The Ivory Prison

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Gabriel didn't always have a name. Born in a mysterious facility, he knows he's not human, but an experiment with a purpose that no one is willing to reveal. His life is a routine and an hourglass of when he will disappear. He has no hopes, no dreams, until one day someone new interrupts that routine. Someone like him, someone free, and it changes everything. More
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Published: July 23, 2012
Words: 8,460
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476067117
About Ashlyn Daube

Ashlyn has always felt like a stranger in a strange land. Weird stories have always existed inside her head and she's been creating them from a young age. From turning purple and orange plush dragons into characters, to an endless collection of notebooks and word files. Her favorite type of story is the one that tears at your heart and leaves you feeling the world is unfair, because it sometimes is. Even more if it includes things that go bump in the night. Unlike evidence to the contrary she loves her characters and wants them to be happy. They just have a rough time before getting there.

Currently resides in Florida where she balances a day job, video games, and the constant battle between her ADD and her desire to write.

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Review by: Casie L on June 24, 2013 : star star star
My Thoughts - 3 out of 5 unicorns - I liked it!
I liked this story, but too many unanswered questions. It didn’t feel like it should be a short story. It is a quick read only 18 pages. It is a story of what I call emotional/psychological torture and how the boy is struggling to get past it & of 2 boys who grew up different, but clinging to each other because they are the same. It will be interesting to see if it becomes a series as Goodreads suggests. Lots of questions I want answered, but I can’t put them here or it will spoil your reading of the story :)

Best part is that it is FREE, so why not read it :)
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Review by: Sarah Grace Logan on July 27, 2012 : star star star
This sweet little story has real potential to be something big and grand and really interesting. I love sci-fi and genetic experiments, and this was a good take on science interfering in the development of life.

Overall it's enjoyable enough but I feel that the author can make much, much more of this story. For a start the romance is believable but is underdeveloped. There is a hint of Gabe feeling himself drawn to Lukas because of their shared differences from 'normal' people, but it is not very well explored. Their commonalities seem to be limited to their strange genetic make up and their penchant for light green. The length of the story does not give the author time to stretch her legs and explore the characters, which is a shame. We don't see the motivations of Dr Mercier, or how Lukas and Gabe feel about the direction their life is taking, and what they're to be used for.

Like I say though I think the idea here is brilliant and I'd love to see it explored in a longer piece. There is a lot of scope for weird, creepy storytelling in this world that I'd love to see exploited.
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Review by: Rebecca Freeman on July 26, 2012 : star star star star star
The cover and premise peeked my interest, so I gave this story a chance. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the writing. I grew to care about the characters, and the plot was handled well. I feared for the protagonist at the climax of the story, and I wished for more when I reached the last page.
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