Death Thieves – Julie Wright (Review)

Title: Death Thieves
Author: Julie Wright
Publisher: Kindle Press, 2016
Genre: YA Dystopian, YA Science Fiction

**I received a copy of this book free from and the author in exchange for an honest review**

This review can be found on my BlogTeacherofYA’s Tumblr, or my Goodreads page

My Review:

So I requested this title from Ebooksforreview back in August, and I have to admit, I love the amount of time they give you to review a book! I get busy and forgetful and I have lots going on, but having 90 days to review a book is incredibly generous. So I go back to the time and time again. And I have yet to be disappointed!

Summer Dawn Rae and her sister Winter are twins: Winter is the achiever and Summer is the one who performs under the radar. Unfortunately, Winter isn’t the one who dies…Summer is. Well, she is supposed to die, but Tag saves her. He comes from the future to bring her with him, and leaves a body in her place. Since she’s supposed to die, history is not altered. The only problem is that Summer doesn’t go anywhere without her twin.

She fights Tag and ends up screwing up the window of time for them to return to 2112: Tag’s time. He wants to bring her to the future because infertility is preventing new births, and civilization will die out if it continues. Summer’s been picked to be a New Youth…essentially one of a couple hundred people who are not infected with infertility from mutated STDs. The mutation has led to a race of Crazy people, and once a child turns three, if they don’t pass an evaluation, they are euthanized. 

Summer doesn’t want to be a New Youth; she just wants her sister. She already lost her boyfriend in the car accident that supposedly claimed her life, and Winter is her other half. But after spending some time with Tag, she realizes that she can’t go back…because all of her loved ones think she is dead. While waiting to return to Tag’s time, Summer slowly realizes that Tag isn’t that bad…but he is infected, keeping him off-limits as anything even remotely friendly. 

Will 2112 be the wonderful future that Tag has described? How can it be if babies are being put to death? Where does a chronic underperformed belong in a future world? And can she share her future with Tag, even though she could get him killed for fraternizing with a New Youth?

Is It Classroom-Appropriate?

Yes. It really is. I love finding standalone books that can be used in a classroom! This one has a great structure: moral implications, well-developed characters, and time travel (who doesn’t love a good time travel story?)…I can see so many fun prompts for this one already. Tag’s future has benefits and drawbacks, and though it appears they are trying to create a utopic world with the New Youth, there are people in the future separated by class and wealth. The government controls everything (just like a good dystopian world) and babies are born in public nurseries to try to prevent this “crazy” disease. 

I can imagine discussing the class system, the idea of thieving people from their natural deaths, the moral quandary of killing children…the text is rich with options. I am definitely keeping this one on my list for classroom-use!

Age Range:

Though the book isn’t “popular” enough to warrant a Lexile score, I would estimate a good age range at 12 and up. There’s no sex, no swearing…the protagonist is very relatable (she has habits like saying, “Stupid!” to herself when making a mistake, she accidentally calls people crazy in a world where calling someone crazy is like accusing them of being a witch, she has natural insecurities that most young people have), and the story is fun and imaginative. I really enjoyed this one and would give it to my niece to read. I think she’d like it. 

Here’s the author, Julie Wright:

End Result:

I give Death Thieves ★★★★☆. I would actually give it four and a half but of course there’s no half-stars in my world. Maybe in the future? Lol. But seriously, I would recommend this to fans of dystopian lit that like standalones (I was satisfied but I’d be happy with more!) or like something easy to get into. Death Thieves was a truly fun read and it stuck with me. I’m going to read more of Julie Wright’s books and see if I can find another winner: I already subscribed to her blog! 

Happy Reading, everyone! Check out an indie book ASAP and help self-published writers out! So many good stories get left by the wayside because they aren’t published by huge publishing houses…I say give em a chance! 🙌

29 thoughts on “Death Thieves – Julie Wright (Review)

    1. Thanks, Megan! It really was an enjoyable book. I liked that it wasn’t too fast, too slow, or too boring! It was very good. Couldn’t do a full five stars bc it wasn’t, like, outstanding, but it was pretty darn good! 😉

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  1. Awesome review, Stephanie! This sounds right up my alley. I see this is published by Amazon Press. I submitted my book to Kindle Scout and they approved me for a book campaign that starts tomorrow. That’s cool that the author also did that. There really are some good indies out there. So true! 🙂 Some of my favorite authors are indies. I’ll definitely check this one out.

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  2. Great review for this book Stephanie, it sounds like an interesting concept though the premise that everyone is infertile in the future kind of reminds me of another dystopian book I had on my to-read list ages ago (can’t for the life of me remember what the title was or anything).
    Still I’m glad you enjoyed this book, and wow I don’t know if I’ve ever come across a dystopian stand alone book before. It is great that the plot and development was strong enough to fit in one book. 🙂

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    1. It was! I was surprised as well. A lot of times the books as standalones try to cram so much in them that they fall flat as overwhelming info dumps. But this one was pretty elegant in its execution…at first I admit I laughed at the idea of the “Crazy Wars,” but as the book continued I realized that people will nickname wars (War on terror, War on Drugs) that aren’t really wars but are based on policy shifts and legislation. The wars weren’t an actual war, but the revolution of people labeled as crazy…I can see a societal shift against those with mental illness in the future.
      This book touched on all my favorite concepts in dystopian lit: government control, hopeless future, and sassy chick not wanting to be part of the New World Order. I really am glad I for it.
      You should try out ebooksforreview…I don’t remember how I found them now, but they email you with a couple choices a week and you can sign up or delete the email. This is probably my fifth or sixth one from them, and a lot of books have made my favorites list! And I never would have found them without the site! I love read and review opportunities, especially when you get 90 days! Just marked it on the calendar and set it for a reminder three days before the due date! 😊

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      1. I’ve read standalones like that and it has ruined the story because there was a lot of action but not enough development to make it a book I could invest myself in. Then again in the other hand I’ve read a few books that do it really well but they’re definitely rarer.
        Yeah anything to create a hype or panic in the media. If they can give it a catchy name people will remember it will more than likely be something that people talk about more as well. Honestly who knows where the future will go, it’s one of the things I enjoy absolutely dystopian books, seeing where the author thinks things will lead.
        It sounds like an interesting book, and it definitely sounds like it has great elements to it as well. Thanks for the recommendation as well. I’ll definitely check out that website but I need to work my way through the books I currently have for review on NetGalley first! 🙂

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    2. Well, that’s certainly understandable! All my NetGalley titles at this moment are books that have a couple months before they release…that’s why I started focusing on the library books! I’ll probably do one more from there soon so that I can feel comfortable requesting again. I promised myself I would not request anything or look. The main reason I like ebooksforreview is because they give you such a long time to read the book!
      I hope you have some good ones on NetGalley: anything on there that you would recommend right now?

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      1. Some of mine are but I still kind of want to read and review them just so I can keep them in my drafts and be ready to post them when I need to. Plus I feel like the archive date will sneak up on me and I won’t have enough time to read and review them.
        I haven’t actually been on NetGalley in ages either. I’ve put myself in a kind of requesting ban until I catch up on the ARCs I currently have from there, but I’m sure there are some amazing books on there any ways. 🙂

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    3. Good idea! I just hate writing reviews that I can’t post, though, since I don’t get to post as often as I would like. But I hear a lot of people do that…maybe I could write the review on Goodreads and then post-date the blog one? Hmmm.
      Yeah…not going back there until I get the pile down. And slowly but surely it IS happening. 😊

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    4. I completely agree that you need a Goodreads account! It’s really easy and will make life better. I don’t know what I would do without it!!
      But yes… Progress is progress, and I’ll take any progress I can get right now. 😉

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    1. It’s so rare to find a good standalone sometimes, isn’t it? I really liked this one, and judging by the cover, I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was. I REALLY need to stop judging books by their covers! 🤔

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