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Not the Norm (Sub-Normal Book 1) by [Campbell, Becca J.]
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"I loved this story. Campbell has succeeded again in populating her world with characters that I care about. I have read a lot of really bad writing recently, so it was with great pleasure that I read this story and was swept up in Eden's story." - Jason Sharp

"Becca J. Campbell has a knack for human connection and a driving interest in the individual flaws that do so much to define characters. As an author, she loves exploring these utterly mundane aspects of the human condition in fantastically imaginative environments." - Aaron Pogue

About the Author

An avid lover of stories that tiptoe the line between fantasy and reality, Becca J. Campbell looks for new angles on bridging the gap between the two. She holds a special place in her heart for any story involving superpowers or time travel. Her passion is defying the limits of her own creativity.

Becca's journey into writing began as many of her other creative endeavors do--by daring herself to try something new. The question "What if I wrote a novel?" and some hastily scribbled notes on a church handout were the inspirations that jumpstarted her first book. Since then, she has written half a dozen other novels and several shorter works.

You can find her at BeccaJCampbell.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 171 KB
  • Print Length: 22 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Surreal Media Studios; 1 edition (June 4, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 4, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088SZA7O
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Great read when you are in the mood for a quick but interesting trip into Dystopia. Right from the beginning every little clue as to just what type of world you are reading about makes the story more and more interesting, drawing you into it. I especially enjoyed that the characters are written as real and ordinary people. They are believable, likable and "follow able" so I wanted to see them through whatever was coming. I'm glad that I did. I hope Rebecca will let us follow them a bit further in the future.
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Book Info: Genre: Speculative science fantasy/Dystopia
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of the paranormal, urban fantasy, speculative science fiction and fantasy, dystopias, those interested in the darker side of eugenics, etc.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this short story from the author in gratitude for taking part in a blog tour. An honest review was requested when I had the chance to read it. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: Eden has a dangerous secret.

In a world where GenEns (enhanced humans) are the norm, her own ability is flawed. If anyone found out about the glitch in her genetic code, she'd be deemed a sub-norm, as one unfit to exist in the human race. Her certain fate would be extermination.

She always thought keeping her defect secret was her biggest struggle. That concern vanishes when her life is put in danger. Suddenly, fighting back is her only option, and she's completely unprepared.

Her only chance for survival is by wielding her damaged power. But fear and painful memories threaten to hold her back. What will happen to her if she unleashes the terror within?

My Thoughts: This is an interesting world that Cambell has created, and in only a very few pages, too. I am very excited to hear that she plans to continue telling stories in this world - I think there are a lot more stories to tell. How did humans develop the GenEn technology? Why did it become mandatory? How did things reach this level? An intriguing dystopian universe to explore. This book is a great introduction to this world.
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The world in Not the Norm is an interesting take on the future. Humans are genetically enhanced and they are the only acceptable "species" in society. All others are exterminated. I thought this was cool, especially with the various abilities that a person can have. The reader is introduced to a few in this first Sub-Normal Story. One particular one was amusing for me to imagine, but I won't spoil the fun of that one.

Overall, I found there to be great potential for an exciting series to come from Campbell. The characters have interested me, the story-line has me wanting to know more about the society and how it all works. I look forward to reading the next installment to see where it leads.

I feel, though, that the some parts fell a little short to my liking. There was a good battle scene, but I could have used a little more description to visualize the excitement better. I also found Eden's role in the battle is a little unrealistic due to her lack of experience with her abilities. Despite this, I still enjoyed the story.

Unmakes Alloy, the second installment in the series will make its way to my wishlist.
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I swore I posted reviews for this book, I reviewed it on my blog. Here is what I said:
I sat down knowing that "Not the Norm" was a short story but I didn't expect to finish it in one sitting. That said, I was disappointed that it was that short. I liked the story, the initial set up was intriguing and then act one ended. Act two had a really good action scene that ended satisfactorily but then the story was over!

Now I like short fiction. I like to write short stories. I felt that this story was a bit too short. There is so much more in this world that Becca has imagined that this story seemed like the trailer to the blockbuster coming next summer. I would like to know more about the backgrounds of the society where this is set, and then what happens afterward; they can't just go quietly into the night, they just can't.

It is a good little read that gives you a good taste of Becca's mind and storytelling ability. I really like how she handles the interpersonal relationships in her stories and makes the people seem so real. Most of my stories only have the hero and the dead guys. Even when I have a person relationship they die rather quickly. Becca is really good at keeping people alive and together.

This book is an excellent appetizer while waiting for the 3 course meal in this strange and interesting world.
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In a current world government that has its hands in everyone's business, I love to read stories where the government has gone even further. It's realistic to me and portrays a world I can imagine easily. 1984 by George Orwell, Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, these have always been fodder for my imagination. So it was with great pleasure that I was given the opportunity to read a short story by Becca J. Campbell called "Not The Norm." the planet has become a dystopian planet, one where everyone thinks that genetic enhancement makes one normal. Eden is a woman who has been genetically enhanced, but the enhancement has a glitch in the genetic code. This cold cause great danger for her if it is ever revealed. Unfortunately, she is forced to fight back with the very power that has revealed itself to be flawed. She is danger and on the run.

I loved this story. Campbell has succeeded again in populating her world with characters that I care about. I have read a lot of really bad writing recently, so it was with great pleasure that I read this story and was swept up in Eden's story. Part 1 of the story even has some humor, in a relatively humorless situation. I was impressed with the character of Eden who understands intimately what it could mean to be "sub-norm" and what the consequences can be for her and others.

The world was real to me. I liked that Campbell was able to give me a world that has turned the corner, not becoming the utopia that it thought it was, but a prison for people. It reminded me of the many ways that we hate people and destroy people now. This story was a reminder to me that we need to quit messing with the natural order of things. It could have dire consequences for freedom in the world.

Thanks again Ms. Campbell! This was a great story!
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