- File Size: 724 KB
- Print Length: 366 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Big C Productions; 1 edition (March 8, 2011)
- Publication Date: March 8, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004R9QUQ8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,274,421 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Hidden Institute (Noblesse Oblige Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The best part of the book is the middle. There are a lot of amusing scenes in the hidden school, with the friends and enemies he makes. If this sounds good to you, you might enjoy this book, but it has flaws. The slang that the author invented for his lower class sometimes doesn't sound plausible, perhaps too verbose.
There are a few other weaknesses as well. The romance seems artificial (she instantly fell in love with him WHY?), and the ending seems a little tacked on and too easy, since he just sort of stumbles into a situation to do something huge and climactic which he hasn't actively been seeking most of the book.
Brand paints for us a fascinating portrait of a society where the class systems of nineteenth century Europe have reemerged with a vengeance and technology has progressed on a micro, rather than a macro, scale. The plot flows smoothly as young Cliffy is swept along through the process of becoming an aristocrat. Even as his own defiant nature rails against the authority figures that represent the very thing he is to become.
The narrative is smooth and the dialog is filled with wonderfully colorful dialect that is not hard to read. The characters are fresh and boldly portrayed. I found myself rooting for the hero and wondering just who the bad guys really were. The Hidden Institute is a true page-turner and not to be missed.
What kept this book from being a 4 star book?
- There were transitions where I was left scratching my head wondering if my copy of the book was missing a chapter or two.
- The pacing seemed erratic.
- The first half of the book, where Cliffy spoke in street slang, was tough to read. A little dialect is good -- too much made reading a chore.
On the whole the book was amusing, funny, quirky, enough that I was glad I read it. I wish I could give 3.5 stars because this book is right on the border between "I liked it" and "I really liked it". I hope that the next book in the series (this is a series, right?) will be a more polished, smoother read.
'If you're looking for something a little different. A little quirky. And don't mind a book that is a little rough around the edges, read this one.
The Hidden Institute is a wonderful story, detailing a young boy's transition from street-urchin to sophisti-CAN-t.
As has been noted by other reviewers, THI has a little bit of a "Potter" feel to it, but it also has wonderful mix of sci-fi to it as well.. like if you took some HP, a bit Blade-runner and maybe even a touch of The Matrix, stuck them all in a blender with just a touch of pixie-dust.. blend to perfection, pour into a neo-Victorian book mold, bake to a golden brown and Viola!
THI was quite a page-turner for me.. and when I finally got to the end, even though it was a good "ending" spot for the story, I was still wanting more! Do you hear me Brand?! More!