- File Size: 1017 KB
- Print Length: 296 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Kennedy Publishing (February 9, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 9, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B017Y972Y6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,353 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm new to reading YA, this is my fourth novel of the genre and i highly enjoyed it!
I actually read through it in a few days, finding it very hard to put down. Arden Bank's writing is exceptional, it flows so well and I never had any problem following along with the story line. Its with few authors you can say that it comes 'natural' to them and Arden is definitely one of those. Her characters where well developed, and the charisma they had with one another (particularly Ethan, Box and Jade, the main characters) was fantastic. It was hard for me to choose which of the three I liked the best!
The story is a gritty one, but imaginative. There are so many twists and turns that drag you in further into this fast pace, and at times nerve-wrecking, world (will they become one of the elite? Or will they end up dying?!). The story is not without a little humor though, often times thrown in when you least expect it and making the story more loved.
I can tell you right now I'm looking forward to any other work this author puts out.
"None of us have our memories, and we’re all in the same boat, except this boat happens to be called Cyber Stream Farm. Welcome!”
18 year old Ethan Lakenestor has no memory prior to being taken to a work farm. Then again, neither do the any of the other 23 teens there. Like the rest, he has a timer around his wrists that is counting down the days, hours, minutes, and even seconds until his 19th birthday. Once the timer goes off, it will release a poison that will kill him. That is, unless he can be chosen as one of the Elite 7. But what if there was a way to escape. With no memories, they know nothing of the outside world. Should they work hard and hope to become an Elite 7, or chance the unknown?
This is an amazing, well rounded book with everything I like to see in a great dystopian/sci-fi book for young adults. This debut author Arden Banks, packs a punch from the very first page of the prequel, and will keep you entranced chapter after chapter, until the very end. I stayed up long after bed time, trying to read just one more chapter, one more page, until I fell asleep with my phone in hand.
The characters: you're not going to find two dimensional cardboard cutouts in this book. Nope, you're going to find characters that are rich and lifelike. Characters driven by intentions both good and bad. Characters you'll either love, or love to hate, but either way you'll feel something for them. One of the most amazing things I found, was the amount of characters in this book, and just how much personality was given to each. Sometimes author's struggle just to give their MC enough personality, but Arden Banks was able to give multiple characters personalities flawlessly.
The plot, the twists and turns, just wow! After reading the synopsis, the book sounded good, but I wasn't sure what to expect. The unexpected in this book was a great thing, and it kept coming. I loved being hit with curveball after curveball. Also so many times when reviewing a debut author, I tend to grade on a curve (admitting it in the review), taking into account that it is their very first book. No need for that here. Had I not known that this was a debut author, I would've never guessed it was her first, that's how well done the book was. While the ending wraps things up nicely, there's still some wiggle room if the author wanted to expand on the series. I for one, would certainly read it. Overall, excellent book, that I urge lovers of dystopian/sci-fi/YA to give a try!
Those in power have little affinity or compassion for the children and see them more as a means to an end. Why 19? This is fleshed out in the story. Also, their situation is described in full detail, less one bit - their individual past. Since they'd all have back stories, perhaps they'd come about in following books.
What you ultimately get from this debut author is a YA, dystopian story surrounding a core group of teens. This group sets off to destroy the relay that controls the countdown-to-death, but what they find is something much larger and unsettling. To divulge more would lead to spoilers. The book could stand-alone, but definitely ends as a launch to follow-up works.
For me, this book was a slow start and a bit to young on the YA scale. It is pretty clean and does have some violence and death. I'd be fine having my teen read this book.
When it comes to books, three-stars isn't a critical rating. It simply means there was some entertainment value, but doesn't stand out.
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