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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
The opening sets the stage, from a distant, perhaps arms-length perspective. I felt interested, yet uninvolved. Abruptly–and this author can handle “abruptly”–we plunge into the ‘ordinary’ lives of these future people.
The quick, frank yet conversational style can occasionally become quite confrontational and tense. Yet, some things are reported matter-of-factly; we accept the strict classes of people almost without second thought. You’re a shareholder–in luck! Or no–a gangster, too bad. It’s the luck of draw, or what you can afford to pay for in this not-quite-familiar future world.
We meet ‘Ore’ first – horrible and horrifying as she is, you do kind of feel for her. She’s tough, but maybe she is what her world made her? Even Victor (I mean, he’s an assassin!) manages not to be a simple, black-and-white character. You can understand his effort to avoid thinking of the dead people; we want to believe some part of him cares. All Mr. Lantern’s characters are distinct beings; more than distinct, they are unique and …well… incredibly individual.
There is even a romance mixed in, along with a sense of character’s insecurity- perhaps a sample of the style is the best way to share:
“Today was Gary’s day. He could feel it in his bones. Somehow, someway, he’d run into Ana. He dressed with vigor. Form-fitting khakis. A button-down shirt.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Plot: Up the Tower is a dystopian novel which has an historian telling us about life on Junktown – the slum area of a town called St Louis – before an earthquake hit it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ana Silva
UP THE TOWER is not your "normal" YA distopian. This is an ensemble cast that includes a wide variety of characters. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Judith McCall
A semi-interesting take on the dystopian future. Felt a bit like William Gibson light (which is not a terrible thing), with a dash of comic book and some bright primary colors. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Christopher Olive
Does not live up to the hype. it's a very broken plot line that plods from point to point and does not explain the whys and wherefores behind a lot of the character actions, it... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Curleyredhead
This book is just a conglomeration of unconnected concepts. It tries to play itself off as a history book going back and examining the Great St Louis Earthquake, but it also tries... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Pheel
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 morePublished 16 months ago by Derek A. Larson
It is all a mess........nothing more..nothing less
It starts in a way interestingly but soon gets boring and
I enjoyed the book on every level...easy to read, fun, interesting. Unique concepts kept the storyline new and enjoyable. Editing was good.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished 17 months ago by MK
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