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Nine-Tenths Paperback – September 20, 2011
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This month's Book With Buzz: "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture - perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. See more
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
Top customer reviews
Leonard works for the government and apparently is responsible for the creation of the Stasi spy satellite, was he really on-board with this new world order?
A situation arises with his children that convinces Leonard and his wife to attempt to flee to a "free" area of Colorado. The story was engaging and a fun read.
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.
If they all read as fast as this one, though, I might actually catch up one day.
There's no doubt in my mind others have compared this to 1984. Of course it reminded me of the Orwell classic, too. But it truly is a thriller--as fun a read as you can hope for considering the subject matter.
Leonard Tramer is a pain in the ass, but I couldn't help sympathizing after reading the first chapter. Despite some stilted dialog here and there, and some minor plot complaints, this was an easy novel to give five stars. Meira Pentermann knows how to hook readers, and keep them hooked. Bravo.
When he finds himself in an alternate reality he has to convince not only himself but his "new" wife that he is evidently been married to for a long enough time to have two teenagers. Not only that but he has now been thrown into a world that reminds him of Nazi Germany.
Leonard and his wife quickly decide to save their daughter but nothing is ever easy. Through some complications Leonard and his daughter make it out but are in for more than they bargained for!
This is a terrific book with wonderful characters that draw you in and make you want to know what will happen next. I love to read a book where I can envision characters and the places where they are and Ms. Pentermann delivers!
A must read for anyone that likes a great story!