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- Print Length: 291 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Happy Mac (September 28, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 28, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009JGYJTY
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,144,930 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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To All the Boys I've Loved Before
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them - all at once? Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. Until the one day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control. Paperback | Kindle book
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More About the Author
Jen has also written a number of short stories, two of which, Killer App and Swarm, under the pseudonym S. Carey, appear in Penguin Australia's Eerie series, published in 2013.
Jen is currently working on her second novel, a science fiction adventure for young adult readers.
Top Customer Reviews
This novel breaks new ground - if represents a new genre in that it simultaneously thrills, entertains and challenges us to reflect on the bigger questions - globalisation, environmental sustainability, population growth etc. The novel is also well written and the various layers have been cleverly interwoven. It's easy to read and the language is so expressive - it really gets your imagination going. You are easily transported into the world (or worlds) that the author has created. It has also perhaps made me think differently about the world that I live in!!!
This novel has a lot going for it - and I'm sure the young and the old would find it hard to put down. I hope to read more of Jen Cole's work.
A very clever SciFi story, with thought provoking warnings about where our societies obsession with reality TV is headed. As a Melbourne resident it further added to the thrill of the chase being able to identify the locations mentioned in the story.
A very satisfying and exciting read from start to finish, and one that you will definately want to share with others so you can discuss it together!
I think this is my favorite book I have read this year. I cant wait to read her next book.
I'll admit the novel was pretty decent, but it wasn't one that I couldn't put down, which is what it would take to warrant five stars. I probably could have given it four stars, but there were some logic flaws in the story that prevented me from rating it that high. I'll get to that shortly.
The story takes place in two times -- present day and in the distant future. Future humanity is angry at "The Ancestors" for being selfish and destroying the planet. So, to get some modicum of revenge, they created a game show where they draft someone from the past to be hunted for five days by someone else from the past. Physical time travel isn't possible, but projecting images of themselves and manipulating electronics into the past are possible. The hunter is given the prey's coordinates every three hours and fifty million dollars if that person succeeds in killing the prey. Future humanity watches the hunt and gives feedback. Points can be earned by the prey for exciting or creative escapes. At 1,000 points, the prey earns the right to ask three questions of the game show host Danny Fitani, whom has to answer any question. The prey, Jo Warrington, uses the questions to not only survive, but gather information on her father's suspicious and untimely death.
Stories that deal with time travel are tricky. I noticed logic flaws in the story that lessened my opinion of the novel. Jo asked a question of Fitani that required an extensive answer.Read more ›
With the Hunter already on her trail, there is no time to wasted, and Jo has to adapt quickly, and act with intelligence, if she wants to keep breathing. A rule of the game is that every three hours, her location and current image, are provided to the Hunter, so hiding is not an option. Jo quickly realizes that keeping on the move, and altering her appearance, will be key to her survival.
The chase across Australia soon becomes more complicated, as Jo discovers that the Hunter has hired private detectives to help him search for her, believing that Jo is a fugitive from the law. The rules of the game also allows Jo to ask questions, and gain information that both helps her survive, as well as pursue a matter of great personal interest, the recent "accidental" death of her father.
Jo's efforts to avoid death, serve as entertainment for those in the future, living on an Earth recovering from the devastation of a nuclear disaster. These people live rigidly controlled lives, and have strong feelings of dislike for those from the past, who they blame for the situation they are in.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wasnt sure at first how I would like this book but once I started to read it, I couldn't stop. It was interesting and a fast read. I did find this book enjoyable.Published 6 months ago by Kathleen
The excitement heats up in a marvelous opening chapter and carries through all the way to the end. Author Jen Cole really knows how to ratchet up the tension. Read morePublished 7 months ago by KF
The title says it all, Play or Die. The future is still obsessed with reality tv and the only way to win is to stay alive. I was hooked from the first page. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dorrie Baker
This brilliantly original, fast-paced suspense thriller combines the sci-fi excitement of The Matrix with the mordant satire of an apocalyptic spine-chiller, ostensibly about an... Read morePublished 7 months ago by John Yeoman
Original and grabbing premise for this thought-provoking and out-of-the-box novel. Yes, you will have to suspend belief and downplay some inconsistencies, (and be patient, it is a... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Aviva
Riveting read of parallel times playing off again each other for life and death states.
personified in a present day girl. Read more
Similar to some other stories I read the whole big corporations are evil motif is really thick here but the simpler story of the game was very well done.Published on October 3, 2013 by Ali
At first, the story seems simplistic and far fetched, but stick with it and you won't be sorry! Would make a good movie.Published on September 15, 2013 by CrankySpice
I agree totally with all the other reviewers, fantastic story, great to read a good mix of themes and characters and just got to love an Australian setting. Read morePublished on June 18, 2013 by Mrs. O. Bretherick
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