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No Greater Illusion Paperback – November 19, 2012
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2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist
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Haunting and lyrical, No Greater Illusion is an astounding debut novel with a powerful message that lingers long after the final page is read.
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-Grammar & Punctuation
One thing I greatly appreciated about this book - Grammar. As readers, we know all too well how much of an impact correct grammar tends to have on whether we are able to finish, let alone enjoy a book. This novel contains vivid vocabulary that complements the use of description, beckons the five senses and places you directly in the middle of whatever is taking place. Also, punctuation is excellent and the book is formatted in a way that makes it easy to transition with any break in scenes. This novel is very well written and leads me to believe the author is well educated. Debut novel? Sure. Debut writer? Not in the least!
-Characters & Story
The author does a pretty good job of developing the characters. I say this because there were characters I favored as well as despised (I absolutely hated the female character, Naria!) and situations that impelled me to shake my head and/or laugh out loud. Without satisfactory development I think it difficult for the reader to feel emotion for any character.
Also, though the setting is based in the near future, the tribulations that the individual characters go through never seemed too far-fetched and unravel in a way that one could easily see happening should such events ever occur in reality. In fact, if history truly does repeat itself, this book may have a prophetic air about it... You be the judge!
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All in all, I personally enjoyed this book and look forward to the sequel, which I believe the epilogue alludes to. This is the reason why, in the very first paragraph of my description, I refer to this novel as, "An appetizer whose sole purpose is to quench and hint to the succulence of a meal to come..." Though this was a good book, I feel that it would be much more interesting to find out how things turnout even if the original characters aren't included.
In addition, the content, which may be considered a bit controversial to some, is why I say the book has an, "acquired taste." Though some events may be harder to swallow than others, the sense of reality and known human interaction is never lost.
As I neared the end of the book, I knew I was not going to have the kind of ending I longed for. And I was right. I so hope that the author will write a sequel! I just have to know what happens next! The book is one wild ride, and I would recommend this book to people who don't even typically read this genre.
There are a couple of negatives in the story, but they are barely worth mentioning. There was some profanity, but the Lord's name was always used appropriately. In fact, the brief references to God were quite intriguing and made me think that the author must have some kind of religious background. There is implied sex, and there are those who are living together. But there is no descriptive sex (thank goodness).
The positives are practically endless. I don't always get emotionally involved with the characters. And sometimes I struggle to keep the characters straight. I can honestly say that I had no trouble remembering the characters--the unusual names did tend to help in that area. I found myself caring about every single character--even those I would not have normally cared about. The author has an ability to write in such a way that you care about the lives of the characters. You may find yourself cringing as I did when horrid things happen to them. And I regret to inform you that you will be outraged when you see what can happen to a society that lets the government have too much power. You will find yourself thinking of WWII and Hitler as I did. And don't worry if you are not African descent and cannot readily identify with the characters in the book. It is very possible that in someone's book, you are an undesirable. If the wrong people decide that you are a threat or a detriment to society, realize that the possibility exists that you could be eradicated along with those just like you if you refuse to take a stand against injustice in this great land of ours.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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