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Marooned (The Communion Wars Book 1) by [Haines, Joseph Paul]
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  • File Size: 586 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Gryffynperch Books (July 28, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 28, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005F69TK6
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By L. M. Prater on November 29, 2011
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A solid and entertaining novel that delivers a "Hunger Games" edge, but in a sleek, dark, urban future! Punk is a lovably overconfident teen who competes in illegal sports events in a world where Immortality is just one more thing the rich can buy. But don't think this is like that painful IN TIME movie. She learns over the course of this story how much pain she can take, not just physically but emotionally and maybe even spiritually. She doesn't know it all, and what she thinks she knows about just about every person around her is wrong enough that it could get her killed.

Written in a clear, unaffected style with plenty of wry wit to spare, this one is a definite keeper. I can't wait till my Hunger Games loving daughter gets her ereader so I can gift this one.
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I loved the main character Punk and was amazed how real the world the author wrote about seemed. It was a very interesting and different story line that kept my interest from beginning to end. I look forward to the next book in the series.
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I really enjoyed MAROONED by P.J. Druce. I wish I would have written it, but I'm glad someone did. Very well done tale of a future where the haves and the have-nots are even more separated than today. Druce's vision is that the rich live on the upper levels of skyscrapers and everyone else claws out a meager existence on the land below. I find that to be very interesting in terms of today's world.

But the story is more than that - it's a strong tale with strong characters and a compelling situation. I want to read more about all of them.

Looking forward to more books in this series.
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I checked out the first three chapters of Maroon on the author's website prior to it's publication and the otherworldly "sci-fi" feel sparked enough interest to keep reading. It's written in the first person, from a "rich" girl who prefers her middle name "Punk", and the strange world of the wealthy she lives in, who take "Communion" and become immortal. On the third chapter, there's an explosion and that's about the time Punk's cushy lifestyle takes a sharp turn. The character is 15 in the story and might be considered "too mature" for some YA readers, in the sense she's not girlie and petulant; which turns me off from most YA, but the society is futuristic and dystopian and her maturity in this instance, peppered with "teen angst" is more believable. A credit actually to the author, for not creating a passive and wishy-washy "Bella" type.
The pacing is pretty relentless for the character, and doesn't bog down too much as a reader. Maybe one chapter - but overall it's tight-paced. The character doesn't get much of a break in-between getting either chased, shot at, or hit over the head. lol. Given that it's part of a series, what I liked about the first book is how it *has* an ending that won't leave you screaming at the writer at a cliff hanger or dangling sub-plot from another character you may happen to like. All the questions you might have are pretty much resolved for the beginning of Punk's journey that leads-in for the next book. I'm definitely going to follow the series, it's a first for me considering it's Young Adult and not typically my choice of reading material - but it's gritty enough to satisfy and doesn't pile on the gratuity so it's "safe" for people who like action and character driven stories without a lot of blood and gore. Marooned is more about the character in this volume, but I have a feeling more of the strange world Punk lives in will be explored as her journey continues, and with her eyes wide open to the lies she grew up with.
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I have read very little YA fiction -- after all, I might be an adult but I'm certainly not young. And I wasn't really positive what "dystopia" meant. However, I was lucky enough to beta read for this novel, and I am hooked.

P.J. Druce introduces us to a most interesting heroine -- meet Alyssa Punk Jordan, although she prefers you just call her Punk. Strong, feisty but not without her flaws, Punk finds herself in a hell of a situation. Nothing is what it seems; the people she's trusted all her life are not who she believed, and she's caught up in political and personal intrigue on a massive scale.

"Marooned" is fresh, exciting and I couldn't stop turning the pages. Druce has not only introduced me to dystopian fiction, he has made me fall in love with YA fiction. An absolutely rocking read.
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Marooned is a tightly-plotted dystopian future science fiction fantasy about a girl who fights . . . oh wait, you're thinking The Hunger Games, right? Not quite. Alyssa Jordan, a.k.a. "Punk" is a vicious cage-match sort of street fighter. She is also the daughter of wealthy, ultra-high-status parents who are immortal. You can become immortal in Marooned`s world if you have enough money. Punk has those sort of abysmal parents many rich youngsters have. There's her self-absorbed mom and it's refreshing in a sad way that the cutter is the mother, not teen for a change (plus there is actually an excellent reason she cuts herself, believe it or not). And then there's her dad: a charming Machiavellian and controlling bastard. Her rebellion is to fight in these public matches, right up until her 16th birthday - the last moment she can still become immortal by taking the nano-cocktail called "communion".

When Punk's near-relations and friends are outed as part of an anti-government conspiracy, she drops out of sight and spends the last two weeks of her mortality trying to right some rather cosmic wrongs. If she cannot take "communion" and be Elevated she will be Marooned, unable to live forever. But with the shocking revelations that have been turning her world upside down, would she even want to ingest the nanomachines and be a part of a world that is no longer what she thought it was?

This is an edge-of-your-seat thriller. Don't start the book as bedtime reading, as you'll be up until you finish it. There are more books in this world coming. Can't wait.

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