OK, you all know how I review K’s taboo treats because I love them? Well, I love her even more fucking taboo books. And yeah, this is totally one of them. The Free is the sequel-ish to The Wild, which lasted on Amazon for about a minute before it got banned. If you want to read it, you have to go to Eden Books or K’s website to get it. With The Free, she didn’t even try with the Zon. Trust me, they would’ve totally banned it. But, this is what Eden Books is perfect for. Anyhow, back to the taboo book.
So, we have Eve, a young woman who is wandering around in the Alaskan wilderness. Her family were all off the grid, I mean, way off the grid, and they are all dead of various things, except for Eve. She has very little contact with anyone except for Reed and Devon, from The Wild, and their friend Atticus, who has been watching out over her for years and gives her fruit. One day, she comes to Reed and Devon’s house, barely alive. She’s been attacked by a bear. Luckily, Atticus is there, and he ends up taking her to his house, which is more on the grid to help fight the infections. He lives in between the town and the wild, which works better than if they were to try to take her to the hospital.
I really like Eve. I always have. I think that she’s strong, fierce, and not to be fucked with. She will straight out cut a bitch. When she tells you to look away, you really should. She has absolutely no social awareness, but the majority of her life has been with her family and living feral in the bush of Alaska, so there should be no surprise at all that she can’t people well. But she’s very smart, in my opinion, and quite canny. She might not be able to people well, but she knows what she needs to survive, and she’s managed to survive quite well up to this point, well, bear gashes notwithstanding. I like how Eve really is able to take care of herself and fight for what she needs.
Atticus. Well, him I have mixed feelings about. I think that he’s a little judgey mcjudgerson in the first book. Which made me think that he was a little hypocritical at times, but only at times. I think that he mostly just needs to get out of his way, and when he stops overthinking and stops getting in his own way, he isn’t.
No spoilers, but check under the pic for content warning. Not saying what the taboo is, though.
CW: Memories of prior abuse.