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Kingdom City: Resurrection Paperback – February 27, 2014
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Transplanted from Melbourne, Australia at the age of seventeen, Ben Ireland resides in Houston, TX, with his wife and three superlative children. He lives in the rather dry, logical world of a Systems Administrator, which has a disappointing lack of pathos. When he grows up, he wants to be a writer and a grandfather.
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And it surrounds a bad-ass chick, Autumn, Kingdom City's Whisper, which makes her the toughest ninja assassin on the planet. Total Linda Hamilton type from Terminator 2. I'm all in for tough women leads. She only bugged me when she was too motherly. Me, "Stop worrying about their veggies and go kill some bad guys."
Really enjoyed the pace. It's sliced into scenes, so the reader gets more of the plot than the players. When the story wound back to the planning in the gymnasium, I thought of screaming at the characters, blowing the whole plot to them... "Listen, guys, stop talking about it. The city is in riots. There are hostages. Stop being so smart and go ninja kick them in the face!"
Resurrection kept with me for a few days after. Very pumped about the sequel.
Since then, I used every moment I could spare to read it. I wondered why it took me so long to finally get to it. And I'm so glad I did.
I desperately don't want to spoil anything any other review hasn't, so I'll say what I can.
The main character base of the Stevens family has a well-crafted dynamic without being campy. Their world isn't ours. The society is very different than most, but it doesn't patronize the reader by spoon feeding every detail of every single thing to you. You have to recognize each detail as the story passes and builds on itself. It assumes the reader will keep pace, but doesn't obfuscate itself. It lets you make assumptions, corrects you when you're wrong, but also makes you feel triumphant when you're right.
And trust me, you won't get everything right the first try.
Ben does a superior job telling you just enough to make you want to know what's next, balancing the fine art of detail with letting your mind fill in the negative space. You can tell this story isn't the only one going on in the world he constructed.
I'm about to begin Revolt.
I am very, very excited.