- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 815 KB
- Print Length: 239 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Ormidon Publishing; 1 edition (31 Oct. 2010)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004A8ZVRA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #315,816 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Andrew was a normal teenager of fifteen years old; hormones raging, spending all his time with a few good friends and living a privileged life of the rich. Even though it all started a bit as an easy-to-read coming of age story where crushes and struggles were the main events, it slowly turned more serious and edgier. Andrew was confronted with problems that challenged his own outlook on life and I was fascinated by the internal dilemma's it presented. As the story progressed he grew in to a character of depth because what was right and what was wrong? I love complex characters or situations and Andrew Ashling definitely searched for the boundaries.
Personally, I don't think I will forget chapter ten anytime soon. In it a conversation took place that conveyed such details that it shocked my emotions in an uproar of anger and fear. I was preparing for a lot but the author managed to deliver a surprising plot point which kept me on the edge of my seat. The authors writing and characters kept me immersed in all that was going on and felt. Because, whether friend or foe, each character added a distinct voice to the overall story.
I thought the budding romance intense and in the end well rounded but I could have used more one on one time between Andrew and his love interest. The erotic moments were saturated with hormone raging need and it fitted the characters. There might be scenes that can get graphic and might be too much for a reader but for me it all enhanced the vibe of the world Andrew and those dear to him lived in.
When I finished the story I was wow-ed and for me there were some unique theme's, intriguing plot angle's, mixed with teenage tropes and a great sense of world building. Andrew Ashling is an author who has a way of blending it all in to a story that lingers, and in my avid reading world those are the kind of stories I always love to discover!
Set in a brutal era some time in the future where the softness of love is intertwined with the harshness of slavery it managed to bring a whole host of feelings to the fore. There is the odd moment of titillation, then those where you feel as though you shouldn't really be titillated; then some graphic descriptions of acts of inhumanity that some readers may wish had not been laid out quite so clearly but, in the end, this is needed to wrap you up completely in the story you are being told. Nothing, in my opinion, is redundant.
As for the final chapter, I was at a bit of a loss at the start (you'll see why if you read it but to tell you now would be a spoiler) but I just had to work out what it was all about. And then the final 4 words - wow.
I really enjoyed this book. I wish I was just starting it.
Believe me or not, this is up to the reader. Do not read if you want pure romance, as it gets relatively smutty without being a porno read.
This book deals with several issues, although most are not present in the real world as we know it... But nothing stops issues such as these arising.
Enjoy this as a piece of pure fiction. For the price, just enjoy it. Not Shakespearean, but doesn`t pretend to be.
The book starts as a love story - or loveless story - and a boy who needs the special one to share his life. However the book develops to something much more complicated and deeper. This book ends up being more about right and wrong or good and bad things. And in this occasion wrong/bad things are generally accepted.
I still have to agree that story is somehow like reading someone describing/ telling about Andrew's life and events rather than living these moments. This is the second book I read from this author and I guess this is his style and I'm just not too keen on it.
Not to mention that the very end is totally confusing... even with the nice idea.
The book was readable and a lot of the story held you in suspense wondering what was going to happen next.
90% of the book was a detailed narative describing the triumph of good over evil during the boys teenage years, but suddenly the epilogue attempted to complete the lifestory of most of the teenaged characters which seemed ambitious and out of context with the main narrative and I think best left unread.
The book falls somwhere between the romantic and the erotic and was difficult to classify.
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