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Up The Tower [Kindle Edition]

J.P. Lantern
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the dystopian slum of Junktown, death is commonplace, trust is a liability, and friendship is a curse. But disaster brings everybody together. A cloned corporate assassin; a boy genius and his new robot; a tech-modified gangster with nothing to lose; a beautiful, damaged woman and her unbalanced stalker—these individuals couldn't be more different, but somehow they must work together to save their own skin. Stranded in the epicenter of a monumental earthquake, there is only one way to survive. These unlikely teammates must go...UP THE TOWER.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1764 KB
  • Print Length: 247 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499617674
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Brainstorm Publishing (August 22, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MU46DL4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,102 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good one from Lantern August 23, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I’ve been picking up this guy’s books for a little while now and it feels neat to watch him grow as a writer. His martian stuff was good I think but also sometimes slow in parts. Dust bowl was a good novel over all and I really felt for Ward but it was also sometimes slow and also really very dark all the time. This one strikes up a very nice balance between all the elements this author seems to love. There is a lot of fun interesting action scenes and also a lot of humorous dialogue between all the characters. There is a lot of world building but I also liked how the author doesn’t just take up pages examining the genealogies of snow leopards and all of that. Its just presented as how the world is and you can take it or leave it.

This is a good book for pretty much any age I think. I expect younger readers may not pick up on as much but there is so much goodness to the characters that I doubt they’ll care very much.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi Soda For Everyone August 23, 2014
By Joe B
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Sci-fi soda pop. This is just a big ol’ mess of pulpy fun. Lantern seems to have taken every scifi element he could think of and thrown them all into a pot, and this is the gooey, yummy dystopian stew that slopped out. I can't think of any more ways to describe this with food...

Let’s see; big friendly robots? Check. Crazy cloned killers? Check. Suped-up tech suits? Check. Hard-as-nails women? Check. Super-depressing corporate world? Check. Jet boots? Grappling hooks? Explosions? Check check and CHECK. Lots of explosions.

There was a lot here that reminded me of Blade Runner, like if Deckard had to suddenly deal with a huge earthquake ripping through his city of Los Angeles. This was in St. Louis instead, but it’s the same idea. Big poor ghetto district that gets destroyed, and there’s all these techno pieces flying around.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Layers of “I love this” August 24, 2014
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Hey wow, a gender-friendly YA sci-fi book? Color me surprised.

Here’s the problem I notice with all kinds of YA these days; the young women in them are either complete pushovers or they’re just insane action hero men that happen to have vaginas. This story does something right with both of its female leads. Ore is that sort of super-tough girl that I referred to, but we find out she’s only become the monster she appears to be because of how men (and one man in particular) have constantly victimized her. She refuses to be a victim, or tries to refuse it, but she still wears the scars of her victimhood (very literally) on her sleeve. Arm. Whatever.

And then there’s Ana! Oh my god, Ana. When I was twelve, I would have hated her for being such a shallow, inconsistent barrel of crazy. When I was eighteen, I think I would have identified her as the sort of person I would NEVER be. These days, I just love everything about her. She reminds me in many ways of Cersei from Game of Thrones. She’s intelligent enough to notice that men are in charge of everything, and so does her best to appeal to men. When men keep pushing her over the edge, and then the world explodes because of the earthquake, she just loses it. I. Love. Her!

This still isn’t going into the other characters who have so many fun and funny layers to them. I think I could read about Samson and Partner forever. Gary is just EVERYTHING THAT IS WRONG with the world and I still felt bad for him a little bit. Victor is the other half of what’s wrong with the world, but he had even less say about it than Gary, and Victor has the decency to be competent. Even the historian, who I suspect is male though I’m not sure it’s ever revealed, is very interesting. We learn a lot by him just by the way he muses about what he’s recording, which I enjoyed a lot, and I came to look forward to his little sidebars about the political systems of the day and the weirdness surrounding Petrov.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overall, loved it! August 22, 2014
By Shauna
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Loved the setting. Really liked the characters. Didn’t like the bad guys (in a good way). Loved the dialogue. “Ore there? Just kidding.” Haha. Lots of parts that made me laugh out loud, which never happens in books for me. Also you could feel the connection between the characters, especially Samson and Ore. That was good.

I think this is a great choice for anybody. It gets violent in some places but it is never bloody. The action moves fast but there’s a lot to think about and absorb. Really fun imaginative setting. Really felt like this version of the city was real and could happen.
Look forward to more from Mr. Lantern!
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In Junktown, if you don't work for the gangs, then you don't stand much of a chance at staying alive. The world as we know it is gone, ruled by dueling corporations that are constantly trying to topple each other and in St. Louis if you aren't a citizen, then you live in Junktown. Ruled by the five faces and their various gangs, staying alive means getting in good with the right people. Life is harsh, death is common place, and you're only as good as your next job. Everything changes in the blink of an eye when a massive earthquake strikes and brings together an unlikely group of people who must make it to the top of the tower as people die in the aftershocks of the quake as well as drowning when a dam gives way and water floods the already dying city. A boy and his cop bot, a trophy girlfriend, her stalker, and a cloned corporate assassin make their way through the perils of the tower and meet up with a low level gangster and together they fight their way to the top.

The premise of this book is that a historian has looked into the personal data recordings of victims of the flood, detailing the moments of their lives before, during, and after the quake and flood. These are the only records left after such a major catastrophe wiped out almost all of the inhabitants of Junktown. This is a tale of corporate greed, showing what could happen to us all if corporations are allowed to take over the world and tech becomes king. People can have cybernetic upgrades and clones are a common tool used by the rich. I really enjoyed this book, it definitely fits into the genre of cyberpunk. Think, Blade Runner, or anything written by William Gibson. This book has the same feel, but it details only about a day in the lives of these unlikely companions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
This the best fun I have had in the genre in a while. J.P. Lantern riffs on Gibson’s themes with doses of humor and relevance to current issues in society. Read more
Published 4 hours ago by Derek A. Larson
1.0 out of 5 stars As the author points out
It is all a mess........nothing more..nothing less
It starts in a way interestingly but soon gets boring and
Published 2 days ago by maartin kitelhaus
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concepts
I enjoyed the book on every level...easy to read, fun, interesting. Unique concepts kept the storyline new and enjoyable. Editing was good.
Published 13 days ago by Jud Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked the fast-paced adventure
Up the Tower is really exciting! I liked the fast-paced adventure. It was an especially interesting book to read right now because of current events. Read more
Published 13 days ago by MK
5.0 out of 5 stars Super science fiction read
Here’s what I enjoyed about this book:
- The heroes were all completely flawed.
- Ana was completely insane and I always felt that wonderful nag of conflict when I... Read more
Published 17 days ago by mef1414
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Follow-up
I don’t normally read YA fiction but I took a chance on this one because I read this author’s last book, Dustbowl. This is a big departure from that! Read more
Published 18 days ago by FloMoBilboa
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
Very exciting! It seemed like everything that was happening could be real. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Ava Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
JP Lantern does a good job of representing all different kinds of people in Up The Tower. Ore was my favorite, but you could really sympathize with all of the different... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Julie Goode
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick, fun read!
The action moves REALLY fast. Some places it was hard to keep up. But that was okay in my opinion. I don’t mind that so much. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Greg Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable
I read a lot of YA and this one certainly is different from the rest of the pack! I think this would be a great buy for anyone who’s ready to read something out of the box. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Christopher L. Thetford
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J.P. Lantern lives in the Midwestern US, though his heart and probably some essential parts of his liver and pancreas and whatnot live metaphorically in Texas. He writes speculative science fiction short stories, novellas, and novels which he has deemed "rugged," though he would also be fine with "roughhewn" because that is a terrific and wonderfully apt word.
Full of adventure and discovery, these stories examine complex people in situations fraught with conflict as they search for truth in increasingly violent and complicated worlds.

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