Recoil (Recoil Trilogy Book 1)

Genre: Young Adult

For Fans Of

Great reading for fans of Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games), Veronica Roth (Divergent), Rick Yancey (The 5th Wave) and Lauren Oliver (Delirium).

Book Summary

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, and love is in the crosshairs.

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.

Recoil is the first book in a fast-paced, compelling Young Adult dystopian romance trilogy, and makes great reading for fans of the Hunger Games, Divergent and 5th Wave trilogies.

BONUS CONTENT! Chapter one of Refuse (book 2 in the Recoil series) included in this version!

BOXED SET! The complete trilogy is now available in a 3-book boxed set here: or on Amazon ASIN B01N597PYR. This set offers terrific value - three books for the price of two!


"Don't hesitate - read them! One of the best trilogies I have ever read! And it's saying a lot that each book gets better. I want to bottle up these characters and take them home and make them my friends forever! The fun dialogue this book packs, it's fantastic!" - Verified reviewer

"An unpredictable, fast-paced, exhilarating ride. Recoil did not disappoint in fact I was glued to the book as I rushed to the finish trying to pace myself so it would last. Brilliant world building, characters that you'll wish were your friends and a fresh, exciting storyline that will glue you to your seat. I really hope we will not have long to wait for the second book in this trilogy which promises to be one of the best YA dystopians I have read." - Crushing Cinders Book Blog

"Fantastic addition to the YA dystopian genre! This book is fantastic. You have a feisty heroine, secret government conspiracies, the beginnings of an epic love story.Basically, Recoil has it all. Highly recommended!" - Verified reviewer

"Magnetic reading filled with whiplash-quick action, deep soul searching and a cast of characters with the energy and vitality of youth. Macgregor paints a world in chaos with hidden agendas,fighting to survive the devastation of terrorism. These characters burst off the page with life and attitude, as well as the dialogue of youth. This is not another cookie-cutter read,it is edgy and often dark, a strong start for a new trilogy of adventure and what-ifs!" - Tome Tender Book Blog

"Gorgeous outside and within! The first in the Recoil Trilogy, and it hit the mark. I am hooked and can't wait for the rest of the series! Definitely a must-read if you enjoy dystopian novels,and for gamers, you will enjoy this one" -Verified reviewer

"Enthralling, fast-paced and action-packed. The characters are well developed though don't take them all at face value, there are some double dealing folk involved. I particularly liked how Jinxy evolved during the story, especially as she desperately tried to convince herself to follow orders despite her innate feelings that these were wrong. Her inner conflicts, relationships and reactions are key to the novel but that ending! I didn't see that coming! It definitely ends on a tremendous cliffhanger but that only means I can't wait to read the sequel!" - Splashes Into Books Blog

"Thrill ride! By the second chapter I was completely hooked. Jinx is a sensational character and the plot is a cracker. Fast paced, full of intrigue, but also speckled with humor. When's the movie coming out? TV series? Highly recommend." - WJ Scott,Multi-award-winning author

About the Author

When not writing, Joanne Macgregor is a counselling psychologist in private practice where she works mainly with victims of crime and trauma.

Although she lives in the frenetic adrenaline-rush of the big city, Joanne has always been in love with nature, and escapes into the wilds whenever she can. She's a Harry Potter fanatic, bakes the best choc-chip cookies on the planet, and is addicted to chilies and bulletproof coffee.

She started her professional life as a high school English teacher and loves writing about, and for, teens. She is the author of several books for Young Adults, including Hushed, Recoil, Refuse, Rebel, Scarred, and - for younger YA readers - Turtle Walk, Rock Steady and Fault Lines.

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