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Paradigm [Kindle Edition]

Helen Stringer
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Book Description

2014 Benjamin Franklin Award Silver Medalist!

Sam Cooper is seventeen. He spends his days exploring the open roads of the great American West, surviving by trading small kitchen appliances for food. Life is pretty good, but post-collapse America is a hard place to survive, even for someone with Sam’s wit and charm. His is a world controlled by corporate, municipal, and township tribalism with a contaminated yellow sky and street corner kiosks that offer digital self-medication.

As Bakersfield readies for war to protect its meager oil reserves, whack-job scientists whose qualifications consist of hand-me-down knowledge go on a cloning spree, while Sam tries to find out how his intentionally designed human enhancements are tied to an all pervasive artificial intelligence. His journey through the eco-ruins brings him face to face with corporate shock troops, young marauders who grow no older than 18, designer drugs, an argumentative best friend, and romance in a violent wasteland, all set to the gutteral roar of Sam’s pavement pounding ’68 Pontiac GTO.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1706 KB
  • Print Length: 397 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482346540
  • Publisher: Mediadrome Press; 1 edition (November 11, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,945 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A winner in the teen sci-fi arena! October 3, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The characters in this book are so real and compelling, even if you are not in their age group. I was lingering between four and five stars, but the fact is that I couldn't put this book down, so I think it deserves a "love it". An apocalyptic world is not such an outlandish concept anymore, and this was such an interesting take on our future world that it felt very real. Sam was such a fun main character, I could just picture that smile of his! He is a tall dark "man of mystery", but also a compassionate kid. Nice combo! My only regret was that the ending conflict was so brief, bit of a let down after all the great building up of the complexities of Sam's situation. I find that I wanted more excitement and resolution in that scene, but it does leave me wanting more!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart plot, great characters, amazing book January 20, 2014
After spending hours in bookstores and online looking for strong female *and* male characters in a well-written book for my 14 year old daughter, I had the privilege of meeting Helen Stringer. Shortly after my daughter read Paradigm and was immediately caught up in the post-environmental apocalyptic world of Sam. To say she could not put the book down until she had read it cover to cover twice is an understatement. Amazon makes it very hard for teens to review so she asked me to review it here for her. In her words, "this is a great book. For me as a teen, I immediately liked the character of Sam. He's bookish, smart, and flawed. He's a guy I would want to be friends with, you know? I loved how he was such a complete character but also a teenager and he made mistakes, trusted the wrong people, and went on this amazing path to learn who he was as a person. And then there's Alma and she's this amazing warrior chick who goes through this emotional journey from being sort of two-dimensional but then you find she loves Sam. It's so great that this was part her internal makeup but it wasn't all about this massive boy-girl emotional thing. The love is part of her individual journey but does not define her. The book made me think - really I started getting more into reading environmental issues because I can see us as people heading down a path towards this Paradigm world so before I gave the book to my mom, I read it again with my laptop open, googling issues like smog, carbon dioxide and ozone effects, global warming and such. It totally opened me up to thinking about the world today and what we're doing to it. I've never written a review before so I am missing so much I know but really all I can say is the book is amazing. Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great young adult Sci-fi January 1, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a really fabulous book with well thought out characters and fun action sequences. It is a great young adult or perhaps late teen story with a young Sam who is thrown into a strange world with powers he doesn't fully understand. As any young man, he just wants a cool car and a normal life, however that's just not in the cards.

The character of Alma is also very intriguing, who doesn't like a strong attractive woman who keeps razor blades in her hair?! I always loved when she showed up.

Nathan is also an interesting character who keeps you wondering. I really liked him at first and then I hated him... in a good way. What I mean by that, without giving away any spoilers, is that he's well written.

Overall I thought the story was clear, exciting, and fantastic. It's a kept me interested and I read it in three days, which for me in a nearly breakneck pace.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WHAT!!!!! October 21, 2013
I was asked to read and review “Paradigm” by Helen Stringer. I enjoy dystopians especially when they take place in the USA. I liked Sam’s character. He’s a hero type in search of answers and he never gives up. Alma is also a great kick ass character. I liked her arsenal of weapons, especially the knives in her hair. She’s a character you would definitely want on your side. The story itself is well written and full of action. It’s not boring in any sense. That being said, the majority of the time I was thinking “WHAT?” or “HUH!”. I may share some SPOILERS here but I have to try and explain why I was so confuddeled. Okay, so at the beginning these monks are guarding a box. My first questions were… why monks and what’s so special about this box? No answer to the monk thing…that I came across. A few chapters later I learn the box is a paradigm device. Okay, what’s a paradigm device? The paradigm device controls MUTHA. What’s MUTHA you ask? I forget the acronym but it’s basically a computer capable of thinking that this whole future society is reliant on…I think!! I’m not quite sure what led to this future only that there were several collapses and big bankers and water wars were mentioned once. I guess readers have to use their imaginations and come up with something. There’s a group of people who worship a toxic lake that they give sacrifices to in order to keep powers…HUH okay. The high and mighty people use the fish of the toxic lake as a drug and when they add tarragon it becomes a mind control drug…again HUH!!! I just went with it, but do you see where my questions came from now. It seemed like the author just threw everything into the story. There’s more but I will leave it for you to discover. I give “Paradigm” 3/5 stars. While I liked the characters and it was full of action, I had way too many questions and head scratching moments.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Paradigm by Helen Stringer
Sam’s life is simple, driving around the wilds with his friend Nathan, selling junk from the back of the car, his beloved red GTO that they have managed to collect, which are... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nikki Bywater
4.0 out of 5 stars A different and interesting action story with a touch of science...
The story has an unusual touch of science fiction several decades in the future with enough action and mystery to keep you entranced.
Published 6 months ago by Christmas Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for your post-apocalypse and dystopia book collections
Once I picked up this book, I couldn't put it down!

I know, I know, that's how most reviews start. In all honesty, it is an excellent read. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Alexia Jess
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, thoughtful, visual, and a great read.
My son, a teenager and avid sci-fi reader (both classic and contemporary), encouraged me to read Paradigm because he believed I would enjoy it as much as he did. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Monica Marks
5.0 out of 5 stars The cover grabbed me and story held on
The Story-
Sam Cooper is seventeen and lives in the badlands of a post-collapsed America.He knows two things, that he loves his GTO car and that he should never go into the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dorine White
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I can't believe I got this book in a free download.
The characters are emotionally developed and span across the moral spectrums. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars very good.
Very good book. Fast paced and entertaining. Did not wan to put it down. We'll thought out with several surprises.
Published 11 months ago by mikeatnight
4.0 out of 5 stars Early YA Apocalyptic Adventure That Has It All
I like my post-collapse apocalyptic dystopias to be challenging with a touch of threat, but not so grim and depraved that they read like YA snuff films with an extra side helping... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pop Bop
5.0 out of 5 stars Works for all ages
Although this book is listed as teen sci-fi fiction, it works for me as a mature adult. I loved the way the author creates a USA of the future, with so much devastation but still... Read more
Published 12 months ago by MR PHILIP PELLOW
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read
Quick paced. Well edited. Believable characters and a well thought out world. What more could you want? Read more
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More About the Author

A storyteller since her Liverpool, England childhood, Helen Stringer's first job was researching the family history of the Earls of Sefton at their estate, Croxteth Hall, for use in exhibitions and on tours of the vast, empty old mansion when it was opened to the public - a mansion that sounds like some of the buildings in her books.

Attending film school after coming to America, Helen worked in the entertainment industry first as a development executive at a television production company and then at an entertainment law firm, concentrating on her writing as most authors do, second shift, and learning how the industry works. It was while at the law firm that Helen began working on SPELLBINDER, getting up an hour earlier every morning to write.

Helen now lives in a barn at the back of her parents' house with a bunch of cats and a ton of books. She reads a lot of history, collects vintage cookbooks, and loves to cook - though she has yet to try the recipe for invalids in a cookbook from 1736 which involves putting 200 dead sparrows into an earthenware jar, burying them in horse dung for a month, and then making them into a broth - though she believes the smell alone would be enough to get you out of bed.

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