Genre: dystopian, science-fiction, action-adventure
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: October 26, 2015
Cover Artist: Eugene Teplitsky
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Eight years ago, SILVIA WOOD’s father died in an industrial accident. After suffering through years of Psychotherapy Services and Mandated Medications for depression and multiple suicide attempts, she longs to work in Botanical Sciences. When the Occupation Exam determines she must work in Mortuary Sciences instead, she wonders if the New Order assigned her to the morgue to push her over the edge.
To appease her disappointed mother, Silvia enters the Race for Citizen Glory, in an attempt to stand out in the crowd of Equals. After she begins training with “golden boy” LIAM HARMAN, she discovers he also lost his father in the same accident that ruined her childhood. Then Silvia meets and falls for Liam’s older cousin, whose paranoid intensity makes her question what really happened to her father. As the race nears, Silvia realizes that she’s not only running for glory, she’s running for her life.
About The Author:
My to-do list dictates that I try to cram 48 hours of living into a day instead of the usual 24. I’ve chosen a life filled with animals. I train for marathons with my dog, then go to work as a small animal veterinarian, and finish the day by tripping over my pets as I attempt to convince my two unruly children that YES, it really IS time for bed. But I can’t wait until the house is quiet to write; I have to steal moments throughout the day. Ten minutes here, a half hour there, I live within my imagination. Like all busy American mothers, I multi-task. I work out plot holes during runs. Instead of meditating, I type madly during yoga stretches. I find inspiration in everyday things: a beautiful smile, a heartbreaking song, or a newspaper article on a political theory. For example, a long drive in the dark listening to an NPR program on the SMILEY FACE MURDERS theory made me ask so many questions that I wrote HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS to answer them to my satisfaction. I’d love to have more time to write (and run, read, and sleep), but until I find Hermione Granger’s time turner, I will juggle real life with the half-written stories in my head. Main characters and plot lines intertwine in my cranium, and I need to let my writing weave the tales on paper so I can find out what happens next.
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Trigger Warning: Just thought I'd give a heads up about a suicide attempt in the book.
This book takes place after WWIII. Things seem to be pretty good but are they really? The creepy thing about this story is that I could see this happening so if you're prone to paranoia you've been warned. It stars eight years after Silvia's father dies.
This world seems to be a lot better but if you dig a little deeper you just know that something's off especially with the way Silvia is treated for her depression and suicide attempts. Things get even stranger when she decides to run in a race.
I really enjoyed this book and I noticed that each of the chapters are also song titles. I'll admit that I kind of reached the point of being burnt out on Dystopian books but this one was different. Sure this is a world where I wouldn't really want to live but it wasn't as gloomy and depressing as the typical Dystopian world is like. Since it is so similar to how things are now it is kinda creepy when you think about it since this book takes place in the later half of this century.
I really like the characters. Silvia is a great character and I love her scenes with Gus. He's like a surrogate father to her. I do like that this world has stamped out all those horrible isms that plague the world today so it isn't all bad and out of the ones I've read about this one would be the top of my list if I was forced to choose a Dystopian world to be sent to. This is a fun read that I was able to just fly through. I think it makes a great read for this time of year although I don't mind being creeped out any day of the year. I look forward to reading more by Ann in the future.
Curiosity Quills Press (CQ) is a small hybrid publishing company specializing in genre fiction of the highest quality. With 150+ titles in our catalog already and approximately 6 new books coming out each month, there’s never a dull moment at CQ. We work with major retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Audible to ensure that you, the reader, can find whatever you are looking for at your convenience.
Founded in 2011 by Eugene Teplitsky and Lisa Gus, CQ was initially a resource portal for writing and publishing, created in an effort to help writers, like themselves, survive the publishing industry. After rapid success, CQ morphed into publishing press that over time has solidified its share in the market. Now we spend our days searching for the next great escape!
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