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Feeder: Young Adult Science Fiction (Book 1, Feeder Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 17, 2016
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"There are some similarities to the Hunger Games but Feeder stands on its own in terms of ideas." Amazon Reviewer
"Great dystopian novel - keeps you wanting more!" Amazon Reviewer
From the Author
Interview with the Author
Q - Are these books for me?
A - Do you enjoy stories that make you question our hand in society's downfall? Do you like immersing yourself in post-apocalyptic dystopian adventures that deal with the gritty truth about our future survival? Do you want to read about real characters who will keep you up long past your bedtime? Do you enjoy mysteries, thrillers and science fiction with heart? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I'd say these books are definitely for you.
Q - What if I don't really like science fiction?
A - You don't have to be a super fan of science fiction, just love people and the connections between them. The Exilon 5 series books are character driven and while my stories are certainly categorised as science fiction, they are down to earth and very relatable. Many readers who have loved my series have not been fans of dystopian science fiction thrillers, post-apocalyptic conspiracy or space opera type stories. But after reading my books they are more than willing to give new sci-fi stories a go. If you love TV shows like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones or Marvel's Agents of Shield, you'll enjoy this series.
Q - Can I try something a little shorter to begin with?
A - Yes you can! You can get Echoes of Earth and New Origin, prequels to Becoming Human for free here: smarturl.it/y31fek
Q - I loved the first three books in the Exilon 5 series and want more. Will you be writing any more books?
A - Yes. Quantum Silence will be the fourth book, set eight years after the end of Crimson Dawn. I will also be writing a fifth book in the series in 2018.
Q - What order should I read the books in?
A - It's better to read the books in this order: Echoes of Earth, New Origin, Becoming Human, Altered Reality, Crimson Dawn, Quantum Silence. While it is possible to read the books out of order, reading them in order will help you to understand who the characters are and the struggles they face.
Derailed Conscience is a standalone book and can be read at any time.
The Exilon 5 Series Order:
Echoes of Earth
- Isobel (A Quantum Silence Story)
- Marcus (A Quantum Silence Story)
Derailed Conscience (Sequel coming in 2018)
Q- Are you writing anything else?
A - Yes, a young adult sci-fi series, beginning with Feeder, available from Amazon smarturl.it/feederamazon. It has been described as The Maze Runner meets The Hunger Games.
Dissent (A Feeder Story)
Intent (A Feeder Story)
Breeder (Book 2, Feeder series) coming in 2018
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In a dystopian future, Anya and Jason suffer tragedy. As their hometown has been attacked by rebels and poisoned by radiation, they're relocated to Essention.
Jason is put to work, but a different fate awaits Anya. Put into the secretive adults skills programme (Arcis) at Arcis, which is heavily monitored, she meets other teens her own age. One stands out, Dom, who maybe equally as harmful as helpful.
The teens must compete with each other and earn their place in society by completing all tasks and getting to the top floor.As deeper secrets and mysteries unravel, there begins a race against time to get to the finish line: the ninth floor.
Feeder is part Hunger Games, part Maze Runner, and will appeal to readers in these genres.
This is a somewhat difficult review to write. Feeder has great potential, but it took me until nearly halfway through to actually connect with the story. It's large. It's unwieldy and some of this was unnecessary.
It started with a hiss and a roar, but then fell off the pace. There was a lot of material in the first part of the book that I felt could have been cut to keep the tension.
I understand the necessity for setup, but thought that this could have been trimmed without losing any of the essential story.
Also, there was head hopping from character to character - sometimes in the same chapter. A lot of the speech tags could have been cut because they came repetitive and jarring. I also don't want to ever read the term: potted meat again.
Now, in saying all of the above, when the story hooked me - it hooked me. The first forty percent was a slog, but the next sixty held my attention to the very end. I was impressed with how it all came together and am interested in how the series develops.
When a knock at the door has Anya's parents forcing her to hide in a hidden space in the wall, the last thing she expects to see is their execution right before her eyes. Orphaned and forced out of the town thanks to spreading radiation, Anya and her older brother find refuge in a governmental sanctuary. While her brother is placed in a normal job, Anya joins the other teens in an educational system, which the government claims prepares them for their lives as adults-something Anya's fine with until the first dead bodies drop from the sky.
Although the blurb reminds a bit of Hunger Games, the plot takes off in a fresh direction. Anya is left shaken after watching her parents' murder, and although she needs time to digest and adapt, this baggage does not weigh down on her or the entire plot. The author allows Anya and the reader to settle into the world a few chapters before taking off into the adventure, and masterfully accomplishes this without losing pace or flow. Anya has a lot to cope with, but her strong character and a few pushes from those around her, get her stumbling in the right direction. This mixture of strength and weakness makes her easy to sympathize with and cheer for.
The supporting characters are by no means left on the way-side. Each one has their own personality, purpose and background. Even when several of them make 'evil' decisions, the reasoning behind these bad choices makes it hard to hate them entirely. The characters are alive with all their dark and good attributes.
The plot is like peeling an onion. In the beginning, its not clear that things are wrong but, bit by bit, the secrets and layers are exposed. The intrigue and tension grows with each chapter (as does the violence and emotional struggles), keeping this a fast paced read the entire way through. The ending leaves many questions open, which will be continued in the next books.
The book is split between three characters: Anya, her brother and a girl which comes in late and remains pretty mysterious until the last couple of chapters. While Anya's parts are always action packed, her brother's are slow in comparison and don't pack the same punch. Unfortunately, I skimmed over his parts quite often.
And there's romance, one that builds nicely with the rest of the plot and molds right into the story seamlessly.
Summed up, this is a read YA scifi/dystopian fans are sure to enjoy. I'll be looking forward to book two.
I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed it enough to want to leave my thoughts.
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