Grip Review


By David Estes

I received a free copy of Grip from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

Check out my review of the first book in the trilogy, Slip here.

In a tumultuous world of population control, one illegal child has slipped through the cracks. Now, as a teenager, Benson Kelly has escaped certain death at the hands of the Department of Population Control, only to find himself the symbol of a rebellion, something he never intended.

While trying to survive one day at a time, Benson seeks to unravel the tangled knot of secrets left behind when his father died, the key to which has something to do with his mother, Janice Kelly, recently escaped from the insane asylum.

As the rebel group known as the Lifers continue to use brute force to send a message to the government, Benson’s twin, Harrison Kelly, seeks to exploit a loophole that could be the key to freedom for his brother. All that’s required is a simple act of murder. 

Meanwhile, Population Control’s attack dog, a sadistic cyborg known as The Destroyer, closes in on Benson and his family. His directive: Kill them all.

Faith, family and love will be pushed to the limits in the GRIPping sequel to Slip.

Summary from Goodreads.

Grip is the second book in the Slip trilogy. I would recommend reading the first book in the trilogy to understand what happened in the second as a lot of the plot expects you to understand (and remember) what occurred in the first. I read the first book back in 2015 so I only have a vague recollection of what happened.

The things that I confused about the most in this story is whose perspective we were following. We have multiple different characters that we follow (all in the same group to just add to my confusion), and at times I wasn’t able to tell when the perspective shifted until halfway into there segment. This lead me to getting very confused and frustrated as what I was previous had read had been with the wrong idea as to who is pertained to. The actual writing style was fine, but I feel like something was missing that would get me latched into the plot. I have no emotional investment into what was occurring and I didn’t feel like the stakes mattered for the characters.

A well written book, but I could not get into it and struggle to understand what exactly was going on.


Have you read Grip? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.

Check it out on Goodreads here.

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