- File Size: 3525 KB
- Print Length: 377 pages
- Publisher: Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (July 18, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 18, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073G8Y5MZ
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- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,553 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ending Fear: Book One of the Gliding Lands Kindle Edition
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Deanna Fugett writes an interesting tale on a dystopian Earth where everything but Godliness runs rampant across two worlds. This YA adult read is a fairly clean read; but there are mentions of abuse, kidnapping, and slavery. What I really found interesting is how Fugett named her characters after the traits they most possess: Fear, Courage, Trouble, Charity, Melody, Happy, Manly (the handsome hunk in the story), and more. It was interesting to see these characteristic traits become humanized. Ending Fear leaves off on a cliffhanger, which will have readers, YA and adult alike, ready for the sequel novel, Living Brave.
I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from L2RL2W Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
This novel features a teenage protagonist but is easily enjoyed by adults. I would recommend this for older teens and adults, possibly younger teens if parents read it with them. It could be upsetting for younger teens to process alone. It does address some heavy topics such as molestation, human trafficking, physical abuse, and infanticide. These are handled really well in that I was moved with compassion and grief over them, but gritty details are not dwelt on, and there is a clear message of hope and transformation on the story. I appreciated how the author handled a protagonist who has been the victim of abuse – how she would respond to the world and how her understanding of relationships would be broken by her experiences.
Fear (the characters are named after character traits and emotions) is a compelling protagonist. Her voice is suitable to her age but never becomes a stereotype. Her character progression is believable and nuanced. Most of the important relationships Fear has are developed well and mattered to me as a reader. I was surprised by a few characters' action towards the end of the book and I hope to find out some good reasons for that in the next installment.
This is a first book in a series, and if you are the kind of reader who doesn't like waiting for the second book, be forewarned that some might consider this to end on a cliffhanger. Strictly speaking, I don't think I would call it that, but there are both immediate circumstances that are unresolved as well as larger issues that would continue to be addressed in the next book. This made sense to me as this world has some big problems to be addressed and there's no way they could all be solved in one book.
Oh, and to add to the fun, there's a companion coloring book!
And she uses the dystopian genre so fantastically. Her futuristic societies of Uppers (who live in floating cities and are slaves to popularity and pleasure) and Downers (who live on terra firma and are enslaved by poverty and propaganda) are an insightful commentary on our own society and what could happen if attitudes don’t soon change. Yikes!
Ending Fear was a fun read: one that kept me up at night, turning the pages, and wondering how Fear would overcome her namesake and glorify Abba. I highly recommend you snag your own copy of Ending Fear and settle in for a great ride.
Many thanks to Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing for the advance copy of the novel for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own!
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book*
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