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Irradiated (The Tunnel Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"Not your typical dystopian story"; - Des Putaski, Amazon Reader.
- ASIN : B00KAWN3ZM
- Publisher : Aberrant Minds Publishing (May 12, 2014)
- Publication date : May 12, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 3844 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 160 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #29,457 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In the world of Irradiated, something horrible has happened. We are never told what, but most would assume a nuclear blast or some sort of nuclear fall-out because the world above ground is no longer safe for human habitation due to radiation.
Most people live underground, in tunnels. When those who are desperate enough venture forth and are exposed to radiation, the radiation causes
mutations of genes and their future offspring become "Irradiated" = mutated in some ways. The tunnel dwellers fear this irradiation and kill those who are irradiated. In this particular story the mutations are quite varied.
Jade, our heroine was born before her father ventured forth, but her baby sister Pearl is irradiated. Jade's sole purpous in life is to protect her sister from those left in the tunnels who would kill her for being irradiated, and from the ruthless land dwellers who would kill them both to steal anything they could use to survive.
It's a story about the love between sisters, and how far you might have to go to survive.
This is a book that is very well written. The author has an almost poetic gift for his (often grisly) descriptions of this horribly bleak world. The story is strong and the plot well thought out. I can find no fault with this book at all. The only thing that kept me from giving it a perfect score is because it IS so bleak. While this book is everything I asked for in a dystopian novel, it was a bit dark even for me. If dark is your thing, you will love this book. Even if that isn't your thing, you might enjoy it.
This author understands how to end one part of the story while at the same time make you want to continue to be enriched by the world and the characters and to continue the journey. Many self published authors could learn a thing or two from this self published author! A good Sy-Fi experience! I liked it and will look at the rest of the trilogy.
That aside...I enjoyed the book. It is an interesting take on radiation. I think that the characters are interesting; however, suffer from a lack of development. I was starting to get into what was happening and BOOM end of book. I am left wondering what just happened?
This story is interesting enough that I am going to read the 2nd book in this trilogy. This world sounds like an awful place to live while at the same time, seems plausible in our world today. I am hoping that book 2 will fill in blanks for me.
I recommend this book to any dystopian fan. Let's see where it goes.
This is not your typical human vs mutant drivel. Brandis gives up a unique perspective in such a world. We view this vile landscape from the perspective of the irradiated, the outcasts, the mutants, and the hunted. We learn how they live, how they love and how they barely survive.
This story was well written with clear action sequences by a successful storyteller. My only drawback is that I wanted to see deeper into the remarkable characters the author imagined for us.
Jade is the older sister in charge of making sure Pearl is guided through life. Pearl is what is called "Irradiated" and suffers from/is blessed with mutations as a result. There are others who are irradiated and somehow they are drawn to Pearl and her abilities, but there are those who wish to see the Irradiated wiped out for good, ensuring a struggle between the fascist and fanatical forces under the earth and the liberal and free people who live on the planet's surface.
I enjoyed the story and really looked forward to reading the second book.
The characters are very real, even the ones that don't get much time on the page. Jade particularly is a fully-fleshed out sketch, the spare language giving us enough detail to see and know her without resorting to trite or cliched expository descriptions.
I enjoyed this thoroughly and would give it a 4.5 if I could.
Top reviews from other countries
Though Jade isn't irradiated, her sister, Pearl is. They escaped the tunnels but life is extremely difficult, picking through the ruins for survival.
This tale is not original in its idea but the characters are fascinating and the divisions make for a good plot. It is disturbing in many ways, however, there was still room for love, loyalty and kindness.
I would read the next books but funds are low at the moment, though I will recommend the story to those who enjoy this genre.