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The writing is great, and it's superbly edited. I only found one typo, a switching of words, and that's it. That is an incredible feat even for major publishing companies. In big 5 books I always notice at least a few typos.
R.A. Desilets is a self-published author, or indie author, and she's done a fabulous job setting up her work as professional. The cover is simple, yet eye-catching. The story itself is very tongue-in-cheek, yet has a very deep, underlying meaning.
It is a dystopian, hipsters take over L.A. story. The Hipsters rebel from Corporate Government we all know it is, and occupy L.A., creating rules for their society and limited choices. Everything they do is ruled by what's considered 'fashionable.' One of the more amusing lines: "If anyone asked why Murphy was the ruler, I would say it was because he had the thickest glasses of us all."
Snarky, and hilarious, but the MC (main character) Jay is really, quite complex. His thoughts are different than the masses, and he constantly questions what he's doing, and tries to find himself. Something I think we all do, and should do more of. We should unplug and find out who we are, rather than letting pop culture, and the media tell us who we are: "Reinventing myself and figuring out what I liked instead of depending on fashion was going to take a while, but it would be worth it."
I would definitely recommend this book.
We see this world though Jay, a head Quieter who becomes increasingly disenchanted with his life. Two key incidents I won’t spoil force him to face a decision that leads to the end of this story – or is it the cliff-hanger leading to the next?
That question expresses the potential difficulty with Hipstopia. If you come into it with expectations of a fully drawn and resolved story, you’re likely to be disappointed in some ways. Desilets structured Hipstopia as novella that is also episode 1 in an ongoing Young Adult fiction saga. As such, the story will at times feel incomplete in two ways: not yet finished and without all the back-story. Personally, this only bothered me marginally as I can look forward to future installments to fill in the missing details. As for the story we do read within the pages of Hipstopia, we are presented with enough information to appreciate the protagonist's plight, namely the world he has chosen to inhabit and the immediate situation that presents him with difficult, life-changing choices.
For my taste, I did feel in the end that Desilets could have added a little bit more flesh toward the end, where the story felt rushed and sudden as it approached its end. In total, though, I did find this a well-written and satisfying read, and thus give it four out of five stars, with plans to pick up book #2.
Freedom, excitement, teenagers, and then throw in the loaded gun.
An uprising in Los Angeles three years ago lead to big changes. Now Hipstopia is changing, and not just for the better. The quieters must try and keep the uprisings down. Of course, Jay did not know the gun was loaded.
This is a short story, which is a bit of coming of age, a bit of science fiction, a bit of dystopia. It all fits together very well, and gives the reader a glimpse into what could be. While I had a couple of questions when reading this book, they were answered by the end.
Sometimes stories come from ideas that the author has. Sometimes stories come from an otherwise innocent joke. This story came about because once the seed was planted in the authors head, she could not let it go.
I can easily recommend this story to those who like novellas. If you enjoy coming of age, you want to read this one. It is short enough to read a chapter on the bus or train to and from work. I had a few extra hours on my hands, and chose to read it in a day. Being honest, I read it twice, and it may have take two days the first time. I have grabbed the next book in this series.
And then boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy meets girl AGAIN and she knocks him out, literally, not figuratively. :) Go read it. It's the fashionable thing to do.
You do want to be fashionable don't you?
My only complaint is that it ended too soon! But there's a sequel on the way, so I look forward to reading more about Jay.
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