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Paradigm [Kindle Edition]

Ceri A. Lowe
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‘An absolutely fantastic and thoroughly enjoyable beginning to what I believe will be a great trilogy… Ceri A. Lowe is a great author and has done a brilliant job of creating yet another dystopian society that we can all fall in love with. I highly recommend this book.’ 5/5 A Bibliophile’s Journey

What if the end of the world was just the beginning?

Alice Davenport awakens from a fever to find her mother gone and the city she lives in ravaged by storms – with few survivors.

When Alice is finally rescued, she is taken to a huge underground bunker owned by the mysterious Paradigm Industries. As the storms worsen, the hatches close.

87 years later, amidst the ruins of London, the survivors of the Storms have reinvented society. The Model maintains a perfect balance – with inhabitants routinely frozen until they are needed by the Industry.

Fifteen-year-old Carter Warren knows his time has come. Awoken from the catacombs as a contender for the role of Controller General, it is his destiny to succeed – where his parents failed.

But Carter soon discovers that the world has changed, in ways that make him begin to question everything that he believes in. As Carter is forced to fight for those he loves and even for his life, it seems that the key to the future lies in the secrets of the past...

Set in a post-apocalyptic London and told from both Alice and Carter’s point of view, Paradigm is a dark, intelligent and compelling read. An exciting new dystopian series not to be missed.

What people are saying about Paradigm…

‘Paradigm is a fast-paced, thrilling science fiction story that you definitely want to add to your summer reading list.’ 4/5

‘I would recommend this book to those who want more of an adventurous and darker dystopian that is not reliant on romance to push the plot forward; especially Alice’s story, which left me wanting to read for hours more.’ 4/5 Rainy Day Reads

‘Paradigm is a very good novel and is a strong starting point for the series… the fact that it shows the establishment of a dystopia alongside its gradual decay sets it apart from the current market of The Hunger Games clones. Arkham Reviews

‘This book took my breath away! Lowe takes elements from some of the best dystopian fiction and creates an entirely new, highly believable story that seems a little too real for comfort.’ Cayocosta Reviews

I really, really enjoyed Paradigm. I initially thought it would be just like every other dystopian fiction out there right now, but I feel like Ceri Lowe raised the bar with this one. I normally despise books that come from two different perspectives - but this one was different. It's smart. It's well written. It's an easy read that doesn't feel like cotton candy. It was interesting to see a dystopian from not only the "rebel" side but also to see it from the side of someone who created the strict government in the first place. It gives you an honest perspective of why this government was a necessity to begin with - but why it may not be working 87 years later. In a year (or couple of years) where dystopian books are a dime a dozen, this is one of the books that stands out. It is a great mix of Legend by Marie Lu and Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. I highly recommend this book to anyone who truly enjoys the dystopian genre, but is looking for something more. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the next two books in the series.’ 5/5 Southern Comfort Across the Deep Blue Sea

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 468 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Bookouture; 1 edition (10 Jun 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,864 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ceri A. Lowe was born in Neath, South Wales and writes short stories under the name of Ceri Lowe-Petraske.

When Ceri isn't writing, she's a self-employed project management consultant specialising in financial services. She lives in Bristol, England and has various obsessions including all things Spanish, the music of 1967, travelling and, of course, writing.

In the last two years she's won the Global Short Stories annual prize, the Flash 500 Award, the Story Star Publishing Prize and the Writers' Forum Short Story competition. She's also been placed and published in the Exeter Short Story Prize, Word Hut Short Story Competition; & Henshaw Prize. In 2013, she was also long-listed in the Bristol Prize, Rubery International and Lightship Publishing Awards.

She has just finished her novel PARADIGM, the first instalment in the Paradigm Trilogy, a dystopian YA series set in a post apocalyptic world.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Original and engrossing 14 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Although there are a lot of dystopian novels for young adults on the market at the moment, Paradigm offered a unique spin on the genre by showing the formation of the society as well as its impact decades down the line. It was fascinating to see how a society, created with only the best intentions in mind eventually evolves into a terrifying oppressive regime.

Although the story did contain some flowery prose and weak plot elements, particularly in Carter's chapters, it more than redeemed itself with its strong principle cast and striking setting. I was left with a real curiosity to see what direction the story will head in next and really look forward to exploring it in a future review
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original dystopian read 14 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow. Well first of all, a big thanks to netgalley for letting me read this pre-release. Don't get me wrong, I was getting a tad sick of the same old dystopian stuff, but this one blew me away.

The start is a bit slow and there are a few grammatical, spelling and a few other errors but these will probably be all ironed out in the final copy and this is so good a book I couldn't detract any stars for something so silly. I'm not a petty person ;-)

The thing that makes this book stand out is the way the plot moves through the two different times of after the big disaster and how the dystopian community is made and all the way to the future when the new community is in full swing and everything is organised.

I especially liked the way events synced up and I had a few 'oh my god' moments as I made the links in my head. Some of the content is a tad disturbing (i mean being frozen when there isn't enough resourses seems a bit extreme to me and the way life becomes just an existince left me a bit sad)

I seriously can't wait to read the next in the series. This epic. Well done to Ceri Lowe. You are amazing and you've reignited my love of dystopian fiction.
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By Jasmine
Format:Kindle Edition
*I have received this book in exchange for an honest review*

Paradigm by Ceri A. Lowe is a dystopian YA novel. The readers follow the third person POV of Alice Davenport and Carter Warren, who exist 87 years apart. Young Alice lives with her neglectful mother and a desire to escape the confines of her life. As if responding to her thoughts, The Storm, a cataclysmic event, rocks Earth to its core. Alice must now combat the immediate aftereffects and attempt to survive in a new world. Conversely, Carter, the son of a Scout and a Storm survivor’s family line, is destined to become the Controller General of the Community. Carter is frozen so that he may contribute to the Community and fulfill his destiny. But are there darker motives behind his freezing? What connects these two individuals and the lives they touch?

An immensely enjoyable novel, I would recommend this to anyone. I will outline some key points below but the biggest take-aways are: 1) It is a story for all ages. Very well written. 2) It explores the dystopian theme with a fresh perspective so it should be well received. 3) It is the first in a trilogy so there will be more!

Writing Style

Lowe is creative in all aspects of her writing but her style was exceptional. It is easy to distinguish the narration from the characters’ thoughts with the sentences blocked out from each other. Many of the action scenes have a sense of urgency that the characters seem to create themselves because they are so lifelike.

Dystopian Themes

Paradigm will be a great companion to 1984. Both share elements of TeleScreens (which is honestly not far from the truth), a “corporate” type takeover, and of course the pulse of humanity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and thought provoking 13 Jun 2014
By Renita
Format:Kindle Edition
Love this amazingly well written, lucid book about what is to come for all of us if we are not careful. It deals with the end of the world as it is now, and it sounds all too real. The two main protagonists, Alice and Carter are beautifully realized. Carter’s determination is admirable, he believes in the Industry, he trusts that he is meant to be Controller General and he never loses sight of that vision. Alice’s bravery, her toughness and her vulnerability, her fierce loyalty to Jonah and her inner strength, are beautifully portrayed. I loved how it all comes together, full circle at the end. And not only is the story brilliant, the characterization to die for, but Ceri A Lowe’s writing sparkles, each sentence a perfectly honed jewel. Sparse, beautiful prose that gives the book depth and substance. Some books make you think, they question the way you live, the choices you make. This is one of them. And the good news: that there are more books in the series! Cannot wait.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating read 13 Jun 2014
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This book immediately draws you into its apocalyptic world and takes you on a journey of how the new world gets created with a handful of survivors and the help of "The Industry" after the storms. Alice and Carter are from different generations and never meet but they both are challenged to choose who they are as their realities start crumbling around them. The characters explore what it means to be human and learn some of the lessons the hard way. In the new world, population is controlled by freezing and unfreezing people when they are needed in the community. After some time people forget what the old world was like and create a new set of values and rules that help to survive, however, not everyone is satisfied with the new order and soon conflict arises. Beautifully written with vivid imagery and a world so realistic it could actually be true. It perceptively dissects human nature and keeps you on the edge of your seat right until the end. I had such a great time reading this book while on holiday and would recommend it to everyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging & Page Turning!
I really enjoyed this book. It has an interesting concept and the narrative was engaging. I was drawn into the two time zones, both as compelling as each other. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable and Exciting read!
Really enjoyed Paradigm. The story is very well told, the world expertly drawn, the characters and story immediately draw you in, it's exciting and engrossing, and the parallel... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent new sci-fi
I found this book was a very compelling read, with believable characterisation, a strong plot and a fluid writing style. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars It made me late!
It was compelling reading and kept me hooked casing me to miss a couple of appointments. I liked the characters good or bad and the plot from both perspectives. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr Stephen L Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next one!
I really enjoyed this book, it's a genre I love but this book still had new things to offer. It will provide brilliant talking points for young people and hence would be a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Milton
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Sometimes when you read a book written by a friend it's with trepidation - not wanting to offend if you don't like it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic First book Ms Lowe! Can't wait for the Next One!
Captivating from start to finish!!! Can't wait for the next book! Would recommend as a fantastic read to people of all ages!!!
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