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!
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
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.
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?
Coffee, Tea, or 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!
Author: Ruth Silver
Publisher: LazyDay Publishing (ebook)
Patchwork Press (print)
Expected Release: December 2013
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.
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.
My Rating: 4/5
Author: Mark Tullius
Title: 25 Perfect Days
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.
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.
My Rating: 4/5
Author: Mark Tullius
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
My Rating: 4/5
Author: Mikes Essex
Title: Tethered Twins
Background: “A gripping dystopian adventure set in an alternate future where every baby is born with a twin, sharing a psychic link from birth. The only catch; if your twin dies you die too.
When Emmie Keyes lives through every agonising moment of her brother’s death she knows with certainty that her life is over. Despite the inevitability of imminent death she unexplainably cheats fate and survives.
Devastated by the loss of her brother and unsure why she was spared, Emmie sets out to discover the truth. She enlists the help of her best friend to help her track down the most powerful man in the world with one goal in mind; finding the truth.
In the first part of this destiny changing trilogy, Emmie finds herself questioning every loyalty she has ever known including the trust of her friends and those she loves. She challenges the very fundamentals of her broken society in her quest to find out why she survived.
In this action packed debut novel that is adrenaline soaked from the very first page you will uncover the truth behind the Tethers that bind Emmie’s world with shocking revelations and mind bending twists along the way.”
Tethered Twins was an action-packed, dystopian society book—first book of a trilogy. The beginning of the book started off intense with the murder of Emmie’s brother and continued to take twists and turns throughout the novel. The reader must try to figure out what exactly is going on and who are really the good guys that Emmie should trust. [I’ll try to keep this all spoiler-free]
The book used first and third person. Emmie was the main character (written as first person) in the book. She lived a hard life especially after she survived when her brother died, denoting something special about her. Banding together with support of her childhood friends, Emmie went on an adventure to discover why her brother was killed and what made her so special that she didn’t die when he did. Secrets were afoot even with her best friend, Grace. Control and power were a focal point for a lot of the characters.
This was a fast-paced novel taken place in the near future England. The world was completely changed after the 21 day siege, and this left implications for the characters in Tethered Twins. The plot provided an intriguing storyline that kept me interested throughout the book. I finished it with two days. The story will leave the reader wanting to know what will happen, especially with the twists at the end.
The Bottom Line:
Overall, I enjoyed this book and would like to read what happens in the upcoming trilogy. There were some questions left unanswered/new questions formed by the end of the book. If you like action dystopian books, you should like this one.