- File Size: 3570 KB
- Print Length: 298 pages
- Publication Date: February 13, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077YG857P
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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First of all let's talk characterization. It's freaking phenomenal. The protagonists of the story are Jacob and Trevor, two survivors of the old world, trying to make sense of this new normal even twenty years later. Mary is a young woman born into the Palace who is slowly falling in love with Jacob, a concept that is frowned by the new order. Clark does an amazing job bringing his characters to life. Jacob is a sure favorite, being both intelligent and a bit self-destructive at the same time. He clings to his past even while attempting to conform to the new way of doing things which is far different from the world he grew up in. Trevor, I especially loved. He is in his sixties, an ex marine and as stodgy as they come. Doing whatever he can to protect his wife Amy and hoping to one day escape the restrictive confines of the Palace.
Sirus is the executive in charge of the compound and he is a great foil for our main characters (and just about anyone else that is naughty in his domain.) He is the typical bureaucrat but a politician as well, meticulously planning every meeting, discussion or come-to-Jesus meeting with unruly members of the Palace. All hope to get into the Greater Understanding Program which means leaving their Palace and going out into the world to be fruitful, multiply and erase the mistakes of the old-world. He's as sly as the devil and just as charismatic. Is he good? Is he bad? Is he just middle management? He keeps us guessing.
Without revealing any spoilers I can only say that the story is a roller coaster ride of suspense and action. Clark takes us on several twists and turns that jaded reader I may be, I never saw coming. He is insidious with the way he dribbles little clues at us that the paradise of the Palace is not all that it seems and could be so much more. The pacing is enthralling and it is difficult to put down once started.
All of this is great, but to be honest, the best part about this book is that it defies labels. It's dystopian. It's mystery suspense. It's scif-fi and psychological thriller. It is so many things, but most of all it's unique in that it tells a great story and does it uncompromisingly.
My only real complaints are that that narration sometimes goes on about a character's background or motivations where I'd rather see that some out in their actions or dialogue. Overall this is a great read that I highly recommend.
It looks like this novel is the basic set-up for a series. Perhaps retroactively, the effort will be worth it, but I'm for the most part unimpressed.
The ending is more a beginning for the next phase of the story. I will definitely be reading to find out what happens next. I just hope the pace picks up some.
It's a reminder of how things can change in an intant and as much as some things change some things always stay the same. It gets you thinking about perception and reality all while being entertaining and continuously interesting. I truly enjoyed this read. You're introduced to a new world which could easily be expanded upon later. . . . With even more twists and macabre turns! I definitely recommend this book.