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The City Center (The New Agenda Series Book 1) by [Pond, Simone]
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Editorial Reviews


This story is decorated with familiar things, and at its heart contains thrilling characters and heroic journeys." - RevolutionSF

"The revelations before the conclusion are properly shocking and quite insidious." - SF Crowsnest 

"The power of this novel actually comes from the world building and the action." - Smart Girls Love Sci-fi

Gold Medal Readers' Favorite Dystopian Fiction
Reviewed By Anne Boling
"It is difficult to believe that The City Center is Simone Pond's first novel for she writes like a seasoned author. The City Center reminds me of Donor 23, The Hunger Games, Logan's Run and Brave New World, which are all dystopian tales. The characters are well developed. Morray was so well developed that he gave me the creeps just reading about his despicable crimes."

About the Author

Simone Pond is the award-winning author of the young adult dystopian book series the New Agenda, and the short story collection Voices of the Apocalypse. If you're looking for sci-fi books with intricate virtual realities like Ready Player One, or post-apocalyptic books with action, adventure and rebellious characters like The Hunger Games, The Selection and Divergent, you will enjoy reading this series.

Both the series and short stories explore themes of breaking free from the oppressive forces of the world, giving readers hope for a better future. One in which they have a say.

This futuristic and dystopian book series is recommended for teens, young adults and up.

Pond currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their Boston Terrier. Visit to join her exclusive mailing list and receive updates on new releases and giveaways.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1694 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Ktown Waters Publishing (September 25, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 25, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FQZ89KC
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By Helpful Advice TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
"The City Center" by Simone Pond is an intriguing dystopian novel that brings the story about our world three hundred years in the future where little had remained from the present time.

Due to the apocalypse caused by humans in the 21st century, majority of the Earth population was killed - the remaining people were divided into two groups, one which remained living in City Center in the Kingdom of Los Angeles, and rebels who are forced to live Outside.

Three hundred years had passed since and reader is introduced to main character named Ava Rhodes who is one of the several potential Queen of the City Center successors.
Just before the final competition will start, Ava will meet Joseph, a rebel from the Outside world, discovering the real nature of her home which is actually a breeding facility for perfect human creation. Ava will escape with Joseph to the Outside world, and while chase will start after her, Ava will slowly learn about some disturbing events from the human history.
Soon besides trying to save her bare life, Ava will need to decide whether she wants to fight against such world in which she grew up...

"The City Center" is author's first novel and still she managed to write a piece that is a real page turner and will definitely appeal to those who love dystopias and apocalyptic stories about the future of our beloved planet Earth.
She created her novel using intriguing premise that can be compared to some cult novels which cover human's not so bright future like Logan's Run and Brave New World.
Also, in some aspects its story resembles the one from The Hunger Games - people are living in the "perfect" world inside, while the rest of the world full of disease and radiation is ruled by wicked people.
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Take a splash of Hunger Games and a pinch of Elizabethan England and mix it in a technologically-advanced society, and you’ll have an interesting recipe for a YA/NA dystopian. The societal set up was complex but intriguing. Set three hundred years in the future, this novel shows some very real, very frightening possibilities for America’s future. It truly isn’t difficult it to imagine DNA modifications, mood modifiers pumped into public facilities, and governmental monitoring even in private homes, and let’s face it, most people already believe the powerful elite control everything from elected officials to media streaming. So, at times, I felt a chill at seeing a glimpse of a conceivable 24th century LA. However, it was difficult to get past the similarities between what has quickly become a mainstay in dystopian fiction. The pageantry of the City Center citizens, the outrageous beautification procedures, the populace vote in a competition (though not for life or death), the handlers of the candidates—all of these have that formulaic feel which Katniss fans will see immediately.
I also had some problems with Ava’s character. Sometimes, she seems strong and intelligent, like when she recues Joseph from execution or when she escapes David’s nefarious clutches, but at other times, she’s weak, easily malleable, like whenever James yells at her. She relies on others to take care of her, too, literally slipping in and out of consciousness multiple times in the novel in situations requiring her full attention and mobility. This combat-trained girl, semi-devoid of human emotion can’t seem to stay awake when her life depends on it, and at the moment she builds a fire, caveman style, I began to lose interest.
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Wonderfully surprised. The City Center is compelling and engaging.
This dystopian novel can lead to interesting discussions about our world. The book is rich in themes about man and technology, personal freedom and sacrifice and what it means to find yourself, and not submit to others' expectations. This novel will appeal to all ages-especially Teens and Young Adults. There are many twists and turns and a surprise ending. I loved the book. Looking forward to the next one in the series.
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Simone Pond's CITY CENTER is a gripping Young Adult novel set three hundred years in the future. The world as we know it no longer exists - it has been replaced by the domed City Center in the Kingdom of Los Angeles, which is ruled by Chief Morray and the ten-member Royal Court. All residents of the City Center are bred artificially to fulfill specific roles - from "Info-tainers" to manual laborers to security forces to members of the Royal Court itself. Every eighteen years the Royal Court is retired and replaced by a new group of young Successor Candidates, each of which competes in a series of competitions to determine which role they will play in the new Court (which includes a King and Queen, as well as Dukes, Duchesses, and other lower positions). At age thirty-six, retired citizens (whether from the Royal Court or from other positions in the City Center) are sent to the idyllic "Ret-Hav" (i.e. "Retirement Haven"), an island where they will live out their lives in pampered luxury.

This is an intriguing premise for a novel, reminding me of Huxley's BRAVE NEW WORLD, as well as more recent post-apocalyptic novels like LOGAN'S RUN, UGLIES, and THE HUNGER GAMES. The people living in the City Center are told that the world beyond their protected environment is dangerous, full of disease, harmful radiation, and gangs of evil terrorist Outsiders. But have they been told the truth? And is Chief Morray really the benevolent dictator he pretends to be, or is something more going on in the City Center and the world beyond?

The biggest problem with CITY CENTER is actually its protagonist, eighteen-year-old Ava Rhodes, who is a Successor Candidate preparing to take her place in the new Royal Court.
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