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Amendments by [Lynn, H.M.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 353 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00W1X95S2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
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This is the fourth book I read on my holidays.

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.
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A very impressive and accomplished début novel with eloquent and well-paced prose. While the story is complex it never seems confusing or condescending, I found myself marvelling at the author’s ability to weave all the threads in and out of each other, dropping some at points only to pick them up later with increased importance. Every chapter is fundamental to the plot and I advise you to really pay attention to all the little details, because even the smallest detail which may at the time seem insignificant, could have great importance to the overall story.

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.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it very hard to put down. It's a different take on a genre that seems to be in vogue at the moment, that of the underdog struggling against the system in a dystopian future. Think a grown up's Hunger Games or Divergent without quite so much running around.
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
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[Please note: I was contacted by the author a while ago and offered a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.]

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.
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The dystopian world of Amendments reminded me a lot of William Gibson, but without the technological firecrackers. Emelia is about to turn 21, the age at which she has to register for her amendments. Everyone has two of these, which they can use to go back and fix errors, thus avoiding the regret of a bad decision. The registration for this right is marked by a silver scar to the palm. For some, it is a day of celebration. There are even a lucky few who hold onto their amendments until the end of their lives, when they use them to live it all again. Emelia knows from first hand family experience that life is not always so simple. Her father disappeared, her mother broke the amendment rules and suffered horribly before her death, and her sister, Finola, is vanishing into the whirlpool of addiction and chaos. Gabe, the family friend whose support has kept them afloat, has always seemed to be in love with Fi. As Em leaves the Centre with her newly scarred hand, she discovers that, in fact, his feelings are taken up with her. The trouble is, when you use an amendment, you also lose memories.

As I've said above, the plot is beautifully handled. Possibly those with a higher sci-fi IQ could find holes to pick at; I don't tend to over-analyse, especially when I'm enjoying a first read through. The characters are engaging, the dialogue fluent and believable and the setting sketched in with just the right amount of detail for immersion. It's very filmic in tone (think Looper and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and Lynn manages to avoid info-dumping whilst dripping in enough to keep us afloat but still guessing: exactly the right balance. I started off just meaning to read for five minutes whilst I ate my lunch.
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