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

S. Elliot Brandis
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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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: 2783 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KAWN3ZM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Desolation and Love under Brisbane's Sky May 14, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.

Kenneth

(Full Disclosure: I was one of the beta-readers for Irradiated before it was published.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Irradiated is irresistable! May 24, 2014
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S. Elliot Brandis has a ridiculously strong command of prose and is utterly methodical in his deliberate word choice, using every word and turn of phrase for maximum impact. Descriptions are lively and on-point, and he’s able to crack up the evocative sense of place and nature to 11. He is, without fail, an awesome wordsmith and has fashioned an interesting cross-blend of science fiction and spaghetti western. Although we don’t learn much about the history of the wastelands his characters inhabit (what was the nature of the apocalypse – nuclear warfare, climate change, or some other mysterious societal collapse?), it’s a minor caveat. We don’t need to know, really, and the characters and their place in this altered, unfriendly environment is enough to satisfy in situ.

His central characters, Jade and Pearl, are both strong and capable. His main antagonist, The Queen, is unequivocally bad, made worse by her own self-perceived good intentions.

Brandis is clearly in his element with the post-apocalyptic genre, and he nimbly maneuvers through the ruins of Brisbane. Like Jade, he knows this dangerous terrain well. The story itself recalls other apocalyptic greats, and shares many similar thematic resonances of works like THE STAND and SWAN SONG, as well as the recent PlayStation 3 video-game THE LAST OF US. The conflict between the tunnel-dwelling remnants of humanity, and their fear of the irradiated may remind readers of HG Well’s infamous morlocks, although Brandis gives them a run for their money with his frightening, and fascinating, Shadows. If you enjoyed any of these other similar works, IRRADIATED will fit comfortably in your reading list and is well worth the time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, good characters June 24, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I liked the characters and I like the world that the author has created. At times the Queen and Shadows almost reminded me of the Morlocks In HG well' s The time Machine, living in the tunnels and at odds with surface dwellers,( irradiated. ) The story moved along well, I wish it had been a little longer. I think it was overall an interesting take on a post apocalyptic world. the two main characters are very different yet strong in character. The "Queen" who controls all those living below is believable as a protagonist. I think it could have had a little more depth in some parts but overall a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical Dystopian Story September 1, 2014
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The world has gone to hell… we don’t know why… we aren’t ever told…but it doesn’t really matter. My guess would be that it was some sort of nuclear war that ended everything as we know it, because radiation is causing children to be born with strange defects. Many fled to the tunnels beneath the city and that’s where they’ve been living for who knows how long, but there are also those on the surface and they are mutated because of their exposure or their parents exposure.

Jade was born in the tunnels and by all accounts she is “normal”, but her father was one of those restless folks who ventured from the tunnels and was exposed to the radiation on the surface. Pearl was born irradiated and therefore could not be allowed to live in the tunnels. Jade’s parents were killed (at least that’s what she was told when she was ushered from the tunnels) and for whatever reason the people in the tunnels helped her escape so that Pearl would not be taken and killed by the Shadows.

I like Jade. She’s head-strong, foul-mouthed, and if you get on her bad side you are in for a rough day. By all accounts she would be about 21. She was 8 when she fled the tunnels with her baby sister and survived on her own in a cruel world. She does what she has to do to provide for her sister and her friends (somewhere along the line, she picked up Simon and Josh, who are both irradiated… unsure of Simon’s age, but it was rather evident he was older than Jade and Josh is Pearl’s age). She’s never been one to back down from a challenge and I liked that about her. Pearl is innocence personified. Even though she has terrible nightmares…visions of horrible places and people… she believes in the good in people. She loves her sister fiercely and I think she even has a thing for Josh.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Descriptive flair
This is one of the better post-apocalyptic/dystopian stories I have read. The author has a descriptive flair in creating his world that is a joy to read. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Sandra Padgett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Indie Post-Apocalypse; no Z's, no nukes, no bio - nice twist!
It's extremely hard for a new writer in the PA genre to bring a fresh perspective to the "after the end of the world" palette. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Eileen Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars The story follows the struggle of two sisters to survive in a...
A dark and entirely different take on Brisbane as a charred and dangerous ruin. The story follows the struggle of two sisters to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where mutation... Read more
Published 1 month ago by geneve flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!
Great read! Working on Degenerated now!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty post-apocalyptic novel
Interesting characters and a believable post-apocalyptic world. The mutations angle and the people living in the tunnels made sense, and made me want to know more about this... Read more
Published 2 months ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Dystopia
With Irradiated, readers get a new dystopian fiction with a lot to take in. S. Elliot Brandis isn't afraid to kill off characters and to put his protagonists in complex and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by W. Swardstrom
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story, creative world, delicious touch of brutality.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique!
Unique and original, this first book in the tunnel trilogy was an unexpected delight. I am thankful to have Kindle Unlimited because it gave me the opportunity to take a chance on... Read more
Published 2 months ago by marx
3.0 out of 5 stars Unique But Murky Post Apocalyptic Tale
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... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Word to Dreams aka Wonderwmn
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark but well worth it
Irradiated is quite a dark book but in the end it all serves a purpose. The descriptions add to the feel of the world--it's very dry and barren. Read more
Published 2 months ago by guardianofthegalaxy
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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.

To find out more visit:

Web: http://selliotbrandis.com/
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email: s.elliot.brandis@gmail.com

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