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Ruin [Kindle Edition]

N.M. Martinez
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Thirty years ago, there was a revolution.

Humans were granted powers through experiments performed upon them against their will. They broke free from the Labs and burned across the land, creating a dangerous new territory called the Wildlands.

Paula has grown up in the Neutral Territory, never knowing a time without the neighboring Wildlands as a threat. Her government does what it can to protect her people, but they still live in fear of the powerful Wildlanders invading their safe and protected territory.

Then one night Paula's mother is arrested, and Paula is banned from the Neutral Territory to the Wildlands. Now she must make a new life for herself in a territory of people she knows will not be welcoming.

Editorial Reviews


"There are very few shortcuts taken in terms of worldbuilding or realism. Rather than going with a cool-sounding but tissue-thin world that collapses under the mildest scrutiny, Martinez has created something that feels real down to its core."
-Sean Wills,

From the Author

Ruin is sort of a strange story. It's not exactly action packed. The main character is a regular, ordinary girl who is in a new part of her world for the first time. My intent with her story is to introduce you to this world and some of the major characters in it. No one character has all the answers or knows the full story.

But I'll confess, I didn't put nearly as much about the world in this novel as I could have. This world is something I've been developing for years. In fact, it's still in development. You'll get a good glimpse of it in this story, just expect to come away with some questions. 

My hope is to entertain. There will be many more stories to come from this world, and I promise I will be digging in deeply as to the mystery of what happened and how they got to the point we see them at now.

Product Details

  • File Size: 478 KB
  • Print Length: 205 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615526012
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #969,171 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read! September 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Ruin is a wonderful story for many reasons. One thing I love about it is that the world in which it takes place feels fully formed and so large--it has its own history and mythology. The story is mostly told in first person, from the viewpoint of Paula--the person who probably knows the least about what is really going on. As a result, the reader learns two versions of the history of the conflicts between the Neutrals and the Wildlanders all at once--the half-truths and lies that Paula learned in her Neutral life, and the version of events from the perspective of the Wildlanders. Another thing that I love about this story is the time and care that is taken with the characters. They are truly distinct and the attention that is paid to small details and mannerisms makes them seem very real. I also love how the author describes some of the feelings, actions, and sounds. The thought put into these really allows you to slip into Paula's mindset and to experience some of what she is feeling, and that is something that I love the most about reading stories told in the first person. I highly recommend this book, and I look forward to reading more from this author.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars impossible to put down, impossible to forget! September 1, 2011
By L. Amos
Format:Kindle Edition
Ruin is a terrifying and savage world where Paula, the Neutral daughter of an activist spy, has been exiled from the only life she knows. Now her only options are to adapt - and fast - or instead perish. The people here are ruthless and powerful, and Paula doesn't even know if she can trust her own family. She'll discover who she can trust, as well as who she can't, and she'll try to reinvent herself because going back is not an option, and going forward is the only way she'll ever survive.

With sharp detail and riveting emotion, NM Martinez creates a world that is moving, shocking, impossible to put down, and impossible to forget. If you like post-apocalyptic sci-fi with a good dose of swoon, humans with mutated powers that have consequences sometimes charming and other times spine-chillingly scary, you will love this!

Bonus - it's the first of many more to come! :D
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book September 16, 2011
By Justme
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is an awesome book. I couldnt put it down. I didnt want it to end. I really hope there is a part 2.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Great Book! September 30, 2011
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This book held my attention from the very first page to the last page. It left me wanting more. I want to learn more about Brandon, Jimmy and Paula's lives and what they do with their world. I am impatiently waiting for any additional books in this series.
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More About the Author

N.M. Martinez lives with her boyfriend and their two cats in Monterey Bay. She harbors a not so secret crush on Isaac Asimov, loves comic books, and enjoys playing old school games.

Her main project right now is the Ruin Series which will be a series of stand alone stories that will be linked through common characters and crossover moments between stories.

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