraplegic son from euthanasia (because they essentially kill off people who can’t work — saving the Barrier resources for healthy, productive people).

Aside from Nathan and his son’s plight, the evil dudes are also planning other nefariously evil stuff, and eventually, Nathan gets tangled up in the resistance efforts enough for him to try to help save the world.

The writing style is straightforward and a little unrefined, but not bad. Some things that I had understood implicitly ended up being stated explicitly, which was a bit “Yeah, okay, I got that.” Still, the story concept was good and quite exciting at the end. The twist definitely got me.

PSA: This book is available on Kindle Unlimited, if you have that!

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