- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1564 KB
- Print Length: 268 pages
- Publisher: Cillian Press Limited; 1 edition (15 Oct. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FY9SY0U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #783,329 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story is set in the UK in the near future. The ‘Sandman Virus’ has greatly diminished the population, which is now very much divided, a sort of ‘Us’ & ‘Them’ scenario. The country is split into three ‘Select Neighbourhood Projects’ London, Edinburgh & Manchester run by ‘The Light Foundation’. Living in these areas are the rich & social elite, the ‘Alphas’ & higher orders.
Anything other than the ‘Neighbourhood’ is classed as over the ‘Boundary’ and called simply ‘The Outside’. Here is a place where the ‘Echo’s’ live, they are the diseased and under privileged, scavengers who forage for themselves a very meagre living. Many of these low life’s or ‘Ferals’ as they are called in the Neighbourhood have banded together, to form ‘The Union’.
It took me a while to get into this book, (hence the 4* rating) but other reviews had been very favourable, so I persevered. As I got deeper into the story, beyond the spoilt rich kids and their brattish, elitist ways I began to enjoy it. I loved the idea of a map of mysterious panels in the library, opening to allow access to the labyrinth of tunnels below the Directors house. It was also good to learn of the Unionist and how they were living, settled into homes made below the ground, a whole community built within a cavern system.
My favourite character, who plays a major role in the story is Peter Mallory, a very caring, level headed young man who calls his pet dog ‘Flash Gordon’. You cannot help but warm to this young man especially, when you know of the hardships he has endured.
What stands out for me most, is the author’s ability to create this story without the inclusion of excessive violence and bad language. Although there is violence, it has been incorporated in such a way as to make the reader think and imagine it for themselves, without it being spelt out upon the pages.
Don’t just take my word for it, grab a copy for yourself. Happy Reading :-)
The societal divide portrayed in this post-apocalyptic Britain is scarily believable and well thought out. It just goes to show how easily we can be led to believe whatever those in power want us to believe. MaryAnn is the perfect example of someone who has been brought up to believe whatever those in power tell her and also that the societal divide around her is not only perfectly normal and logical, but that it is justified. She doesn't even wonder what it is that justifies the divide, she just believes it to be right until those from the outside begin to question all of her beliefs. Only then does she begin to realise just how naive she really is.
What I really liked about this book is that it left me wanting to read more without that familiar feeling of dissatisfaction that you often get with the first in a series. Often the first book will cram more and more questions into the ending of the book without answering any of them, which does indeed leave you wanting more, but it is highly frustrating and makes that first book feel incomplete. I would far rather be left feeling satisfied with the ending of one book and looking forward to the next than be left tearing my hair out and angry with the author for leaving it where they did. It's quite tricky to get that balance right and Joe has done it perfectly.
MaryAnn who at first appears to be spoilt and shallow begins to develop her character as she starts to understand the evil that exists in the Neighbourhood and the people she thought she knew. As she meets people from the Outside she also questions their methods of rebellion. I look forward to seeing how the characters develop in the next instalment.
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