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Great book about one family's need for freedom.
on November 30, 2011
I downloaded Nine-Tenths last Saturday around 6:30 in the morning, and had it finished by noon. At 430 pages on my Kindle, this is not a short book, but I was so drawn into the story that I just had to keep reading straight through until it was finished.
Lately, I've been on a quest to find and promote self-published fiction that is truly good. I like the idea of people freely publishing their own work without depending on anyone other than themselves to decide whether they succeed or fail. But at the same time, I want that self-published fiction to be good. Professionally done. Edited. Free of misspellings. And most of all, I want fiction that causes an emotional reaction and makes me really care about the characters. Nine-Tenths is one of those books.
Nine-Tenths is both a time-travel story and a Dystopian future novel. While I'm always in when it comes to time travel, I tend to avoid most Dystopian society books on account of the fact that they depress the hell out of me. But I took a chance on Meira and Nine-Tenths, in the hopes that she could deliver a good story, and I'm glad I did.
Nine-Tenths is full of the kinds of tropes that you would expect of a book that explores a repressive society. Paranoia, fear, betrayal, a sense that the world is rotting from the inside, and that idea that is the most depressing of all; that Big Brother is watching every stinking move you make. And while there are those creepy, drama-filled scenes, the book doesn't descend into such a bleak place that you want to quit reading. There isn't a sense of hopelessness that can sometimes characterize this genre of fiction. The characters don't just give in to the inevitability of the System to control their lives--no; instead, the characters decide to vote with their feet for liberty and fight against their fates.
There are lots of juicy dramatic beats to this book. The clock ticking and time running out. Innocents lost to the crushing evil and oppression of Big Government. Rules and laws that make you rage at the thought of having to live under such evil policies. There were times I'd cuss out loud at the villains while reading. But at the end of the day, the book leaves you with a sense of hope at the spirit of freedom that lives in all our hearts. And as far as I'm concerned, that's just good writing.
Nine-Tenths is well worth the price and the time it takes to read. Give it a shot. I think you'll like it, you know...unless you're a commie or somethin'. :)