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The Amber Project (The Variant Saga) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 14, 2015
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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
About the Author
J. N. Chaney has a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and fancies himself quite the Super Mario Bros. fan. When he isn’t writing or gaming, you can find him online at www.jnchaney.com. He migrates often, but was last seen in Upper Marlboro, MD. Any sightings should be reported, as they are rare.
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Terry Echols has reached the age of seven and must now start school. Unbeknownst to him until after his mother has dropped him off, he will be living at the school and unable to go home to his family until his eighteenth birthday. Scared and lonely, he also feels a great deal of guilt over the fact that he'd promised his little sister that he'd be home that same day.
As the months and years pass he does make friends though, and these other children, all born on the same day, soon learn of their true origins and purpose. All the products of genetically modified embryos, they are designed to survive in the drastically altered atmosphere that now exists on the Earth's surface. As they are subjected to intense training and experimentation, not all of these students will survive.
When the class has reached the age of fifteen years, two students escape the underground city and make their way to the surface despite the dangers that abound there. The adults that oversee the experiment and the school send a team of students to bring them back, the highest ranking students that have the best chance of survival. And now the action really begins...
Meanwhile, while all of this has been going on, several people are working behind the scenes to put an end to this inhumane treatment of these children, including a high-ranking member of the military, one of the teachers at the school and Terry Echols' mother.
For the first time in over two centuries the surviving members of the human race are no longer facing a stagnant future and eventual extinction but are foraging into unknown territory...
Very exciting! By the time I got to the last few chapters, I was completely engrossed and totally invested in the futures of all of these characters that I had come to know and love!
I read The Amber Project a while ago and have just now been able to write my review (real life chaos and all that), but know that I immediately read the next installment in this series, Transient Echoes and am just about to start Hope Everlasting!
A highly recommended read for adults and young adults alike!
An underground city was established and cordoned off and sealed from the Variant. The population is controlled by 3 main sections, the military/education, scientific and the matron. The three bodies must act together in order for there to be any order in this new world. The matron is in charge of all of the mothers that birth the population. Children are made through contacts and a mother must have the right genetic coding in order to be eligible to be a mother. Women see mothering as a sign of honor and stability and began having children as early as 14.
Once children reach the age of 7 they are taken from their homes (only run and managed by their mother and any possible siblings) and placed into the education system. Mara is one of the mothers with almost perfect genetic coding which causes her to be chosen for a specific scientific program, allowing her to fuse new experiments with her eggs to produce a possible child that can exist on the surface of the Earth with the Variant. This child is named Terry.
If you want to know more, than you must read the book. Suffice to say that the book is loaded with a devastating new world, political intrigue and power struggles as well as the troubles of growing into one self with the added side effects of being a scientific experiment.
The story is told through multiple points of view to give a brilliant all-around look into the world. In addition, there are answered questions through the release of past and current audio files and text to help the reader understand what has happened and is happening in the futuristic Earth.
Chaney has managed to brilliantly fortify a place within a genre rife with half-hearted attempts of literature and created a gripping new series! I can't wait to read on. This was an easy 5 stars and hard to put down.
** I received a copy of this book for free with the For Love of a Book Read & Review Opportunity Program