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After The Darkness: Episode One by [Mistwalker, SunHi]
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Length: 26 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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From the Author

I began writing this series in 2009 because I wanted to explore how environmental collapse can help create a corrupt society. And while most of my books explore collapsed societies and are classified as speculative fiction, science fiction and dystopian fiction, I take more than a bird's eye view of societal madness.  Instead of keeping a distance, my stories take an intimate look at the relationships between individuals living in these societies. How does the individual and family respond to environmental collapse, economic collapse, oppression and other nastiness created by unbelievably rotten cultures? Come with me to find out...

Product Details

  • File Size: 249 KB
  • Print Length: 26 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dark Tales Great Lives, LLC (April 2, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007R6S3RM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,521 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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I like the story. But it was very short and I see I will be paying .99 for each short epidode. Also needs some editing. I mean this is simple stuff that one read through should catch: for instance, the word "pack" instead of PACT. Also the word "wonder" for WANDER. Unfortunately I have seen this before in other writer's work, the exact same mistakes that anyone with any command of the English language should not be making, and if they do should be able to catch it immediately.

That said I did really like the story, although it is barely enough to begin with. I am not sure I will read more because I really don't like paying even 99 cents for such a short beginning to a story. I would advise the author to make the entire thing available in an "Omnibus" edition. When that is done I may read the rest.
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This is a short dystopian novella that is fast paced and ends in a cliff hanger, as described. The book is hard to describe without really spoiling anything. The basic story is Nadia being separated from her sister and attempting to get out of her current situation so they can be reunited. It is set in the future of a privileged society and everyone else is scrapping to get their tiny piece of it. It doesn't give a lot of back story so you don't really know how she came to be in this situation or too much detail about the place that she currently is. It was fast paced and a quick read that keeps you coming back for more. I really enjoyed it. I was looking for a quick read and have been in a reading slump so this was a nice a spark to get me back reading. I have already read the second in the series and the story builds as you continue on. I bought the rest of the books in the series so I hope they continue to peak my interest
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(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic copy of this book for review through Library Thing’s Member Giveaways program.)

I’m not quite sure how to review AFTER THE DARKNESS: EPISODE ONE. The first piece in a serial, Episode One feels very much like the opening two chapters of a larger book. Which it is, in a way. Unlike other serials I’ve read, though (and I admit that my experience here is limited; heck, I sometimes avoid reading duologies and trilogies until all the novels in the series are released!), Episode One doesn’t stand on its own; the story here feels incomplete, and the world-building, in need of further exploration.

Episode One opens with the kidnapping of 14-year-old Nadia and her younger sister Mila, seemingly for sale to slavers by mercenaries (or are they law enforcement officers?) Percy and Thomas. Nadia ends up at a Calcane City girls’ “hostel,” where she’s forced to compete with hundreds of other enslaved girls for tokens – and the entertainment of the elite, including her own kidnappers. We do not know what becomes of Mila, who wasn’t part of the contract, but simply found herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s hinted that Nadia and Mila used to be part of the ruling class themselves – the term “level five” is bandied about – until their parents were betrayed by their compatriots. We’re not given any indication of her parents’ whereabouts, nor of how the girls have managed to care for themselves in the harsh, frozen landscape of Calcane City.

The premise is somewhat interesting, though I’m not sure it’s enough to compel me to pick up Episode Two. That’s the problem with serials – the format makes it way too easy to quit, especially if the author fails to hook you early on.
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This dystopian short short is descriptive to the point where the metaphors and imagery does slow the pacing of the story. I would recommend that you read this story without distractions and truly let yourself be absorbed by the world the author paints with her images. Not much is known about Nadia's "normal" life in the beginning of the story, as she is abducted along with her sister within the first couple of pages. The situation is bleak for Nadia and the people treat her more like a slave than a princess. For someone who enjoys "darker" stories, I enjoyed the beginning chapters of Nadia's tale. I did notice one missing word from a sentence (72%)- but besides that both the formatting and grammar are good. And as a warning, Episode One does end on a cliffhanger.
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Wow. I really like this. It's not easy to describe and I am totally hooked. It's a grim, morbid world of slavery and abuse and has its own peculiar customs. I can't wait for the next episode but I'm hoping the author will lower her price.
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In a new variation on an old theme, I received this book in a LibraryThing drawing as did the other 100 people who requested it.

This teaser novelette of 40 pages is the story of a dystopian future in which the rich and privileged have grown very rich and very privileged while the rest live out hard-scrabble lives at the bottom trying to stay alive.

The setting here is interesting though very much like a lot of other dystopian futures with large populations. The haves and the have-nots are at each other's throats as you'd expect. Sadly the editing here is very poor and the text is riddled with typos and errors. I don't think this even has the benefit of being able to say it's an advance copy. For such a short work I'm surprised the editing is so poor.

In summary, this tiny book has potential but needs cleaning up. It's also far too short to grab any serious interest as I'm ready to walk away and never think about it again. Many possibilities but none of them realized.
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