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City of the Falling Sky (The Seckry Sequence Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 392 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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About the Author

Joseph Evans grew up in Cardiff, South Wales, UK, where he spent a lot of his childhood playing video games and watching anime. His love of books originated from his love of the fantastic stories and narratives he found in both of these. He is still a big video games fan (can you tell?) and his favourite game of all time is Final Fantasy VII. He has a 1st class degree in Interactive Media and alongside writing he is a freelance motion graphics designer as well as a bookseller in the Cardiff branch of Waterstones. If you’re ever in the area, pop in and say hello!

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  • File Size: 4421 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Publication Date: July 22, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005E8YZ2M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,276 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Joseph Evans grew up in Cardiff, South Wales, UK, where he spent a lot of his childhood playing video games and watching anime. His love of books originated from his love of the fantastic stories and narratives he found in both of these. He is still a big video games fan (can you tell?) and his favourite game of all time is Final Fantasy VII. He has a 1st class degree in Interactive Media and alongside writing he is a freelance motion graphics designer as well as a bookseller in the Cardiff branch of Waterstones. If you're ever in the area, pop in and say hello!

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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful By oregondreaming on November 30, 2011
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The story was cohesive from start to finish. The beginning was a little rough and fairly predictable, but the ending was excellent! Definitely worth reading through to the end.
The grammatical and spelling errors were quite frequent throughout the work. I found that many times the character's actions were overplayed. Instead of allowing the reader to make his own conclusion about what might have motivated a character to respond a certain way, it was spelled out for him. While at times this may be necessary to make sure the reader is tracking with you it seemed a little excessive. The transistions could have been smoother also.
This book is definitely worth the $.99 if you enjoy Sci-fi young adult books. It really did get better the farther along I got. The author did a good job of wrapping up the story, but still make you wish for more.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By kdoyle on April 15, 2012
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3.5 stars. I downloaded a sample of City of the Falling Sky and liked it enough to buy the book. There are the obvious tie-ins with Harry Potter--strange creatures and foods--but it's hard to find a YA fantasy book that doesn't have any, these days. I liked Seckry's character; it was realistic enough that he didn't come off as the perfect protagonist who has no flaws. On the whole, the writing level seemed more MG than YA, and there were some rough edges that could easily be fixed by a good editor. Still, an enjoyable, well-plotted read. I wouldn't place it in the same class as J K Rowling, though.

Note added: My comment about Rowling is because the copy I purchased had a promotional blurb claiming it was "better than Harry Potter."
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Alisan on January 11, 2014
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Why 2 stars? Despite a well-written, gripping story, I find it hard to reconcile crude language, child kidnapping and torture, abuse and murder with a children's novel. I had high hopes for the series for my son and I but won't read the next one as this was dark enough.
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32 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Mathachew on August 15, 2012
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Even though City of the Falling Sky has a number of elements that are cliche, it is still entertaining and easy to read. There are quite a few pieces in the story that feel like they were pulled from other books, like the one teacher everyone hates, the one teacher that the hero latches to, the hero's newly found outlet that suddenly makes him popular, the hero's innate ability of befriending just about anyone, two or three people constantly sharing a glance of concern or amusement, and the evil bad guy's constant head shaking and pompous speech. There were other things that popped out, but I think you get the idea.

The book suffers from some inconsistencies or irregularities. Concerning technology, the popular game kids love to play, Friction, is indicative of highly advanced technology. Yet, we experience a moment where Seckry is setting up and using a computer that makes technology sound no more advanced as we are today. Physical keyboards, external hard drives, email addresses and websites? Are we really approaching the 23rd century or stuck in the early 21st? I do not know what technology will be like roughly 180 years from now, but I would imagine it being significantly different from what we use today. For the characters, you will not see anything that sets itself apart from the pack and in several cases, see what will happen a mile away. And the names of people in the story fit a fantasy, not a science fiction, setting. All these ultimately trivial things added up, and some served as mere plot devices.

Now for the good. Joseph Evans' writing style makes this a breeze of a read and if he were to write adult fiction, I would be willing to give it a shot. Given that this is a YA book, the writing simplified character development.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J.Taylor on September 6, 2012
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This is Joseph Evan's first book, and it's a fun one. His writing style is bright and fresh. Set in the future about 200 years, his characters will make a reader wish they had them as friends themselves. And they'll wish they could play the video game that's all the rage in Seckry's world. It's called Friction. It's a physical reality joy ride I'd buy right now if the game were available. So what are the downsides? The technology in the book doesn't progress 200 years into the future: Kids are still flipping open cell phones and sending texts and listening to music on CD's. But that said, this book would be a very fun read for kids from 12 to 14 and were it not for a few rough edges that might chafe a more experienced reader's sensibilities, I would say adults might enjoy it too. It's worth its price on kindle and would make a fun rainy weekend read. J.Taylor, Yaroos.com
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Problem Solver on September 13, 2012
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I enjoyed this book. Several other reviews compare it to the Harry Potter series and I can see that. There is a young male protagonist who attends school with his friends and tries to defeat evil. And they play a game/sport together. The basic framework is kind of close, but the details definitely make this its own original story.

Seckry is a likeable character and his friends are fun, especially Tenk and Tippian. I found the romance factor somewhat lacking, but I doubt it was meant to be a big focus. The plot with Endrin and figuring out what the heck was going on in their labs was intriguing and I look forward to seeing what the next step in this journey is. Something near the end - no spoilers - made me wonder if Evans was making a statement about religion or just came up with an interesting twist - I will wait to see what happens next. I also appreciated the addition of Friction. Reading about video games in a novel is new for me and felt original, though I suspect there are others out there. I think there are a lot of possibilities for where this aspect of the series could go.

The thing that bugged me the most about this book was the names. Evans named his characters like he was a teen mom from a red state. Jennifer became Jenniver, Kevin became Kevan, Paul became Pawl, etc. This, in my opinion, was totally unnecessary and frankly was distracting from the rest of the story. Obviously it is too late to take it back, but I hope in future series, Evans will choose names differently.

Overall, this was a solid debut novel. Not perfect, but a well-thought-out plot and lots of room for expansion. Secky is a good hero and I think as he evolves, he will definitely be someone the reader roots for.

3.5/5
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