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A Gazillion Little Bits Paperback – May 7, 2014
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"...gritty with a convincing post-apocalyptic world. The world-building, the distinctive terms for certain roles, people and places, as well as the intonation of the dialogue are unique, adding depth to its plot.. intriguing...Claudia Brevis undeniably has an excellent concept for the dystopian theme." -- Reader's Favorite
About the Author
Claudia Brevis is a NYC author, playwright, songwriter and genealogist. A GAZILLION LITTLE BITS is her debut novel.
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'A Gazillion Little Bits' is not a book you can skim read, for every paragraph, every sentence is loaded with information pertinent to the story. The book follows the passage of several characters, jumping from one to the next as it advances the story through their experiences. Fortunately, the book kept coming back to several key characters, such as Anthony and Lahara.
'A Gazillion Little Bits' focuses on a society that has regressed back to the dark ages in terms of speech, knowledge, and ability. Little is known about crop cultivation and food preparation, and disease is running rampant. And as in the dark ages, simply getting pregnant can be a death sentence. Yet in stark contrast to the simplistic nature of these folk, a great number of them are inexplicably 'touched.' These 'touched' fall into trances in which they experience the past, leading them to recall, for example, an entire passage of an Old Testament Book, or everything about a particular science, how to make perfect replicas of weapons.
How these 'touched' came to be in this way, and the repercussions that follow, are central to the book's theme. So too, is the emergence of a strange hairless man who seems completely out of place amongst these illiterate primitives.
Some readers have commented that the story was hard to follow. Personally, I did not find it so, however, it was extremely complex with many threads that all came together in the end, and as I mentioned above, you had to absorb, and understand, every passage.
Ms Breves has offered up her disturbing and original vision of a post apocalyptic New York City that at once terrifies and inspires, saddens and gratifies.
From the heartbreaking prologue to the frenetic finale, Breves takes our hand and leads us, sure - footed and compassionately, through a complex world where history clashes with a dystopian future, where fundamental humanity survives and triumphs against all odds.
It's a page turner that compels us to think and imagine, to wrangle with many daring concepts as we gallup through this tasty hell scape.
One can easily imagine this tale gracing the big screen. Watch out hunger games franchise, there's a new kid in town!
It felt as if I were part of the story, learning bits and pieces of what happened prior to the catastrophic events and what was happening after. The disorientation is purposeful helping me as a reader understand and empathize with the characters. With the breakdown of civilization, Brevis touches on an interesting premise which was that without a public educational system in place, children born in the post-apocalyptic era develop their own dialect and culture. I enjoyed that the author wrote the thoughts and dialogue in the newly developed dialects.
Chapter by chapter was like removing layer after layer of the story as if I were watching an artist painting and magically unfolding each detail in front of me.
I look forward to reading more from this author.
Most of the novel is enticing with only slivers of the story to come. It is largely written from the point of view of the population living in the ruins. I think that people familiar with Manhattan will find the setting compelling with its references of prior landmarks brought low in various ways, but for one who is not a native, it gets old. Also the action sometimes lags with the detailed observation of the characters coming to understand the challenge they face. Overall the writing did incite me to continue and my interest held through the book. I am guessing that true technology fans would find some holes in the story, but it held whole for me. It is an interesting change up on Dystopia and one aimed at adults.
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