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No Signal (iMe, #2) by Jem Tugwell @JemTugwell @SerpentineBooks

Hello Readers! Today I delighted to share my review of No Signal by Jem Tugwell for blog tour. Many thanks to Raquel Elias at Serpentine Books for tour invite and review copy.

No Signal (iMe, #2) by Jem Tugwell
Publications Date :  June 4th 2020 
Publisher : Serpentine Books
Genre : Science-Fictions / Thriller / Dystopia
Pages : 384
Stars : ★★★★★

In a breathtaking follow-up novel to ‘Proximity’, Serge says it’s the ultimate Augmented Reality game. He’s chosen his Ten carefully – the reckless, driven and strong. He tests them. Ten become Four.


DI Clive Lussac wants to fight the system that controls everything, but he’s ill and losing the people closest to him. In the middle of eco-
protests, he’s lost four tourists.


As Clive’s world unravels, he and his partners DC Ava Miller and DS Zoe Jordan race to find the tourists and the true reason behind the game. It may already be too late.

A CONTROLLED POPULATION
The UK has embedded technology – iMe.
It knows where you are… all the time. It controls what you eat.
It has eradicated crime and made everyone healthy.

A DEVASTATED WORLD
The world is on the brink.
The Government talks but doesn’t act.
It thinks it’s safe.

TIME FOR CHANGE
Who will ignite it?
Who has the determination to see it through?
What will be sacrificed for the cause?

*** Note : Many thanks to publisher for providing e-copy of this book as a part of blog tour, in exchange for an honest review. ***

No Signal was another mind blowing book in iMe series. It was about advances and drawbacks of technologies, government control and its impact on common people, political games, eco-socialism, terrorism, greed, fame, and power.

Writing was engaging, easy to follow and captivating. The world, like previous book, was impressive. In this book more pros and cons of iMe were explored which was broadened by inclusion of environmental conditions, terrorism, politics, gaming, and power. No Signal was multiple third person perspective, set in UK.

It started a year after the end of Proximity with villain dropping parcels in UK and selecting final participants for Forbidden Island, an AR game, but the real motive was sinister. That instantly made me curious to know what was in the parcel and why participants were sent to play in UK. At the same time things were same even worst with Clive. He was back to working at PCU, Zoe joined cybercrime department, health was spiraling down because of excess indulgence of chocolates, and his relationship with Sophia was on verge of breaking. Life was pretty dull and depressive with no real work until four tourist lost their signal. Now these four tourist were final four participant of the game. And so began the chase. I was curious to know how Clive and Ava will capture them, what their purpose was, and if the participant will reach their end destination and what will happen after that.

This was a bit different from first book. In Proximity culprit was unknown and tension was there from beginning till end, we know all moves of culprit and waiting to see when and how Clive and his department will capture the culprit. Here we know the organizer but not the mastermind of the game and we don’t know what they have planned until main twist at 60% of the book. Until then we are introduced to all participants and organizer, selection process, how participants reached UK, got rid of their iTourist band, and how they were doing in their game, Clive and his new partner Ava trying to figure out how to find them and capture them, and get at the bottom of this game.

Clive was amazing throughout the book. I felt for this man. It was really hard survive as anti-iMe in the iMe lover system and his addiction and craving for chocolates and alcohol didn’t help him much. Now his diabetes was back to stop all the cheat food he was having and sent Winter from health and well-being department back to breathing on his neck. I liked the way he tried to change to keep his relationship. I could see why he couldn’t keep trying. Problems at work, views of politicians, and then depression after climax pushed him beyond limits but still I didn’t approve what he did at the end.

Ava was lovely and brilliant. She was just 23, a small package full of strength, energy, and determination. She made Clive proud, solved half the case even before Clive could think. I loved this girl and along with Clive, I started to care for her.

Zoe took back seat in this book, popping here and there when required until that big twist. When the case went to her department she and Clive formed team once again. I loved seeing her back in action.

I loved scenes describing the arguments and views on government control with iMe, New Modelist church and its vision of peace and contentment, eco-socialism and its followers, control rebellions, pros and cons of diversity, cyber threats and terrorism in world. More importantly I liked the way drawbacks of technology and its impact was represented. This world solved most of the problem but couldn’t keep the earth safe, couldn’t treat patients with genetic defect, couldn’t see the impact on mental health and understand emotional conflicts and now all those protests and political game was leading humanity back to where it all started, going back in time of primitives. It was ironical.

Climax was sad and heartbreaking, tense and infuriating. I hated all politicians for using what happened to their advantage, was shocked at hearing their thoughts about change, angry at Clive’s boss, Lance, for messing things, not believing Clive, and then taking all credits. I liked Bhatt in first book but I didn’t in this because she didn’t support Clive enough. No wonder Clive’s depression went beyond his control. End was shocking with what Clive did but also made me smile and say ‘about time’. I want next book in this series. I hope author is not thinking to end it here.

Overall, No signal was brilliant, thought provoking, and impressive sci-fi thriller with realistic characters and intimidating world. For fans of dystopia and sci-fi, just grab this book. But read this in order.

Jem Tugwell Author Profile:

Jem Tugwell is a crime fiction author with a Crime Writing MA from City University. NO SIGNAL is the second book in the iMe series and follows his thrilling debut novel PROXIMITY. 

Jem is inspired by the fascinating possibilities of technology, AI and the law of unintended consequences. In a past life, Jem had a successful career in technology and investment management, and he lives in Surrey with his wife and dog. He has two great children. Outside of his family and writing, Jem’s loves are snowboarding, old cars and bikes.

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#BookReview : Proximity (iMe #1) by Jem Tugwell @SerpentineBooks @JemTugwell #Scifi #Technothriller

Proximity (iMe #1) by Jem Tugwell
Publication Date : June 6th 2019
Publisher : Serpentine Books
Genre : Science-Fictions / Thriller / Dystopia
Pages : 352
Stars : ★★★★★

iMe NOTICE – TO ALL NEW ADULTS
Your compulsory iMe implant will be performed by your fourteenth birthday when you become an adult.

Your iMe will track and save your location to keep you safe and remove crime.
It’s integrated health monitoring diagnoses issues early to provide you with the best possible care.
Combined with iMe’s tailored diet and fitness programs – you are always at your best.
Your consumption is optimal, your waste is negligible – better for you, better for the environment.

iMe – enabling a better you.

In the world of iMe, you can’t get away with anything. Least of all murder.
DI Clive Lussac has forgotten how to do his job. Ten years of embedded technology – ‘iMe’ – has led to complete control and the eradication of crime.

Then the impossible happens. A body is found, and the killer is untraceable.

With new partner Zoe Jordan, Clive must re-sharpen his detective skills and find the killer without technology, before time runs out for the next victim… 

*** Note : Many thanks to publisher for providing e-copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review. ***

Proximity, first book in iMe series, was thrilling dystopia, science-fiction thriller that revolved around iMe technology and detective inspector and his partner trying to solve missing person case. It was about power, technology control vs liberty, freedom vs safety and security, and impact of technology on life and world.

Writing was compelling that hooked me from the beginning. It was fast paced that instantly put me on those empty desks of PCU (proximity control unit) office along with DI Clive Lussac and his young partner Zoe Jordan with their age gap and world that relied on iMe technology. Proximity was first person narrative from Clive, Zoe and Thief’s POV. Thief’s perspective was most interesting and chilling. They should be titled psycho than Thief but I guess psycho kidnapped people so maybe we can go along with it.

I wouldn’t say much about plot or how it started as that synopsis did great job with it. I was curious how Clive and Zoe were going to solve the case as they needed to change methods and not everything from old world was working. Thief was not leaving any evidence behind and soon one missing person turned to two, later a murder case and it was obvious Thief was not going to stop there unless they both do something real fast.

Side characters, suspects and villain were amazing. I enjoyed reading what they thought about technology, how they were related to victims, and why Thief picked particular victims. They added bits of information about world along with their story. Both Clive and Zoe were my favorite characters.

Clive was old school, grumpy inspector who regretted bringing iMe in police department that caused job loss of many of his colleague. He hated this new technology that couldn’t give him his comfort food and drinks. No policing was needed with iMe as it could monitor everything and so criminal that made zero crime world possible which meant his job was now boring, no use of brain, no thrill of chasing criminals, no solving cases. His wife left him because of his lack of change with technology and grumpy, depressing nature.

Zoe was young, iMe generation, who loved conveniences of technology with safety, security, and healthy life. She couldn’t understand why Clive hated iME or why he wouldn’t live healthy and why less work, stress and more relaxing time with nobody dying or no crime was problem for him. She didn’t like him or working with his grumpy, moody nature until the case.

I loved this duo. They both had contrasting nature and opinion yet when case required them to work together without relying on technology, they both came over their differences and started caring for each other like partners of old days. Zoe was smart and fast. She learned to interview and interrogate suspects, how to find clues when there was no physical evidence. As she worked with Clive, she started enjoying the thrill of finding culprit, her faith in iMe and technology shattered and understood why Clive kept complaining about it. I enjoyed the way Clive’s mind worked and got out of tricky situation.

Setting of near future UK with compulsory iMe chip in body allowed government to monitor everything you do including your health with food and drink intake. Drones for all work, no phone required, machines and home securities, even fridge, restaurants and bars were synched with technology that delivered food and drink as per your health statistics and allowances… iMe signals, how it worked and its data…. it all made the world both fascinating and intimidating. I loved the way pros and cons of iMe was described here through characters’ situation. How this world too had corruption, those who had money and power could get away or find a way to cheat iME.

I loved the convenience iMe provided but when it comes to food and system- both safety, policing, and health, I agreed with Clive. I wouldn’t give up my freedom for health and security. It was too controlling and suffocating. I laughed and also felt relatable with that man attacking fridge with axe situation (I could picture myself in his place doing the same thing). The most epic one which made me laugh- car speed. Clive and Zoe were reaching at location to catch culprit, guess what their car speed was… 20 mph. 😳 They had to apply for chase mode and it took 5-10 minute to run authorization and that too wasn’t helpful much. 😂

Twist and turns were amazing. I couldn’t guess who the next victim was or who was Thief until climax which was at 85% of the book. Climax was tense and nail-biting. I couldn’t tell how they were going to stop Thief from playing last game or if it will be too late to save victims until last chapter. End was perfect.

Overall, Proximity was clever, thought-provoking and riveting techno thriller with brilliant world building. I highly recommend this to fans of dystopia and sci-fi books.

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#GuestPost : Home (After it Happened Book 9) by Devon C. Ford #Home #AfteritHappened @vulpine_press @DevonFordAuthor

Hello Readers! Today I’m pleased to welcome Devon C Ford on Books Teacup and Reviews to talk about the location inspiration for his new post-apocalyptic/sci-fi book, Home in After it Happened series. Check out the book details and interesting guest post below.

Home (After it Happened Book 9) by Devon C. Ford


Publication Date: March 27th 2020


Publisher: Vulpine Press


Genre: post-apocalyptic / sci-fi

Synopsis:

Safety is an illusion. Security is only a fleeting sense. Peace is a myth. 

Steve and the other survivors in the UK have rebuilt and healed after the brutal end to the reign of Richards. But removing a dictator was only the beginning… 

Years after a mistake of compassion and humanity, an enemy thought long gone returns to bring down a rain of violence and terror the likes of which they have never seen before. 

Their society, a peaceful one of trade and co- operation, has moved on from the bloody aftermath of the collapse, but that evolution blunts their teeth to be able to combat the new threat. 

The call to return to the rainy shores of England is strong for Dan and his fearless accomplices, so they return home to do what they do best: bring justice to a lawless world. 

About Series:

Set in the UK in the immediate aftermath of a mysterious illness which swept the country and left millions dead, After it Happened follows the trials of a reluctant hero, Dan, and the group he forms around him. They must battle the elements, find sufficient supplies and equipment to survive, and protect themselves against the most destructive force on the planet: other people.

Guest Post: Location Inspiration

A lot of fans ask me about the places in my books. Some of them are real, but most of them are figments of my imagination inspired by real places and changed to fit what I need for the story.

Following the mantra of writing what you know makes it easy to describe real places, but what to do when those real places limit your storytelling ability? How do you overcome that limitation to where your imagination wants to go?

In After It Happened, I did just that and based the early stories on places I knew well which allowed me to give that element of realism it so deserved. When the story evolved and moved on I found myself increasingly reliant on the internet to give me the visual backdrop of a canvas where I could paint my brushstrokes for the readers.

What to do when you’ve painted yourself into a corner? Two words.

Road.

Trip.

Minor spoiler alert, the story that starts in the rural centre of England moves south through the continent where pictures needed to be painted for the characters to play out their own story. I had to construct a set in which my imaginary actors could perform, and that required inspiration.

Now I’m not much of a people person – shock horror for a writer, I know – and even more so that I’m nervous of new places and not having a set pan to follow. I’m that person who arrives at the airport five hours early in case I don’t make the flight.

After a month of meticulous planning and creating an itinerary, I set off from home just after midnight to head south for le Chunnel.

From there, after half an hour sitting in my car as the train thundered along beneath the English Channel I emerged in the early hours in northern France with the same bizarre disorientation you get coming out of the cinema in the dark when you’d entered in daylight.

There I began what became an intimate and long-lasting personal relationship with the voice commands of my car’s navigation program. We very nearly split up when she unnecessarily took me on the Paris ring road as part of the return leg where I believe they were filming a new version of Death Race.

The first foreign leg, fraught with the confusion of being on the wrong side of the road, saw me driving from Calais to Bordeaux over about ten hours, with an additional ten percent of that spent stuck on a one-way system that gave me tantalising glimpses of the hotel I was supposed to staying at.

The following morning, setting off bright and early after three too many fresh croissants, saw me taking a stunning drive down the Pyrenees towards the first of my research locations.

That drive will forever be etched into my memory as the challenging, twisting mountain roads left my face aching with repetitive strain injury brought on by continuous grinning.

Due to the many errors made by my navigational companion, which may have been me ignoring her for the sheer enjoyment of driving, I found myself crossing through into Spain accidentally and then back to France before an inspiring tunnel lead me to a wonderfully inexpensive fuel station.

Trying out my (appalling) best French, I was shocked to be answered in Spanish and found out I was, in fact, a visitor of Andorra. That happy accident led to an hour of exploration and the inspiration for the seventh book of the series, even if I didn’t know that yet as I was researching book five.

Reluctantly getting back to my plan, I took to the mountain roads again to race the course of one of the rivers leading to my objective, Villefranche de Conflent. Literally the confluence of two rivers where a medieval walled town sat beneath a high hill crowned by an impenetrable defensive position called Fort Liberia.

These two places became so influential, so crucial to the story that without being there, without climbing the hundreds of steps carved out of the mountain itself and without walking the same ramparts my characters defended, I would never have created the story as it now exists.

Twice more I visited the town, getting by with my best (still appalling) French along with much pointing and smiling, until I’d walked every inch of the town until I could feel the cobblestones under my feet as I slept.

On what became my last visit there I saw a painting in the museum of a watchtower in a place called Sahorre which captured my frivolous attention enough to create yet another vital element to my books.

After a quick google I set off, opting to take the long walk as I had with the steps leading to Fort Liberia, and climbed that steep hill to spend a long time looking out over a cloudy-filled valley offering me line of sight for miles. I soaked in every detail I could, letting it infuse me in a way that sounds far too bohemian even to me, but that’s what I did.

Waking the next day with a number of aches to remind me that climbing two mountains on the same day was ill-advised at my age, I headed south for the sea.

I may not live anywhere near the coast now, but I grew up near it and always felt an affinity for a sea view and can still recall the calming sensation I experienced when I dropped out of the high ground to look down on what would eventually become the place I call Sanctuary.

Looking at the seaside town of Collioure, with the crown jewel of another medieval castle sitting proudly to loom over the entrance, I saw how these places would come together in my mind to create the perfect setting.

Wandering through the town again, earning odd looks from locals, I sat on the sea wall looking inwards to the town to form every wall, every rampart, every building in my mind until I could see it clearly. Even as the sun set there I still sat, drinking it all in until it became, and always will remain, my ultimate happy place.

So my answer to the readers when they ask if the places are real? Yes, they are. Only not in the literal sense.

My advice to other writers? Get out from wherever you sit to write. Chase your story to the places it takes you and don’t be afraid to change the world to make it what you need it to be. You never know what your imagination will create.

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About the Author:

Devon C Ford is from the UK and lives in the Midlands. His career in public services started in his teens and has provided a wealth of experiences, both good and some very bad, which form the basis of the books ideas that cause regular insomnia.

Facebook: @decvoncfordofficial

Twitter: @DevonFordAuthor

Website: www.devoncford.com

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Book Blitz: Kill Or Cure By Pixie Britton #KillorCure #Freebie #FreebieAlert #YABooks #YAReads #Zombies #RRBookTours @RRBookTours1 @PixieBritton

Hello Readers! I have great news YA fans! If you’re looking to add a thrilling series to your “social distancing” TBR, start with Kill or Cure by Pixie Britton, which is FREE for the rest of the month!!! Make sure to grab yourself a copy today!

Kill Or Cure By Pixie Britton 
Genre: YA Dystopian/ Romance/ Zombies
Publication Date: February 4th, 2018

Kill or Cure is a YA romance-infused sci-fi novel.
It focuses on human relationships in an undead, apocalyptic world.
A girl who will stop at nothing to protect her brother.

In a dystopian world ravaged by infection, society as we know it has fallen to the mouths of the dead. The remaining fragments of civilisation survive in walled compounds, scattered in the depths of the countryside. When her little brother becomes sick with a suspected flu virus, Alyx Silverthorne will do anything to keep Tommy alive.

With limited medical supplies and only herbal alternatives, his prospects of surviving this mystery illness are bleak. But saving Tommy is just the beginning. The infected are not the only monsters that exist in this new world, and human nature can be more destructive than the dead.

In a race against time, Alyx and her best friend Will stop at nothing to protect him, even from the same people that swore to protect them all.

Kill or Cure is a dynamic, multifaceted story of teenage love and gut wrenching loss in a dystopian world.

“This novel takes an already done genre and carves its own unique mark through the zombie apocalypse.”

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Other Books in the Series:

Kill or Cure: Bloodlust

He could save the world, or destroy it…

The virus that has swept the Earth hasn’t consumed Tommy, yet, but as his hunger for human flesh takes hold, his humanity vanishes behind the bloodlust of an infected. It’s up to seventeen year old Alyx and her friends to find answers. But saving her little brother isn’t their only problem. Lurking in the shadows of Alhena is the formidable General Sinter, hell-bent on capturing the boy with unrivalled superhuman strength for his own personal gains. With limited options, Alyx has no choice but to risk everything to protect him. A choice that she could live to regret

Kill or Cure Bloodlust is the second book in the Kill or Cure series. Brimming with suspense, romance and heart pumping action.

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Kill or Cure: Oblivion

What price will she pay to save him?

With her little brother Tommy now ravaged with Infection and her best friend Will kidnapped and hidden far underground, Alyx’s world is on the edge of ruin.

General Sinter is stealing Will’s memories, searching for the secret to Tommy’s power. If Will continues to resist, he loses everything, including his love for Alyx.

Desperate and afraid, Alyx has no choice but to seek help from a man whom she betrayed, the ruthless gang leader Tyron. Can she convince him who the real enemy is? Or will his thirst for revenge be the end of Alyx and her friends?

The clock is ticking. The fate of humanity rests in her hands. Join Alyx and Will in the explosive finale of the Kill or Cure trilogy.

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About the Author:

Pixie Britton is a British indie author and Wattpad extraordinaire. Her debut YA novel Kill or Cure, gained international success online with over 100k reads within five months of initial publication.

Shes lives in Essex, England with her husband and adorable furbaby. One day she dreams of leaving her job as a Treasury Analyst in the city, to become a full time author and creative entrepreneur.

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#BookReview : Cynetic Wolf (Wolfish #1) by Matt Ward #CyneticWolf #ScienceFiction #Postapocalyptic

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Cynetic Wolf (Wolfish #1) by Matt Ward
Publication Date: March 26th 2020
Publisher: Myrmani LLC
Genre: Sci-Fi / Post-apocalyptic / Dystopia
Page: 342
Stars: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)

It’s 2096, sixty years after ninety percent died from a man-made Bioplague. Humanity has splintered into four unequal subspecies: immortals, cyborgs, enhancers, and subservient half-human, half-animal hybrids.

The world is anything but equal. Hybrids everywhere are suffering, but sixteen-year-old Raek Mekorian, a wolfish with a nose for trouble, doesn’t see an alternative. Except the Resistance, who don’t stand a chance against the world government. His mom always said, “Keep your head down.”

And he does, until his sister is murdered by a pair of cyborgs. Overnight, his simple life is shattered, fracturing the rigid governmental caste as he is thrust into the dangerous world of superhuman hit squads, Resistance uprisings, and secrets better left unsaid.

With only built-in blasters and the advice of a mysterious professor, Raek must navigate crushing betrayal, self-doubt, and a limitless enemy whose evil knows no bounds.

Can Raek unify his people and free them from tyranny? The fate of mankind may rest in his hands. 

*** Note: I received this e-copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to author. ***

Cynetic Wolf was post-apocalyptic, YA, science fiction set in 2096, revolved around 16-year-old Reak who found out he was a mix breed and how that changed his life. It was about oppressive government, insurgency, war, politics, friendship, love, betrayal, and fighting for better future and unity with chosen one trope.

Writing was good with to the point style that take us right into the world of genetic engineering, cybernetics and controlling government. It was first person narrative from Raek’s POV filled with action and politics.

The book started with Reak living his normal animote life with his family in small bottom dweller’s village until his sister was killed by cynetic officers and he discovered his own cynetic powers. And so started the adventure for survival and fight against government for peace and equality. Reak was the first mixed breed, half animote (half human and wolf) and half cynetic. Government saw him as threat against their power and rebels saw him as a hope to their freedom. Who would get to him first and who could he trust, what would he do about the hope millions animote put on him, could he handle huge responsibility that come with it and then there was a rebel wanting him for power and self-gain and cruel ruthless minister who would do anything to stop or most likely kill him.

All characters were interesting. I didn’t like most but some were great. Those who were likable could shine through the book. I wish they were explore a little more. My favorite side characters were Henk and Ashlo, Pear, Lyam and Lars.

Wolf was smart, clever and knew how to survive on his own but this boy had nose for trouble, wherever he go and whatever he did, trouble followed like his shadow. I liked his development. When whole mess started and run for his life to the woods and then city, he knew nothing about fight or strategies or politics but once he met Lyam and then Lars he gained knowledge about survival, mind games, politics, fight, and how to gain people’s trust start a wave of hope, and overthrow government.

The chosen one trope was done well. Reak’s insecurity and doubts as a leader and hope of his people was well narrated. He felt pressure of this huge responsibility. Both his vulnerability and strength was well presented. I liked the adventure and constant chase to survival throughout the book.

The world was interesting. After fall and then genetic engineering experiments- creating human-animal hybrid species (Animotes), upgradations, and immortality- the world was ruled by a government where Immortals ruled with the help of cynetics and enhancers. Immortals had all luxuries and so there was rivalry between these three but all of them considered animotes lowly who were greater in numbers. They did all the work for government but didn’t have any rights or better education. They were treated like animals and hence there were rebel groups who were at constant war with government.

I liked how people were grouped, different species and their animalistic abilities, power of cynetics, immortality and how it was governed, city, segments and villages, technology, crafts, VTOLs and other advanced vehicles, bio suits, safety suits… It was all great and created wonderful picture of world.

There was no info dumping. We are introduced to world as we go along the story and as character experienced the world and technology. Whenever there wasn’t an action or fight, we are told what happened in history and how world came to present situation. It was not detailed just few paragraph or page so it just gave a rough outline.

There were so many twists. One after another and so many action scenes, fights, and blood and massacre that made it roller-coaster ride and hard to predict what might happen next. There was a bit romance in middle of all the tension. It was not detailed or given many pages but it provided break in otherwise too fast paced story and was also important in giving it a twist and direction.

Climax was interesting. I didn’t like how story took turn at this point. It was filled with action, tragedy, drama and sadness. In this part I kept thinking was there seriously no other alternative? Was all this necessary? But at the same time story explained how it was easy in the history of this world, in the era of Gandhi and Mandela, to bring the equality where all were just humans and how and why it couldn’t work here in this world. I liked this message, about the war and peace, how both are important, when to turn to war because those in power wouldn’t bend without uprising and when to pull the war back and seek peace. Last battle before the end was action packed and even more tragic and sad. End was presented well with no cliffhanger so I’m curious what happens next.

Why 3.5 Stars-

I liked the world, even enjoyed it but I wanted a bit description, a map, a proper layout and history. It was more focused on character and what was happening to him. What I mean is writing wasn’t descriptive and so I couldn’t picture the world or technology. I knew some sci-fi jargons but some were new for me and they weren’t explained in story or there wasn’t glossary. Moreover, sometimes I also struggled in visualizing action scenes. It was too fast with almost no breathing break and it made me confused at some places. I often said, ‘wait, what! What just happened?’ and so I had to reread those scenes.

Overall, it was super-fast paced, enjoyable, action packed dystopian sci-fi, filled with twists and amazing world. I recommend this to fans of sci-fi.

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