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Length: 76 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 2357 KB
  • Print Length: 76 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Webfoot Publishing (September 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EXUX9JC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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In addition to being a YA author, Lisa Nowak is a retired amateur stock car racer, an accomplished cat whisperer, and a professional smartass. She writes coming-of-age books about kids in hard luck situations who learn to appreciate their own value after finding mentors who love them for who they are. She enjoys dark chocolate and stout beer and constantly works toward employing wei wu wei in her life, all the while realizing that the struggle itself is an oxymoron.

Lisa has no spare time, but if she did she'd use it to tend to her expansive perennial garden, watch medical dramas, take long walks after dark, and teach her cats to play poker. For those of you who might be wondering, she is not, and has never been, a diaper-wearing astronaut. She lives in Milwaukie, Oregon, with her husband, four feline companions, and two giant sequoias.

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Like each of Nowak's earlier novels, this one kept me going until the last page. Set in a futuristic, but likely Portland scenario, Piper and her friends are caught up in a very believable struggle to overcome threatening political and personal challenges. A very creative and thought-provoking plot.
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I had stopped leaving reviews when it became clear that the free teaser books were often badly edited with malapropisms, poor grammar, and formatting problems. Few tempted me to buy and read more. This series may prove the exception. The writing is clear and effective, the characters engaging, and the premise creative. Thanks for a great read Lisa Nowak.
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I am from Portland and I enjoyed this story set in my hometown. The characters were realistic and likable from the beginning, and the story line kept me interested. I went on to read the next two stories, and will look forward to more.
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I love Lisa Nowak's novels. Great characters and full of suspense. Will definitely pick up the next book in the series.
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It took a long time for anything to happen after the events in the first couple of chapters. In fact, not much does.
Cascadia has seceded from the USA. The Great Plains are a wasteland. People want to migrate to Cascadia, but are unable to because of strict population controls. But then people, mostly the poor and socially undesirable, start disappearing. It's said they are moving to California, but are they?
Well, you won't find out in this book. You will have to read the next one. And the next after that.
Results: another installment plan book. It didn't even have a cliffhanger ending. Won't read it, don't care.
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excellent read where once again Lisa Nowak displays her talent for characterization, action and understanding of teens. Piper is a young girl with her dreams set on her future in health care. Things were going well until the rug is pulled out from under her and she faces what many do when a dream is put on hold. The audience sees drama, excitement, intrigue with a taste of a budding romance. Lisa's ability to portray a teen girl's point of view is remarkable. She skillfully weaves a historical perspective into an apocalyptic time set in the future.
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This is my first venture into serialized fiction and I can say the experience was great. I'm a big fan of YA and this had all the things I love- a smart, strong, female lead, wonderful word-building, a nice pace, and an intriguing plot. It doesn't hurt that I'm from Portland and this book is rich in my beloved location and its history. As soon as I read this first installment, I had to go and buy the next two. Can't wait to read the rest, and I'm hooked. Writer faster, Lisa. We need more soon.
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I am well on my way through this series and am very intrigued by it. It is a glimpse into a not too distant future that is not outside the realm of possibility. As a famous comedian once said... it could happen. This first book in the series sets the stage, introduces the time and events, and let's the reader get to know the characters. And the story takes off from here. I have never read a novel in serial form, but the author handles it well. Each book has an ending but also a lead-in to the next. And I am always left looking forward to what comes next.

The characters are well-developed and easy to care about. Each character has a unique personality and voice. You can tell who's head your in within the first paragraph, even without the name shown at the chapter's title. Each character has their own view of the world and reaction to the circumstances. I'm an older reader and thought I wouldn't be able to connect to the young characters, but they were easy to get to know and like. especially Zoey. I do worry about that girl.
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I love science fiction and this series has a unique view of a possible future, which more than satisfies my interest. The style the story is told in also works. In the hands of a less skilled writer, the fact that the chapters are being told from a different character's point of view could cause the story to be choppy or disconnected, but Ms. Nowak handles it well. I into the sixth book in the series and each one gets more exciting as the story moves along.

I highly recommend this series and this book kicks it all off. The story is exciting and believable. The main characters are interesting and sympathetic. And the overall story is captivating. Well done.
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