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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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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.
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
To be fair, the plot is immensly creative and I love the layout of the setting. This author has a very impressive imagination and a beautifully well written style. Naturally, this would indicate that I'd love the book.
The one aspect that I couldn't handle was the character development. An incredible story doesn't mean much to me if I can't become engrossed in the well-being if the characters. Keep in mind that just because I didn't like the characters, doesn't mean that you won't either. Terry is likable but didn't have the sort of depth that made me desperate to know how his life progresses. His friends and bullies are also poorly developed and shallow enough to make me question their motivations and purposes. Terry's mom starts off as cold-hearted, but later becomes a highly intriguing character. Unfortunately, the story isn't really about her, or the really cool military woman she befriends. I think I would have preferred a series about them.
If you're like me, and feel the need to connect to the characters you're reading about, then I don't think you'll be impressed. If you are more interested in a fun sci-fi, then you'll probably love this book!