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Ataxia and the Ravine of Lost Dreams Paperback – March 25, 2014
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About the Author
Barnard had always been a voracious reader, seeming to swallow books whole, reading lengthy novels like The Three Musketeers and the Hobbit while her peers were reading Junie B Jones and the Diary of Wimpy Kid. While in school she discovered that such a thing as grades existed and her sense of competition was ignited. She went on to become AR Queen (following in the footsteps of her sister) and surpassing the closest competitor by near twice as many points. From that moment on Rachel looked for the competition in everything. She entered the Wings of Hope Speech competition and came in third in the state, meeting one of her idols Jane Goodall. After speech writing she turned to poetry, which kept her quite occupied throughout middle school. It was not until high school that she diversified her writing portfolio once more and began to write the great american novel which was a complete failure. Her vocabulary was immensely advanced whilst her realistic sense of plot and dialogue was lacking because she was still young and inexperienced in the world. Short stories soon followed while she continued with the poetry. It was during her last two years in high school that Rachel submitted her works to various competitions and got several of her better poems published, winning a couple of bucks along the way. Unfortunately, when she arrived at college, Rachel was too busy to continue inhaling fiction, instead focussing on her textbooks, her work in a restaurant, and an active social life. Rachel was amassing life experience and soon put all this knowledge to work when she began the great american novel attempt number two after graduating. Nine months later Ataxia and the Ravine of Lost Dreams was born. Rachel had published her young adult novel of a heroine's adventures at the Academy through Amazon, doing her own editing and using her own picture as cover art. When she turned 23, Rachel joined a writing group in the Valley and wrote a children’s picture book and started on another young adult novel. She decided to form a local writing group in her hometown (the Maple Valley Writers) and is always looking for new and different challenges as she grows and learns as an author and a dreamer.
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That brings me to the world, arguably the most important part of any dystopian novel. What we have is Ataxia, a resistance movement against the government that was formed after an "Electronic Hackstorm" that threw the entire world's infrastructure into chaos. It's a great idea and believable. MC knows about the resistance and the Obies, who murdered her parents. The clashes that occur when MC emerges as a force to be reckoned with are harrowing to say the least.
Overall this is a great read. It does have a lot in it, but sometimes it has a little too much. Sometimes things that could be passed over in one sentence, like getting dressed, end up taking paragraphs to get through. It's worth it to get immersed in this world and invested in these characters, and for that I give it full credit.
Look for more by Rachel Barnard, this was supposed to be a trilogy but she's moving on to more ideas now.
Right of the bat, I noticed that there were too many “I’s” used. You don’t even have to read far to see it. Just look at the first chapter: I pulled, I kept, I stepped, I couldn't, I had, I hoped (one paragraph) and so on.
Something that Bernard seriously missed was the description of character. It was hard for me to picture MC or most of the other characters for that matter and so you kind of just have to do your best to imagine what they look like
I had to re-read a few things in order to understand what was going on. Confusion is certainly something I experienced with this story which could have been better explained.
It lacked depth.
This is the kind of book I would recommend to a young adult audience who would overlook the details and enjoy the story.
*I read this book for free on Wattpad, in exchange for an honest review.*
Based on the above and the enticing cover, I should have loved this book. I didn’t. The story has lots of potential and it may have had the chance to develop into a brilliant novel if it had been in the hands of a good editor.
The story-line has so many gaps that I searched on-line for the preceding book, convinced this must be the second book of a trilogy. I found it difficult to make sense of the confusion in the first few chapters, but the story got quite exciting after this and I really liked the action scenes in the ‘Cube’. Unfortunately the ending felt very rushed and I came away disappointed.
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