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The Tube Riders: Underground (The Tube Riders Trilogy #1) by [Ward, Chris]
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Book 1 of 3 in The Tube Riders Trilogy (3 Book Series)
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"The Tube Riders is a tense, gritty and enthralling thrill of a dystopian novel." - The Future Fire Magazine

About the Author

A proud and noble Cornishman (and to a lesser extent British), Chris Ward ran off to live and work in Japan back in 2004. There he got married, got a decent job, and got a cat. He remains pure to his Cornish/British roots while enjoying the inspiration of living in a foreign country. In addition to The Tube Riders Trilogy, he is the author of the acclaimed novels Head of Words and The Man Who Built the World.

Product Details

  • File Size: 6143 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Publisher: AMMFA Publishing; 4 edition (January 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007LVFSP8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,847 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Such an action-packed adventure from the very beginning, The Tube Riders had me on the edge of my seat from the very first chapter. This book is so incredibly orginal in its plot and it was so extremly pleasing to read something that has a powerful story and captivating characters. I would classify this book as a YA, dystopian but most enjoyable for all ages.

This story takes place in Great Briton, in the future, in a world that doesn't exist in reality. But, fictionally, it's terrifying and alluring all the same. Coming from someone who is DEFINITELY not a risk-taker, I couldn't help but be drawn in to the idea of tube riding. I can see why these characters make tube riding their life.

The author has the "good guys" and the "bad guys" in this story. And then--to make matters even crazier--we're smacked in the face with a whole other group of antagonists that is almost scarier than the first.

Our main protagonists have to embark on a journey for their lives. After seeing something that they shouldn't have, everything is on the line.

The story kept me engaged, the characters kept me rooting for them. Chris Ward has made me a fan!
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Review of The Tube Riders by Chris Ward

An amazing adventure through a dystopian futuristic Britain that I sincerely hope no one ever lives to witness, "The Tube Riders" is an immensely creative and thoroughly imagined, riveting novel. I couldn't step away and I doubt any other reader could. Marta, Simon, Paul, Jess, Switch, and later Paul's brother Owen, and young Carl, undergo danger, horror, adrenaline surges, friendship, family loyalty, deaths galore-and what doesn't kill them does indeed make them stronger. "The Tube Riders" possesses incredible characters, and not just the "heroes." No, even the "villains": Dreggo, Clayton, the Huntsmen, Dr. Karmski, and the mysterious, elusive, incredibly powerful Governor of Mega Britain, are vividly imaged and truly four-dimensional.

Author Chris Ward weaves Dystopian society and culture with a natural outgrowth of the current rush-to-collapse seen in some segments of contemporary society, and with the history of decades of scientific experimentation, vivisection, and genetic engineering and manipulation. The quest to engineer a "Super-Man" in the Nietzschean sense is well more than a century old, but in the deft hands of this author, the quest reaches a horribly ugly but effective conclusion.

I was provided with an e-book copy of this novel by the author, Chris Ward, on Sept. 12, 2012, via the Goodreads Group Making Connections, in exchange for my fair and impartial review.
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It is 2075 and Britain is now a dangerous, frightening place, ruled over by a cruel despot. The cities have become the stalking grounds of thugs and psychopaths and have been walled in to prevent the insalubrious citizenry from escaping to the countryside where the nice people live. Government agents prey on the people, transporting children to factories as slave labour or worse, to be fodder for the strange cyber experiments going on in secret places underground. Every so often space rockets are launched and fall back to earth, but nobody knows why. Somewhere in London the sinister 'Governor' controls the country but few have seen his face and there are rumours he has incredible supernatural powers.
There is no future and no hope for the young people of this shadow-land, so they find their excitement where they can. One small band rides the tube trains - on the outside, clinging precariously to wooden 'clawboards' clamped to the side, looking in at the terrified passengers. They become their own legend. Their ghostly faces peering through the windows assumed to be the wraiths of the dead - they are The Tube Riders.

This is, without doubt, the most exciting book I have read for some time. I was gripped from the first page. Chris Ward's dystopian 'Mega Britain' is chilling and utterly believable, as are his characters. I loved them all - the brave young people who strive not only to survive, but to incite rebellion and bring freedom to the oppressed people of the cities, the thinkers who keep their heads below the parapet and plan for the new day, even the dreadful cyber creatures, the 'huntsmen', who never asked to become monsters. Terrible things happen in this book, but there are also ingenious strategies and heroic stands. And most of all, there is love.

This is an epic work created by a superb writer. It is one of those books you will want to read over and over again, that will stay in your memory forever.
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Cross-posted from Papyrus Independent Author Reviews.

In a future Britain where travel is restricted and the Governor rules with an iron fist, the Tube Riders stumble across a secret and become Mega Britain's most wanted.

"The Tube Riders" is a book in which several scruffy, disenfranchised youths are the main characters. However, this does not mean that this book would comfortably sit in the young adult category. These kids have a dark background and the author lets the harshness of a cruel future Britain leak through the pages. Rape, prostitution, violence, murder and the omnipotent presence of a government which "disappears" people on a regular basis form the reality in which these teenagers survive - and survive they do. I feel the author offsets this harsh existence by presenting us with a bunch of intelligent, resilient and loyal friends who jump onto moving trains for entertainment. The setting, the form of entertainment and the young protagonists themselves had me hooked from the start. I sometimes felt the author was channelling Michael de Larrabeiti's "Borribles" trilogy, one of my favourite journeys into a darker folkloric London.

The action in the first part of the book was gripping. A gang war builds and in escaping, the Tube Riders accidentally discover a secret that could get them killed. And this is where the relentless manhunt across Britain commences. Relentless is a word that so accurately describes the chase itself and the pursuers, a mix of government agents and nightmarish creatures devised in laboratories run by a sadistic government. The author gives us a barrage of perspectives from which to observe the action bouncing from character to character.
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