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- Print Length: 356 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: February 4, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BHSTBH6
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,327,798 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1. I absolutely love this title. It really resonates with me. The cover is terrific as well.
2. I don’t read very much of this genre. I think it’s so much more enjoyable on the big screen than in the written format. I love seeing the visual imagery of dystopian wastelands, desperate citizenry, mutant heroes, etc. I’m obviously not the only one, as our world seems absolutely inundated with tales of apocalyptic future societies rife with tyranny and suffering.
3. I like the setting of South Africa. Evidently there are other cities in the world besides New York, London, and L.A. (take note Hollywood).
4. The writing is very crisp and error-free. I noticed another recent reviewer harshly criticized the author’s writing style. I strongly disagree. The writing is very solid in both style and mechanics.
5. For me, this book lurked in that gray area between young adult and adult fiction. I think a lot of teenagers will really enjoy this book, but it may come across as a little flat and vanilla with discriminating adult readers.
6. Is it me, or does every book and movie nowadays have some variation of the name Rogan?
7. The characters and initial premise are very interesting. You will find yourself turning the pages to find out what happens next to Dominico and Syra.
8. Although this book is very well done, it seemed a little ordinary to me (but that’s OK). I think the dystopian sci-fi genre is the “western” of our era. Just like it’s difficult to make a tale about sheriffs and cattle rustlers unique and distinctive, the same goes with this genre. Our culture is so immersed in dystopian sci-fi books and movies that it’s getting hard for them not to all blend together.
9. Bottom line, this is a very impressive debut. Fans of the genre will enjoy this quite a bit. 4/5 stars and a round of applause.
It took me a while to decide whose story this really is, and I found the frequent changes of viewpoint a bit distracting at first. However, the characters are well differentiated and consistent, and jumping between them kept the suspense going. I was curious to know more about the way of life in these two decimated cities. I get the necessity of foraging in the ruins of The Waste for anything useful, and the rationing of water from the city's only well, but I couldn't help wondering about practical things like food production and the source of President Crane's electricity. I also had difficulty picturing just how many (or how few) citizens there are. Perhaps I missed something, but no matter. I found that pursuing the story was more compelling than dwelling on these details and I was happy to accept the general premise of the demise of technology, the depletion of resources and a society reduced to rationing and scavenging.
If you want something more than just a well-told suspense story, I would highly recommend this novel - it will linger in your mind for a while!
The story kept me glued to my Kindle, and some of the sneaky twists to the plot did have me gasping.
Whilst the concept of superhumans sounds farfetched now, at no point in the story did it seem unbelievable. The author has done a fantastic job of weaving believability into her story, as well as blanketing it with soft character quirks, which makes them the sort of characters you want to cheer for.
I loved the book, and would recommend it to anyone who likes reading dystopian type novels, or even YA books.
Not sure I can forgive the author for the bit right before the end though...you'll know what I mean when you read it!!!
I became invested in each character and had to force myself to put the book down.
It ended all too soon for me! A definite must read for any lover of this genre.
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