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HELPER12 by [Blaine, Jack]
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About the Author

Jack Blaine loves to write stories that put good people in horrible situations. Just to see what they do.

Product Details

  • File Size: 425 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1467925535
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053YHV00
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,089 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In a world of dystopian YA fiction, it's hard to find novels that are well-written and inventive in a way that hasn't been done before. Helper12 does that. I remember feeling excited by the beginning-- how Helper12 was assigned to be with babies and what this actually meant.

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!
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Normally I am hesitant to buy the cheaper books. Mostly because the editing usually isn't done well and grammer mistakes irritate me. This book, I am happy to say had none.
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.
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This is what dystopia is supposed to read like. Dark, delicious, plausible and heart-wrenching. If you don't shiver in relief that you don't live there, then the world isn't painted properly. Oh, you'll shiver in this one. You'll definitely shiver.

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.
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"I was originally tracked as a Breeder. I still have the mark - that's the only reason I know. They tried to remove it, but whoever was on shift at the laser shop that day didn't do a fabulous job. Even though it was done when I was very young, you can still see a part of the B underneath the H they tattooed over it; the skin there is pale, taut scar tissue. I don't know what went wrong - whether they just found out my initial results were skewed or whether I didn't do well on the next level of Breeder tests. I just know that when I was still a toddler, they removed all my Breeder parts, and sent me to train as a Helper. Baby Helper12, WQ Pre Ward, Complex 9C. That's my full title. But they just call me Helper12."

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.
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