Privileged Lives and Other Lies

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It's 2045. Gifted fifteen-year-old Linden receives a scholarship he didn’t apply for and can’t refuse. Arriving at Mercy College, he finds he’s as much a prisoner as a student, in an experimental program run by the military/corporate government. More

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About C S McClellan

I'm a blogger, novelist, and short story writer. My first completed novel, Hidden Boundaries, a Novel of Slavery, explores personal conflicts and relationships in the context of unequal power. It's psychologically driven, with an undercurrent of romance that builds subtly and slowly. The two protagonists are a slaveowner and the young man who becomes his slave. Unlike most novels with a male owner and male slave, Hidden Boundaries is not about BDSM or erotica.

My fiction is concerned primarily with issues of personal freedom. My settings are either slave societies or societies in which the question of personal freedom is increasingly tied to extreme political, economic, and social changes.

I also blog about writing and reading, with occasional reviews of self-published books.

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Review by: Steve Caan on Jan. 30, 2013 : star star star star star
Great storyline, plot and character development. I would love to see sequel to this as there is a great setup for Part 2. Offers a lot to reflect on and to compare to modern day life.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Ishako Domino on June 17, 2012 : star star star star star
Good story with a long plotline. The characters are well developed. The author gives you just enough details to let your imagination take over. However, at times, the story feels a bit rushed. I would recommend buying this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Steve Smith on March 29, 2012 : star star star star star
I agree with the previous reviewer I felt the ending was incredibly abrupt and would have preferred a more in depth ending. However the rest of the book was completely gripping and I couldn't put it down. I'll hold out hope for a sequel.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: HPStrangelove on March 23, 2012 : star star star star star
I’ve been following this writer’s stories for several years. At the beginning of the year, she started posted chapters from this story on her blog. Ten chapters had been posted when the entire story became available for purchase as an ebook. I bought the ebook immediately because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened.

The story takes place in an alternate future, a future that seems very realistic. I won’t mention the name of the website, but the US government was able to take it down and the owners arrested without due process. That’s exactly the type of things that happen to the two main characters in this story – except that instead of losing a website, they lose their freedom. The US government has total control over what they can and cannot do – there is no due process, no recourse to protest what is happening to them. I think that was what was most scary about this story.

My only complaint was that I think it ended too soon. I don’t want to give anything away, but I would have liked to have had things not wrapped up so neat and quick. Maybe there’ll be a sequel? This universe needs to have more stories.

Oh, and the cover art is great. Very appropriate for the story.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: HPStrangelove on March 23, 2012 : star star star star star
I’ve been following this writer’s stories for several years. At the beginning of the year, she started posted chapters from this story on her blog. Ten chapters had been posted when the entire story became available for purchase as an ebook. I bought the ebook immediately because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened.

The story takes place in an alternate future, a future that seems very realistic. I won’t mention the name of the website, but the US government was able to take it down and the owners arrested without due process. That’s exactly the type of things that happen to the two main characters in this story – except that instead of losing a website, they lose their freedom. The US government has total control over what they can and cannot do – there is no due process, no recourse to protest what is happening to them. I think that was what was most scary about this story.

My only complaint was that I think it ended too soon. I don’t want to give anything away, but I would have liked to have had things not wrapped up so neat and quick. Maybe there’ll be a sequel? This universe needs to have more stories.

Oh, and the cover art is great. Very appropriate for the story.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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