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Nine-Tenths (English) by [Pentermann, Meira]
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Emerging at a time when personal liberties and Internet privacy are slowly eroding, NINE-TENTHS offers a window into a dysfunctional society, while celebrating the resiliency of the human spirit and the natural urge to resist oppression.

"I have read a lot of books about dystopian societies. They can really be hit or miss. This one was a hit." - Erin, The Ultimate Book Nook

"The book has themes coming from 1984, George Orwell, and Ayn Rand, but it's all done in a way that feels different and refreshing." - Jeffrey C. Meade

"Nine-Tenths is more than just a thriller. It's a sobering and all-too-real look at the end of a road we've already begun to travel, and I applaud the author for a job well done in presenting it. Easily one of the top five independent novels I've read, and highly recommended." - Stephen England

"If I were able to I'd give this book 6 stars - it could easily become an American classic!"- Jessica Buike

Product Details

  • File Size: 723 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Meira Pentermann; (English) edition (September 12, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 12, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MQNXG0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,597 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I downloaded Nine-Tenths last Saturday around 6:30 in the morning, and had it finished by noon. At 430 pages on my Kindle, this is not a short book, but I was so drawn into the story that I just had to keep reading straight through until it was finished.

Lately, I've been on a quest to find and promote self-published fiction that is truly good. I like the idea of people freely publishing their own work without depending on anyone other than themselves to decide whether they succeed or fail. But at the same time, I want that self-published fiction to be good. Professionally done. Edited. Free of misspellings. And most of all, I want fiction that causes an emotional reaction and makes me really care about the characters. Nine-Tenths is one of those books.

Nine-Tenths is both a time-travel story and a Dystopian future novel. While I'm always in when it comes to time travel, I tend to avoid most Dystopian society books on account of the fact that they depress the hell out of me. But I took a chance on Meira and Nine-Tenths, in the hopes that she could deliver a good story, and I'm glad I did.

Nine-Tenths is full of the kinds of tropes that you would expect of a book that explores a repressive society. Paranoia, fear, betrayal, a sense that the world is rotting from the inside, and that idea that is the most depressing of all; that Big Brother is watching every stinking move you make. And while there are those creepy, drama-filled scenes, the book doesn't descend into such a bleak place that you want to quit reading. There isn't a sense of hopelessness that can sometimes characterize this genre of fiction.
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I use my Kindle to hunt down fantasy and sci-fi themed books that cost .99 to 2.99 since I believe there is so much good out there missed by those looking for the next Game of Thrones. I personally have read so much that I have become tired of the same general theme to many fantasy/sci-fi novels, and even some of the deals through the Kindle are not that good. Then I came across Nine Tenths.

This book is definitely worth reading. It is really good and will keep you very interested up to the end. Yes, the book has themes coming from 1984, George Orwell, and Ayn Rand, but its all done in a way that feels different and refreshing. I was never bored and enjoyed all of the major characters. It left me asking myself how far down that road could we go in the real world.

I personally hope there is some kind of sequel where he tries to save his wife and take both his wife and daughter back to his world. I also would love to learn more about the dystopian world that they are living in. What is it like in other areas of the country? How does the rest of the world view the USA? Is the whole world like this? Why did Leonard's co-worker get so pissed off when he was talking about East Germany? What the hell happened in Europe? I want to learn more about the President and why hes such a lunatic. Maybe we could see Leonard become the leader of the rebels since he comes from a different world and knows what the twisted USA should look like. Can a man so uncaring about anything except himself in the beginning, with a lack of confidence in himself, become the savior of another world.

I could go on, but this book is just really good and leaves you wanting more.
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I'm not a guy who likes time travel stories or dystopian stories. Nine-tenths is both. I had to fight against that. It isn't the book's fault. It's my own hang up: I have a hard time suspending belief to get sucked into time travel tales and the dystopian stuff goes against my natural optimism for the future. I never understood the charms of the classics of this genre: 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World, Anthem, or A Clockwork Orange.

But I kept reading Nine-tenths because it had something different than those works. Those are about the individual raging against their particular machine. Nine-tenths is about a family doing so. None of those others (least that I can remember) deal with the issue of family and the sacrifices a family would make in a world oppressed. Why is that? I've no answer. The sex of the author? Maybe. (N.B. I've not read The Handmaid's Tale...yet.)

Another aspect I liked about Nine-tenths is a difference in world view from prior dystopian novels. Most seem to work on the Marxist assumption that history is a tidal wave of inevitable social and cultural forces overpowering and overturning people and institutions. It holds the assumption that a single man is powerless. I can't abide that. Maybe that's why I don't like most of dystopian literature. It assumes that on the path to totalitarianism no one is 'standing athwart history yelling Stop'.

Nine-tenths beginning seemed to keep this tradition alive. However, throughout the book it is slowly countered and a certain unexpected and surprising twist completely rejects it. That made me smile.
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This book was a fairly good read and I found it on Amazon for a great price! While time travel is involved, the book is more of a dystopian - which is one of my favorite genres - so I was pleased by this! It is also nice to find a good Adult Fiction Dystopian once and awhile, as I feel so much of the genre is taken over by Young Adult Fiction, so I really embrace those that aren't YA when I can.

The main character leaves a World much like our own and enters into a World that is very reminiscent of East Germany & The Soviet Union. I found the characters to be very interesting and flawed in a way that felt very authentic and endearing. I read this quite quickly and I was surprised by a twist in the book, which does not happen often. Also, this book seems to be very well-edited, which goes against the norm for most bargain Kindle books.

So why if I loved this book and found it so interesting am I only giving it 3.5 stars? The ending. The ending was rushed and if I am honest, pretty unbelievable at times. Much of the book is geared toward reaching a certain point and after they reach it, it ends almost immediately, making it anti-climatic and frustrating. My only other hangup with the book would be that at times, it was very slow and I would find myself almost skimming the page to get through it.

That being said, a lot of this book was highly enjoyable and a page-turner. While there were some flaws, I would still recommend this book, as it is still an interesting and quick read.
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