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on Dec. 04, 2011 :
I have to sum the book up in one word "WOW!" but let me tell you why. The book grabbed me from the first page with vivid scenes, great characters and a little bit of Harry Potter in a futuristic way. I really liked Seckery, he was your typical 16-year-old boy who lived in a world where you had to fend for yourself to get by. The novel had multiple story-lines that was intermingled in a way that was not confusing.The author was able to make the characters real and believable with twists and turns that kept me engaged and interested.
Although, I did find a couple grammatical errors throughout the book, they did not hinder my enjoyment of the book. If you are a gamer, you will enjoy the book. The author has a vivid imagination and the way he described the virtual world of Friction intrigued me. I wish I could enter the world and play the game. This is a great YA novel and I look forward to book two in the series.
(review of free book)
on Nov. 10, 2011 :
I didn’t stop reading until it was over. Not to eat, not to sleep … due to the light weight of the kindle, I didn’t even have to stop to pee. Let’s all just be glad that I didn’t have to work today, or I think I would have been fired while trying to sneak glances between … you know … what it is I do.
Although the writing is simplistic at times – it is, I believe, geared for YA audiences – it is engaging, descriptive, inventive, and clever. The main character, Sekry, is whole and utterly human. I really empathized with his pain and his frustration, and I really celebrated his joy. The author has done a great job of creating a world detailed and consistent enough to allow a true suspension of disbelief, melding elements of science fiction and fantasy into a classically-styled storyline.
My qualms with the book were few and far between. I think I noticed, at some point, a total of two typos – although I was way too enthralled with the book to linger on them or even write them down for reference. I didn’t like the names assigned to various characters, finding them too Disney-Clownish (or, you know, Harry-Pottery). I think some may have issue with a few of the religious parallels drawn by the culture; I didn’t.
I loved the development of the plot. It started small, but intriguing, and quickly expanded out into something huge and enthralling, complicated and entertaining all at once. At the same time, I never found myself confused. The author has done a great job of going back and editing everything for cohesion; I didn’t notice any major plot holes, loopholes, etc.
And then ending? What a great ending. I wish I could tell you about it, but there would be spoilers bursting out of the woodwork, and as an author myself, I hate when people do that.
I looked up the current price, and it’s only 99 cents. A definite steal, if you ask me. I’ll definitely be grabbing the next book in the series as soon as it comes out.
Final Rating: 4.8 Stars
(reviewed the day of purchase)