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The Burn Victim Who Starts Fires: A Pulp Sci-Fi Tale (Man vs. Machine Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Spencer Honor
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Twenty five years ago, rebels fighting to free humanity from the clutches of the Authority blew up a bomb right in the epicenter of the dystopic Sector Zone. One of the victims was a five year old boy who had his entire face and body burnt beyond recognition. Now grown up, Travis - THE BURN VICTIM WHO STARTS FIRES - has virtually lived his entire life as a freak and is willing to do anything - even work contracts that help the same rebels who disfigured him and risk being sent to an Authority gulag - just to pay for a newly invented procedure that can make him look normal again.


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Spencer Honor writes pulp fiction (and he doesn't mean the damn Tarantino movie).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 187 KB
  • Print Length: 81 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1511489537
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MLBC6R6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,383 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping dystopian tale 2 Dec. 2014
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Had I not been recommended this book I wouldn't have read it. The book is good, the cover isn't, but don't let that put you off. It's a dystopian story that's fast paced from start to end, with well developed character and story. It's a pulp fiction story, right up my street! A lot of books on Amazon lose my attention, but this one made me want more. Give it a go!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly unique fiction 2 Sept. 2014
By Sam G - Published on
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The Burn Victim Who Starts Fires is a truly unique futuristic dystopian science fiction about a man who is tormented by his appearance after a bomb exploded nearby as a child and left him permanently disfigured from head to toe. Desperate for an expensive operation that could change his life and looks forever, Travis is willing to do nearly anything for the money, even to do seedy tasks for the group who caused his initial injury.

If you're a fan of Fahrenheit 451, 1984, or anything by Ayn Rand, you'll enjoy this dystopian read which tackles how far one will go to change their appearance in a new, hard world with difficulties inspired by our own. Bureaucracy and stupid procedure dominate and demonstrate how we've painted ourselves into a technological corner.

On the human side, Travis' travesty (hmm - was that on purpose?) is, while horrific, an extension of the fear we all have of being inherently different from everyone else, flawed, and never truly accepted. Travis' quest for self-acceptance and that of the world around him plays subplot, and we are reminded of how truly satisfying it is to meet someone who gets us. Very exciting and thought-provoking read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1984 for the Facebook generation! 11 Sept. 2014
By Ranger - Published on
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I came across this book, “The Burn Victim Who Starts Fires” by Spencer Honor by accident, and am really glad to have read it, as it brought back memories of “1984”.

I read George Orwell's 1984 as a teenager, and it had a huge influence on me. However, I have found that teens of today, such as my young cousin, get easily bored with Orwell's books and can never make it through them. But this is the sort of book that young adults relate to – a fun cyberpunk dystopian fantasy, which makes a strong statement about the consequences of major technology companies becoming so powerful that they start controlling our lives.

The book's main protagonist, Travis is like a younger, funkier version of Orwell's Winston and his relationship with Abbie reminded me of the one Winston had with Julia in 1984.

It's a fun book, and I bet the writer had Google in mind when he wrote it. What might happen if Google's power is allowed to grow unchecked? Well, read this book and find out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dystopian sci-fi 15 Oct. 2014
By Cat Jones - Published on
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Dystopian sci-fi with a unique theme, set in a terrible world where the rain burns, everyone wears a barcode, and the Authority rules with an iron fist.

After being horribly disfigured from a bomb explosion and forced to live life as a freak, Travis is willing to do anything for the hope of appearing normal once more. The consequences of his deeds matter little to him in his quest to finally find acceptance in a world he no longer fits into. Indeed Travis's moral compass is a wreck, if he even has one any more, but you can't help but sympathize with him because at our core we all desperately want to fit in.

Travis reminds me of Vincent in Gattaca in a way, though the world he lives in definitely channels Orwell's 1984. I liked the constant current of how technology has taken over, and the unwelcome consequences it can bring. Overall a welcome addition to my sci-fi collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A man on a mission 16 Sept. 2014
By Beryl Stafford - Published on
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Dystopian misery with a ruined world, on a par with Travis' ruined face. Bitter, troubled and looking for revenge, he isn't too concerned with who gets it. He even takes jobs from the people who did this to him in the first place. The main character is so deep and troubled, that you can't help but get drawn into his struggle, no matter how dubious his moral code is. I couldn't get enough of this book the first time I read it, and I suspect I'll give it a read in a few years time. Can't wait to see where this author goes next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 1 Sept. 2014
By K. Allen - Published on
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Very creative world with a strong plot and a main character you can really feel for. Fast read that was action packed and had me fully engaged in. Very gritty and visceral at times, making it a fun read.

The author does a good job of developing plots, creating tension and suspense as the story unfolds. You really feel for this guys burn scars as the story develops. Well done

I would highly recommend this book. I had a blast reading it.
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