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

K.A. Salidas , Katie Salidas
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 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: #141,077 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A whole new end of the world! August 6, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Who knew the end of the world would bring such change?!? The end of civilization as we know it, this is a dystopian vampire battling treat! When the humans utilize the vampires "kryptonite" to threaten their very existence everything changes. The "top dog" is no longer earned by strength but who has the tools to bring you to your knees. Sometimes you just have to play along as survival is not guaranteed, even if you can beat the others, thanks to the Elite calling all of the shots. This is a whole new world where weaknesses will end you, playing fair could kill you, & trusting anyone is simply not an option. But...then there is always someone who will surprise you. ;*}
If you enjoy stories involving gladiator type battles, rulers enforcing their own agenda, vampires who are true savages, & one warrior determined to break free then you must read this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly entertaining. April 14, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique new vampire/human world. A pleasant surprise. August 27, 2014
By DLarios
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I did receive this book free for an honest review. And I am truly impressed with the world K.A. Salidas has created. A world where Humans don't actually kill the vampire, but enslaves them.

Mira, is a vampire who has been enslaved and used by her Owner as a gladiator. Because Mira is a very effective gladiator having never been defeated, her rebellious attitude is admirable. She is a strong dominant, intelligent female. My kind of story. Her life is slightly lower than the filth she is forced to live with. Who does she defeat in the arena to the delight of the cheering humans? Other Vampire gladiators of course. Humans love that vampires are forced to kill other vampires, instead of them.

The human elite have for many, many years educated their masses on how vile and dangerous vampires are. They simply are barbaric savages not worth saving but for these games. Lucien Stavros is the Regent of the Iron Gate where Mira fights. It is his task to either save or condemn the defeated vampire. Usually that meant one more dead vampire.

Mira's rebellious attitude forces her to continually try to escape form her living hell and search for freedom. During one such escape attempt, she meets Lucien face to face. And she is not what he was taught she was. He was not what she anticipated. The story gets even more interesting from here. But I do not disclose.

This is an incredibly original world that I want to continue reading about. This book ended to soon in my opinion and now I hunger for the next one in The Chronicles of the Uprising.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What a ride!
I loved this book! Vampires are the slaves of humans and forced to fight as gladiators to amuse humans. One brave female vampire must find a way to survive and escape. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Robert A Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must read! Hope they make a movie!
I loved this book! I have started Complication, but now I really want to read Initiation first so I can get the back story on Mira! Decisions decisions! Read more
Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely A Series To Put On My TBR List
I take anthologies very seriously, so when given the choice to read one selection from this particular anthology, I went through each book and read a passage or two. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kayla West
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Beginning!
In the spirit f full disclosure I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Mira is such a vivid character that I continuously forgot she was a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Catrina Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars The story is great, and the character is a strong rebellious vampire...
Wow this book blew me away. I started reading just for a minute. You know one of those times where you are just going to check it out then come back to really read later. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Fawnzy
5.0 out of 5 stars I have fallen in love with this series!!
I have fallen in love with this series!!
You always read the stories where the vampires are the top of the chain, alpha in existence... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dowie
5.0 out of 5 stars Dissension
This was a fast paced , gritty dystopian book, full of action. The Earth goes through a major cataclysm, and it takes humans and Vampires working together to survive. Read more
Published 4 months ago by galina sulaiman
5.0 out of 5 stars A different view of vampire/human relationship
I have a love/hate relationship with this book. I loved all of it but hated that it ended. Katie brought in a whole new light on the vampire/human relationship. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bearhug33
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner!
Dissension is a great, new take on vampires! I love the originality, the drama, action, excitement, and mystery put into this story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Original and awesome.
I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Original, dark, gritty and awesome! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ashley(TheBookCrazies)
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