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- Print Length: 353 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00W1X95S2
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #401,852 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amendments Kindle Edition
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It is actually a well written novel and overall I thought it was ok. I think due to it being of a dystopia genre, which isn't my usual type of read, I probably didn't enjoy it as much as fans of this genre.
The author’s descriptive style of writing enables you to clearly envisage the scenes and I found that I was completely immersed in the world she has created. Almost to the point where I felt like I was watching a movie or right there with them. The characters are all beautifully written and have great depth and integrity to them. You can really empathise and relate to them as well as feel their pain and anguish. I found myself really rooting for Em and Gabe. Luke is wonderfully written, his ability to manipulate people is actually quite scary and you really get a sense of how dangerous he could prove to be.
At the heart of the plot is a beautifully handled and touching romance between the three main characters. It is far from fairy-tale, but is more believable because of it.
Somehow the story manages to contain a classic romance, deep theoretical physical principles and socio-political observations without seeming overwhelming or heavy going. It is so cleverly written that is really causes you to question the judgements you have made on all the characters as the story progresses – usually at the same time Em is doubting hers.
The ending of this first book completely took me by surprise, to the point where I had to go back and re-read the previous two chapters to try and work out how I hadn't spotted the twist! It made for a great ending and sets up the next book so well, cannot wait to read book 2!
The story is thought provoking, heart-breaking and inspirational. You can’t help but think about what decisions in your own life you would amend if you had the chance.
If you enjoy reading thought provoking, romance, dystopian or just well written books you will love Amendments! I thoroughly recommend it, I could not put it down.
There are only a few main characters but they are so well written and formed that I found myself really feeling for them and when I wasn't able to be reading I was wondering what was happening to them. It's one of those books where I found myself asking the character why they had done something rather than wondering why the author had written it in a particular way.
I'm not going to go into too much detail about the plot as I don't want to spoil it but it has twists and turns galore and I particularly liked the little twist at the end.
I love it when I find a new author that I like, the only problem with H.M. Lynn is that she is a new author and this is her first book, so I ask myself, how long must I wait until the sequel?!
I can thoroughly recommend a read of this book
There are so many dystopian novels out there these days, that it’s fair to say this genre is becoming a little clichéd, with similar characters and plotlines, all competing for the same readership. Most of these dystopian novels, however, tend to be Young Adult titles, and therefore have to abide to certain conventions while also being subject to certain restrictions. Fortunately, ‘Amendments’, H.M. Lynn’s first novel, is intended for the adult market, and as such, it’s a much needed variation on the theme of dystopia: grittier, subtler, steeped in realism. Perhaps it’s partly the British setting (think urban ‘Dr Who’ rather than twee ‘Harry Potter’) that, to a UK reader, anchors this novel in reality, but partly it’s the fact that the author holds back on detail when it comes to the universe the characters inhabit; as such, it’s easy to forget that we’re reading a dystopian novel at all.
The lack of clear exposition does, at times, make it hard to follow the plot; the reader is asked to pay attention and draw his/her own conclusions; without a doubt, ‘Amendments’ is a challenging read. But challenging doesn’t mean difficult, and although the first third of the novel takes a little while to get going, the pace picks up considerably in subsequent chapters, and by the time I was halfway through the book I couldn’t put it down.
As well as a page-turning plot, ‘Amendments’ showcases the author’s undeniable talent with words; her writing style is often lyrical but not flowery. On occasions, the narrating character’s inner monologue is a little too heavy with the self-description of her every movement and action, in a deliberate effort by the author to follow the ‘show, don’t tell’ rule. The story would have moved along faster without all that detail and there would have still been plenty of ‘pictures’ to bring characters and scenes to life. But that’s a minor criticism for what is, essentially, is a really solid first novel and a cracking good read from a very promising new author.
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