Review: New World Rising!

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Jennifer Wilson’s New World Rising, the first in a series of dystopian novels, manages the careful balance between honoring the conventions of a genre while still delivering something fresh and readable.

The world she creates is deep and feels lived in, and her vision of a dystopian world where elites live inside a protected bubble while the rest of humanity wars endlessly over scraps in a polluted and devastated wasteland sadly echoes our reality in the contemporary world.

As the story unfolds,Phoenix, a loner who trusts no one and would rather read books than talk to another person, finds herself drawn into a web of politics and intrigue that comes along with attention from a pair of hunky dudes.

Wilson keeps the plot moving as she reveals her world and unravels layers of history and intrigue.   Who were Phoenix’ parents?  Were they traitors?   And who is the mysterious Mouse, and why is she so important?

Sadly, and this is my one complaint, this book answers none of those questions.  Not a stand alone story at all, it is just the first part of a longer work, and ends on major cliff hangers with everything unresolved!   So, I do say– READ THIS!  But you should also be ready to commit to the rest of the series as well.

Thanks for reading!  Would love some comments!

 

Report: The Mind Readers

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Cameron reads minds, and she always has, something she has learned to hide as it tends to freak people out.  In addition, she and her grandmother have spent years running and hiding from a vague threat.   So, when we first meet her she is a people pleaser, trying to fit in and get people to like her, eager to have a normal life.

Normal life?  Not super interesting.  A murder takes place. A mysterious, handsome new boy appears in school, one that makes Cameron get all tingly, and one who seems to be able to read her mind, while hiding his own thoughts.

Whaaaaat?

Naturally, chemistry ensues, and soon Cameron is swept off to a special academy for mind readers, where she is promised she will learn to use her powers, and also be accepted for herself, with no need to hide.

As the book progresses, one of the themes that emerges is freedom. Everyone wants to control Cameron.   First, her grandmother, then the leader of her school.   More and more, she finds that people want to use her, while few seem to really care about her beyond what they can get from her.

A fast-paced read, the book teases mercilessly as Cameron constantly asks questions and rarely gets answers.   Cameron is a admirable but flawed character, who often sabotages herself as she alternately depends too much on others and then rejects them when they fail to live up to her expectations, only to sometimes swing right back to them.   How many of us do the same thing, right?

It’s a fun, frustrating read, and one that leads to many more books with twists and surprises, so if you love series, check these books out!