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The Amber Project: A Dystopian Sci-fi Novel (The Variant Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Everything is a grave- The Amber Project continues to captivate fans of dystopian science fiction,combining hard sci-fi, exploration, and gritty action with a healthy dose ofintrigue. Check out what the critics are saying...
★★★★★ "Try this series, you won't be disappointed!" - David Estes, author of the Moon Dwellers
★★★★★ "Chaney's debut is a thrill ride." - S. M. Boyce,author of the Grimoire Saga
★★★★★ "The Amber Project is dystopian fiction no fan of the genre should miss." - Cris Pasqueralle
★★★★★ "JN Chaney writes with amazing detail." - 2 Girls and a Book Blog
★★★★★ "This book was a delight." - Audiobookreviewer.com
★★★★★ "You will find yourself holding your breath and cheering." - Novel Idea Reviews
From the Author
- ASIN : B00W2AQ1KO
- Publisher : Variant Publications; 1st edition (April 12, 2015)
- Publication date : April 12, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 629 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 376 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #63,562 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Plot and World Setting - The book had a decent Plot and a well thought out World Setting. You could tell the author spent a decent amount of time developing the story and world where it takes place. (However I will point out the entirety of the plot relied a lot on convenience and there were a few plot holes that bothered me. Why would anyone invest the billions of dollars inorder to built this underground city in the first place? Mei just happens to find those disks explainging /everything/ in a random tunnel? The ORTEGO building just happened to be a quick hike from them?)
Pace - The book had a good pace, didn't move too slowly or too quickly, and kept you from getting too bored of one narrative or another.
Ending - The ending was satisfying, interesting and felt complete, while at the same time made you interested in the next book. Despite the fact I hated most of the book, the last few chapters and prologue actually left me with an inkling of interest about the rest of the series.
Characters - I think I will disagree with almost every other review out there when I say the characters in this book were terrible. Each was shallow, two-dimensional, predictable and their boring, flat, steriotypical, paper cut out personalities were the worst part of this novel. The only characters I enjoyed were John and Captain Ross, who were also the only characters who showed an ounce of personality.
The main characters were somehow the most flat and personality-less. Terry, the main character was a lackluster, typical nice guy who's only flaw was his "weak" body. But other that considering himself weak, thinking everyone else better than him, and missing his sister, Terry has no other thoughts or personality points throughout the entire book.
His mother as well, who played a main character, has no personality at all other than somewhat considering her son every now and then.
Also, did I happen to miss the descriptions of the characters? Because I had no idea of how anyone looked for the entire series. The only description we got of Mei was she had black hair and thin hips. Thin hips? Why the heck to you mention she had thin hips and not her features, her hieght, or anything else?
Sterotypes also ran rampid in the characters.
Terry: Nice guy main character, insert random flaw to not make him so perfect
John: Strong but dumb best friend
Mei: Black haired smart girl with asian name
Alex: Fat bully
It also felt as if author invited and disposed of characters as it was convenient to the plot.
Writing - All together, the author isn't a bad writer. I would say he is an over dramatic writer. The book was saturated in overdramatic narrative. I'd suspect the author was trying to create grippy sentences that were interested, but instead you had overdramatic one liners, strange pointless cliffhangers, and stuffed in 'thought provoking' paragraphs that did nothing to interest me.
In short, if I could go back and never have ordered this book, and subsequently never wasted hours reading it, I would.
I also found the world building and societal structure to be interesting. In this world, most women are Mothers. That’s a job, by the way. They produce and raise children. Once those kids are a certain age, they’re sent to the Academy, and the Mothers don’t see their kids again for about 10 years. Then they go out and start a new “contract.” In a world like this, genetic diversity is key, so a Mother has to have a good set of genes in order to get more contracts. The more unique her genetics are, the more children she’s allowed to have. That brings us to the protagonist of the adult story, Mara Echols, who also happens to be Terry’s (the main character’s) Mother.
But don’t get me wrong, Terry is great, too. In fact, his story is the driving force of this novel. We get to follow him on a wild adventure into an untouched wasteland. The ride is incredible and the kids are all very unique.
All that being said, it’ll be interesting to see where the series goes. The ending leaves it so that the writer could take the plot in several directions. Oh, and like some of the other reviews have pointed out, the audio logs were a lot of fun. My favorites were the memoires from S. E. Pepper. You never see her in the actual narrative, but she leaves such an impact that it’s hard not to love her. If you like YA dystopian stuff, this book’s the ticket. It exceeded my expectations, especially because this is Chaney’s first book. Here’s hoping he keeps the quality up.
Top reviews from other countries
Great story, strong plot and convincing characters.
Are there some typos? Yip. Does it detract from the quality of the story? Nope. Just pre-empting those detractors who always whinge about typos. So what?! This is a great story.
Brilliant story. Interesting and different.
Makes you think how life could change with all the different experiments and tests in the world.
Really enjoyed reading this novel, will get next one to see what happens to main characters.