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Slave (The Slave Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 346 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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|Age Level: 13 - 18|
- Book 1 of 3 in The Slave Series
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About the Author
- Publication date : November 7, 2016
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 346 pages
- File size : 4299 KB
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01M29M7X6
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #149,773 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Hannah is a worker in a post-apocalyptic world where there is no sun, no moon and only gray. In terms of hierarchy, workers are one step above the outcasts, but far below the Watchers.
Watchers police from every corner, wall and angle. Militant and armed, Watchers will enforce with brutal results - ones that Hannah and everybody else is only too aware.
When revolution happens, Hannah is unprepared. So too are the workers who have been conditioned to be invisible and accept their fate. They were banned from looking at their own reflection.
Freedom is in their grasp or at least the possibility of it, but it's dependent on overcoming trauma and working with people who they feared the most.
This was an interesting read. I finished it in one sitting. Frances has a way of moving the pace along and keep you turning pages.
With a cast of intriguing characters, history and mystery that unfolds adding depth to the story, Slave is a solid start to what should be an exciting series.
There are a couple of things I'd like to raise for consideration. Frances does an excellent job of exploring trauma and how people who have been traumatized act and/or behave. This is not one of those stories where the lead character suddenly overcomes their past and turns into the leader of the revolution.
Rather, Hannah exhibits behavior that, at times, can be frustrating. Given her background, however, I thought this was more realistic to someone who has been conditioned to be a worker-slave.
Personally, I believe Frances' lost some opportunities in the action department. Tension mounted and then deflated.
In saying that, I think the up close and personal scenes of confinement and terror were very good.
The first thing that drew me to this book was that cover. I seriously LOVE it. Then I picked it up and it did not disappoint. The pacing, the characters, the story as a whole is just brilliant. I cried a few times, and, guys, I DON’T CRY IN BOOKS. Well, sometimes I do, but it’s very VERY rare.
The story begins by introducing the reader to the story world by showing you the living conditions, the expectations of the Workers, and their fear of the Watchers. But we’re not stuck in the “norm” for long before Hannah wakes up in the middle of a revolution. Watchers are disguised as Workers and rescuing the people from slavery. This is where we’re introduced to more characters. Some with heart wrenching pasts, others that are completely swoonworthy.
The pacing keeps you turning the pages, wondering what’s going to happen and if the characters are going to make it out alright. Seriously, with one twist after another, SLAVE keeps you hooked until the last page. And the ending!!! Guys, I can usually guess what’s going to happen, but there were still some twists that slid by me.
But the best thing about this book is the emotion it evoked in every scene. I could feel Hannah’s longing when she thought of her parents in the very first chapter before I even knew her. I could feel her fear of the Watchers. I could sense her physical pain when she was tortured. I could feel every emotion she experienced, and few books can do that well.
All in all, this is an excellent debut from Laura Frances. If you like dystopian fiction (and even if you don’t) pick up this book! It’s original. It’s clean. It’s GOOD.
Phrase after phrase where I just grunt with amazement at how perfectly she has captured an image, a moment, an emotion. There were a small handful of overused words/phrases, but it wasn’t distracting enough to counteract the beauty of the rest of the language.
I definitely want to read book 2 and find out what happens next.
I actually purchased the Audible version of this and ... WOW! The narrator rocks! She really captured all the emotions and voices beautifully.
There's a great mix of "heart", substance, action, heart-wrenching scenes and budding love and friendship along with a few unexpected twists and turns that keep you turning page after page and rooting for the characters.
The world-building is great, the characters are well-rounded and likable and it's a great plot in a story that's well-paced (I'm also an indie author and I know EXACTLY how difficult it is to get this mix right AND working. Kudos to you, Laura Frances, for pulling it off! *claps*).
As a reader, I urge you to take a chance on this author because this really is one of those stories that intrigues from the beginning and makes you want to keep reading to the very end.
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The first part of the story was hard for me to get into, mostly because the protagonist was the one character type I'm always annoyed by: the hysterical girl who is somehow specially chosen, who decides she can do *all the things* and then nearly destroys everything by her ineptitude. Okay, theoretically, I understand that her actions/reactions and her freaking out make sense in light of her upbringing, conditioning, PTSD, etc., but emotionally, I'm just like *facepalm* get out of the way and let someone else more capable do the job, why are you even alive. This bit is 90% a me-as-the-reader problem. Sorry. Still, people said Very Nice Things about the book, so I pushed on.
As things unfolded, the story itself started to capture me and I was fascinated by the plot itself. This kind of enabled me to ignore my reactions to Hannah a little and focus on the things that are happening around her, which isn't an ideal reading of the book, but also, I guess I became more sympathetic to her (and she became a little more likeable to me) as time went on. By the end, I was really quite rooting for her. Yay character growth?
I guess this review is mainly to say that this story is worth pushing on for, even if, like me, you just want to slap the viewpoint character around the head a few times in the beginning. She kind of grows on you.
I still don't like that weird chosen one vibe though, because it was never explained enough for my liking. As far as I can tell, she was mostly chosen by the (young) rebels who were watching her because she was a pretty young thing and were attracted to her. I mean, yes, she did prove herself to be kind and selfless and protective of others, but amongst all the others, many of whom also helped her, I'm sure there were other kind-and-selfless-and-protective-of-others characters (how else did so many people survive?) that probably weren't on the radar because they weren't young and pretty. But eh, it is what it is. lol.
Honestly, I thought that we had seen all we could from dystopian worlds, but Laura Frances manages to put a new spin on it with her own formula, and it's a winning one.
Finally, something different from the books turned blockbusters.