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Dissension (Chronicles of the Uprising Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

K.A. Salidas , Katie Salidas
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The great cataclysm wiped almost all life from the face of planet Earth, but tiny pockets of survivors crawled from the ashes, with only one thought: survival, at any cost.
But not all survivors were human.
In the dark, militant society that has risen in the aftermath, vampires, once thought to be mythical, have been assimilated and enslaved. Used for blood sport their lives are allowed to continue only for the entertainment of the masses. Reviled as savages, they are destined to serve out their immortal lives in the arena, as gladiators.
And there is no greater gladiator than Mira: undefeated, uncompromising...and seemingly unbreakable. When an escape attempt leads Mira into the path of Lucian Stavros, the city’s Regent, her destiny is changed forever.
Lucian, raised in a culture which both reviles and celebrates the savagery and inhumanity of vampires, finds Mira as intriguing as she is brash. An impulsive decision - to become Mira’s patron – changes more than just Lucian’s perception about vampire kind. The course of his life is altered in ways he could never have predicted – a life that is suddenly as expendable as hers.
Can Mira prove to Lucian that all is not as it seems? Can Lucian escape centuries of lies, bloodshed, and propaganda to see the truth? Or will the supreme power of the human overlords destroy them both?

Product Details

  • File Size: 457 KB
  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rising Sign Books (February 3, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I8PMB10
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,872 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
When the world as we know it ends, the real monsters of this world are revealed and it's sure not the vampires.

This book is a page-turner filled with action, mystery, and violence, as we follow Mira on her quest for survival. With each page brings renewed hope, new horrors and non-stop twists and turns that explodes with an ending you never saw coming. Katie Salidas, you have earned yourself a new fan.

Dissension is in one word...Un-put-downable! I read this book in one sitting and have started the second book of the series.

Mira is a vampire imprisoned and used as a warrior by the humans. Each week she must fight and kill her own kind to feed the blood-thirty humans need for violence as she performs in the gladiator ring. Funny, weren't her kind the supposed blood thirsty ones? She performs and is the undefeated champion, meaning she has killed countless of her fellow vampires. Her only other alternative is death and death is not an option. Mira is a survivor. A survivor hoping to flee the prison and be free. She knows first hand the real monsters are not the vampires, but the humans. Savages that torture her kind, and makes her kill her own kind for sport. She continues to fight hoping that one day she could escape and be free once again. She never thought a human just might be her saving grace.

Lucien is an Elite taught that vampires are killing machines that threaten humanity. When he spots a vampire showing mercy to a human, when that human only wanted her death, he realizes that the humans were terribly wrong. He decides to become her patron to learn more about her and her kind. What he didn't realize was how much she was going to turn his world upside down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly entertaining. April 14, 2014
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Dissension is my introduction to Katie Salidas writings. I've long grown tired of vampire books and not much for the fantastical. So for me to give this vampire book five stars tells you it's not your typical vampire novel. In the future after the apocalypse vampires and humans coexisted. Then humans for a change gained the upper hand and being the hunters enslaved vampires. As a throwback to ancient Roman times, much of the enslavement dealt with forcing vampires to become gladiators fighting each other to the death. Mira is a reluctant but superior fighter and apparently one of the few female gladiators. My one critique as she fights only male gladiators. And the slaves also appease their human patrons other ways. Mira leads a life of pain, degradation and torture. Death seems welcome to her but her rebellious nature and dreams of freedom keep her undead spirit alive. Ironic, right? Full of action, yet surprisingly not a gore fest and refreshingly without much vulgarity this is a fast paced, enjoyable read. Thank you, Katie Salidas for breathing fresh air into the vampire genre.
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Format:Kindle Edition
Title: Dissension
Series: Book #1 in the Chronicles of the Uprising Series
Author: K.A. Salidas
Rating: B-
Review: This novel was definitely an interesting take on vampires and the paranormal genre. Basically, it's a dark, dystopian tale about a world in which humans have subjugated vampires, forcing them to life in prisons and engage in life or death battles in a gladiator arena for their own perverted amusements. Mira is tough chick - spending day in and day out fighting against her circumstances and those of her people. Lucien, on the other hand, I felt as if we barely got to know before the ending of the book. Which brings me to my main point of contention with this book - the ending. There's a cliffhanger, and then there is just those dump-you-right-in-the-middle-of-a-scene endings that totally rub me the wrong way - leaving you unfulfilled and just thoroughly ticked off. This one is the latter. Sure, I'm confident the next book picks right up where this one leaves up, but there is nothing I hate more than an unfulfilled ending to a book. And the end of this one was enough to almost ruin the whole book for me. To be honest, I would have rated it higher if not for the ending - so just be forewarned about that before starting it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Original and awesome. July 29, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Original, dark, gritty and awesome!
This is not your typical dystopian book, nor is it your typical vampire story. The author has created a unique world, that readers will easily be sucked in to. The world building is incredible and like nothing I have ever read. I felt as if I were actually there, watching the story unfold right beside Mira. Our main character, Mira is strong, fierce and funny. She's incredibly smart, always one step ahead and she's also a bad a$$. She endures so much torture and hatred but never loses her spirit or will to escape and I instantly loved her for it. The supporting characters were all well developed and fantastic. Call me crazy but I actually enjoyed the Vampire/Gladiator fights. The fight scenes were very well depicted and choreographed. They were also bloody and intense, just fair warning. We're left with a bit of a cliffhanger ending but I rather enjoyed it. I'll definitely be picking up the next book. This is a quick read, only 150 pages but its incredibly enjoyable. Its also only .99cents for amazon kindle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing
*I received a free copy in exchange for a honest review*
This is the first vampire book I've read in years. Read more
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I saw this one recommended on a blog, and for 0.99 I thought it was worth a look. This novella had a very good plot and intriguing characters. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read!
Awesome read !! I ate it up in one night I am very happy that the second book is already out ! If you like dystopia and vampires this is for you
Published 14 days ago by Megan E. Godfrizux
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting spin on a popular subject
I have never read a book that has the victim the vampire. It is an interesting spin on a popular subject that makes you want to learn what comes next.
Published 20 days ago by Avid reader
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
A totally different take on both the dystopian and vamp fronts. Who would have thought that vamps could be the underdog. They are usually the ones in charge. Read more
Published 26 days ago by kathy harrington
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Published 3 months ago by The Bookie Monster
5.0 out of 5 stars Another awesome book from one of fave authors!!
The world as we know it has gone, its been destroyed and rebuilt. Only this time Vampires and humans had co-existed; for a while at least. Read more
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