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The Awakening: (The Nether Chronicles, Book 1) by [Madison, K.A.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 111 pages
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  • Publisher: FazWorld Publishing; 1 edition (10 May 2014)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K9MV89Q
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In this version of future Earth, bots have taken over running things. And they're not good. People fear them. To resist means death. Because we're not party to the AI's thoughts, we don't know what they plan—but it won't be in humanity's favour.
When Aiden's parents are killed during the first AI uprising, the story gripped me. However his adult life did not involve me or have me rooting for him. The plot gave a good account of why he lived within the confines of the bot's rules, yet Aiden lacked the depth of many human senses, which could be due to his circumstances. All the reader is able to connect with are his thoughts and actions. While there is nothing amiss with writing, I needed more to turn this plot into a first rate read.
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This is a fab easy read set on a very futuristic Earth. It is written from an altogether too realistic a viewpoint given how technological humanity has become and the story highlights some of the scenarios that could become a distant reality.

This first in the series of books is a brilliant lead into what looks to be an awesome fantasy/sci-fi series. The characters are plausible, as are the scenarios written round the concept of the 'bot' takeover. I for one will be picking up the following instalmements to find out just how the story concludes!
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The awakening keeps you on your toes wondering what their going to find next and how people can change from being nice to really horrible and how the dead can keep coming back ready to eat real people
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9edb5774) out of 5 stars 22 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa25f9b5c) out of 5 stars Great debut novel!!! 20 May 2014
By Rita Balwani - Published on Amazon.com
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First, let me start off by saying I am a rather picky reader. I don't know how many novels I have started reading that ended up being set aside after the first few chapters. Recently many novels with glowing reviews have positively put me to sleep. I have searched and searched for interesting sci fi novels involving future life/tech and the few candidates I've found have turned out to be real snoozefests. It doesn't take much to catch my interest but it does take a lot to hold it.

A friend of mine recently recommended The Awakening. The concept intrigued me as I am very much a fan of dystopian novels and in my opinion there is a lack of many good ones out there. Once I started reading, I was hooked. The author's writing style is easily accessible yet detailed such that the reader is fully immersed in this future world. Like I said before it takes a lot to keep my interest but this book truly kept my interest the entire way through!

The characters have depth and I got emotionally involved. The protagonist Aiden is easy to like and root for especially given his traumatic childhood.

Can't wait to read the next book by this author!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eb5aba0) out of 5 stars The awakening 28 Nov. 2014
By Teresa - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this short novel's premise to be a little different from others in this genre (sentient machines v. human). I liked the writing and the main character. However, I find I am increasingly distressed at books that abruptly end without wrapping up the story. I know it is a ploy to sell the next installment, and I can understand that. But a satisfying resolution...that is what I really like when I complete what is supposed to be a book. Otherwise, well done.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eb5aa80) out of 5 stars We have seen the robot, and he is us 26 Feb. 2015
By Kristin J. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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According to FUTURE CRIMES by Marc Goodman,this terrifying Matrix/Terminator/2001: A Space Odyssey scion is entirely plausible. Cue the "We are the Borg. Resistance is futile."

In an age when most of us seem glued to our devices (including the iPad on which I read this), the idea of "the machines," as curmudgeon Bill O'Reilly would have it, programming our reality and our brains hits close to home. Because whether we realize it or not...they are. I am not a Luddite but the seductions of technology may just be our downfall unless we take control of our screens, our coffeemakers, Smart Homes, satellites, Roombas, and anything Japan comes up with.

It's not so far-fetched, given that Facebook for mobile phones can listen to the songs you're listening to and then serve you up suggestions of music you might like, to one day imagine robots programming obligatory music they have chosen for each of us individually. To paraphrase an old saying, an iPhone powerful enough to give you everything is powerful enough to take it away. We already know that music played at 420 MHz (Beatles) is pleasant to the brain, but the music today is different and it may be re-wiring brains. With the revelations about drones, tracking devices, and Edward Snowden aka cCitizenFour, K.A. Madison's parable seems extremely timely.

A soulless mechanical society has been a theme since Metropolis. However, it's never been so relevant today. Is there a better way? A way to escape machine domination? There certainly is--enter the dimension known as the Nether...

Intelligent, thoughtful and well-written.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eb5fa5c) out of 5 stars Great book! 10 Aug. 2014
By Nisha Balwani - Published on Amazon.com
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Most of the books I read come from friends’ recommendations so when my friend
recommended the Awakening, I decided to give it a try. I like the idea of opening

myself to books of different genres even though I’m typically a reader of historical

fiction books.

Though the Awakening is a science fiction book, the writing style can capture

the interest of many readers. The characters are developed well and I quickly

felt connected to each of them. It was interesting to see the character differences

between Aiden and Allison. Allison was satisfied with the status quo (living with

bots) and Aiden was searching for a way to free himself from control. He couldn’t

imagine how someone (his wife) could be so complacent living in a bot controlled

world and accepting it. Though written in a futuristic setting, the elements of

human nature were very clear.

The characters were developed well but the futuristic science fiction drew me in

from the beginning. Are we living in a society where technology/computers control

too much? Will we ever reach a state where they take over? If so, what would

that world look like? The concept of the nether and transposing to a new world

was creatively written and I’m curious to see where part 2 is headed. I am looking

forward to reading the next one!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eb5fde0) out of 5 stars A Very Good Beginning! 25 May 2014
By KPMc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a review copy of this debut novel, which I approached with a bit of trepidation. I read a lot but normally insist that I don't read Science Fiction. I guess I do now.

I didn't know what to expect, but I enjoyed this book from the start. The setting has the futuristic vibe of The Hunger Games, but I found this story line much more appealing. The story is very engaging. My only complaint is that the book ends too soon...as I neared the end I actually made myself stop reading to savor it for one more day. Now that I have finished all I can say is "I can't wait for book 2 of The Nether Chronicles!" I definitely look forward to reading more K.A. Madison. Maybe he should quit his day job?
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