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Flawless Ruins

Flawless Ruins [Kindle Edition]

Kieryn Nicolas

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In 2238 life in America is finally perfect. The Wars are over and the CommWall is in place, blocking communication with what remains of other continents. The women are content to have great education, choice careers, and glamorous hair. Best of all, when every girl turns seventeen she’s given her Like; an adorable, perfect spouse tailor-made just for her.

Everyone looks forward to the day she gets her Like, and Morgan Waters is no exception—until she accidentally stays out past curfew and stumbles across someone who appears to be a Like but claims to be a man. Morgan’s perfect world crumbles down around her in the midst of a forbidden romance, forcing her to deal with the realization that her life may not be so flawless after all.

About the Author

Kieryn Nicolas resides in central Pennsylvania with her parents, younger sister, their lovable yellow lab, black cat and ten hens. Kieryn was a competitive figure skater for nine years and is currently working hard to advance in Taekwondo. She is considering a career as a forensic scientist or crime scene investigator, and has eleven novels in the works. Kieryn enjoys spending time with her close friends, and also loves to read, write, eat chocolate, swing dance, and travel with hopes of someday seeing Brisbane, Australia for herself.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 904 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590806913
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Echelon Press (21 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057IYGX2
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Fun Read! 1 Jan 2013
By cindy silvert - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
"Flawless Ruins" is a fantastic read. Kieryn Nicolas' very real characters draw you in immediately. Her story is intriguing and well thought out, with "gotcha" plot twists throughout which make this page turner difficult to put down. Kieryrn Nicolas creates a credible, haunting world. Its poignant themes leave the reader with much food for thought. This reviewer, who is decades older than the author and doesn't hesitate to abandon an unworthy book, recommends "Flawless Ruins" for readers of all ages.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very creative dystopian 26 July 2011
By Candace Robinson - Published on
This is a young adult dystopia wrote by a young adult! Does that scare you, or make you more interested? Well, I was sold when I heard of it. I can't turn down a dystopian, but knowing it was wrote by a teenager made me more curious. I can't say I had high expectations, but I wasn't sure what to expect. I actually enjoyed this book quite a lot.

In dystopians it seems like I'm struck with how ridiculous things are in the beginning. They often don't feel realistic. But then the author convinces me and I believe it all! I see it all clear as day and it all makes sense. With this book it wasn't until closer to the end that I started being convinced. So that left me feeling a bit disconnected to the story for the first bit. I think maybe if we'd been told maybe a little bit more sooner then it would be more convincing.

I really liked the characters a lot but I have to point out that she did a brilliant job creating Han's character. Han is a secondary character. He's important, but he's not in the front of the story at all. Every time I saw him in a scene I felt myself more pulled in. The others were good, and believable, he was just my favorite.

The romance was good too. I liked that it was a forbidden romance. I had a hard time believing that she was able to sneak around so well without being caught though. Not really a big deal, but something I noticed. The connection between the two developed over time (not a long time, but not instant attraction) and that was good.

I think that the story itself was very creative and pretty unique. I think that when it was explained why and how things went the way they did I got it more. And at that point the earlier points in the story clicked in my head so my overall feeling when having finished it was that that was a great idea!

One issue I had was that the ending was really fast. Things wrapped up much too quickly and I actually felt like she should have ended it and wrote a second book for how things got worked out. Because it couldn't be as easy as she made it sound. It doesn't bother me a huge amount and it doesn't ruin the book, I just think it may have worked better. BUT I have to say that in some ways I'm excited that she skimmed over that and maybe we'll see things a lot differently in the next book and I'm curious to see where she goes.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Near Flawless Second Novel 11 Jan 2012
By Philip P. Giunta - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Two hundred years in the future, long after the final nuclear war, women rule America with an iron fist. Men are second class citizens, raised in cities designated by numbers where they eventually work as slaves in fields, factories, and mills. Knowledge of their existence is limited only to the female mayors of the cities and those women stationed to work in the numbered towns as teachers--and wardens.

Each boy receives a microchip, implanted as the base of the neck at birth, that allows them to be controlled by their female guardians. With the press of a button on their wristband "remotes", any woman can initiate an electric charge as "punishment" for a boy that is out of line, working too slow, or merely looking at them the wrong way. Needless to say, there is no lack of sadists among the powers that be.

Meanwhile, the most promising girls and career women grow up and work in luxurious "color" cities (think Blue City, Green City, Yellow City). Here, the most a teenager needs to worry about is planning her "Amora", a ceremony/dance party that occurs on her seventeenth birthday. Each "Amora" is presided over by the mayor who presents to the birthday girl her "Like", a customized male companion programmed to adore her mindlessly and serve her every need. Wonder where they come from?

Apparently, none of the girls do nor they seem to care if their "Like" even has a past. No questions are asked as each girl starts a new phase of her life with her 'Stepford' boyfriend.

It's just the way of things, why question it?

Until one Saturday night when Morgan Waters attends the "Amora" for her best friend, Lainey. Near the end of ceremony, before the 11PM curfew, the dance hall fills with smoke as a special effect--an anathema to Morgan who suffers from breathing problems. As the smoke fills her lungs, Morgan becomes disoriented and stumbles into a supply closet where she promptly blacks out.

It just so happens that on Saturday nights, the boys from City 4 come to Blue City for maintenance. They are the janitors and their work is performed after the women's curfew. Thus, the boys are invisible to all but their overseers. On this particular Saturday night, however, seventeen year old Neil enters the supply closet and finds more than mops and buckets.

Any male who is not a "Like" cannot be seen by a woman in the colored cities. If they do, the blame instantly falls on the boy and punishment is severe. However, Morgan becomes curious and manages to strike up a brief conversation with the frightened Neil. What she learns from him both confuses and concerns her. She must know more. Emboldened, Morgan buys clothes that match what the boys wear and sneaks off after curfew to visit City 4 to be with Neil. As the horrific truth of her society unfolds, how will she handle the knowledge? Can she keep what she learns contained as her own "Amora" approaches?

Morgan finds herself lost in a life that once held nothing but comfort and direction. Who can she trust as she digs further into the darkest secrets of her world? Meanwhile, Neil and his eloquent, charismatic roomate Han have been doing some detective work of their own as they watch their eighteen year old friends begin to disappear without a trace.

I recently reviewed Kieryn Nicolas' first novel, Rain, a contemporary teen espionage story. While an admirable debut, Flawless Ruins is a clear example of a writer improving and growing in her craft. While there are many familiar elements in the story from the post-war dystopian society (in this case, "Big Sister") to mind control (in the vein of Stepford Wives) to a select few rebels who question authority and seek answers, Nicolas combines these deftly as she weaves a complete and believable setting.

Compared to RAIN, the characters in Flawless Ruins are stronger, the pacing is quicker, and story far more moving. I cared about Morgan, Neil, and Han. I wanted Morgan to rescue the boys from their abusers and to see Neil and Morgan fall in love as they expose the evils of their soceity. Call me a hopeless romantic, I don't care. Flawless Ruins was freakin' fantastic.

I look forward to seeing Nicolas tackle increasingly challenging themes as her writing continues to mature.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Book! 16 Jun 2011
By Andrea Thompson - Published on
Kieryn Nicolas has built an entirely new world in her new book, Flawless Ruins. The year is 2238. After an all-out nuclear war, the world has been completely re-structured. No division may have contact with another. Almost everything we know about life has changed. All information is controlled by a government, run only by women. Which seems nice, right? Well, not so much. In this new world, men are now "Likes". "Likes" are companions to the women of this world. They clean, cook, and basically live to serve the woman they belong to. They literally have no mind of their own.

Flawless Ruins is told from the point-of-view of Morgan and Neil. Morgan is a teenage girl who is happily living her life, oblivious to the lies surrounding her. She is anxiously awaiting the day she will receive her "Like". Neil is a teenage boy, forced to live a life of servitude to the women who rule his world. When Morgan and Neil have a chance encounter, their whole lives are turned upside down. Everything they have ever known will be put to the test.

Kieryn Nicolas did an incredible job writing this book. She did a well-rounded job of building a completely new world, with all the details neatly kept together. The emotions portrayed in her writing was pronounced, I felt them right along with the characters. They are two kids basically pushed to the brink of sanity. Neil's utter frustration and desperation at his plight was tangible and suffocating. Nicolas gave Morgan, whose world is completely shattered with each new revelation, the appropriate responses of incredulity and depression. The build-up of understanding, trust, friendship and ultimately, the relationship is beautifully paced. In Flawless Ruins, the suspense is ramped up continuously and builds to a crescendo that left me frantically flipping the pages, wondering what will happen to Morgan and Neil.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 28 Jan 2014
By amanda - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great book that shows how strong women can be and that love always wins I would recommend this for girls age 13 to 20
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