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Uprising (The Fall of Haven Book 1)

Uprising (The Fall of Haven Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Justin Kemppainen
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)

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**This book, formerly titled Haven, has received new cover-art and titling to prepare for the release of it's sequel. The two books together are now known as The Fall of Haven, books one and two called Uprising and Exodus, respectively. More editing has been done to alleviate complaints.**

Before Proposition 172, being a Citizen was a way to separate one’s self from the rest of society. After Proposition 172, the rest of the world truly was separate from you. It was such a simple answer, really. How could one keep every undesirable part of society away from the parts that deserved better? Move it.

In the city of Haven, the dreams of the Citizens have been realized in the Separation project. No longer will people of good stature and breeding be required to interact with the working class, the filthy and disease-ridden rejects that fill the streets. No longer will real people have to suffer junkies, criminals, and thieves. Instead, a cleaner and purer world has been crafted to suit your every need. The best part? Well, all those undesirables had to be worth something, after all. Why not just use them? Give them a short re-education and make them docile workers.

This is the world that a young woman named Kaylee lives in. One where Citizens, the aristocratic elite, capture and enslave ordinary people to suit their needs. This is the Haven of constant fear, where any moment you might be brutally beaten by a gang, stolen by a squad of Citizen “recruiters,” or you might simply starve to death. It is a world of darkness, hidden far below the bright and shining city where the Citizens and their ilk live in splendor. It is a world without hope.

Yet in these dark slums beneath the city of Haven, things are being set in motion. Plans are being carried out, forces are being gathered. The powerful and reclusive slumlord, Elijah, starts a chain of events which will swallow everyone in the city - Citizen and undesirable alike.

Stuck in the middle, Kaylee and

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 375 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031Y6TKW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
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Author of The Legend of Ivan, A Fickle Fate and Haven, Justin lives in the often frigid or sweltering climes of Saint Paul Minnesota with his wife and two cats.

He draws influence from such authors as Orson Scott Card and Dan Simmons as well as from his primary hobby in gaming. His goal as an author is to ferry readers to new worlds, to tell amazing stories, and simply to enjoy the wonders of literature. He has recently finished the sequel to his first book, Uprising (Haven), and will be releasing more books soon.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent concept 31 Jan 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The reason why I bought this book was that I am a great SF and Fantasy fan. I will not go into all the typos, grammar and at times odd sentence structure as I feel most people have done so already. English is not my first language but even I stumbled a lot.
However I thought the concept of the story itself was brilliant, engaging and well paced even so there were a lot of lengthy fighting scenes.
This book could become an excellent SF series if worked out and on a little bit more. I felt there were too many loose ends and the characters (which are actually very likeable) would benefit from more depth and detail as they were very onedimensional. The ending of the book left me disappointed as it left a lot of my questions unanswered.
It would have been interesting to know how this world with this city of two layers came about. Why could people from down below don't go anywhere else? What were the borders of the city 'down below' and 'up'? What is the down below?
I know if this book would be rewritten in a more detailed and descriptive way I definately would read it again as I just think that the concept of the book is brilliant.
Because of the lack of depth, detail and a lot of unanswered questions only 3 stars.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story-Telling 26 Dec 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There are a number of typing errors and mistakes in the Kindle version of this book, and whilst this is not ideal, it didn't detract from my enjoyment and reading of the book so I am not going to mark the book down on that basis; it was not really the author's fault.

The plot behind this book is fantastic. The story is well-paced, with plenty of action, yet the author also displays an ability to slow down to allow the reader to catch breath without making me feel like i'm going to fall asleep completely or that i'm being fed some nonsense to 'fill out' the story line.

I felt that the book was going to be very predictable in places, but it really was not. There are plenty of interesting details and mysteries which were resolved only near the end of the book. The weakest part of the book in my opinion was the very end. I won't go into detail here because I don't want to spoil the experience for others, needless to say that the end has been left very open for a sequel but seemed to lack the real 'punch' that it could have had given the strong nature of the rest of the book. One other thing which bothered me slightly is that i kept finding my mind drifting, thinking about what is at the 'edge' of haven since they can't possibly have built it 'up there' across the whole world , it is only one city, and this made me continually wonder why those left down below didn't try to escape to another city. I count it as a good thing that my mind wandered as it means the story made me stop and think.

The characters are strong and believable in all instances, with well developed personalities portrayed clearly in the plot which leave you in no doubt what each person is really like if you were to stand in front of them and speak to them yourself.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and fascinating 28 Nov 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
When I first began reading this book, I didn't expect a novel quite as dark as this. It has sort of haunting imagery that really stuck with me.

The story follows a few people, switching perspectives frequently, but not so much that it's confusing or troublesome. The plot is enthralling and it's hard not to care about the fate of the characters which not only occupy Old Haven (the city below) but those few you become attached to in New Haven (the city above).

It is actually rather difficult to sum up this book in a few lines. The Citizens, on the surface city of New Haven, think they have a perfect life but as an outsider you realize it's all smoke and mirrors. There is no freedom, they just live in a pretty cage. For those that live underneath, they make their own choices and have absolute control over their decisions, but the choices they have are rather meager. They face starvation and capture at every turn. Their world is complicated and dangerous and you cannot help but hope for them to see the sun again, no matter the cost.

The ending is an exciting but absolutely heartbreaking twist that has left me eagerly awaiting the sequel.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story line but badly written 3 Jan 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I have to admit to being surprised by the other reviews here and the high scores. Although the story line is interesting (and that's what gets the 2 stars), the writing itself is very poor (and this is not including all the typos). It reads as though written by someone very young and inexperienced, with most characters being cliches of one kind or another. The characterisation and interaction between characters is almost painful in it's immaturity. Yes, it's worth the 49p i paid for it but certainly no more than that. Mind you, I could see it making a very good film!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea marred by terrible style 21 Oct 2011
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The concept for this novel is really interesting. The writing itself is drivel. I can put up with typos - I'm not complaining about them. What I found irritating was the repetitive, clunky style that reads like my mid-grade students floundering with an idea too big for them to handle. Tautological and downright ungrammatical at times, I can't believe this writing made it through a publishing house. Shame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 8 days ago by D R TWEEDIE
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Good story, flowed well with a nice twist to an original plot. Will definitely be keeping this one to read again.
Published 10 days ago by Nokidding
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really good read ..... thank you
Published 12 days ago by Andy Pandy
4.0 out of 5 stars Uprising ( The fall of Haven)
I brought this as it sounded a bit different from what I usually read and I am glad I did!! It's a interesting concept and well thought through, I enjoyed twists and turns and will... Read more
Published 19 days ago by katz234
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
ok book
Published 1 month ago by TraceyT
5.0 out of 5 stars Haven
What a fantastic plot putting the notion of the rich wanting separation from the poor and taking away their light. Also how dependent they became on the very people they despised. Read more
Published 2 months ago by OWLISE
3.0 out of 5 stars quite good
Good fictional/ fantasy read
Down side for me are the many many characters ( too many for my taste)
None the less good book and I shall read the second book exodus !
Published 3 months ago by peps
2.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable story just made this readable
The style of writing drove me mad - split infinitives throughout; inappropriate adjectives and verbs used, eg 'bodies now adorned the corridor'; the same words used repeatedly... Read more
Published 3 months ago by M L Chadwick
4.0 out of 5 stars Betrayal
Very interesting theme and some strong characters to keep you wanting more. I really enjoyed this. I hope for more stories from this author.
Published 3 months ago by ina cameron
2.0 out of 5 stars eeh ok i guess
for the most of the book it just didn't make me want to read on i mean the ending was a real twist and the only reason i read on was because of all the good reviews that other... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Emily O'Connor
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