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Sky1 - Foundation (The Sky Series) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1441 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: February 9, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IC9CS4W
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William Amerman was born in Houston, Texas and obtained his Bachelors degree in English from The University of Texas - Austin, way back in the last century. He lived in Austin for eight years, then moved to Denver, Colorado to explore the whole "mountain man" lifestyle. In Denver he met a cute Dutch girl on a ski slope, whom he quickly wooed and followed back to her native country, The Netherlands. He married the cute Dutch girl in 1999 and they spent the next 7 years raising two sons and a sadly over-weight hound in a suburb of Amsterdam before moving back to the US in 2003. Their third son was born in 2005.

He received his MBA in Finance from Santa Clara University in 2009 and currently holds a "real" job in Information Technology in order to feed his three sons, but manages to write in the mornings and on weekends. His latest efforts are directed towards finishing the Sky saga, a futuristic thriller series based on a simple idea he had one late Saturday morning lying in bed, looking at the sky through a skylight window in the roof; proving that getting up early can be a hazard to creative thinking!

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Feel free to contact him to discuss any of his works, writing in general, and especially with offers of pints of Guinness.

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While the storyline was interesting, there were two things that were big problems for me. The first was that the beginning is pretty confusing. The story jumps back and forth in time which made it hard for me to keep things straight. I didn't have a firm grasp of what was going on and who all the characters were until about a third of the way into the book.

The second problem is that there isn't a single likable female character in the book. Now, I don't believe that you have to like the characters, however, I don't like characters who only seem to fulfill negative stereotypes about women. The two female characters that you see the most of are both manipulative and also either weak or crazy. I find it really hard to get into a book that doesn't show any female characters in a good light, especially when there is no reason not to do so.

The story is interesting enough that I do really want to know what happens next, but I'm not sure it is worth it for me to buy the next book to find out. I'm afraid that if the second book has the same problems, I'll just start it, but never finish it.

I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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I really like books like Wool and the sort. This sounded similar--post-apocalyptic, people living in a walled city with no idea of the world outside, etc.

Possible spoilers!

This was a very very slow book to start. That's the reason it's 3 stars on my end rather than 4. It took a lot to get into. There are a lot of characters, not enough initial back-story to know who is who and how they are related and why they are doing what they are doing. A huge portion of the book is also told in flashback, which I only realized after I went back and checked the dates on when the events were happening. It's quite confusing until you figure out that it's a flashback.

Once I was a good 40% of the way through the book I started to get into it, but 40% is a lot to slog through to get into a book. Perhaps a cast of characters at the beginning of the book would have helped, but by the time I was 40% of the way through, I had them all figured out.

A promising story idea that I didn't end up being thrilled with the execution. Perhaps the following books will be better. I'll check them out, as the author has promise.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
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As an English major, I read a lot of books. The concept of Sky 1-Foundation really intrigued me because it told an apocalyptic story in a way that I have never seen approached before. The concept of why everyone is housed in levels and the hierarchy caste made me immediately want to read more. The story is set in a future where there is more population than space available. The story hearkens back to mysterious illnesses that could wipe out a whole section of people at a time. In order to contain this threat, whole levels are closed off. There is mostly vague rumors and lack of understanding why and what is happening in the levels below.

The main character, Nick, teams up with a group of ragtag like-minded people hoping to escape to the higher levels as well. He conspires with them in order to save his child and wife from the same fate as those in the lower levels. The only way for people to survive is to move upward. Most save everything they have to buy their way up more levels, knowing that the more space they put between themselves and the bottom levels, the better their life will be. Choosing to break their way into the upper levels is a serious crime.

The characters themselves are very real and compelling. It is rare that I read a book that really makes me as a reader become invested in their outcome. There is a sense of urgency to the actions of all the characters in the story. Hanging over their heads is the very real threat of quarantines. As a reader I identified with Nick’s struggles to save his child. Some of the characters are extremely frustrating, such as Nick’s manipulative wife, Jane. I find it very well-written when I feel emotions towards the words and actions of the characters.
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I received a copy of this book for review purposes. Regardless, all opinions are my own.

First of all, I have to admit this book wasn't at all what I expected...At least the first 3/4 of it, anyways. I was expecting more of a "run for your life and get out alive" type of plot, which it is later on in the book. The first portion of the book is more like a heist story, though, which isn't my cup of tea. If it is yours, though, then you'll love it.

I also had a hard time following the story and some of the actions that were going on at times. But, it may just be me. Perhaps my imagination wasn't firing on all cylinders.

Overall, I did enjoy Sky1-Foundation and I have a feeling that the 2nd and 3rd books are even better! There are all kinds of different twists going on and I can't wait to see how they come together and find out more about how the place they live in came to be. Plus, I was majorly surprised by how the first book ended, so I'm eager to see how the second one starts.
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