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Top Customer Reviews
I liked the development of her relationship to the son of the household and the evils of his parents being revealed. It was well done.
I didn't give it 5 stars because the ending let me down. This book had drawn me in, but the ending was so easy and pat. I felt like more could have been done.
That said, it was well written and I enjoyed reading it!
Helper12 is a dystopian novel that is very character focused. If you like dystopian books and want to read a good romance this is a great book. The thing that stood out most to me is that this book was just about two people trying to live in a flawed world. There is no battle where they try to overthrow their government. Or a hopeful tone of a better future as they join or start a resistance. It's just about two people and a baby becoming a family.
I completely loved the characters although Benna was a little alien to me. The baby was so cute and I liked that he was always in the story. Instead of just casually mentioned as the reason the love interests met.
All in all a good read and I would recommend it.
Our protagonist, Helper12, is just what her name implies: a Helper. She attends to children in the Pre-Ward, another chilling designation. These babies are still too young to be classified so they are Pre- rather than designated. But when they leave her care, they will become laborers, helpers, breeders or whatever other classification is deemed appropriate for them. Helper12, who we'll come to know by her secret name of Benna, was meant to be a Breeder but for one reason or another was reclassified, her tattoo clumsily replaced, as a Helper.
Benna is sold, along with a baby, to a wealthy couple who want another baby. So she, along with the baby, are swept away into a world much like we see it, and for her it is a miracle to be in such a situation. Unfortunately, the adopted mother isn't as enamored of the baby as she was on the day she bought it and Helper12 is in the precarious position of knowing her situation will go from bad to worse if the woman disposes of them. And this is the story within the pages of Helper12. A good story it is!
I found this to be a richly detailed and intriguing world, fully realized...and chillingly so...in the story. Since this is a stand-alone book, we're unlikely to get more from this world so it is well that it was so completely realized in the story. The concept of their rigidly controlled and singular lives is well thought out and very reminiscent of THX1138 in that way, though certainly more user friendly in execution.Read more ›
Helper12 by Jack Blaine is a swift-moving, highly addictive dystopian thriller. Dark and revolting, this book is a chilling page-turner that will keep you reading long past your usual bed-time. It's addictive reading, sometimes scary, disturbing, ultimately heart-wrecking and Blaine tells it in a haunting, precise, raw manner.
This is a seriously scary read. Jack Blaine paints a tremendously nasty vision of a dystopian society where people are bred for many different purposes, from being a Laborer, Helper, Donor to serving as a Leisure Doll. This book is all sorts of disgusting and gross, but at the same time it's also dangerously captivating and fascinating. It's impossible to pause mid-way. I stayed up till 2 AM just so I could finish reading it. I couldn't bear going to sleep not having all the answers. It's a short and quick but also very powerful and immensely satisfying read. Thought-provoking and gut-wrenching, it's a book that explores all the dark and ugly corners of the human soul.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the language and stuff. Overall one of my favorite books, I just wish the community was bigger so that there would be more people to compare notes with.Published 1 month ago by Kelli Jordan
In this dystopian novel people are labeled and tattooed as infants for what occupation they will hold. Breeders, Helpers, Laborers, Artists, etc. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lost Girls
Great story, but it ends very abruptly and it feels as though there's parts missing.Published 7 months ago by LuckyLews2Plus2
In the future...will you be a 'helper'? Well written, nice twists.Published 20 months ago by Juli Erickson
This was a really enjoyable book. Unlike almost every other dystopian book, the author doesn't spend time divulging many details of how the world and government operates. Read morePublished on August 15, 2014 by mapleleafmanny
The premise of this book was a good one but the book lacked tension. In the parts where something "dangerous" was happening there was never any real threat. Read morePublished on July 31, 2014 by Tamara Ing
Nothing bad ever happens! Things start to look like they're going to get bad, but then they never actual happen. I was disappointed with this book. Read morePublished on July 8, 2014 by L Christensen
This was a great dystopian idea that ended up boiling down to an unsatisfying ending and an uncomfortable romance. It reminded me a little of Jane Eyre only not nearly as good. Read morePublished on May 24, 2014 by Rachel L.
I enjoyed this so much! The world-building, which is so important in this genre, was amazing! I look forward to the next installment!Published on January 7, 2014 by Casey