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- Publisher: Zoe Rose Books; 2 edition (October 18, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 18, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M3S7YCE
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The Revolutions of Caitlin Kelman (The Kelman Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The Revolutions of Caitlin Kelman is the first installment in a young adult dystopian series set in a fictional place known as the Empire. Much like ancient Rome, the Empire features a prime city, Dominion City, which serves as the seat of central government and political intrigue. Surrounding Dominion City is “the Interior”, a land of second class citizens and foreigners. Beyond the Interior are the Border lands, where the foreigners dwell. Dominion City contains wealth and power. The further one gets from it, the worse living conditions become, as policing soldiers take financial advantage of and torture innocent townsfolk. Conquered foreigners residing within the Empire are “the Stateless”, accused of terrorism and treason under a government they didn’t choose.
The novella opens with scenes depicting Caitlin’s entry into Dominion City. The imagery and feel of a stealth operation in the open is reminiscent of Peter Chung’s MTV animated series Aeon Flux. However, instead of an acrobatic spy, we’re following the journey of fourteen-year-old Caitlin Kelman across Dominion City. No longer an innocent, hopeful girl, Caitlin feels intense anger born from the Empire’s unjust slaying of her parents. Caitlin’s ultimate goal is not made plain. Her transitional goals are clear throughout the book and as each one is met, a new one replaces it. The tale is fast paced and Caitlin can trust no one, as everyone has a motive to use her for their own ends. By the end of this installment, Caitlin is on the run once more, a fugitive from the Empire’s brand of justice.
This novella ends leaving us with questions about why Caitlin made her life-altering choice and what her plans are as the series progresses. While sympathetic to Caitlin for her losses, her fear in the face of danger, and her struggles inside the city to survive, Caitlin demonstrates she has no difficulty killing, betraying others, or doing anything else she feels she needs to do to further her mysterious agenda. Caitlin exhibits a cold practicality. While it seems easy to judge Caitlin, we are reminded that the citizens of Dominion City have traded their morality for comfort and status, allowing foreigners and the poor to be cruelly mistreated and tossed aside by their society. The seemingly kind, honorable citizens tolerate and perpetuate an unjust Empire for their own benefit.
I enjoyed reading The Revolutions of Caitlin Kelman. It’s an action filled, intrigue-oriented dystopian that sends a message about wealth disparity in modern societies and how far a government will go to hold onto power. It left me wanting to discover more about Caitlin’s motives and plans and the direction the city would take in the future. There were a couple of punctuation errors in the digital edition but these did not interfere with the overall enjoyment of the book. I’d recommend this to anyone who enjoys dystopian fiction.
The Empire is totalitarian with strict geographical boundaries. The epicenter of power is known as Dominion City and beyond this center of power lies the second class and poorest of the poor. It is a picture of the elite enjoying life while those on the outside looking in are miserable and in fear of their life.
The Empire is unmerciful to those who oppose its tactics of power and authority. Generally, those in opposition are taken in the dead of night and are never seen again. Some acts of torture and executions are even broadcast over public speakers.
Two such individuals that opposed the rule of the Empire and were executed were Caitlin's parents.
Ultimately, a resistance known as the Stateless tries to recruit Caitlin because of her parents being leaders in the resistance movement. However, she is torn between being a leader of this opposition faction and a young man that she has fallen in love with by the name of Alec. Alec is being groomed to be a significant leader within the Empire.
The Revolutions of Caitlin Helman by Matthew Luddon is a very imaginative and well written narrative presented through an engaging plot and interesting introduction and development of the main characters. There are many tense situations which add to the plot and keep the reader engaged.
The ending (?) will leave the reader hungering for more.
The Empire executes Caitlin’s parents. Hence, she wants nothing but revenge and closure for what has happened. Pursuing this agenda she joins a group called the stateless in order to fight against the Empire. On her journey, she befriends a boy named Alec. Her world again falls apart when she realizes that Alec will be joining the Empire. She is then torn between how she is going to find revenge fighting against the person she loves.
I found the story to be a thrilling dystopian young adult novel. The adventure, world setting and plot summarizing were superbly done. The book is the first of its series to I was not surprised with how it all ended and there were enough character background and storyline fed within the content to provide more depth in the next books coming. I felt that the age of the main character could have benefited from being a little older considering the death, deception and more mature nature of the actions she conducts. However, altogether the storyline was well put together and kept my interest throughout.
I recommend this book to any young adult fiction thriller lover.
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