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LATITUDE 38 by [Hutchison, Ron]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 822 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Schiller & Wells, Ltd., An Imprint of Stay Thirsty Publishing, A Division of Stay Thirsty Media, Inc. (November 9, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 9, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XWQ3I4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,173,211 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I thought the story was different but they didn't go into great detail on why there is a border. I didn't want to stop reading it because it was so different but it was far from a page turner for me. By the end, I couldn't wait for the book to be over.
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By Ann on February 21, 2012
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I read it yesterday and was not thrilled with it at all. The story started out well, but by the middle I was questioning the plot and the characters. We never found out what lead to the border between the countries, why was one secular and the other not? It was confusing and hard to follow.
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I was very interested to read this book based on the premise described and see how the description of the US was torn apart along the 38th latitude. The author describes very little about life on either side. He does describe what is considered to be the more conservative side of the latitude but not much. No background at all on how it came to be this way; it just seems to be a story of a group of people escaping for various reasons. The story is mostly surrounding the group and their interactions. And the ending - eep - let's just say I was glad I downloaded it while it was free. The book had so much potential, but just did not deliver.
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It was...okay. The writing wasn't bad, the story kept my interest somewhat (I kept reading it to find out how it ended) but....the synopsis talked about the United States splitting into two separate republics but VERY little of that was mentioned in the book. Yes, we saw the overbearing police-state that was the south but why? Why did this happen? Why was the border closed? What caused the split? What was given in the synopsis on the Amazon website is pretty much all we ever learn about "the state of the nation." The story is pretty much only about a group of people trying to cross the border. We learn a why some of them are taking taking the risk to cross but don't learn everyone's story and even those stories we do learn don't go into much detail. So a group of people we don't know very well are risking everything to cross a border (which could be ANY border - Mexico/US, East Germany/West Germany, Chiina, etc.) for sketchy reasons. It could have done more; it could have been more. The writing was decent enough but the story needs week. Without the information and reasons as to what happened and how it came to be this way, why the people were going and what the "other side" is supposed to be like it's...just another story.
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I found it to be an interesting read but totally unacceptable on a social standpoint. Hutchinson doesn't deal with the level of politics very well as far as separation goes. The south is a police state basically run by Mexico and the Chinese while the north is completely liberal (good luck telling that to people in the "conservative" states). I also found the cave scenes to be totally unbelieveable in spots & the ending ruined the whole book for me.
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Latitude 38 is about the flight of 8 persons to cross the latitude 38 border, which separates the USS of A (USA North) from the Republic of Pais Nuevo (USA South).

Stand alone, the story is an interesting view on what people are willing to do to reach a forbidden destination to reach their goals. But the story lacks more background. How did the USA actually split? How and why did each half selected their name? Some of these answers are mentioned, but none are explained.

There's at least in-story questions unanswered: how did Uno complete the last leg?

But what was worst for me, was the gratuitous Spanish. The phrases are well intended, but most are plain wrong. For example, "Do you want to par­ty with me?" is translated as "¿Quiere ust­ed al par­tido con­mi­go?" which very loosely half the sentence is missing) means "Do you want to go to the game with me?".

In summary, it's an ok novel, but doesn't have enough background to complete the futuristic picture it paints (if you don't follow USA politics, you'll be lost from the start), some decisions don't make sense (The South calling itself Pais Nuevo?), and the gratuitous Spanish is cumbersome. At $5.99, I would not recommend it.
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The premise of this book made it sound very interesting, however for people running for their lives the characters never seemed very invested in their mission. I wanted to kill most of them off about half way through the book. Small consolation that I didn't pay for this...
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Not a bad book, but a bit disappointing. Although we get a fair picture of the characters, the world they are escaping is only referred to with a minimum of detail. Finally, at the climax, the characters act against their established personalities when it would have served them best to stay on course. Their difficulties faced by the characters also seemed more contrived than usual for a story of this type.
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