- File Size: 3161 KB
- Print Length: 348 pages
- Publisher: Imperial Press; 1 edition (February 10, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 10, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079G6DTY4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,660 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Papyrus Empire (Empire Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 348 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
Matchbook Price: $0.99
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
- Similar books to The Papyrus Empire (Empire Saga Book 1)
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The day that Tommy Duchesne takes some cash out of an ATM and notices that the money looks strange is the day that his life changes forever. Using some of the perks he thought were a joke and finding that the people who take it respond oddly drives Tommy to ask some questions about it. Curious to figure out the mystery behind the unique currency of perks that denotes the reach of the Papyrus Empire and the cryptic answers he receives, Tommy embarks on a enlightening journey into the secret society of the Empire, gaining knowledge of it while simultaneously losing elements of and people in his current life.
Exploring the twists and turns of the festering corruption within a society segregated from, yet coexisting with, the "normal" world, the narrative presents a wild ride of misdirection and suspense as it develops at a rather brisk pace. Though intriguing and demonstrative of the power granted to leaders of the Empire, some scenes in the midst of Tommy's delving into the Empire's inner-workings were rather jarring, both in what they were portraying as well as their place within the narrative, making them seem more like a tangent instead of entirely part of the main story. Having read Grand Theft Octo, I found the nods to that story, and some of the outlandish things presented within this story more befitting to that tale, within this narrative a humorous touch, which for me offered some additional levity to the overall darker and serious tone and theme of this story.
*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This is a very different book than the author’s previous two titles, but it might just be my favourite. Although it has some of the humour you’d expect from the author of Mervyn vs. Dennis and Grand Theft Octo, this is a shocking and challenging story. Whereas Grand Theft Octo takes a dark turn halfway through, The Papyrus Empire is a headlong descent into the dark depths of the soul. At first, things start out quite light-hearted as the narrator Tommy Duchense discovers a secret society called The Papyrus Empire which has its own currency. This society, however, is in turmoil due to its unhinged leadership at the hands of its new regional ruler, Ernesto Levinas.
To say much more would spoil the plot, but Tommy is driven to join The Papyrus Empire in order to solve the mysterious death of a loved one. His quest to find the truth forces him into increasingly dark and ethically complex situations. Before long, he is as morally compromised as the people he is fighting. Whether Tommy is a hero or an antihero, I’m not quite sure, but he’s a fascinating figure throughout. Likewise with the supporting cast. Tommy meets many members of the Empire as he tries to discover the truth about his friend’s death. One of my favourites was Albert Gostlin, a charming but dangerous old man described as looking like ‘Colonel Sanders after an all-night party’.
Every story needs a good villain, and The Papyrus Empire has them in spades. Giles Meredith, Sebastian Clarke, Ernesto Levinas himself: these are not the cartoonish moustache-twirlers of the Lewis Caputo variety, but truly despicable men that really get under your skin. There is a recurring theme in the book about the abuse of power, particularly at the hands of corrupt men, which is particularly relevant today. Indeed, as Tommy’s quest expands in scope, he is reminded of the urgency of his task, in that: ‘if you ever get chance, make them taste hell. Make them suffer and beg, do whatever you can. If it keeps on like it’s going, something awful will happen: the worst men in this country will die of old age.’
Although there were some scenes that disturbed me, I couldn’t stop turning the pages. Nothing comes across as gratuitous. Even the strange events that happen in the opening chapters (chess being outlawed, ice embargoes, monkeys set on fire) are explained later on. This is a unique book with a fascinating premise. I can’t wait until the sequel.