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For eight years, Liam has been trapped underground in The Colony—a sanctuary so determined to stay hidden it forbids anyone from leaving once they've entered. His only hope of returning home rests on his best friend Riley who, on the eve of their escape, slipped into a coma. Despite staggering debt, vengeful mutants and bounty hunters, Liam continues a seemingly never-endiFor eight years, Liam has been trapped underground in The Colony—a sanctuary so determined to stay hidden it forbids anyone from leaving once they've entered. His only hope of returning home rests on his best friend Riley who, on the eve of their escape, slipped into a coma. Despite staggering debt, vengeful mutants and bounty hunters, Liam continues a seemingly never-ending quest for a cure to end Riley's unnatural five-year sleep. Every night, Liam stares at the listless man who not only holds his escape, but his heart. The suffering can end, however; Liam must only forsake all hope of ever returning home again, abandon Riley to his fate, and wholeheartedly serve as a soldier for The Colony—the very people he's trying to escape. Live the life within his reach, or continue chasing the one just beyond his grasp? He need only submit....

Title : In Liam's Wake
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ISBN : 9780615939735
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Number of Pages : 348 Pages
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In Liam's Wake Reviews

  • George
    2019-01-23 12:58

    This is a pretty new writer but she is already in my top 10! Great story, just the twisted reality I love. It's one of those books that you have to read slowly. Otherwise you will miss important information. There is much information that you will need to take the series forward. Every now and then something didn't seem logical? Eventually It all became clear.

  • JustJen
    2019-01-31 16:19

    Review written for Hearts On Fire Reviews.Book one of new author, Ashlyn Forge’s, new series, Toys and Soldiers, is about Liam and Riley who are taken from New York to the Colony, an underground world with many laws and where nobody is actually free. When we meet Liam, he is on a mission to get he and Riley out of the Colony and back to New York. Unfortunately, Riley is in a coma, and he is the one who knows the way out.It took me a little while to get the idea of what was going on here, but once I did, I was pretty interested. My biggest issue here was the frequent flashbacks showing little by little how Riley ended up where he is. I understood the idea behind the switching back and forth, but I’m not a huge fan of flashbacks on a good day. Here, they left me confused, even though each one gives more and more information and pieces of the puzzle. I was already borderline confused and then had to figure out the timeline and match the characters up with what I knew to what I was actually seeing, though I did enjoy gathering the puzzle pieces. However, as much as I disliked the flashbacks, I’m honestly not sure if this would have worked as well without them, as each one reveals more of the mystery. Liam has problems in that even though he is pretty good hearted, he constantly seems to be making the wrong decisions. He screws up over and over, finally putting his only friends or allies in danger as well. Unfortunately for him, he has other factors working against him in the form of implanted receptors that are like a ticking time bomb. Nothing is easy for him, and he tries so hard to keep his original word of returning home.One thing I was unsure of through most of the story was that both guys seemed a bit homophobic. They were pulled into the situation where they only had each other to rely on, and while we learn about things that happen to change this circumstance, they remain somewhat stand-offish. The reasons for the reluctance become clear, but the intimacy level remains low even though they appear to want it. In the end, I had the impression they were in more of an emotional relationship than a sexual one. Even though things seem pretty basic here, there is a lot going on. There are a lot of details that set up this world and paint a very unique picture, not only with the environment, but with the characters and creatures as well. This ended up being a pretty intricate story. There are twists and turns throughout as the pieces are put together, and it continues right up to the end. I was quite impressed with this as a first story, and despite my issues with it, I’m looking forward to the next installment now that the groundwork has been laid out.

  • Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
    2019-02-03 18:17

    This review can be found at The Blog of Sid Love.4.5 starsEight years ago, Liam was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Thrust into a world that’s considered ‘Topside’, life as he knew it was just about over. His only saving grace is Riley, the man who was sucked into the mysterious place with him. Unfortunately for them, they had to endure one hellish situation after another to survive. Now Liam’s been in the ‘Colony’, a more civilized place than Topside, for five years but Riley’s been in a coma for just as long. Liam’s world is slowly falling apart but what will happen when Riley finally wakes up? Will Liam’s natural affinity to causing problems put them in more trouble then the two can handle?I just want to say for the record that this book is really crazy! There are so many layers to not only the world and the characters but everything that Liam and Riley have to endure. They each had their own problems and now have the emotional and physical scars to prove it but this book is one that is constantly moving forward. When something happens, it doesn’t just resolve itself in a matter of moments but propels the story into another situation and another to the point that they’re all interwoven and almost all can be resolved in a specifc way… by Liam registering with the Eletes.To be honest, I don’t feel comfortable trying to explain this story because it would be hard to recreate all that in so many words. What I will say is that this book definitely took me for a ride. Whenever I thought something was going good, Liam would inadvertently cause another problem or part of Riley’s mysteriousness would start to unravel and we’d learn something new about the characters and how much more complicated things could get.About the characters, I absolutely adored them. Liam is so broken, complicated and almost naive. He’s… well, he’s a hot mess. He just wants to break Riley and him free of the Colony and go back to New York but he can’t do that and each time he’s denied his way of going home, he starts to unravel more and more, losing his mind, becoming anxious and panicky. He has these built in receptors that are extremely dangerous and could kill him if he gets too worked up, which he gets close to doing multiple times. He always thinks he’s found a way to get out of the ‘prison’ he’s in but each time it falls through and he slowly loses hope to the point that he becomes suicidal in his mission to get them back to New York.Riley is like Liam’s rock but, at the same time, their situation is unique. Riley is even more complicated than Liam because, as the story progresses, you learn over and over how Riley is different from anyone else alive but not exactly how he got that way. It’s amazing and intriguing to see it all play out. Even more so because of the connection between Liam and Riley. Which, while I wouldn’t exactly consider it a sexual one at first, it is definitely an emotional one. They’re linked together through their shared experiences and have created a bond that is hard to break completely.I had a few issues with the story, though. My main one is that I was confused a lot. The transitions between one problem and the next weren’t very smooth so I was always left scratching my head wondering how Liam or Riley ended up where they did, almost like there were scenes missing between one chapter break and the start of another. It was hard to follow when mixed with Riley’s disadvantage of losing his memories or with Liam’s panic attacks that cause them to black out.Another thing I had trouble with was understanding Liam and Riley’s relationship because sometimes they would be in love and other times it was almost like they hated each other or were disgusted with one another. I’m not sure if it was meant towards one another or at something else that was keeping them apart but it made me semi uncomfortable… but then they’d confess their love and their emotional connection would be so prominent that I was able to overlook it sometimes. Beyond that, I must admit that I still have a ton of questions about the world and Riley and Liam’s relationship. What is going to happen to Riley? What exactly is Riley? How did he get that way? What is his place in the Colony? Why is Riley still so apprehensive about being touched during intimacy? There’s just so many questions revolving around Riley that I’m burning to know the answers of… but then I also want to know more about Liam and these mysterious people still trying to kill him. Or how the Elete will change him? What will the Elete do to him now? What about Norman? Or Vlad? Omg, there’s just so many questions that I want to know NOW!Phew! In the end, this was an amazing story. It’s been a while since I’ve been so intrigued with a book that, even though it was a crazy story, I just couldn’t put it down. I was so invested in this one and how Liam and Riley would make things work or how Liam would get out of his next fuck up that I didn’t even notice I was gobbling up huge chunks of the story at a time. I didn’t expect that this would become such a complex book but I’m so glad I read it. I can’t wait to read more in this series and in this world. It’s such a fascinating world with emotionally damaged and fragile characters. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking for something different that’ll grab you by the balls and not let go… so to speak. LOL. I loved the book so much I even bought the paperback! :D

  • Nate
    2019-02-19 16:07

    Note: I read a draft copy of this book as part of an ingenious typo-spotting contest during the final editing process. I was unaware of the "particular genre" when I began this journey. But it was sci-fi/fantasy with a cool cover and a great blurb, so I proceeded heedlessly into the abyss. As such, I would like to hereby emphasize my firm and unwavering heterosexuality.That being said, and despite myself, I enjoyed this book. The world itself is brilliantly and imaginatively crafted. The history of the colony is intriguing and the story gives just enough information to inform but to also leave you wanting to learn more. The characters are varied and complex. The story line is well-structured, a mixture of flashbacks and now-time stuff, which serves to flesh out the narrative.On the complainy side, I would ask for more epic battle scenes and more scenes with the mutants. Some of the dialogue could be reworked, but nothing too outrageous. I feel somewhat handicapped as I am definitely not qualified to comment on the romance parts. But for the rest of it, definitely some good readin'.Time to go lift weights and drink beer...and wrestle an alligator.

  • Td
    2019-01-29 14:59

    2.5 Stars - Here I am beginning to get comfortable enough around Sci-Fi to enjoy longer stories and a book has to come along and slap the confidence right off my face, repeatedly and without mercy. I spent the majority of In Liam's Wake in a state of deep confusion, hopelessly trying to catch up only to have more hurdles get in my way just when I felt I was getting a handle on things.It was the characters that pulled me through to the end. I wanted to know how it all worked out for them even if I had a hard time trying to figure out what was going on around them. So while the characters stuck and the story was gripping in places, I still found it to be too much of an effort. I won't continue to follow this series.

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-02-18 19:27

    Wow! Free today at Amazon US! 2/14/14!

  • Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
    2019-02-16 21:25

    4 HeartsReview written for MM Good Book ReviewsLiam was unwillingly brought to 'The Colony' with his now best friend Riley eight years ago. Now stuck underground his only hope of a way out is if Riley wakes up from his five year coma, but although he clings to his hopes of returning to the 'Outside' he has the opportunity to improve his lot by joining the Elete soldiers. Can he give up his dreams of returning home or should he throw the security away on the small hope that there really is a way out?This story has a very dystopian feel to it, leaving you feeling like we are reading about an all new world or about survival after an apocalypse, but it isn't, it is a secret land that is whispered about in legends... Atlantis, Shangri la or Avalon but it is far from the paradise that we dream about. Liam and Riley were dragged to 'The Colony' against their will, they were forgot about then left to fend for themselves, now several years later Liam looks after Riley as best he can, but Liam's habit of gambling against the odds always backfires. When Riley wakes up from his five years coma unable to remember much of anything, Liam's hopes of a way out begins to fade and he becomes desperate. This is a great story that is very involved and has many mystery connections, there are many interesting aspects that we discover the longer we read and the characters are interesting and varied. Liam is a dreamer, he dreams of returning to New York and his life and refuses to accept the life he now has, he has the opportunity of a lifetime but his dreams are too much to let go of. Riley is messed up he can't remember much and Liam is nothing like the Liam he remembers, as time progresses he himself begins to change and there is a huge mystery surrounding him. Although this is a great story, I did wish there was some explanation to explain 'The Colony' rather than the clues that were dropped through out the book. I found myself struggling with the setting until I figured out they were on Earth but in a secret underground world, with very rare people. This is a brilliant storyline that you will leave you both frustrated and desperate for more, you will love and hate the characters as we follow them through the difficulties they face and the difficulties they bring on themselves. We see many story threads that are just at the beginning but we do get a sweet though awkward relationship between Liam and Riley.I recommend this story if you love science fiction and legends merging, fighting for your freedom against the odds, finally accepting your place in the world, a honest sweet love and an twisty ending that raises the eyebrows in surprise.

  • multitaskingmomma
    2019-01-31 16:07

    Original Blog Post: this was really a challenge. I was confused but at the same time not. I wanted to put it down, and found myself reading on.The story of Liam was really desperate and his desperation was tangible. The story of how he came to this point in life was hinted at, then given in small installments throughout the book, then hidden, and then revealed. It was like peeling an onion and it made me cry, frustrated, yet I knew I had to keep going or I would never get to that flesh that spiced up food in a great way. This is In Liam's Wake. A book I never thought to read and yet found to love.Am I confusing you yet?We have Liam, a claustrophobic top-ender who finds himself trapped underground in a world of The Colony he never knew he would be caught dead in. Now, he had the means to make it in that world and yet his need to go back upside was just eating at him. He was taking gambles on everything and even if he insisted he was winning, he really was not.Then there was Riley. This is the man who made Liam survive all the years underground. Thing is, the guy is in a coma and had been for the past five years. Just at that minute when they had the chance to get out of this underground hell, Riley sleeps for five freaking years. Imagine what that does to Liam.Then Riley awakes. Liam finds himself getting past the test to be an elete. Finally, when things are supposed to go right, all things fall apart. Will he lose Riley, too?Ashlyn Forge has written a convoluted world so complex and yet so simple, it is remarkable. This was not hinted at in the blurb I read. Not even quite near it. This is such an astounding book I am still caught in its web. It was exhausting but it was such a great feeling when I finally reached the end. This ride was so fantastic, it cannot be anything but.

  • Cynthia
    2019-02-01 20:10

    To read my full review, please visit received a draft copy of the book to review, so my review is based on the version of the book I read.This is set in a fictional, alternate world that is separate but somehow connected to the "Outside" world that we are more familiar with. This fictional world has a top, surface society and an underground society. Most of the story is set in the underground side where a computer-like "system" rules. Liam's goal is to wait for Riley to wake up from a coma and escape to the "Outside" world to New York. However, when Riley wakes up, he doesn't remember Liam.The best thing about this book is the length, which I think is a mistake and the story should be cut down more. I feel like the majority of the story is dialogue and that lessens the storytelling. There is a lot of disorienting time skips because it skips back and forth about six years each time. The same characters seem really different before and after six years. We don't get to see a gradual process of changes in beliefs and goals. There are also a lot of scenes set six years back. It seems like there are two plots lines and they don't converge.The epilogue adds a twist to the whole story and gives away a clue to the reason of the attack on the Colony. I did not expect it to tie up the loose end because this is the first book in the series. The ideas and the dystopian feel of the story are wonderful, but the execution needs more work. This story definitely has potential, but I advise waiting for the official release of the book to read it.

  • Ashlyn Forge
    2019-01-21 19:00

    Liam Baldwin has no concept of safety. No respect for living, and no fear of death. One bare emotion still intact is loyalty. With a combination like that, it's understandable that he's such a destructive force to be reckon with.He plays the cards he's been dealt, and keeps in motion lest karma finally catches up with him.What can I say about Liam other than the fact that he is the very definition of an underdog; hope, and determination rolled into one.We've all taken chances in our lives. Some have paid off, others not much so, but we make that leap of faith in hopes there'll be something steady to land on.The thing I like about Liam the most, is the power he exudes. I like his optimism, and the way he keeps getting up each and every time life punches him in the throat.Most days, he punches back.

  • Darlene
    2019-01-27 14:26

    I was honored to Beta read this book for this author Ashlyn Forge .When I started reading this book I was unsure of what I was gonna read about. I was very much surprized. This book is awesome! It is not a fast read.I would definately say it is a great read. It tells the story about a person who does not realize that he loves a person until it is almost to late. To find out if he is too late you will need to read the book.

  • T.M. Smith
    2019-01-28 21:11

    Liam and Riley were unwillingly brought to the Colony several years ago, and Liam has been trying to find a way out for them ever since. He’s a gambler and a risk taker, stubborn to a fault. All he cares about is Riley and getting back to the Outside. He’s played along and completed his training to become Elite, a group of soldiers that guard the Colony, but in a last ditch attempt to escape he will risk everything. Will his gamble pay off? Or will he lose everything, including Riley?Forge has created an intense, dark and complex world within the Colony. Liam splits his time evenly between training, plotting escape and caring for his husband Riley who has been in a coma for five years. Forge wrote a well defined character that had you teetering between love and hate in Liam. He makes some crazy stupid decisions and takes risks that will leave you screaming at him, but he has a purpose. To protect the person he loves most, Riley.A little slow to start as the author built her worlds, and the flashbacks confused me sometimes BUT they are a crucial part of the story. This book reads like a movie where you wonder throughout what the hell is going on only to have that ah ha! moment at the end. Forge’s writing style is still a little raw, but unique. The weaving of the two worlds, the Outside and the Colony, coupled with intriguing and diverse characters made for a great read in the end. I have an intense love for dystopian novels though, so I had to see where this story went, and I’m glad I pushed through. What would you do under the impending threat of losing the person you loved most? What wouldn’t you do to keep them? That is the basis for this novel. Even though Liam is slightly psychotic in his methods at times, his love for Riley jumps off the pages and leaves you rooting for his risk to pay off. And I don’t think we got to see all of Riley in this book, I can’t wait to see where his individual story goes in the next book. I definitely recommend you grab a copy of In Liam’s Wake if you are a fan of dystopian, m/m, self acceptance and a quirky love story. *I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

  • Jacquelyn Smith
    2019-02-18 16:17

    In Liam's Wake: The Makeshift Soldier (Toys and Soldiers, #1) by Ashlyn ForgeI was given this book in exchange for my honest review. (LoP)This story is based around how far a person will go for someone he /she loves.Liam is made to be a bad person in the beginning, but like all family with problems he has a big heart. He is flawed and makes a lot of mistakes to keep himselfand Riley safe, but with good reasons. The flashbacks are very important in this book all is not what you think.The epilogue was added a twist to bring this story together letting you know that it was not all about Liam's mistakes, but Riley's past. This story has a dystopian feel to it with a lot of potential for a very good series. The author has a very good story to tell and after reading it I am calling a Sci-Fi family gone wrong, because all it is modern day family with problems.This story is not for everyone it contained drug use and sexual contain (18 and older) I dream in colors so I am giving it 4 stars because of the potential to rise to greatness with work.jackee322001.tumblr.com

  • A.L.
    2019-01-21 17:13

    I will say that the story is tough to read for some and may be trigger some people, but it was well written and incredibly detailed in the futuristic/sci-fi world. If you like sci-fi/futuristic, this is one to read. My biggest disappointment is that it's a series and I'll have to wait for the next book to see what happens next. The book is written in present and a series of flashbacks so it keeps you on your toes, but the author did a good job with the timeline so it's not that hard to keep up. I received an advance copy in exchange for a review, but this is my honest opinion of the story and I personally can't wait for the next in the series to be released.

  • Amber
    2019-02-15 18:09

    This is one of those flashback books. This book skips back and forth between time periods a great deal that at times it become confusing. It also throws you into the world head first without a lot in the way of explanations of what is going on. Combine the two elements together make for a very hard book to wrap my head around. There were times I really got caught up in the story but at the same time I felt I wasn't completely getting it either. I liked this story and I think it has a lot of potential. The ending left me wanting to know more, I just wish I understood more of what was going on in this first book.

  • Denise
    2019-02-09 14:17

    The blurb for this book sounds pretty damn intriguing and going into it, the universe it's set in seems all kinds of darkly complex and fascinating, but the thing is: I have now finished the book and I still don't have the slightest clue what the hell was going on. Maybe I just took a wrong turn somewhere while trying to get into the story? Because every time I thought I had some idea of what was happening, how the universe and background story make sense, what exactly all the characters' relationships to each other were... I turned another page and was promptly lost in confusion again. There's just so much going on and none of it appears to be making any sense. Or maybe this just wasn't for me.

  • Jo Patchin
    2019-02-01 15:25

    Ummm...Wow. I'm having a real hard time finding the words to describe the weirdness of this book. I guess I would have to say that it was hard to understand most of the time. I would have to actually pause after reading something and try to figure it out in my head (if I could) before moving on. Not enough description when you really needed or wanted it and then a whole lot of details about stuff you don't really need it for.The ending was interesting and ALMOST had me wanting to buy the next book but... nah.

  • Alicia Nordwell
    2019-01-26 21:11

    I enjoy MM stories, as an author and a reader. I have always been a fan of fantasy and science-fiction stories as well. In Liam's Wake combined those two elements, so when I had a chance to read it for a Typo Party, I jumped at the chance. Not only was I impressed by the author's creative process for proof-reading, the synopsis drew me in with the promise of a strange new world, a romance, and a fair dose of angst. Overall, the author's writing itself had a nice flow. It wasn't choppy, and there was a nice mix of dialogue and narration allowing me to see the scenes as I read. However, the plot line isn't linear and that created quite a bit of confusion as to the characters. In different 'time periods' the characters had different names they used. Add in that you have a very big cast of characters, and that added to the confusion.I also felt that the backstory was added way too late. Half-way through the story I was reading and still had no idea what the Elementals link was to the Eletes or the Imps. Liam and Riley's relationship was incredibly confusing, are they strangers? Friends? Roomies in hell? Husbands? I love twists and reveals late in a story but when I'm confused about the world, and the relationships of the characters that far into a story, I rarely finish it. This actually had me stopping for several days until I went back, if only to finish the edit for the author as I signed up to do. Some things, even after reading the entire story, still confuse me. Who controlled Top Side? There was all this talk about hiding in a cave entrance, and then there was this strange 'level up' area... but who was in charge of that? Was it one of the gangs we briefly see during the Topsider incursion? How did Liam and Riley get involved with that? A big part of that could be explained if we see that start, not just during poor Riley's level up memories. I'm still confused by Norman too. He's such a vital part of the story and to Liam's actions, but who he is, what he is, and what Liam 'did to him'. The story could be refined in relation to the characters' roles and their interconnections should be explained better. A clearer layout of what the Colony is, the different 'areas' and who lives there, what they do, and why, would also make the story a lot easier to understand. As it was, I was so busy trying to figure out what the hell was going on in the story in relation to the world-building as to the Colony, the Eletes, the Elementals, the Imps, the AEs, and the 'technology' involved that I was distracted from the personal issues of the characters and their stories. I enjoyed the story ... when it was over. If you don't mind waiting til the very end to really understand what you're reading, and you like sci-fi, then this story might be for you. For me, it is a 3 out of 5 stars. Interesting world, a good character story and romance, but the confusion knocked off 2 stars for me.

  • M3tamorphasis11
    2019-01-26 13:06

    I have finally finished this book. I found it a bit confusing. I was really trying to grasp the gyst of it in the beginning, but I think I caught on... It's interesting...the world that was wielded here. My first M/M sci-fi. In this book Liam and Riley were thrusted in bad situations and at a bad place at a bad time. From moment one Liam has been desperately fighting to get back reeking havoc along the way. All the while Riley also trying to figure out a way to get out handled things with a calm and level head. Constantly having to take care that Liam doesn't bring himself down as well. Getting to know their surroundings and the way things are handled in their new environment. All the while having each other's backs and leaning comfort and solace...they form a bond that becomes so much more. Their unlikely friendship turns to feelings...feelings that they keep hidden, but tend to leak out. Throughout their struggles, they realize how much different this new world is, putting their prejuidices, patience, understanding, old beliefs, and ways to the test. Here both Liam and Riley really find the true meaning of an open mind. The way the book was written to where you start in the middle of the present tense and then it shifts back and forth between the past and lead you to understand what's going on in the now; gives it some mystery and a puzzle being uncovered feel. It does shake things up and makes it a bit hard to out down the story. I really had to open up my imagination to grasp the world the writer was painting for me. I have some unanswered questions but then again I believe this will be a series, so I am interested in following to see what happens. I wonder about Red and Norman. Little Sebastian...Juan...I mean that one right there was a bomb for me. What about Normans Assist (it was finally revealed in the story), wondering about Vlad's Assist as well, but then again I had a hunch who it might be... I felt the ending kind of empty...I mean it felt like finally all the answer was just dropped for the reader. Given away. Although all the loose ends kind of clipped tightly together in place. It finally all became clear to me as to the why's of it all. I just couldn't believe things were ending just so...freely...?? I mean wow, all that was said and the only one listening was Amnesia man...I kept saying to myself..."hello, what are they doing. It was him, he did it! All of it is his fault. He was the trouble maker of it ALL! GET'EM!" Ugh! It was an interesting read and if you are into Sci-fi definitely give it a chance. If you can also keep up with it. I just find it a bit hard to really describe things through this story without giving too much away. It's just kind of scattered, so much is going on at once in there...I honestly was left with confusion and questions. It was okay, for me.

  • Eloreen Moon
    2019-01-22 13:19

    I was provided a copy of the book for this review. In fact, I was going to give it a week to read the book as I had other beta reading, work, and review commitments, including posting for the blog tour beginning of November 2013. And then I decided to pick up my Nook Color one Saturday a week and a half prior to said blog tour and started to read. I couldn’t put it down. I read for three or four hours straight. I’m not entirely certain how long it took me to read since there was this time warp where I was in Liam and Riley’s world and didn’t want to leave. I had to finish the story, and did so in less than a day. I do read fairly fast, but I hadn’t been sucked into a plot like that in a while. I loved it.It’s not a perfect story. There were a few slow scenes in the beginning; but just as I wanted to understand what was going on in the world, the answer appeared. This continued throughout the rest of the story. For a science fiction/futuristic/dystopia storyline, it had its realism and moments when you want to cry. Sometimes, I did. But, it also had its good moments and you were cheering on Liam and Riley. It’s a coming out theme, a hurt-comfort theme, and an angst theme all rolled into one. Most of all, there is love. It’s not in your face. It’s not simple. And like life, it sneaks up on you. You then discover that you have come to love the characters as they love each other by the end of the last word. I think I even said “no, no, I want to know more!” when I read that word. Something about “you can’t stop here,” also flitted across my mind. All in all, the characters, both main and supporting, were believable. I look forward to seeing more stories. Half-way through, I thanked Ashlyn for intending this book to be the start of a series, because I wanted to find out more about the imps. All of the characters moved me, especially the “alien” ones.Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and can’t wait for the next story. Finding an author who likes to write a series is a plus in my book. Despite the few slow places in the beginning, I have to give it five out of five stars. You deserve it Ashlyn. And now I leave you with a quote from the book that I think says it well: “Life is a struggle. It’s just as hard as, if not harder than, the blood sports you participate in. If you really want to tempt fate, you should try actually playing the cards you’ve been dealt for once.”

  • Lisa
    2019-02-01 14:03

    I was given a copy of this story for an honest review for Amber's Reading Room.Unpredictable and fast moving, In Liam’s Wake is a unique dystopian sci-fi adventure that hooked me early and I had a hard time shaking the story once I was done. I have never read anything quite like it and that’s pretty damn cool.For over eight years Liam has been forced to live a life he never wanted underground in the Colony. He trudges through each day with the sole focus of getting himself and his love Riley topside. There are just a few small problems. First, Liam’s walking around with receptors fused to his body that turn him into a ticking time bomb. Second, Liam’s just been selected to join the Colony’s military force the Elite and that may force him away from Riley. Third, Riley’s the only one who knows the way out of the Colony and he just happens to be in a coma.“I can’t leave you here like this. I can’t go forward, and we can’t go back. I’ll never hand you over to anyone. I’ll put you to rest first.”This book broke my brain but I mean that in but in the best possible way. From mutated Imps to hundred year-old Empaths, forced captivity for entertainment to being under the control of a military driven government, every time I thought I got a hold on where the story was going it took a different turn. What kept everything grounded for me was the love between Liam and Riley. The emotion and chemistry between the two characters felt very real and very strong. “Remember you? You act like anybody can ever forget you. I didn’t know it was you—not until the words gamble, debt collectors and irresponsible as hell came into play. That’s basically you in a nutshell.”For those who aren’t M/M romance fans, I really would suggest giving In Liam’s Wake a try. You have two men that under normal circumstances would never have taken an interest in each other. Adversity made them friends and years of only having each other to rely on made them soul mates. There are a few sex scenes but they are very brief. Forge keeps the focus on the emotional relationship between Liam and Riley and what they mean to each other.In Liam’s Wake is part of Forge’s Toys and Soldiers series. If you’re a fan of sci-fi, paranormal, or action adventure you cannot go wrong with In Liam’s Wake. I will definitely be checking out some of the others stories to see what she’s got in store for this weird and wild world she’s created.Happy reading.

  • Gay Media Review
    2019-01-29 18:19

    Actual 4.5 Rating!!!The Sci-fi/Dystopian novel....In Liam's Wake: The make Shift Soldier by Ashlyn Forge! After eight years Liam can't escape the underground hell known as The Colony. This is the sanctuary that has forbidden anyone from leaving once they have dared entered. He needs his friend Riley in order to escape to the outside but Riley has fallen into an unnatural coma the night they were planning to escape. Liam is trying everything possible in this harsh new world to wake Riley from his five year rare sleep state. Riley holds Liam's heart and the possibility of escaping if he ever wakes up. He rarely leaves Riley's side just long enough to train for the Elite solider that guards the colony from intruders as he is hoping this is his way of making it outside! The author has written such a complex character in Liam as you will want to scream at him for the crazy stupid mistakes he keeps making. Then you realize why he makes these choices because his one main goal is to keep protecting Riley at any cost. I liked how the author wrote these characters as they don't jump in love with each other and she builds such a strong emotional connection between them. At first you might think are they just friends or friends who care a lot for each other or is there something more meaningful in their special bond. I really enjoyed reading this dystopian novel as the author makes you feel that you are living in this world and that is not an easy task. My only issue with the novel is that it is a little slow to start off as she builds the worlds so brilliantly. I also found the flashbacks a touch confusing at times and really not showing too much how Riley became in the state he was. Once things start off, you will love the story as I do and how well written the characters and the setting are. In Liam's last ditched attempt to escape with Riley, he will risk everything that is important to him! Will the escape work? Will he lose everything that means the world to him? Will Riley wake up in order to help with the escape and make it outside with Liam? The author takes you in time to a great fun read about the Sci-fi and dystopian world which I love very much. I highly recommend this intelligent novel by Ashlyn Forge called In Liam's Wake! I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.Reviewed by Paul at Crystal's Many Reviewers!

  • Terry
    2019-02-05 18:59

    This is the first book of this genre, Dystopia, I have read. I will let you know if you’re new to this type of story, or not, you may want to read it slowly/carefully so you don’t miss anything. There is a lot going on in this story. It is told from the present but has a lot of flash backs, which are needed to explain what is happening. If you are like me and not a fan of that type of storytelling, stick it out, it is worth it in the end.We start out this story meeting Liam or Tellman as some call him. He is a gambler, con man, risk taker who is always reaching for something he thinks is better. Liam has been doing whatever is necessary to survive in the Colony, an underground world. Now he has the chance at a better life if he passed the test to become an Enforcer with the Eletes. He can have better accommodations, food, no water rations and a better future. Only the price he would have to pay for having that life is one he isn’t sure he wants to pay. Riley helped Liam out of a bad situation in the New York section eight years ago. He continues to help him since they have been in the Colony as well. Riley finds himself doing things he doesn’t want to do to prevent Liam from having to do the one thing he really can’t or won’t do. Riley has a plan to get back to the New York section but before he can tell Liam what the plan is he slips into a coma. Riley has been asleep for the last five years.This story is of a dark place not just the world they live in but the dark place that resides in people; whether they are from the Colony, the outside, human, elementals or imps. Ashley Forge did a good job of building the world in her story and has given us great characters that you will become invested in. This story did leave me with a few questions. I hope I will get my answers in book to of this series “In Riley’s Slumber: The Makeshift Soldier II” expected release date April 15th 2014

  • Tracy
    2019-01-21 17:59

    I previously read From Johann to Tannenbaum, by this author which I thoroughly enjoyed so was looking forward to reading In Liam's Wake!I have to say I got a little bit confused and lost with this story in the beginning. Maybe because I tend to read quite fast so I decided to start the book again and read at a slower pace which was certainly for me, the right thing to do!The story is set underground in a so called sanctuary, the Two main characters, Liam and Riley, were captured and have been trapped there by the colony who forbid anyone from leaving once they have entered. From the beginning I prayed they would somehow escape!Although not my usual type of read I felt so intrigued by these characters I had no option but to allow myself be pulled into this strange world that Ashlyn Forge has created. The writing style and character development was excellent, enchanting and gave me wonderful visuals so much so that I found myself imagining each scene as if watching on a large screen. The story line builds with each chapter with some going back to when the main characters first enter the colony Eight years it felt a bit like a jigsaw, each piece of information falling into place!I found the whole story rather exciting with lots of twists and turns I would never had expected! I could feel my own tension growing the more I read and loved the ending as it answered quiet a few questions that had me wondering throughout the book.Then you come to the Epilogue which threw me and left me with more questions! I only hope there is not a long wait for the next book as I'm already a little concerned for the characters that have now grown on me!I highly recommend this book. It was a extremely good read but certainly not a book you can rush!

  • Liz
    2019-02-11 16:12

    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. In it, the author creates a complex and engaging universe in this sci-fi novel. I won't expand on the plot, because the blurb above should be enough to go on. The characters are varied, with a strong sense of voice; the main character can be a little exhausting sometimes but this is not necessarily a bad thing, many great works of literature are built on characters that are not necessarily the ideal the protagonist.The story itself can sometimes leave a lot up to assumption, but again, this is not necessarily a bad thing as I think that books that challenge the reader are the best kind. The universe in which it is set, an underground dwelling by the name of Colony, is the embodiment of dystopia and the author leaves the reader feeling like the whole society can crumble around the character's ears at any moment. I would've liked more of an explanation regarding the structure of this dystopian society but I'm sure that will come in the second book of the series!The dialogue is particularly strong which is not a claim that a lot of writers can make. It allows us to really engage with the characters and I felt heartbreak when they felt heartbreak and sympathised with their trials and tribulations. This is the cornerstone of all good writing and in this case, it was done very well. The book could do with being a little shorter and I would cut a lot out in order to maximise the impact of certain sentences. However, overall, the combination of complex and interesting plot and engaging dialogue make for a great story about two men and their fight for survival in an almost totalitarian dystopia. Good work.

  • Kayla West
    2019-01-29 14:14

    I have to admit that I had to reread the beginning of this book a couple of times because for some reason the first time I could not get into it. Maybe I was distracted by other things, but luckily the second time I read it, when I knew I could have some quiet, I was definitely able to get into it. In the beginning, we see only one side of our main character, Liam. I mean, we obviously see he has some sort of disregard for the place he is in and those higher up, but we don't understand truly why he feels the way he does. That, however, is pretty well explained or shown to us as the story goes on. Now the relationship Liam has with Riley seemed a bit confusing to me. It was kind of a love/hate thing. But I kind of saw that Liam did not really hate Riley so much as he kind of hated the fact he had feelings for him. He was confused and, to be honest, a tad scared, which I think scared him even more because his heart was leading him more than his head was. And I think considering how tough a guy he seems, and regarding everything he went through in the flashbacks that revealed his blooming relationship with Riley, it kind of freaked him out that his own morals were being proven wrong and being changed due to his growing feelings.I love that the story gets more complicated as it goes on. We start out getting to initially know the characters brought to life before our eyes, and then just when we think we know who they are, something happens to bring us even deeper into their world. This first book of this world is phenomenal and just sucked me, you know, once I was able to just sit down and read it.

  • WhatAStrangeDuck
    2019-01-28 17:12

    It's really a 3.5 star read. I kind of liked it and it was well written and edited but I would have liked it even more if I hadn't been even more confused than the protagonists. Dishing out flashbacks is in a way a leap of faith by the author to trust the reader's willingness and ability to follow the characters through time. Ambitious but not impossible. I felt that I was up to this challenge. But adding to that the fact that the characters lose parts of their memories and leave the reader with more knowledge than the characters – that is a giant leap of faith. I'm afraid with me the author crashed a little, partly because I couldn't be really sure what memories the characters were left with. Or me, for that matter, either *cough*. And then there is the empathy thing... I dealt with unreliable narrators but unreliable protagonists are somehow a completely different kettle of fish.[Note to self: Need to discuss this with... people, because MY BRAIN HURTS... IN MY HEAD.]I'll admit it freely, I'd have liked a little more world-building. After finishing it, I'm still not sure whether we are on Earth or a different planet. I'm still not sure what E's are. It might all become clear if I read the other books in the series but, yeah, well, I don't know. Still, I liked it. I don't feel a burning need to purchase the rest of the series but then again, who knows how I will feel in a couple of days. Those questions I have are still niggling at my brain. Darn you, author *she said without much heat* ;-).

  • Stephanie
    2019-02-19 13:17

    This book has so much creative imagination. From elementals to empaths, pseudo vampires, Elete (yes that is how it is spelled in here) Soldiers, and Imps (genetically enhanced Elementals gone wrong). I will admit i got lost in the story a bit, but with continued reading, the author never leaves you guessing too long. There was always an explanation for everything. So if you feel a bit confused, keep going, you'll get your answers. Liam and Riley are "sucked" into a different "world" when some Elete come through theirs. It is a case f possible mistaken identity. Forgotten about once on the other side for a period of time, and left in the "prisons" of this other world. When the Elete realizes they are still there he tries to talk them into going to the "topside". Liam agrees, Riley does not...but they end up going there anyways. That was probably the biggest mistake they ever made. Forced into "work" they really don't want, well at least Riley doesn't, but have no choice. Riley sacrifices himself to keep Liam safe. Riley ends up in a coma, and they end up back in the "Colony". Where Liam aka Tellman struggles to find a way back to the United States. Only, he can't because Riley is still not awake, and apparently he knows the way out.I am not going to get into anymore detail, otherwise I will give the story away, but this story is filled with so much detail and so many characters, it is pretty easy to get trapped in there world. I can easily see this book as a sci-fi movie :)I give it a 3+ stars.

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-28 18:12

    I read a promo copy of this book as part of Ashlyn Forge's typo-finding contest (which was fun - what a great idea). The world in this book is an interesting, complex, dark place. I would like to know more about it. The main character - Liam - is almost an "anti-hero" - he is quite flawed and makes a lot of poor decisions, but he was my favorite part of the book. He came across as realistic and, despite his flaws and mistakes, likable; I was rooting for him. I enjoyed the writing style and the pace of the book kept me tapping right through on the Kindle. I would have given this book 4 or 5 stars except that, with the complexity of the world in the story, I felt lost and confused during a lot of the book. The reason for some events/character reactions were revealed later in the book, but not all. Flashbacks are utilized to tell the story - I don't generally mind this (often like that mechanism) - but not enough context was given and I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what was going on (without much success in some cases). The drastic swings in Riley's feelings/behavior towards Liam is an example - very confusing to me. I think, now, that I know why (won't describe that here as it would be a spoiler), but I am really not sure. I think with a bit less "mystery" behind the what/why, this would be a great book. I would read another book by this author because I think she has a lot of potential.

  • Skye Hegyes
    2019-02-16 13:25

    Set in a futuristic Earth setting, in an underground city known as the Colony, In Liam’s Wake is an intriguing science fiction romance novel with male-male relationships.For eight years, Liam has been trapped in a society he desperately wants to escape. For five of those years, Riley, who claimed to know a way to escape, has been asleep for reasons no one knows.The world of this story is complex and wonderful – seeming like both a utopian wonderland and a chaotic hell at the same time. The romance that develops between Liam and Riley flows as blissful and destructive as any real-life relationship.Liam is a complex being. He will do anything to protect Riley, and has been doing so for the past five years, earning himself some high-end enemies and friendships in the process. Although his decisions about whether he wants to stay in the Colony or leave seem wishy-washy as he continuously tells people to allow him and Riley to leave and then just Riley, there is no mistaking his affection for Riley.That’s what makes this story so good. Many times it seems like he is doing what he does for himself, that all his decisions revolve around him alone, but then you see that all his motivations come from trying to protect Riley. Ultimately, anytime Riley is at risk, he gives up on himself and does everything at his disposal to make sure Riley has a better chance at life – even at the risk of losing his own.