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SILVER: Acheron (A River of Pain) (The SILVER Series Book 1) by [Telford, Keira Michelle]
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"This dystopian novel ... reminds us of the destructive force of mankind, whose injuries are most often self-inflicted. ... There is much contemporary society can learn from Telford's novel, as the old adage of history repeating itself certainly applies. In short, Telford's novel is nothing short of fascinating. Her world is gripping." -- The US Review of Books

About the Author

Keira Michelle Telford is an award-winning author with a love for the gruesome, the macabre, and the downright filthy. She writes dystopian science fiction, erotic lesbian romance, and other lesbian fiction.

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  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 165 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0987870106
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Venatic Press; 1 edition (November 14, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 14, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0067YBYU8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,301 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Kaylis on November 7, 2014
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This book was listed under lesbian fiction, not sure why, because although the main character has a sexual relationship with another woman that is briefly mentioned, it is secondary to her feeling for, and relationship with a man. Have read part 1 of the next book and the first half of part 2, and it doesn't seem as though that is going to change. That said, I did enjoy this book, it is very descriptive and you feel like you are in the characters world with them. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a fast paced action packed read, but I'm not sure I will stick with the series, because I prefer fiction that when relationships are portrayed, are not heterosexual in nature.
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Set in a brutal apocalyptic world in 2342 where most of Humanity has been wiped out, only a few Humans survived and live in a battered world divided into sections. You have the Sentinel District, the 2nd reclamation district, the Fringe District, the out district and the unknown territories.

The Sentinel District is where the rich people live, they have running water, food, real homes, governed and policed by The Hunter Division.

The Fringe district is where everyone else lives, people that aren't welcome in the sentinel, killers, rapists, criminals, they face a daily battle to survive and face a bleak future.

The 2nd reclamation district is once wiped free of monsters going to be an add on to the overflowing sentinel district.

One problem, the 2nd reclamation district is overrun by Chimera, they are the monsters of this story and they outnumber the humans 21:1. The Chimera were humans once, born in the aftermath of a nuclear war, but after centuries of genetic mutations their humanity has been lost and they are now hunted and killed and are the main food source for the humans.

Enter Silver, a member of the Hunter Division and all round hardass. She is on assignment one day and comes across a human living amongst the chimera, and they haven't touched her, which Silver finds strange because the Chimera are vicious meat eaters and eat humans.

Silver decides that she is going to smuggle this human into the fringe district with the help of a few members of her team, Red, and Alex. Unfortunately she gets caught and thrown into a cell and then banished to the fringe division and this is where the story really begins.

This book is amazing considering that the author is new.
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The first thing you'll find different when you begin reading this post-apocolyptic novella (serial pilot) is the third person present tense narration mode. It is done well though, so it may be a few pages-or chapters-before you tilt your head sideways and realize that things are just a little different here. Kudos to the author for not simply following the herd. I think it workds very well with the writing voice and story type that makes up the rather graphic storyline. As for the storyline, it is not overly creative; taking a piece of the post apocolyptic franchise and tweaking it a bit. This is not a negative. It's a selling concept right now, who wouldn't try to get in on the action if they could.

I found the character development to be pretty good; a little choppy, but nothing to detract from reading the book, just not refined. The world-building is also pretty good, in that it creates a distinction between the two areas of habitation. More details about the "civilized" zone would have drawn a better contrast between it and the more heavily described "Fringe" zone. I found the dialogue to flow very well, helping to build upon the character development. The back-and-forth can be both serious and humorous-that shows promise for the author.

Overall, I enjoyed reading the book. The author clearly knows how to write a book, and has good writing skills. This is a very good introduction piece; and, I feel confident that every title subsequent to this one will each be a little better-confident enough that I will be reading the the second installment.
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Silver: Acheron is one of 'those' books for me - the world-building is top-class, and I'm hard-stretched to think of any recent read that has done it better. Nuclear war is the cause of the apocalypse that has pushed human beings to the brink of extinction. The prologue didn't really work for me, I found it a little choppy and difficult to immerse myself in - but once the story itself started, I was completed hooked.....

When Ella 'Silver' Cross is banished to the Fringe District after saving a naked, seemingly deranged woman from the Chimera, she finds herself expelled from the life she has always known and living alongside the dregs of society. The Fringe District is a place where evil freely flourishes, and Silver: Acheron pulls no punches in describing just how low humanity can stoop when pushed to the knife-edge of survival. Slavery, degradation of women, drug abuse - the Fringe District is a disturbing place, but the descriptions and writing makes you really feel as if you are there.

The series is started perfectly in that although secrets are alluded to, there is so much 'taster' for the rest of the story that it's impossible to not crave more. The writing is edge-of-your-seat thrilling - as Silver finds and begins to befriend the woman she seemingly rescued from the Chimera, Ms. Telford drops tantalising tasters of the revelations that are to come.

I also have to mention the artwork in the book - it's truly chilling and all through the story I had the Chimera pictured in my mind - which made the book come to life even more.

I can't wait to read more of this world, and find out just what those secrets are....
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