Reckless by Carolyn O’Doherty

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Alex and KJ have rescued their friends from the Center that held them captive all their lives, but they are not yet safe. Discovering a community of free spinners also reveals the full extent of the plots against them, and the true threat is not the Center, nor even the Central Office, but Kronos, a shadowy international organization that has masterminded the spinners’ suppression for centuries.

When their escape from the Center brings Kronos’s attention to the very refuge that is protecting them, Alex is determined to act. Back on the cold streets of Portland, she and KJ find out Kronos’s chilling new plan to eliminate spinners forever.

As the danger mounts, Alex has to decide how far she will go to save her friends. Time is running out and evading the enemy is no longer enough. To win this battle, Alex must face Kronos itself.

–from the blurb about Reckless

A massive thank you to Carolyn O’Doherty for providing me with a digital copy for review! You can find her on Instagram or check out her website to stay up to date!

Rating: 3.5/5

I love both thrillers and dystopian books, but I honestly don’t read enough of them. So, when I was asked to review Reckless by Carolyn O’Doherty, I was happy to do so! It’s a book that has a foot in both those genres, so it sounded pretty perfect to me.

This was the final installment in the Rewind trilogy, and I’m happy to say that it was a satisfying conclusion. But keep reading to find out exactly what I liked about this book!


The plot of this book was incredibly well-done. The story started out at a rapid pace that didn’t let up until the end. It had plenty of twists and excitement, and it kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire time. But the climax was especially thrilling, and O’Doherty did a great job heightening the tension at the very end of the book.

Of course, I also really enjoyed the characters, too. But as interesting as they were on their own, I mostly enjoyed the different relationships and interactions between them. I liked the contrast between Alex and Shannon; their different perspectives were just very fascinating to me.

I also liked the way O’Doherty wrote the relationship between Alex and KJ as being wholly healthy and supportive. There wasn’t any unnecessary angst and miscommunication. To be fair, that can make for an interesting read at times, but it was also nice to just see two people who easily worked well together.

Finally, O’Doherty’s descriptions of the Spinners’ time-warping abilities were as excellent as ever. She puts an incredible amount of detail into developing their skills and their limitations. And of course, there’s all the technology that can affect them; that’s honestly one of the most interesting aspects of the story. In short, it all just feels very realistic and believable.

TL,DR Recommendation

All things considered, I recommend reading this series! It has plenty of excitement and plot twists, plus a bunch of interesting sci-fi/dystopian aspects. If you’re a fan of thrillers, science fiction, or dystopian books, then you’re likely to enjoy this one. Though, obviously, you should start with the first two books before reading this one.

If you do choose to read this, drop a comment down below to let me know your thoughts! I always love to talk about books. Plus, if you enjoyed this review for Reckless, feel free to use the Book Reviews tab above to see my full library of reviews. There, you can find plenty of other great books.

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