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The Tube Riders: Underground (The Tube Riders Trilogy #1) the acclaimed dystopian thriller set in a near-future London Kindle Edition
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The story was pretty good; it did sag a bit in the middle and I wasn't sure if I'd finish it, but it picked back up and the last third of the book especially kept me pretty captivated. There *is* a lot of violence in the book so it may not be appropriate for a younger audience or for anybody that gets a bit squeemish from descriptions of blood and gore. Some of the more fantastic elements relating to the genetic mutations and experiments had me rolling my eyes a bit, but they didn't detract too much from the story. I felt that the ending of the book was very satisfactory in closing out the story, while providing a small and very minor cliffhanger to set up the sequel.
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!
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.
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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