Book Promotion: Whispering Peak by Alyssa Cooper

Today’s book promotion comes from Alyssa Cooper and her book called Whispering Peak. If you like Dystopian fiction books, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

 

Book:Whispering Peak
Author: Alyssa Cooper
Genre:
Dystopian fiction

Publisher: Self-published title
Format:
ebook
Release Date:
4/30/2014

Summary:
Martha and her brother were born in the Outlands. They have only heard stories of Invictus, the grand capital city; they have never seen it for themselves. But when their general is taken hostage, Martha and Asher have no choice but to make their way through the monumental steel gates that enclose the city, and bring him home.

Their valiant rescue attempt will teach them one thing: the darkest of Invictus City’s secrets – underground prisons, mutated monsters, psychotropic brainwashing – have been kept hidden behind the wall.

There, they will face the horrors that they never knew existed.

 

I want to thank Alyssa Cooper for allowing me to promote her book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Whispering Peak!

 

Book Promotion: Whispering Peak by Alyssa Cooper

Today’s book promotion comes from Alyssa Cooper and her book called Whispering Peak. If you like Dystopian novels, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book:Whispering Peak
Author: Alyssa Cooper
Genre:
Dystopian fiction

Publisher: Self-published title
Format: ebook
Release Date:
5/1/2014

Summary:
Martha and her brother were born in the Outlands. They have only heard stories of Invictus, the grand capital city; they have never seen it for themselves. But when their general is taken hostage, Martha and Asher have no choice but to make their way through the monumental steel gates that enclose the city, and bring him home.

In their valiant and misguided rescue attempt, the pair will come to learn that the darkest of Invictus City’s secrets – underground prisons, mutated monsters, psychotropic brainwashing – have been kept hidden behind the wall.

There, they will face the horrors that they never knew existed.

The Author:

Alyssa Cooper’s Website: Here
Alyssa Cooper’s Twitter: Here
Alyssa Cooper’s Facebook: Here

Q & A:

What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
Don’t ever stop. Every word you write is your own personal achievement!

What is your favorite book?
The Romantic, by Barbara Gowdy

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
tea!

Anything else that you would like to add?
I’ve been a ravenous reader my entire life: I still remember hiding flashlights between my mattresses, so that I could stay up past my bedtime and read under the covers.

I just want to inspire my fans the way that so many authors have inspired me.

 

I want to thank Alyssa Cooper for allowing me to promote her book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Whispering Peak!

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Finding Sage by Logan Judy

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Title: Finding Sage
Series: The Rogue
Book # or Vol #: 1
Author: Logan Judy
Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopia, Paranormal
Formats: E-book and paperback
Publisher: Logan Judy
Pages: 358 pages
ISBN: 9781497543232
ASIN: B00JDSJXZ8
Date Published: March 30, 2014
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In the future, some people known as rogues exhibit supernatural abilities.  That’s not a good thing, however, because the global government hunts them down and executes them, imprisons them, or forces them to become assassins.  Silas is such a rogue.  He lives day by day constantly paranoid about his chances of survival.   So when a wide-eyed hobo offers him a solution to his problems, a mysterious man who the U.N. seems desperate to find, he follows, not having the slightest clue what he’s just stepped into.
Alice hides a dark secret. Many rogues have come and gone in past years, but if people only knew how dark her so-called gift was, they would reject her. Attack her. Kill her. Where can she turn?
Sage is the one that connects them. The one that offers hope to them both. Little is known about him and precious few have seen him. So why is he the only one that the U.N. is afraid of?
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Click.  Clack.  Click.  Clack.  Click.  Clack.
                Carter cringed with every step as he heard the metallic clashing of the chains that bound his wrists and ankles.  United Nations soldiers surrounded him: one at each side, two behind, and two in front.  They walked with their firearms close to their chests, ready for action at any moment.  He scanned his surroundings, looking for an exit: blank white walls, glass security panels, and grey tile ceiling.  Blue uniformed soldiers guarded every door, and he saw the door to his doom approaching.  He could see no windows looking into the room, only a solid white wall and the grey door, guarded by two soldiers.
                Click.  Clack.  Click.  Clack.
                The soldiers stopped at the door.  They exchanged a few words, told the guards of the door why they were there, showed their I.D.s, then entered the room.  It was far less menacing inside than Carter had imagined.  There were none of the flickering bare light bulbs, blood stains, or pungent aromas of decaying bodies that he had conjured in his mind’s eye.  The room, like everything he had ever seen in this building, was remarkably and shockingly bare.  So bare, in fact, that it was creepy.  Was this routine for them?  Was it normal?  Was there nothing extraordinary, nothing even immoral about what they were going to do? 
                They walked him to the wall on his left, and a touchscreen panel popped up.  One of the soldiers pressed a few buttons and he felt his wrists and legs pin against the wall. 
                “Sure is a sticky situation, eh?” remarked one of the soldiers to his buddies.  Soldiers often made comments like this, but always to their friends.  Common soldiers were forbidden from talking to prisoners, especially rogues.
                Ten gunmen filed in from a door on the opposite wall and lined up with their guns pointed upwards.  Behind them approached an agent, instantly recognizable with his black and blue suit.  He held his military stance with his hands behind his back and recited the appropriate words.
                “William Carter Jackson.  You have been found in violation of Sovereign Order 21, which dictates that no biologically outstanding person, defined as those exhibiting phenomena deemed supernatural or otherwise extraordinary, shall be allowed to live, under the equal opportunity statutes of the first United Nations Sovereign Order.  Your crime has been deemed punishable by death, and will therefore be carried out in a swift and humane manner, by firing squad, authorized by this Agent Sebastian Jefferson.  Do you have any last words?”
                Carter lifted his head and established eye contact with the agent.
                “Yeah, I do.”
                He waited for the soldiers to shift, to listen to what last words he had.  None of them budged, but that didn’t change what he had to say.
                “What’s so wrong with having good hearing?”
                “Ready arms,” said the agent. 
                The boy refused to break eye contact.  He looked the agent in the eye, determined in a last act of ideological rebellion that they would not ignore him.
                “Fire.”
                All ten rifles fired at once.  Blood spattered the wall behind the boy and spread into pools on the ground.  The force broke the wall’s magnetism, leaving the boy lying upon the ground.
                One of the soldiers who had escorted the boy knelt down and took a look at him.           
“Affirmative,” he said.  “We’re clear for the clean-up crew.”
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1 x E-Book Copy of Finding Sage
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clip_image006Logan Judy is a dystopia, science fiction, and fantasy author who published his first book, Finding Sage, in 2014.  He spends his days dreaming up new worlds and new stories, as well as wishing for a Serenity sequel.  He currently lives in Indiana with his wife and their Don Quixote-like guard dog.
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Tour Schedule – One Week Blog tour for Finding Sage by Logan Judy from May 26 to June 1, 2014.
May 26
The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl – Spotlight with Excerpt
The Idle Musings of a Writer’s Mind – Spotlight with Excerpt & Top Ten
Karen Swart – Spotlight with Excerpt, Author Interview, Dream Cast & Playlist
Eclipse Reviews – Spotlight with Excerpt, Dream Cast & Playlist
May 27
Deal Sharing Aunt – Spotlight with Excerpt & Author Interview
Our New Generation for Reading – Spotlight with Excerpt
Becca Anne’s Book Reviews – Spotlight with Excerpt & Dream Cast
Night Owl Reviews – Spotlight with Excerpt, Dream Cast, Top Ten & Playlist
May 28
Cofffee Books & Art – Spotlight with Excerpt, Guest Post, Top Ten & Playlist
MI Bookshelf – Spotlight with Excerpt
Bookworm for Kids – Spotlight with Excerpt
MHZ Book Reviews and Giveaways – Spotlight with Excerpt
May 29
Bajgajka Loves Books And Giveaways – Spotlight with Excerpt, Dream Cast & Playlist
The Avid Reader – Spotlight with Excerpt, Author Interview, Dream Cast, & Playlist
Raven Reviews – Spotlight with Excerpt & Top Ten
May 30
Breny’s Book Obsession – Spotlight with Excerpt
Book Hostage – Spotlight with Excerpt & Author Interview
Indy Book Fairy – Spotlight with Excerpt
A Cauldron of Books – Spotlight with Excerpt, Dream Cast, Top Ten & Playlist
Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom – Spotlight with Excerpt
May 31
2 Girls & A Book – Spotlight with Excerpt
Bound 2 Escape – Spotlight with Excerpt
Angels with Attitude Book Reviews – Spotlight with Excerpt, Author Interview, Guest Post & Playlist
Bookraptured – Spotlight with Excerpt & Playlist
June 1
Sweet Treat Reading Reviews – Spotlight with Excerpt
Step Into Fiction – Review
Author Christy Sloat – Spotlight with Excerpt & Guest Post
Fiction DReams – Spotlight with Excerpt

Review for Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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My Rating: 4 /5

Author:  Veronica Roth
Title: Allegiant

Genre:  Young Adult/Dystopian

Background:

Amazon Description:
What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

Opinions:

My Short Summary:

**If you have not read the first two books – Divergent and Insurgent – you will stumble upon spoilers in this review**

 

Like the second book, Allegiant begins right where the last one left off. Edith Prior’s news of what is outside the city walls has the remaining factions and factionless unsure of what to do. With Tobias’s mother stepping up as leader, the city is doomed to face another tyrannical government. Luckily, the Allegiant is formed. Tris, Tobias, and other friends join and face the world outside the city they grew up in. They never knew how big the world was until they stepped outside. Being outside the city is not what they expect. Government manipulations, damaged genes, experiments, and lots more await these brave young adults.

 

Narration: First person through Tris and Tobias

 

Character Development: With Tobias narrating in first person, the reader can understand what is going on in his mind much better compared to the other books. Through this, we see that Tobias has more weaknesses and doubts than we previously thought. His thoughts reveal his reliance on Tris, his anxieties over his parents, and how he handles the consequences of his actions. He is still strong but now the reader can see the little niches that make him human.

Throughout the book we see Tris grow as a person. She tackles with her brother’s betrayal, the fear of still holding a gun, learning who to trust, and how to make her relationship work with Tobias. Each character has to face their past and their fears. They are thrown into world outside their comfort zone – a world where there are no factions. A world where divergent is not some weird trait, and those that are considered divergent might not really be a true divergent.

 

Plot Development/Flow: The story moved along well. I kind of wish it was given a year of some sorts in the mix of everything (just to gain a little baring while reading it.) The story is obviously set in the future, but it could really be close to the present.
At first I would periodically confuse myself with who was narrating. The other two books where entirely done by Tris, so I would naturally keep reading in that mindset instead of Tobias’s. The more I read into the book, the easier it became. I can understand the purpose of the two views, especially near the end. It would have been impossible to include everything if it was just Tris’s view.

 

Standalone or Part of a Series: Last book in the Divergent Series

Review for Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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My Rating:  4/5

Author:  Veronica Roth
Title: Insurgent

Genre:  Young Adult/Dystopian

Background:

Amazon Description:
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

Opinions:

My Short Summary: [Spoilers from the first book, Divergent, in this review]

Insurgent begins right where the first book leaves off. Tris, Tobias, Peter, Caleb, and Marcus escape to the Amity area where they regroup and decide what to do. It is hinted near the beginning of the novel that certain Abnegation leaders had learned something important and was about to share this with all the factions. But, Jeanine wanted to stop it before it became public, thus resulting in the attack from the last book. One person, Marcus, knows the information but is unwilling to share it. In the meantime, Tris is suffering from PSTD, which can be understood. Her parents died, she killed her friend because he was stuck in a simulation, and a war is breaking out between the factions. In this book, her adversaries are more emotional than physical. She has to pull it to together so she can learn who to trust and what is important in this upcoming war. She also has to decide how she wants to be a part of the war.

Narration: First person – Tris (aka Beatrice)

Character Development: Tris takes on a more emotional side in this novel. She struggles with how her parents died and what exactly their words really meant before they died. She also has a hard time over the death of Will. This is quite understandable and makes for a more realistic character. Reading about a character going through PTSD from the events of a first book can sometimes be…annoying for me. [Please note that I am talking about fictional characters with PTSD and not real people. This opinion would not be the case in real life. I’m hard on my fictional characters *wink*] It’s like it goes against the character’s initial characteristics that I have become accustomed to in the prior story. I like that the author makes the character realistic and no one should be fine with what happened to Tris. However, while reading, I like to see characters overcome these struggles after a short amount of time, so I can get back to the main events of the story. The PTSD in this book lasted too long for me to completely enjoy it.

Turbulence brews between Tris and Tobias. It seems that trust has slowly disappeared, and they are acting slightly different from the first book. Even though I would have liked more explanations on why Tobias thought the things he did (besides “being in love”), it also showed that relationships are also strained in dire circumstances. Because the story is written in first person, we understand Tris’s side better.

Plot Development/Flow: For me, the story is a little slow to start but picks up as it goes. I like how we get to see the other factions better in this book – their beliefs, customs, etc. I think this helped put things together overall for the war and why certain people joined certain sides. We learn that there are more people who are Divergent; and by the end, why this is important. The “secret” is also revealed by the end of the book, so no worries about a cliffhanger with that information. To be honest, I did see the secret coming just because I saw a movie with a similar set up. (I can’t say which movie because it would be a spoiler for this book and the movie.) I thought about it briefly in the first book, but it becomes more apparent in this one. Despite this, the book ends with room for the last book – what are they going to do with the information they learned?

Standalone or Part of a Series:  Book two of three

Review for Divergent by Veronica Roth

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My Rating:  4.5/5

Author: Veronica Roth
Title: Divergent

Genre:  Young Adult/Dystopian

Background:

Amazon Description:
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

Opinions:

My Short Summary: Divergent follows the story of Beatrice (“Tris”) who just turns sixteen and must choose a faction. In this dystopian society, there are five factions that make up the city – each with their own virtue. Beatrice grew up in Abnegation which follows selflessness. They wear grey clothes and always put other people’s needs before their own. Once she turns sixteen she takes an aptitude test to help her determine which faction she should devote herself to. With a bizarre result, Beatrice must decide if staying with her family is something she can do or should she choose a different faction. Once she picks her faction she discovers that the initiation is even harder than the choice she made. During the few weeks of initiation, Beatrice discovers things about herself and the other initiates, but she also finds out something is going on in the city. Something big that will change everyone’s lives.

Narration: The story is written in first person following Beatrice (“Tris”)

Character Development: Beatrice is an interesting character. For one, she’s a complex character. She is not the pure good heroine that most novels are geared towards. She has a rebel side, a compassionate side, a fearful side, etc. This is shown early through the aptitude test and continues throughout the novel. She is just like any other teenager who is trying to find herself while trying to fit in. Her characteristics balance out well, and the reader can slowly see the change in her attitudes and beliefs as the novel progresses.

Four is also very similar to Beatrice in his character. Yes, his name is Four – like the number. For me, this makes it difficult to read some of the sentences because my mind is trying to use the concepts of numbers/counting rather than a name. This is the only downside I had for this main character. Two things that I would have liked to have seen with the character are: More information on Beatrice’s family (mother, father, brother) than what is supplied in this book. Another, I would have liked to seen Jeannine a little more dimensional than what she is portrayed as.

Plot Development/Flow: The story moves along well and is interesting. I read through the book fairly fast. If you are looking for a lot of descriptions and details of the surroundings/people, you might be a little disappointed. I’m not saying there weren’t any, but there is not a lot provided. The book contains more action/plot instead. The story provides some surprises and plot twists that should keep the reader engaged. While ending well, the novel obviously leaves a few things unresolved for the following two books in the trilogy. I’m not usually one for dystopian genres, but my one friend had recommended this book to me a year or two ago, so I decided to give it a shot. (Finally!) I have to say that I’m glad that I read it and will be reading the next two books in the near future.

Standalone or Part of a Series: First book of a trilogy.

 

Book Promotion: The Children Who Time Lost by Marvin Amazon

Today’s book promotion comes from Marvin Amazon and his book called The Children Who Time Lost. If you like dystopian novels, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book: The Children Who Time Lost
Author: Marvin Amazon
Genre:
Dystopian/Science Fiction/Thriller

Publisher: Corinthian Publishing
Format: Hardback, Paperback, Ebook
Released: October 28, 2013

Summary:
What happened to the children?

The year is 2043, and humans have been mysteriously unable to reproduce for almost thirty years. To prevent panic and keep the population from dwindling to nothing, global authorities offer a Lotto, where a few winners each  week can enter a time portal and bring back adopted children from the future. They’re never allowed to talk about  what they saw.

The exception to this system is Los Angeles resident and reluctant celebrity Rachel Harris, the only woman of her  generation to naturally give birth. Years of medical tests and treatments have been unable to explain or replicate  her pregnancy, and the whole world grieved when Rachel’s daughter died in a tragic accident.

When Rachel wins the Lotto, she’s shocked, and then elated. She can be a mother again. But the baby she meets in 2108 carries a secret that will shatter Rachel’s reality and endanger everyone close to her. Now Rachel must race across time to save her life and her child, even as she discovers that nothing—and no one—are what they seem.

The Author:

Marvin Amazon’s Website : Here
Marvin Amazon’s Twitter: Here
Marvin Amazon’s Facebook: Here

Q & A:

The best thing about writing this book?
I enjoyed writing the entire book from a woman’s POV. It was very interesting and challenging, but great fun.

Where did you get your idea for this story?
The story was sparked by a conversation I had with his brother about happiness. He asked me whether I’d rather have a child or all the money in the world, but I could only choose one. I said I’d have a child without hesitation, but then paused to consider it. My final answer was still a child, but my mind went into overdrive for the rest of the night. By the morning, a fragment of a story came to me, and it grew to be The Children Who Time Lost.

What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
Stay true to your vision and never compromise your ideas for what you think others might want to read.

What is your favorite book?
Dune

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
Hot Chocolate

I want to thank Marvin Amazon for allowing me to promote his book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Children That Time Lost!

Cover Reveal: Isaura (Aberrant #3) by Ruth Silver

Title: Isaura

Author: Ruth Silver

Publisher: LazyDay Publishing (ebook)

Patchwork Press (print)

Expected Release: December 2013

Book Summary:

SECRETS WILL BE REVEALED.

 

Olivia has little choice but to head into the dangerous Gravelands, as the new government wrestles with fixing the damage to society. If traveling through outlaw territory isn’t frightening enough, Olivia learns she has exposed her secret and is hunted by those she trusted. With a race against time, her life and those she loves are in jeopardy.

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Books 1 & 2 in this series:

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About the Author

Ruth Silver first began writing poetry as a teenager and reading heaps of fan fiction in her free time. She has written under three unique pseudo names and penned well over a hundred stories.


She attended Northern Illinois University in 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Communication. While in college she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, “Deuces are Wild”, which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories.


Her love of writing, led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading YA novels and sharing her favorite books with other readers. She runs her own book blog and also enjoys photography and traveling.


Her favorite YA genre is a mix of Dystopian & Fantasy which is evident in the upcoming release of her latest book, Aberrant. Slated for release April 2013 by Lazy Day Publishing, it is the first in a trilogy.

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Review for 25 Perfect Days by Mark Tullius

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My Rating: 4/5

Author: Mark Tullius
Title: 25 Perfect Days

Genre: Dystopian

Background:

Amazon Description:
A totalitarian state doesn’t just happen overnight. It’s a slow, dangerous slide. 25 Perfect Days chronicles the path into a hellish future of food shortages, contaminated water, sweeping incarceration, an ultra-radical religion, and the extreme measures taken to reduce the population. Through twenty-five interlinked stories, each written from a different character’s point of view, 25 Perfect Days captures the sacrifice, courage, and love needed to survive and eventually overcome this dystopian nightmare.

Opinions:
25 Perfect Days is dystopian novel that connects short stories of the characters throughout the book. The stories begin on August 19, 2036 and ends December 25, 2076. Each chapter is a different perspective of a character – although some characters are related – in third person. For example, there is about 3 generations that are followed in this book. They even span a few generations. With so many perspectives, it can be confusing at times to read. There is a list of characters in the back, but you have to watch for spoilers. The novel follows these characters on the changes to the United States and “The Way” – a religious organization that slowly becomes more powerful. The government slowly changes things such as driver licenses, birth regulations, death sentences, etc. Not only are there political changes, but environmental changes cause extreme heat, pollution, and food/water contamination. As the novel continues, there are rebels out to stop the Controllers and The Way. The plot moves along well. The stories make it easy to stop if you have to, but at times it can be hard to keep everyone in line. The story takes on a different twist for a dystopian novel.

Overall, I enjoyed the book.  If you like dystopian novels set in the near future, you might want to try this book.

 

Review for Brightside by Mark Tullius

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My Rating: 4/5

Author:  Mark Tullius
Title:  Brightside

Genre:  Dystopian

Background:

Amazon Description:  

“Across the nation, telepaths are rounded up and sent to the beautiful mountain town of Brightside. They’re told it’s just like everywhere else, probably even nicer. As long as they follow the rules and don’t ever think about leaving. Joe Nolan is one of the accused, a man who spent his life hearing things people left unsaid. And now he’s paying for it on his hundredth day in Brightside, fighting to keep hold of his secret in a town where no thought is safe.”

Opinions:

Brightside is a story about how a telepath, Joe, comes to Brightside—a special town built on a mountain that contains all known telepaths in America.  He spends 100 days in this town trying to cope with having no secrets and wanting to leave. The story starts on day 100 and flashbacks to his earlier days at Brightside (with a few flashbacks to his childhood.) It is a different twist to dystopian books.

Characters:
Brightside is written in first person following Joe, a telepath. Joe has had a troubled past starting all the way back to his childhood (age five). He struggled through life as a telepath, unable to let others know about his ability. Eventually, the world found out that telepaths exists, and the government decided these people were a threat—an exposure to everyone else’s thoughts. Therefore, Brightside was created to mimic the rest of society. The telepaths were given a place to live and a job to earn their way. However, one wrong move and the Boots would come and send you to the cabin where you would become sedated to remain unthreatening. Joe is a complex character that is trying to cope with being turned in as a telepath. He wants to do the right thing, but everything he tries (past and present) seems to go wrong. The other characters in the book are also multi-dimensional, which makes the characters alive and realistic to the reader.

Plot:
The plot takes the reader on a journey from  a glimpse into day 100 at Brightside to his first impressions and days there. It also flashes back to his childhood from his first exposure to a group as a child going to the day where he was turned in as a telepath. Although there are flashbacks throughout the first part of the book, I followed along well enough that I knew where I was—and what point I was reading about in Joe’s life. The plot takes some twist and turns and eventually leads to an exciting ending. I think the book could have done with an epilogue at the end, especially to let the reader know what happened to some of the other less important characters that are left out at the end and how things followed through with the main characters’ relationships and future.

The Bottom Line:
Overall I enjoyed this book. I was a little busy when reading it so I didn’t finish it as soon as I normally would have – about two days. If you like dystopian stories with a twist, then you might want to try this book.