black tiger (Black Tiger Series) (Volume 1) 1st Edition
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About the Author
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (August 26, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 486 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1537158023
- ISBN-13 : 978-1537158020
- Item Weight : 1.37 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.22 x 8.5 inches
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It's set in a fascinating futuristic world, akin to the DIVERGENT series, but unique in its own ways. Sixteen-year-old Ember Carter questions the ways of the government of Ky, (once known as Kentucky), but she can hardly speak out about it, because outside her home in the Garden, Defenders prowl, arresting anyone for words against the chief.
So as Career Day approaches, Ember stubbornly holds on to optimism, hoping that somehow she'll be chosen as a Farmer, and life will stay the same.
But she is Ember. And embers are meant to start fires.
Oh, how I love dystopian! After discovering Christian dystopian books, such as Nadine Brandes's OUT OF TIME series, I am constantly on the look out for more. And Black Tiger did not disappoint! The writing was fantastic - the words just grabbed a hold of me; pulled me in. It was so easy and intriguingly enjoyable to read. This book kept me on the edge of my seat, with surprising twists and turns. I thought the plot was great, having you wondering throughout the book ... breathless at the climax ... satisfied at the ending ... yet dying for Book Two! Very well done, Sara Baysinger! I loved this novel!
Something about Ember struck me as different from the mainstream fiction YA characters. She was more feeling; more soft inside. She was a blend of fieriness and fear. Determination and vulnerability. Anger and sensitivity. I really liked her, and look forward to reading the rest of her story!
Forest was first introduced as every YA hero seems to be. Breathtakingly handsome. (haha). I like him, but at the same time, I'm not sure I like him. (view spoiler)
Don't ask me why, but Rain is my favorite character. He came across as very real somehow; mysterious, but real. Passionate. Perhaps torn inside. Just a very complex character. I am really, really, really intrigued to see what happens next with him.
The romance-y stuff got a little frustrating for me, personally at times. But I'm very interested to see where things go in the next book!
The black tigers. EEEEE! They were simultaneously thrilling and terrifying. I literally felt the dread of them rushing through my veins.
Yes, the action, the thrills, the sheer adventure! There were royal balls, and there were prisons. Farmland holding apple trees and poor folk, and wealthy cities full of the powerful and proud. The characters were amazing. Intriguing. Black Tiger had/has me captivated.
The budding faith theme has my rapt attention. I'm excited to watch these characters discover their Creator. One quote I loved: "You are the Garden. God is the Sower."
A few cautions. I do recommend this book to about 18 and up, depending on what you're used of reading. There was a bit of mild language, and one or two crude phrases. Some things are mentioned and scenes described that are not suitable for a younger audience; (view spoiler). Also, the majority of the people of Ky have drinking habits that were a little uncomfortable for me. So yes, some of the content in Black Tiger was edgy, and demands a mature audience.
However, most of the characters in this book don't know God (yet); but even so, still see that what Ky calls "acceptable" and "entertainment" is truly evil and corrupt.
Some of the characters are confusing, but you have to keep reading to understand their actions.
I cannot wait for the second book to the BLACK TIGER series! Enthralling! Can hardly wait to see what's going to happen next! Ember, Rain, Forest, Elijah, and Jonah are on my mind and I'm thoroughly intrigued!
For those who love dystopian, Sara Baysinger has written a work of fiction that you do not want to miss!
(And isn't that cover fabulous? I need to get this book on my bookshelf!)
black tiger is a remarkable story, full of twists and turns that at some points leave you breathless. Though at times quite brutal, Ember's journey toward the truth - of her society and of her own life - draws you in. (I read this 57 chapter book in a day, if that tells you anything!) Ky is a harsh land of extremes. There are moments when the sheer honesty of it makes you want to look away. But time and each progressing chapter read exposes deeper layers and gems of wisdom. The underlying messages will stick with the reader long after the book is closed.
The characters are realistic and vivid. I could easily imagine each one. Ember's struggle to know who to trust is still MY struggle after finishing the book! Forest or Rain or Walker... I'm still not sure! Baysinger left enough unanswered questions and loose strings that I'm eager to read the next book!
There were a few minor details that were too much for me. But NOTHING that takes away from the worthiness of this book. I won't even list them, because they are so minor in the scheme of things and I want to you make up your own mind. We all have our personal preferences, but I'm glad that I read this book and I'm happy to recommend it! For these reasons I'm giving it 4/5 stars.
But her best friend, Leaf, is assigned as a Defender. In a rare moment of extreme courage, he hijacks the mic and warns all the Proletariats what the government is doing...how wrong it is. They starve while the Patrician's live in luxury.
Ember sees a defender raise his weapon and aim it at Leaf. She rushes to push the weapon aside. Another defender is killed in the process. Ember is immediately taken into custody where she'll be killed for murdering a defender and collaborating with rebels.
This is just in the first few chapters. The story remains exciting. There are a few minor technical issues, but they didn't detract from the story. Black Tiger is well written and I love Ember's voice. The author does a great job of getting into the character and making her come alive, sinking me into the story. And there is a wonderful cast of believable characters that will have you guessing as to their motives.
If you enjoy dystopians with a great balance of suspense, action, and emotion in a futuristic and unjust world with a 'supernatural' element of compulsion, you need to visit Ky. Pick up Black Tiger and join Ember's journey.
Top reviews from other countries
The beginning of the story was slow, like the first steps of starting a fire from nothing- which suits the story since there are many "fire" references. There is a significant point to it. It builds up more and more, till it burns, roars, then consumes preconceived ideas.
The author was adept in writing lovely and unusual imagery, and the thoughts and feelings of the characters were so naturally expressed, I, the reader, experienced any moments of awe, pleasure, confusion, frustration, or anger with them.
The characters, in my opinion, are remarkable. Relationships are realistic. There are many important themes/lessons addressed within the pages which are very pertinent to me, personally, and to today's society. Very compelling ones. Very thought-provoking ones. Even in something as simple as the symbolism of an apple.
There were moments when other author's works came to mind. In particular, The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Robin Hood, and the Biblical characters: Moses and Esther. Nothing was exactly like those, but I marvelled at how a dystopian such as this could be both brutally hard, AND, somehow, immensely hopeful, at the same time. It was a call to "Watch, Stand fast in the faith, Be brave, Be strong." (1 Corinthians 16:13). To me, anyway.
I am not usually a fan of cliffhangers, but I am very intrigued to see where the author takes this story. And how lovely is that cover! A fitting image to tease your curiosity and interest, and fully applicable to the story. Read it, and see if you agree! As far as I am concerned, I love meeting new literary best friends. Great story!