on 15 December 2014
Shea Kelly and Quinn Knightly have taken down the loathsome Danny Rose, the most hated man in the Non-Compliance Sector they call home. But Danny has left a power vacuum behind him. and in his place they have to contend with someone even worse. Meanwhile the hated Magistrate is putting pressure on them, and the threat of being forced to become Compliant and to accept the government chip looms ever closer. The Compliant side is tightly controlled, a dictatorship disguised as a utopia, and the dreaded toxic waste dumps are even worse. Shea knows more about the chip than anyone in the NCS, knows it to be a slow killer. It's a race against time to unravel the mysteries of both the chip and a sinister new flu vaccine that holds another dangerous secret...
"NC- The Transition" is the middle book in a proposed trilogy by Paige Daniels, and this second volume ratchets up the stakes for our heroes and heroines, techy Shea, strong-but-silent Quinn, sweet Wynne and their beloved, ailing, Boss. This is a clever, funny novel, with a few scenes that will make the reader wince and try to tear their eyes away. Paige Daniels does an excellent job of fleshing out her contrasting worlds, the Compliant (which we get to see here for the first time in the series) and the Non Compliant, which is explored in greater depth.
As are the characters. We get to learn much more of Shea's history and her relationship with her father, and also more of Quinn's dark past. The secrets he carries threaten to destroy their relationship just as it begins to bloom, but they also expose within Quinn a fatal weakness, one his enemies can exploit to the fullest extent.
Whether Shea will be able to solve the twin mysteries of the chip and the vaccine and bring down the evil corporation responsible for both, is a question left open for the final volume of the series. But having spent time with her (smart mouth, handy with a wrench), you'd be a fool to bet against her...
on 16 August 2014
Non-compliance: The Transition, starts off a little after the first book ends and Danny Rose is no longer in the equation. The gripping start hints at a newer, tougher adversary coming to the fore, as well as other troubles stirring the plot.
This is an excellent sequel, with its fast pace, hints of romance and action. There was real enjoyment in understanding the more technical parts of the novel, where someone like myself, whose not so technologically advanced, could understand the concepts of the science-fiction elements. The characters are very well developed and there is scope for development as well as enough trouble mixed with the romantic elements to keep things on a realistic edge.
The problems following Shea Kelly, are in part from her past. This is the same for Quinn Knightly. The past complicates their current lives, and it difficult to tell whether they will survive the choices they had to make in the past. The twists and turns are cleverly played and the ending was something I did not expect.
Now, I find myself hanging on for what will come next. I can't wait for book three to see how Shea, Quinn and the gang find resolution.
on 18 March 2014
Non Compliance the Transition takes up where the first book left off and brings so much more besides. I had wondered how bad the world of the compliant people was and in this book the reader gets a good look at it. I also gained a far better idea of the different grade of chips and how they were first developed. Now that was an eye opener.
A whole new level of angst appears in book two, with the development of romance and hence exposure to hurt. Put this against two different antagonistic threads and yes, there are fireworks. There are some unexpected twists and turns to make this a thrilling read. I am now looking forward to book three.