The Woodlands - Lauren Nicolle Taylor

The Woodlands

By Lauren Nicolle Taylor

  • Release Date: 2013-08-15
  • Genre: Gay
Score: 4.5
From 471 Ratings


Rosa never thought she’d make it to sixteen...

When being unique puts you in danger and speaking your mind can be punishable by death, you might find yourself fighting to survive. Sixteen-year-old Rosa lives in one of the eight enclosed cities of The Woodlands. Where the lone survivors of a devastating race war have settled in the Russian wilderness because it’s the only scrap of land left habitable on the planet. In these circular cities, everyone must abide by the law or face harsh punishment. Rosa's inability to conform and obey the rules brands her a leper and no one wants to be within two feet of her, until she meets Joseph. He's blonde, fair-skinned, green-eyed, and the laid-back complete opposite of Rosa. She's never met anyone quite like
him, and she knows that spells danger.

But differences weren't always a bad thing. People used to think being unique was one of the most treasured of traits to have. Now, the Superiors, who ruthlessly control the concrete cities with an iron fist, are obsessed with creating a 'raceless' race. They are convinced this is the only way to avoid another war. Any anomalies must be destroyed.

The Superiors are unstoppable and can do anything they want. After all, they are considered superheroes by the general public. But not everyone sees them this way. When they continue to abuse their power by collecting young girls for use in their secret, high-tech breeding program, they have no idea that one of those girls has somehow managed to make friends even she didn't know she had. And one man will stop at nothing to save her.

Do you dare enter the Woodlands? A dystopian page-turner with over 750 five-star ratings on Goodreads. The Woodlands Series is perfect for fans of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth, and The Jewel Series by Amy Ewing.

The Woodlands is an Award-Winning Finalist in the "Fiction: Young Adult" category of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards, as well as a Semifinalist in The Kindle Book Awards by the Kindle Book Review.
"Lauren Taylor's writing is powerfully descriptive; she is a master of words and similes." - Author Erica Kiefer
"It seems so rare these days to find a dystopian with an original vein in it. The Woodlands Succeeds." - Author Pauline Creeden
"I went into this story with my own ideas, but they were obliterated by what I found instead. I was so happy to be wrong because this story touched my heart deeply in a way that I never expected." Reviewer Amber Douglas McCallister
"This book was fantastic! Spectacular! It had everything I look for in a book: Action, Adventure, and even romance!" Reviewer Jocelyn Sanchez


  • Edgy

    By GrandValient
    Interesting, edgy & compelling; an interesting take on a post apocalyptic society; edgy, yet not futuristic or primitive; very compelling female lead who recounts her life for the reader, with interesting psychological insights. Also a bit of a coming of age saga. Would even read again to make sure I hadn’t missed anything of import. Would recommend for readers 13 to adult.
  • Something different

    By sas7723
    A fun read of something I hadn’t expected from the excerpt. The style of writing is easy to follow.
  • That was awesome

    By Zarina625
    Good job
  • The Woodlands

    By FDmechanic
    Absolutely incredible. I'm not much of a reader, took a part job where I have a lot of free time so I figured why not. This book started off a little questionable on if I wanted to keep going, but after sticking with it gotta say I'm not disappointed. This book had me mad, smiling, ready to cry, and begging for mercy for people that weren't even real. This is an absolute must read.
  • Good book

    By I'm into this app
    Need to finish the story!!! Is there a 2nd book?
  • One of the best

    By Luceagain
    This series is one of the best I've read recently. The writing is lovely, the plot kept me up all night, and the characters evolved over the three books in a way that made me keep buying more. I strongly recommend this series!
  • Wasn't for me

    By KellyG198
    I have no idea what this book was about. I couldn't get into it & it always seemed like something was missing. Like I was reading the series out of order & was starting with the last book. I kept reading hoping at some point something would happen to tie everything together, but it never did.
  • A work of art

    By I <3 clothes
    This book was amazing. It's awesome that it's free! The small but plentiful plot twists in this book were incredible, and the words practically reach out and pull you into the story. I absolutely loved it and I was heartbroken when I reached the last page. If there's not already a sequel, there needs to be.
  • Wished

    By Revmo21
    I wished while reading this book I could do it in one sitting, but my family who I love dearly kept wanting my attention and pulling me away much to my annoyance. Otherwise I would have gone off in a quiet corner and read in complete contentment and had to read over a day and a half time period. I love it when a good book crosses my path and this is one of worth the time and I'm looking forward to the next books and the complete unfolding of Rosas story.
  • I loved this book

    By Kansas Zoe
    This book was just amazing I don't even know how to describe it