I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Afterimage on May 7th 2015
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Reggie’s dreams . . .
Visions of the future flood her mind like shards of broken puzzles. Caged in her cell, every morning begins the same. She’s drugged, tortured, and images are torn from her memory by Public One.
Until the morning everything changes. The vision is different. The future’s never been about her, and now she knows they’re coming for her:
How will she convince them to keep her alive when Nate, their leader, doesn’t like or even trust her? To him, she’s a science experiment. A machine.
When Public One will do anything to keep her, Reggie must make a decision: remain a slave to her past, or risk her future to venture into a world more terrifying than she’s ever known.
This review is going to be hard to write, because I’m still trying to process all my thoughts. Overall, the premise is terrific! It’s inventive and exciting, the characters are all very well formed. And this is why I will most definitely be continuing with the series.
The point of view and verb tense was a little hard to get used to. For Reggie’s chapters, it’s 1st person present tense. But just as I got settled in, it switched to 3rd person past for the other chapters. And there were a lot of different perspectives, bouncing back and forth between numerous characters. It was a little overwhelming at first, before I had the chance to get to know them all. I did finally catch my stride though, and it all fell into place.
I’m having a hard time trying to decide on intended audience. I think that anyone from YA to adult would enjoy the story, but the main characters are adult, with very mature situations coming into play. Sex is only implied and there isn’t any bad language to speak of, but take into account that this is a post-war era, and the new society has made a new set of rules. Things may get a little… bloody…
Also, editing. It’s an issue. Be prepared for it, and don’t read the book if it’s going to be a deal breaker for you. I’m certainly going to be pushing past to find out what happens next!
I know it may sound like my list of complaints is longer than my list of praise. But you really underestimate the fact that I’m willing to look past anything to get more of the story. I really do love a good dystopian tale, and I need to know more! It’s compelling! I highly recommend you give it a try.