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Irradiated (The Tunnel Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

S. Elliot Brandis
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Book Description

Jade, a headstrong young woman, lives in an irradiated wasteland. She struggles each day to protect her younger sister Pearl, a sweet girl who was born mutated. Their life is tough, but Jade is determined to survive.

One day, Jade returns from a supply run and finds her sister missing. She knows one of two groups is to blame: the fascist society that lives underground, scorning the sun and all mutants, or a fellow scavenger on the surface, acting out of depravity or desperation.

Jade is willing to risk everything to save Pearl, including her own life and morals. With her gas mask fixed tight, and a heavy chain in hand, she sets off on a mission of vengeance. If she fails, Pearl will die.

IRRADIATED is the first novel in The Tunnel Trilogy. The sequel, DEGENERATED, is available now.

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  • File Size: 2784 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Lending: Enabled
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well-written but something was missing June 13, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
First the disclaimer: I received a copy of Irradiated from in exchange for my honest review.

This book was tough for me. I wanted to like it-- and there were aspects of it that were compelling for me--but on the whole I just couldn't quite enjoy it.

I'm a huge fan of the post-apocalyptic/dystopian genre and enjoyed the author's vision of a desolate future with a poisoned, sun-baked atmosphere. The combination of the air quality and the sun's incessant rays cause mutations in children born to humans who have been over-exposed to them. These mutants--the irradiated--are usually killed. When Jade's younger sister Pearl is born irradiated their parents are killed and Jade and baby Pearl barely escape from the tunnels where humans live to avoid the sun and the killer air. On the surface, Jade has scrounged and scavenged to survive while raising Pearl. When Pearl is kidnapped, Jade sets on mission back into the tunnels beneath the city to find her.

The story is narrated in shifting points of view between the two sisters. But at times the writing's lyrical quality detracted from the story's forward motion for me. I found the "Pearl" chapters much clearer and easier to read. I struggled mightily with the "Jade" chapters in spite of the many beautiful descriptions. After a while those descriptions overcame the action, knocked it to the ground and beat the crap out of it, leaving me, the reader, re-reading sections trying figure out what happened. The author also used the phrase "rose to her feet" enough times for me to notice it with annoyance. I mean, unless the character doesn't have feet, "she rose" should be sufficient to describe the action, right?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Short Read July 14, 2014
By Ashley
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book from the author and Paranormal Romance and Author That Rock.
Irradiated is a short scifi post-apocalypse novel.
When Jade was given her baby sister and told to run and escape from the tunnels. Now thirteen years later, her sister Pearl is coming of age. Pearl has sucker caps on her arms and hands, her skin is coral pink and her dreams are filled with strange nightmares. Pearl doesn't understand these dreams but soon it becomes apparent that they mean something. Two groups of scavengers come after Pearl because of who she is, irradiated. Jade races to find her sister as Pearl struggles to survive against a dangerous enemy.
It was an interest and unique story. Irradiated is unlike anything I've ever read. The overall story was good. It was written well and you could get a feel of what the new world was like. It was almost more poetic and descriptive. The characters where scavengers struggling to survive in a harsh world and it showed in their thoughts and actions. The best part was with the antagonist. I was hoping for more explanation of things but it was just enough combination of exciting elements of a story to making it intriguing.
For fans of post-apocalypse thrillers looking for a short adventure will enjoy this book.
I would rate this 3/3.5 fangs.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unique But Murky Post Apocalyptic Tale August 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A unique take on the post-apocalyptic world; part fantasy, part dystopian, part Grimm's fairy tales, but altogether original material in a genre that has become very popular and sometimes over saturated with the same type of story lines. The sun comes into play and is part of the story in a way that I never considered. In some ways like the cancerous effects of dioxin and other biochemical waste products.

The story centers around Pearl. She is unique in several ways. She was born irradiated, with sucker caps that remind you of an octopus, pink skin and thin silver hair. Honestly, I wish this book came with pictures. Through the descriptions and my imagination filling in the blanks, I can only hope that what I felt many in the book looked like is close to how the author sees them.

People are drawn to Pearl. Some are drawn to help her, some are drawn to use her for their own benefit in wiping out others. The one constant variable throughout the book is that her sister, Jade, would go to the ends of the world to save her. Jade, an old soul who has seen much in her years, still has the compassion for those that she knows have been done wrong but even than, will strike that person down fast and hard if she knows that they are part of why her sister was taken away.

Being a huge fan of the dystopian/post-apocalyptic genre, I found it really hard to get through this book. Descriptions were murky, story lines were a bit over the top, parts of it having me think Lord of the Rings meets Firefly meets Farscape but minus space and spacecraft and overall it just felt disjointed. The story didn't flow very well, even with the change of POVs, but towards the end it all finally seemed to finally weave together and become much easier to follow.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Desolation and Love under Brisbane's Sky May 14, 2014
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Irradiated is a novel about how far love and the need to survive will push people. Sometimes it makes them do terrible things, sometimes it spurns them into a charitable act they might not live to regret. Whatever the situation, Irradiated asks the reader questions. "How far would you go?" it queries. "Do you truly love your brother, your friend? Even at the brink of despair, will you push on, hatchet in hand?"

S. Elliot Brandis provides no easy answers or simple characterisations. The residents inhabiting his world are fully developed, each with their own desires and goals. Although I didn't agree with all of them or their choices, I certainly understood their motivations and sympathised (as best as I could) with why they'd opted to travel that particular road. Simply put, Irradiated made me care. With sparse dialogue and well-developed set action pieces, I got to know everyone. Their hopes, dreams and fears. On that basis alone, I suggest picking up this novel.

However, there's also S. Elliot Brandis' way with English. It's literary, yet also poetic. Every sentence falls into place, as if part of a magnificent tapestry drawn in constants and vowels. I didn't struggle reading this work and often found it difficult to put down even though I had work the next morning.

Essentially, if you're looking to be challenged, or for a different take on the science fiction genre, then I'd highly recommend Irradiated. It's excellently written, flows beautifully and pulls you deep into the world created.


(Full Disclosure: I was one of the beta-readers for Irradiated before it was published.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A dark, dreary, dangerous and deadly landscape.
Irradiated (The Tunnel Trilogy Book 1) gives new meaning to dystopian apocalypse. This world is horrible, if only barely survivable. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Alan Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Irradiated(The Tunnel Trilogy Book 1) By S. Elliot Brand is
I loved the book. It is obviously a fantasy, of what could be the future. If so, I hope to pass, long before it gets here. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jonnie hammon
4.0 out of 5 stars good character development
very well paced writing, good character development, absorbing themes
Published 1 month ago by steve mcleod
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
was a good book
Published 1 month ago by debra mccullough
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The story was intriguing and kept me hooked. So far it seems like a fresh storyline. I truly love the character of Pearl. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sabrina M. Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars There Is Hope for a Ruined World
The world is ruined. Humanity has retreated into tunnels. Those who are born with radiation defects are thrown out to survive in a barren wasteland. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Melanie Hollenshead
4.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing apocalyptic world
This is an interesting take on a dystopian world. It is set in a dried out husk of the world years after some nuclear event. Read more
Published 1 month ago by catlover
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
Riveting right from the beginning. Finished this in one day, couldn't put it down. Wonderfully free of spelling, grammar and typo errors. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pam Fries
4.0 out of 5 stars Irradiated (Book 1) By S. Elliot Brandis 4.5 Stars!!
I just wanted to let the author know I received this book for free. I really enjoyed this book. I usually don't read this type of book, but it was really good! Read more
Published 2 months ago by MS
4.0 out of 5 stars Post Apocalyptic World...with an edge
I liked the story. It held a believable concept and although not a new thought process it was still a well thought out scenario of a world after the ozone is mostly gone. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Stefan
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S. Elliot Brandis is an engineer and author from Brisbane, Australia. He writes post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction, often infused with a variety of outside elements. He is a lover of beer, baseball, and science fiction.

His novels are about outlaws, outcasts, and outsiders.

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