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Semper (New Eden Book 1) by [Dudley, Peter J]
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Age Level: 10 - 18
Grade Level: 5 - 12

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About the Author

Peter rarely uses his Electrical Engineering degree from Berkeley these days. Instead, he writes adventure fiction, short stories, and light verse when he's not coaching or playing soccer, camping with boy scouts, or brewing beer. He works in corporate social responsibility, running the nation's largest workplace charitable giving campaign which raised over $43 million for charity in 2011. In his career, he's worked on the B-2 bomber, the first PDA, and the first smart phone. A Connecticut native, he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, two sons, and two cats. He can be found at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter at @dudleypj

Product Details

  • File Size: 1736 KB
  • Print Length: 197 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 21, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070F2WP4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #958,943 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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SEMPER gave me everything I love in a good story. I read a lot of middle grade as the mother of a rising MG reader, and I must admit I'd read most of it anyway. We love all the usual suspects around here, Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl, Katniss Everdeen, et. al. and SEMPER slipped right onto the virtual shelf with our existing collection. It has the added charm of some sophisticated thematic exploration of religion in a totalitarian society...meaty enough for an older reader to chew on but not too heavy to spoil the fun.

Dane is a great main character right from the start. He's been raised to duty and feels his responsibility keenly, but he is young enough to question his own judgment while just barely old enough to start questioning the rules of his society. He stumbles into an adventure of sorts in a last hurrah before he must choose a bride. What he experiences and observes calls into question everything he has been taught as a Southshaw citizen.

Whether Dane follows the path his uncle has chosen for him or not, one thing is clear. Southshaw is in danger of being ripped apart from the inside and completely unprepared to deal with the truth on the outside. Dane must find a way to protect his society and his own family from the ambition of his uncle, despite the fact that no one is willing to accept a truth outside of their experience and beliefs.
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I just finished reading Semper. Aside from a few typos, it's one of the best freebies I've picked up yet. And I am picky about the stories I read. It's definitely one I'm keeping, and I hope Mr. Dudley is already working on a next book.

The characters in Semper are alive. Lupay and Freda are both written beautifully, though they are quite different from each other. Both girls have wonderful depth and variety and made me look forward to spending more time with them and getting to know them better.

Dane is clueless when it comes to the girls, and sometimes I wondered, from the perspective of our society, if that was quite realistic, but as soon as I remembered to put him in THAT society and his societal position, I realized it very well could be. His reaction to the girls, from his attraction to them both as well as his confusion about what he feels, and his growing admiration for the skills and abilities they have that are far beyond his own, all ring true and add to his likeability. The juxtaposition of his hopelessness around them and his capability in the areas of his training and experience bring a lifelike quality to his character.

The plot moved along and kept me totally engaged, without resorting to packing in too much action. Some authors attempt to cover lack of good plotting with simply LOTS of meaningless action. Here, there is plenty of action, but each part moves the story along, helps to further illuminate the characters involved, and includes a richness of color that makes reading it a pleasure.

I found it hard to put down, thought about it when I couldn't be reading, and as I said before, am hopefully looking forward to a next installment. Well done.
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The back cover copy doesn't do justice to the wonderfully poetic voice of this middle grade novel, or its dystopian setting. Comparisons other reviewers have made to The Hunger Games are entirely fair.

The world building is solid and smoothly integrated. Identifying with Dane, the protagonist, and all of his conflicts and dilemmas, is natural and easy. I don't like spoilers in reviews, but I have to say, my favorite scene is the wifing ceremony. Yay Freda!

Dudley has been quietly making his mark in the world of short and flash fiction over the past several years. His appearance in book-length fiction is long overdue.
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I was scrolling through the Kindle Lending library a couple of nights ago, and borrowed this book for free with my Prime membership. I don't think I would have purchased it, but it sounded good enough to check out.

Like another reviewer, I read a lot of middle grade and young adult novels with, for, and to my children, and trudge through a lot of garbage in search of books we can all enjoy. I don't know that I'd put this in the hands of my 10 year old (there are some mildly steamy thoughts/scenes that are a little too adult for him), but it would be suitable as a read aloud to my 8 and 10 year old with a little censoring.

I was surprised by how well written it was -- especially being self published. So many of the self published novels I've taken a chance on fall prey to poor editing, but this was very well done. I was pleased to discover rich prose and a gripping story line from an author I had not heard of previously. I enjoy dystopian literature, and this one sets a pretty interesting scene. Post war, three separate pockets of civilization exist and hold their own belief systems, governments, and prejudices. By the end of the book at least one from each of these civilizations have united and are facing war. I might still be too cheap to pay for the sequel, but if it rolls around available for borrowing, I'll definitely check it out as I am interested in finding out what happens next.

***11/18/12 update: this novel has stayed with me. I'm looking forward to the sequel.
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