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Mr. Ruins: A Science Fiction Thriller (Ruins Sonata Book 1) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 827 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: August 3, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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Michael John Grist is a science fiction and fantasy author who lives in London, UK. His novels include the fantasy epic the Ignifer Cycle, the science fiction trilogy The Ruins War, and the Zombie Ocean series. He also has several short story collections.

For 11 years he lived in Tokyo exploring and photographing Japan's modern ruins, such as abandoned theme parks, military bases, and ghost towns, gaining millions of hits on his website with the records of his explores.

The best of these adventures are now collected in his unique travel book Into the Ruins, which thriller bestseller Barry Eisler calls, "gorgeous, haunting, stunning."

Now Michael enjoys working out in the gym, watching TV and movies, and of course writing. He lives in London with his wife, and works as an academic English lecturer at university.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bethany on August 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Read this book with an open mind.. Much is going on that will seem rather confusing at first but don't be discouraged! Stick with it & soak up the ambiance as it will all make sense. The more you read, the more you'll be sucked in, feeling, hearing, smelling the surroundings and not wanting to step away. MJG is a master of this, and this addictive tale proves it yet again! From the start you begin to feel for the characters as though you're in their minds, feeling & thinking as they are. This bond only gets stronger as you read on. The situations they get into & the suspense, oh the suspense!! Nearly impossible to put down & full of mini-cliffhangers, each section drive you on to want to know what happens next. There was more than one time I yelled at the text.. No! Arg!! So engrossed in the story that I'm physically reacting to it.. More than once my mind was twisted around in the emotions of the characters.. be it their confusion or their desperation.

A couple lines in the book that really struck a chord for me .. "The unconsidered life is not worth living" Something to think about...

"But is that all you are, casualty of a specific kind of surrender? Are you the lion who will not bloody his claws or fangs for the pain it will cause his prey? So the lion pines and dies, and what does he honor any living thing that he will not do as his nature dictates, to the best of his ability? What do you honor Ritry, to deny yourself?"

"What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, but loses his soul?"

These hit me hard & really brought up the thoughts of my own life.. I then identified even more with Ritry & where he starts in this story..
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J Phillips on August 11, 2014
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The writer creates a very complex world with villinous characters with many flaws. The story is very descriptive, well developed, and the writing is unique. It does take a while to figure what is going on in the book and where you are. It took me almost half way through it to figure it out, and by then I almost quit. I did finish the book, and it was worth the time an frustration. I would recommend this book to all sci-fi readers.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven on December 9, 2014
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While the author is very descriptive and the characters are complex, the story is so disjointed and multidirectional that you find yourself losing interest. Even the author's preview is misleading and that makes it hard to enjoy the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rob Nugen on August 4, 2014
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This is Grist's best work yet! The entire premise of the story is extremely creative; and answers one of the biggest questions in my life! The characters have a rich backstory, and it's great to see both main characters have character arcs.

The text pulls me along to read more more more! "What happens next?" "Oh no! There's no way he can get out of this!!" "Oh my god how could he do that?" I winced viscerally at a couple scenes, shouted at the characters in others.

The villains are shockingly villainous, and yet each has their own good reason to do so.

The two disparate storylines may seem strange at first, but keep reading! They come together at the end like, "wow!" Each one is compelling enough on its own to engage me completely.

Mr Ruins is sci-fi + adventure + emotional roller coaster at its best!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deshanya on December 15, 2014
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I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This could be a good book. It's hard to tell. The writing structure is at once intricate and confounding. There are two interweaving storylines and it's not until the end that they make sense together. Which leaves most of the book sounding like so much incoherent dream babbling. The main character is well-detailed, but everything else around him is grayed out. His wife and children are tortured and frankly, I didn't much care because they weren't real to me.

The world building that went into this was obvious, but unfortunately, confusing. I got that it was post-apocalyptic and that waves of water are still killing people off, but what the people were warring over and how they did battle was unclear.

The main antagonist was also hard to understand. He has godlike abilities and yet the main character is able to defeat him. Who and what was the villain? I presume the rest of the series answers that. I hope the rest of the series answers that.

I also found a glaring typo. Therm instead of them.

The book was interesting, but lacked the ability to make me care.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Guy with Beard on March 28, 2015
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Ritry Goligh is a wordsmith, a person capable of going into the mind of another. He spent years fighting in a war that helped destroy the Artic ice cap. Now, most of the remnants of humanity perch behind tsunami walls and the rest live in slums attached to the front of those protections. Ritry lives a life of alcohol, violence, and debauchery in those unprotected slums until he meets a being with immense powers. A being that wants to make Ritry like himself. Now, Ritry has to decide whether to be predator or prey or something else entirely.
Running at the same time, there is a story line of a group of soldiers trying to accomplish a mission that they can not remember. In fact, they only remember their names and almost nothing else. How will their mission tie into and change Ritry's life?

This book has a lot going for it. Most of it is good, but some isn't. It is not an easy read but any stretch. It has not one, but two, complex stories running throughout the book. The reader gets only a hint here and there of how they tie together until almost the very end of the book

The world in the book has had a lot of thought and work put into it. From new sciences, types of warfare, climate change, and many other things, this world has been crafted. At points, some of this world is vague and left to the reader to flesh out for themselves.

The characters are complex and well developed for the most part. There were things about Mr. Ruins that were not fully addressed and so I was left with questions about him. Ritry is very interesting, but I did not necessarily like him even though he was the protagonist.

Ritry goes through a lot of changes in this story. He is broken down and completely rebuilt more than once.
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