- File Size: 719 KB
- Print Length: 292 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Abuzz Press (April 29, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 29, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00WYBWL9G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,805,072 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Affected is quite different from the books I've read so far in this genre. At first, it doesn't feel like a true dystopian--taking place in 2018 (at least, I'm pretty sure that's what it said), the world carries many similarities to the present, modern day one around us. (Well, except maybe for the love of toilet paper.) Although it's clear that life isn't as relaxed in this story, the bits and pieces of what's really wrong drop in little by little, slowly gliding into a place. The fear and horror of the situation doesn't really become clear until after the first pages, giving it a realistic grip.
The main character, Ethan, comes across as an every day guy--in some ways, not even one a person would go out of there way to get to know. He's lazy, self-centered and pretty much caught up in his own troubles. But still, there's a spark in him. Deep down. He feels very real and his decisions are simple to understand. If it wasn't his infatuation for a girl, he could be a normal guy one meets every day. I was never sure if I really liked him or not, but it fit well with his intended character. He himself doesn't seem to know who he really and bases much of his life on the insane obsession with one girl. Every hero needs their ticks, and this one is a tick who needs to discover his inner hero. And that makes him all the more interesting.
The action in this is non-stop. There's little time to breathe as Ethan is thrown into a position he wants nothing to do with. The characters around him each have their part to play, and it's interesting to watch how they shift around, slowly developing into intricate parts of tightly woven plot. There's a lot of developments, many which I never saw coming.
I was surprised how quickly I was drawn into the story, and I found I couldn't put it down. The scenes are well described and feel very familiar, making it easy to sink in and concentrate on the main theme. The characters each have distinct personalities, and I found myself liking or disliking most of them from the first second they hit the page. Not much time is spent on heavy descriptions, but it's not necessary. The characters come to life on their own, unfolding in their own way.
Although this is a layered and complicated plot in many ways, the information concerning the background or reasons leading up to the troubling situation aren't ever really clearly stated. Even the government, who is easy to hate, isn't well spelled out and their true intentions are left in the dark. The final scene left a few questions open, but still, it was rounded off enough that I wasn't left feeling as if I'd missed something.
Summed up, this is an interesting read which pulls in from the very first page, and dystopian fans who would love to have a new twist on things might really appreciate the fresh breeze.
I was lucky enough to win a free copy of this and am leaving a review simply because I enjoyed it.
On the romantic front... this book has romantic elements, but it's not a romance. Romance readers should probably stop at the end of chapter 30.