- File Size: 2385 KB
- Print Length: 290 pages
- Publisher: Torment Publishing (August 16, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 16, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01JQZ8YWU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,556 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Influence: Book One in the Influence Series Kindle Edition
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The book is so visual, the world descriptions, the setting of the hubs and it's power, the action scenes, very well described.
The characters are full of life and very believable. What I found amazing about this novel is that it's written in 1st POV from the character perspective of Kaylin, by the author Mr. Bernstein, and it's totally absorbing.
I highly recommend this book for readers of YAadventures, and happy to hear this is the beginning of a series. I'll look out for more.
I really like the fast-paced writing style. You don’t have to sift through tons of backstory or details to get into the meat of the story. Lots of action and the mind stuff is really well done.
I would recommend it to anyone who likes sci-fi and young adult books. Or anyone would just wants a great action story!
This debut novel by David R. Bernstein is well written, well edited an moves at a fast pace to keep you completely submerged in this world he created. I loved the characters, who were well developed and relatable. Kaylin must push past her fears to become the badass everyone else already knows she is. There is a lot of action, a small touch of romance, and an intriguing twist at the end that leaves you hungry for more.
Overall, I give this book two thumbs up! I can't wait to read book 2!
Where only teenagers have the ability to “push” others’ consciousness to do something or feel something, this society is set up much like other young adult dystopian novels. There’s the female main character who doesn’t know the reaches of her own power. There are the factions that want to use her for their own evil plans. Where Influence is different is with its well-developed characters and satisfyingly detailed world building.
I knew exactly how a “Push” worked and was shown many possibilities for how and why one would be used. I knew Kaylin and her best friend Amanda almost as well as they knew each other and loved how empathetic Kaylin was!
Where the story lost me a bit was with the plot details and the romantic element. The sweet romance between kaylin and Farren was stereotypical for a dystopian teen read, but I enjoyed that even though this romance was based on mutual first attraction (duh!) that the romance grew slowly and steadily throughout the book and didn’t end with too much of the romance taking over the plot! The romance and action were well balanced.
Some elements of the plot seemed a bit convenient and somewhat unexplained, but the book moved at a nice fast pace and kept me interested in the characters, their world, and their ultimate goal the entire time. The plot twist at the end was a bit rough and though all the elements to tie it in were there, they were a bit too loose for my liking.
I loved the tease at the end and appreciated that this book contained both a full and satisfying ending while making the reader want to read more and find out what happens to Kaylin next!
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The premise is unique and original, and Bernstein's world building was great. The writing was fluid and tight, and the packing was spot on. I particularly loved that we're given some backstory, but that we're shown it (no telling!) in flashback-like episodes where it's applicable, and Bernstein leads us into these scenes very cleverly, in such a way that I knew it was a flashback. There was none of that confusion (the 'is this happening now or has it already happened?') that you sometimes get when books use flashbacks as a device to tell backstory. And I mean, the first flashback near the beginning contained pretty important backstory too, explaining why Kay is now on the run and answering any questions I had at that point. So, yes, there's no heavy info-dumping, and we're given just the right amount of backstory to go by.
As a main character, Kaylin is great. I also really appreciated the relationship between Kay and her best friend, Amanda. It was refreshing to see.
As the plot builds, the tension and stakes increase. And there's a lot of action, which I absolutely love. The ending! Wow. I loved it and it fitted the whole book so well. I don't want to give any spoilers there--but let's just say it's very cleverly written. I read the whole thing in less than 24 hours.
Would definitely recommend to dystopian fans.