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Paradigm [Kindle Edition]

Helen Stringer
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sam Cooper is seventeen. He drives a cherry red 1968 GTO that he won on a bet, and spends his days exploring the open roads of the great American West. He should be living the teenage dream, but post-collapse America is a hard place to survive.

The United States is long dead, basic resources are getting scarcer, and no one on Earth has seen the stars since before he was born. Vast tracts of the country are now empty as people huddle together for safety.

In all this chaos, Sam has survived on his wits and occasional luck. But a visit to the walled and prosperous Century City results in a split-second decision that changes everything. Soon Sam is on the run from the ruthless Carolyn Bast, and by something much more dangerous: MUTHA--a powerful artificial entity that has been watching and waiting for Sam's return from the barren outlands. Sam unknowingly carries the key to something MUTHA can't live without, something so dangerous that others are willing to kill him, or worse, to ensure that the great plex never possesses it.

Sam can't stay one step ahead of them forever. His only hope is to unravel the secrets of his peculiar past and awaken the incredible power that sleeps within--because even in his beloved GTO, without the truth, Sam will never succeed in outracing the nightmare to come.

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: #473,315 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 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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6 of 6 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome January 10, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great book, I enjoyed it a lot. This is one of those books that when you finish and just kind of sit there for thirty minutes or so and feel sad. Great plot overall and well drawn out characters. Most of the time when you read a book from third person there is less emotion but this one really captured everything. Off to read a less satisfying book now, thanks for the great read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but a few detours August 13, 2013
By tpolen
Parts of this book intrigued me and others left me scratching my head in frustration. It generally kept my interest, but seemed very disjointed along the way.

I liked Sam - he loved his books and his car and seemed pretty loyal. His internal monologue gave me some laughs and he recognized his biggest fault - impetuousness but, to his credit, it was mostly for good reasons. The secrets surrounding Sam seemed to drag on too long and, as a reader, I was very frustrated. I understand not giving things away too early, but this was overkill. It wasn't until deep in the book that questions were answered. There were also contradictions with Sam's character traits - in one paragraph he said his parents raised him to be happy with what he had, but then further down the page, he's ranting about how he'll always want more and sometimes his choices of action seemed to be pretty random.

Alma was a strong character, but the romantic aspects with her and Sam seemed forced and the fact that she kept turning up at crucial moments was a little too convenient. Alma's character was essential to the plot, but I didn't see how their relationship really added anything.

I enjoyed the world-building and the basic plot, but felt like there were a lot of detours along the way before arriving at the real heart of the story. Many of the secondary characters were there for a purpose, but some could have been cut for a tighter, more concise storyline.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent well written book that kept my interest the whole time
This is an interesting, mystery, sci-fi, and overall well written book. There is an underlying message that war and greed are bad which are always great messages but the story... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Lana F. Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun read
I really enjoyed this story about Sam and Alma. An interesting world filled with compassion and hope where most only find fear and despair.
Published 1 month ago by Wizard
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely charming
I am not normally impressed by stories about a dystopian future, because most of such societies are poorly thought through and the story ends up contradicting either itself or... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amitabha
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written dystopia!
While I prefer straight Sci-fi, this 'after the fourth collapse' dystopia is very well written. The characters are very well developed and consistent, which provides for a very... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eric Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a powerful YA cli fi novel for young people of today
This is a powerful YA cli fi novel for young people of today because it takes the theme of climate change and global warming and instead of hitting readers over the head with... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daniel Halevi Bloom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Excellent storytelling about the USA of the future post-holocaust. The author has captured how a fractured society finds it's own way to survive, and the effect of a couple of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Phil Pellow
3.0 out of 5 stars WHAT!!!!!
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. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Beccie Weaver
3.0 out of 5 stars Paradigm by Helen Stringer
Sam Cooper's life is different than most. His parents are dead, he's traveling around the country and he owns 1968 GTO that's 100 years old. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kissablysweetone
3.0 out of 5 stars Mad Max style Sci Fi
With the world devastated by wars and economic collapse, Sam Cooper in his faithful GTO tours the Wild Lands with his friend Nathan eking a living from selling household... Read more
Published 7 months ago by BasingstoneBook
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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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