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"David J Antocci's Escape, A New Life --a gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller, reminds me of a few classicnovels, although it stands so well on its own without dropping thetitles of the classics. Antocci has crafted a mounting arpeggio ofblood-curdling suspense, mitigated sufficiently by what ever sense ofromance the two main characters could scrape from the bottom of theirsituation, resulting in an unforgettable, entertaining rollercoasterride!" - The New York Book Pundit
About the Author
- ASIN : B00DNQWXQM
- Publisher : David J Antocci; 2nd edition (January 15, 2014)
- Publication date : January 15, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 721 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 344 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,058 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Having said that, this seems sort of like a cross of The Hunger Games meets Survivor. I was intrigued by the story in the beginning, but once the underlying reason for the main characters being on an island is revealed, things started to fall apart for me. It just seemed a little too much like a version of The Hunger Games to me, with only a little bit of a twist so it wasn't exactly the same. There was really no thrill there, and that's where it fell down. There is some action, but it's not the grab you by the seat of your pants kind. It's the kind you're just not really sure what to do with. One of the main characters floats, sleeping on a raft for days (without a sunburn, in her skimpy clothes, barely drinking water) and is seemingly fine. The logic just doesn't work out in several places.
The ending is a cliffhanger, which after all the events of the book was a little disappointing. I think I'd have been just as interested in knowing what happened to the people without leaving it hanging the way that it was.
As for editing issues, I found 17 errors. Most were tense issues, there were a few misspellings/wrong words and one place where the word order was all out of whack. I read this book over three days, which is a really long time for me. It just didn't hold my attention.
Overall, if you're a fan of The Hunger Games, you'll either enjoy this book or hate it for the ripoff feel of it. The writing isn't bad, the story just falls flat.
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Abby has bad taste in men. That has led her into deep trouble. This is her chance to escape, and she grabs it with both hands. Eric, tired of being a loser and getting nowhere, wants to become a somebody. His motivation is nowhere near as strong as Abby's, and that shows.
In true page-turner style, events rush past at a breathtaking pace. You will most likely read this book at a single sitting.
I didn't find the characters' urge for violence well-motivated. Abby keeps getting caught out by the same old trick, over and over. Abby and Eric have a long, long talk about life and other topics after escaping the whirlpool, but that's the only time in the book that the suspense drops for more than a few seconds.
When you finally close the book you'll never have to say, I wish I had those hours of my life back again. I was thoroughly entertained.
Escape, A New Life is a story that connects to today's "reality shows", along with the old story of a woman trying to escape one very bad decision she made a long time ago. It also has some undertones reminiscent of The Lord of the Flies by some of the happenings experienced.
Abby, the main character, is a woman without much of a past. Character development in this book is lacking, mostly by design. Part of the idea is that the people on the island cannot remember a chunk of their lives, although they don't even know memories are missing. It just seems like everyone identifies themselves as being younger than they look. Also, no one knows how they got to the island originally.
We follow the story through Abby's eyes, and how she deals with different people on the island. This is an unusual situation, though, in that people tend to die on this island, even though they don't even know why they are there.
The story opens with Abby and Eric waking up on the beach of the island, confused and dazed. They click rather well, so they start trying to do what one would do on an island when stranded: make shelter, find food, look for anything or anyone else on the island, and plan how to possibly get off the island. The reader only has the information that Abby does, until about 40% into the book.
(2nd warning: Possible spoilers ahead)
At about that point, we suddenly discover that the entire situation is a top-rated reality show called Trial Island. The reason why no one knows anything about it is that they had their memories wiped or suppressed back to just before the show originally started, which by now is ten years. It is all a kind of "Survivor" where people get killed rather than voted off.
At this point, the story concept gets a bit unrealistic. People are killing each other on this island. I find it hard to fathom that a top-rated show would involve actual killings being broadcast, and that no one even knows they are on a reality "game" show. There is no stated goal, so some people revert to their baser instincts. After that one revelation at about 40%, though, we return to watching everyone try to avoid being killed and the TV show part of it fades away until near the end of the book.
Finally, about the last 20% is where back stories are finally revealed, and the other challenges appear. The problem is that it gets very convoluted, and rather hard to believe. There is definitely intrigue, danger, and surprises.
Structurally, the grammar, spelling, tenses, and homonyms are mostly well done. The biggest issue they have is confusion of waive<>wave, and your<>you're.
My issue is the unbelievability of the concept, and the writing style being weakly expository. A story with this much violence should be more dramatic in its revelations. In other words, the first 80% of the book should match the last 20%.
Top reviews from other countries
I don't often enjoy 'modern' stories, but this one was was so riveting that I ended up buying books 2 and 3 as well as I had to know how they ended up! I got this book in February, but only read it on 25th July. In those 5 days I've now read the whole trilogy! Thank you David Antocci for a very enjoyable read!
I could really empathise with the character Abby, & at times during the book , I found myself holding my breath when she was in a dilemma! One gutsy chic, love it!
I just could not put this down, once I'd started reading it, what an amazing author Dave is! I would 100% recommend him to anyone who loves a cracking thriller , i can't wait to read book 2 of this trilogy.