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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Solaris (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781081166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781081167
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,676,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'One of the best sci-fi novels I've ever read.' --Ted Kosmatka, author of The Games and Prophet of Bones

'A brilliant, deeply felt book full of strangeness and beauty. A post-apocalyptic adventure, that's also a love letter to Seattle. I don't know anyone who better captures the way it feels when the world suddenly shifts beneath our feet. This book disturbed me in the way all great science fiction disturbs.' --Daryl Gregory, author of Pandemonium and The Devil s Alphabet

About the Author

Jack Skillingstead grew up in a working class neighborhood south of Seattle. He dropped out of college to work in a cannery in Alaska, later travelling to Maine and then returning to the Pacific northwest. Skillingstead won a writing competition sponsored by Stephen King in 2000, and was a finalist for the Sturgeon Award in 2004. He has published more than thirty short stories in publications including Asimov's, F&SF and Realms of Fantasy. His work has also appeared in various Year's Best volumes and Solaris Rising.

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Format: Paperback
Life on the preservation is a bit of a puzzle for a review, the book was at first really hard to get to grips with, the first chapters throwing out a LOT of information but then settling into some fast moving serious entertainment but then falling into a bit of a flat love story without giving any real purchase in the characters to get into. The set up is cool, very oldschool post apocalyptic and very atmospheric, the writing around events is really sharp and very well described but the beginning and the end seem a little rushed, leaving the rest seem a bit out of place. It was worth spending the time to get through but left a bit to be desired. I admit that I don't know anything of the author and any previous work but I'd hazard a guess that he has probably penned some top notch short story work and despite my negative comments there is a lot of potential on show.
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I always look forward to something a little different and when you get a story told from two different perspectives the reader is given the chance to see the world through two different sets of eyes in order to get a fuller picture. The concept is wonderful, the idea's explored give this the chance for a great apocalyptic dystopian title, but for me, the major problem was the delivery.

It felt that it wasn't as rounded as it could have been, the pace was lacking in places and for me, the principle characters didn't have enough hooks to make me really associate with them let alone care about their fates. All round I did like the idea but for me this title just didn't work the way I wanted it to.
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A great book for sci-fi fans. Takes some not-so-original ideas and makes them fresh, weaving the stories of different characters together as the book progresses. Gives teasers and tasters of what's really going on as you begin to read, and gradually drip feeds informaation as you progress, revealing the bigger picture of exactly what has happened to the world and what is going on. Every chapter makes you want to read on and not put the book down.
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