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The books open with a prologue – Carter is sent to the freezing chamber and he thinks this is a good thing as he has high expectations for his future role – while at least one other thinks it is a bad thing and asks for it not to happen. The reader immediately feels compelled to ask two questions - why are they being frozen? Followed by – why is one happy with the idea and the other isn’t? Cue Alice and our witness to the end of the world.
Alice is alone in her flat when she witnesses the devastation of the first catastrophic storm. While it is not really stated – storms start to increase and cyclonic winds now batter Europe on a regular basis – global warning has hit. Millions of people are killed – either in the storms or in the floods that occur as a result of the torrential rain. Paradigm Industry has sensed somehow this is going to happen, and they have set themselves up a fortress/ark to protect survivors until everything settles down. Alice is among those rescued. Alice is alone as her dad died before the book started and her mother is prostituting herself to pay the rent and bills. Her mother disappears in the first huge storm. Inside the safety of the fortress, the rescued population are no longer allowed to read or listen to music as it is these recreational activities that lead to the downfall of the world. Alice is a tough little cookie as a result of fending for herself so it makes sense that she has the smarts to rise up and become a responsible member of the system – and one of the chosen few to go out and scout once the floods die down. Films are made of these scouting expeditions to be shown to the populace.
Decades later we meet Carter. Carter has been groomed from birth to one day be the leader. He belongs to one of the original families – sort of the high society of the community. There are also lesser beings called Lab-made – test tube babies – which are second class citizens. He had been frozen as a 15 year old to be brought back as a candidate to be Controller General. While he's been frozen the political climate has changed and there's rebellion developing. He also finds out he is a father of twins, and he has to go through a series of test to prove he has what it takes to be leader. As the story progressed – the past and the present being propelled forward by the two storytellers – the links between the past and present are gradually revealed. While they never meet, Carter is aware of Kate as she narrates the scouting films.
I have to be honest did get a little confused once or twice – but that didn’t prevent me from loving the story and looking forwards to seeing what happens. There are some questions that haven’t been answered – but I am guessing there are going to be more revelations in the subsequent books.
With thanks to Bookouture for my copy to read and review
This book is set in two different timelines. One is set in the present day, with Alice the other is set 90 years in the future, with Carter.
In the Prologue we meet Carter who is about to be frozen for an unspecified amount of time. The reason for this is hinted in the book but not explicitly stated. We then dive 90 years into the past and meet Alice. We hear about the storms and the ugliness that Alice has to endure. She is an extremely brave young girl. When we return to Carter he is being woken up after 15 years. We then flick between the two timelines for the rest of the book, each chapter is dedicated to one timeline.
I have to say I was extremely suspicious of Pardigm Industries. They have been prepared for the storms for a long time. I’m almost tempted to say they caused the storms to create the world that they wanted. But that’s just my suspicious brain.
There were a few things I didn’t really understand. The first was the difference between Descendants and First Gens. It’s a little unclear. My understanding was that the Descendants were from the first group to leave after the storms but I wasn’t really sure about the First Gens. Were they the rest of the population that was saved? There also could have been a bit more explanation of something’s in Carter’s time. What is fauclate? How did the Model come into existence? (this one might actually be answered in the rest of the series).
I think that there are some things in Carter’s time that Alice would not have liked. She wanted everyone to be equal but it’s clear that this is not the case. I think that there will always be those that will try to put themselves above others in anyway they can.
As the book unravels I was extremely torn. I understand why Alice made the new world the way she did. It was the best way then but for Carter’s time I can see why things need to change. Seeing the book from two different POV really forces you to think about the difference in their worlds.
I enjoyed Ceri’s writing style. It was easy to read and the pace was good too. This book set up the two timelines very well. There was a lot of world building here which is essential for a dystopian novel. I absolutely loved the ending. I thought it was a perfect set up for the rest of the series, which I cannot wait for.
Yet it’s Carter who dominates and his findings when he comes back to what he thought would be a perfect job. Carter has always known he should be Controller General but he is tested and forgets the one thing that can change everything, there are other candidates waiting for the position. A world full of secrets, punishment and even termination. Rebellion threatens the Industry but is Carter doing the right thing or being led down a slippery path ?
I didn’t mind jumping about from Alice to Carter although if honest wanted a little more information initially as we walked along with Carter. The ending made their connection very clear and I understood exactly why the author chose to write her story this way. My slight niggle is that I really wanted more of the here and now with a stronger world building and if brutal I didn’t really understand Carter or really connect with his cold, selfish personality. The ending however left possibilities for Carter to step up and if a rebellion is on the cards then they just might have found the perfect leader ! Not a perfect book but still an interesting one .
This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair.
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