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- Print Length: 242 pages
- Publication Date: December 6, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QP3SDNC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Savage Run 1: Book 1 in the Savage Run young adult dystopian novella series Kindle Edition
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Heidi Cruise is a laborer at the age of seventeen, and soon when she reaches 18, she's going to serve a Master. But Heidi doesn't want this kind of life while she's in Culmination. So she makes plans for her and her bestfriend Gemma, before she succumbs to a life of cruelty. When she sees Master Douglas maltreating her friend, she saves her from her Master and together they run for their lives. Heidi thinks of joining the Savage Run, an obstacle challenge program that enables young men to be free from slavery and live as Masters. So they cut her hair short and Heidi trades in her mother's locket to get all the pertinent documents needed in Savage Run. But things gets more complicated when Master Douglas pursues her and Gemma, which then ultimately leads to her friends demise. Now, Heidi has only two choices left - to push through with Savage Run or stay with her father until he sends her to a new Master.
Disguised as a boy named Joseph, Heidi finds assurance, faith and hope through Arthor, a childhood friend, and Nicholas & Mai, two registrars who know her secret. And then there's Johnny, a fellow contender who is cunning and pure evil in every sense of word.
I got really hooked with this story. Heidi 's complicated & perilous journey to become a Master is besieged with tortures, taunts, insults, harassment and death traps. I find lumps in my throat as the story progresses. The world Heidi lives and believes in is a far cry from the world we are living today. Author E.J. Squires had captivated me from start to finish, and in between the turns and twists. I couldn't wait until I get to the next book - the book that will further make Heidi the ultimate heroine that we are waiting for!
Ending on a cliffhanger can work, but only if the cliffhanger comes AFTER the resolution. All of the plot points do not have to be tied up by book's end, but at least some of them should be.
In this case, there's no resolution phase at all, and no climax to speak of. Instead, just as things start to get really exciting, the book just ends on the cliffhanger - that's not a novel, novella, or short story - that's an "episode."
I wouldn't even mind so much if these incomplete stories were advertised as such, perhaps by calling it Episode 1, or Part 1, rather than Book 1 (which implies a fully developed story, which this is not).
A free episode is ok (if I know that's what I'm getting), but at least tell me how many "books" I'm going to have to buy to get a complete story.
The premise is intriguing: in a world where a class system keeps many from ever experiencing true freedom, boys can compete to win entry into the upper class, but only by risking their lives in a gruesome, grueling competition. For the girls, a life of oppression and violence is pretty much all they have to look forward to. Heidi, the heroine, decides to give the upper class the proverbial middle finger when she disguises herself and her best friend as boys in order to enter the competition and win their place in upper society, and their freedom.
Things go so wrong, and she ends up in the competition alone, hiding her true identity from all the other competitors except for one, and the registrar who takes pity on her. As she competes, and succeeds, she makes plenty of enemies, especially in the President, who feels she has made a fool of him by sneaking into the competition. The registrar who helps her happens to be the President's son, making the matter even more complicated, and she ends up having all sorts of complicated romantic feelings towards him.
I like the way the book deals with hatred and bigotry. Homosexuality is deemed almost a crime, and to be a gay person makes you something 'less' than even the lowest of the lower class. But the way this is dealt with allows the main character to address her own inner bigotry and realize that hating someone for their sexual orientation was as bad as hating someone for their class.
Honestly, this is one of the best reads I've read in a while. I am looking forward to the next book, since there are some loose ends that need to be addressed. I can't wait to find out what happens to the characters, and to see if they can make the changes that they want to the disturbing class system.
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