Lifesphere INC: Acquisition

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Eli’s future is a life spent scavenging on the Rim. He sells trash to survive, while on the Topside, citizens live in hedonistic luxury. Eli dreams of obtaining citizenship by becoming a handler; bonded with a bio-organic life form called a meka.

A grifter named Kalex offers Eli a trade: meka of his own, if he competes in an illegal fight to the death. More
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About Talitha Kalago

Born in 1985, Talitha Kalago lives on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. She loves reading, video games, documentaries, horror movies and vegetable patches. She lives with an alarming collection of previously abandoned or unwanted animals that include dogs, cats, birds and snakes. She loves aquascaping and dedicates too much time to her numerous aquariums and aquatic invertebrates.

There is a 23% chance she is watching a horror movie as you read this.

You can find out more about Talitha at her website: www.traditionalevolution.com

Reviews

Review by: Mikoto Tanaka on Nov. 27, 2013 : star star star
The story overall was ok for an independent novel but not quite at the level of something I would pay for in a store.
I found some of the word choices used for descriptions did not fit with the sci-fi-fantasy dystopia genre. For instance, "the streets smelled like piss." I felt that that would more be for a book for urban fiction. I just feel words like that used in a sci-fi/fantasy book does not make me get lost in the story. This is the same for the dialogue. I did not care for the slang that was used. Again, I just felt it did not fit with the genre of the book. The personalities of the characters are a bit flat and took a bit too long for me to get a sense of who they are.

These are just my opinions and does NOT necessarily mean this is a bad book.
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Review by: Jaylin Tenfold on Nov. 23, 2013 : star star star star star
For a free book, this one definitely deserves 5 stars. It's not quite as well-polished as something you'd pick up in a bookstore, but it gets close (I've seen MUCH worse on this site) and the story is wonderful. Kudos for having a wheelchair-using female character who can hold her own. My one point of criticism is that I thought Phyre lacked personality, but then maybe I've been spoiled by my favourite book series, in which the animal sidekick is downright snarky. She's absolutely adorable, though.
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Review by: Luna Granger III on July 28, 2013 : star star star star star
Talitha definitely knows how to write a book that is impossible to put down! This book has me craving for the next one and a meka of my own!
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Review by: Kenneth Mugi on July 05, 2013 : star star star star star
Summary: A short punchy read with captivating characters and dynamic fight scenes.

Eli's got it all figured out, he's going to buy himself a meka, train hard and then become rich. Too bad the government made just made them illegal for non-citizens such as himself. So begins the story of a kid who dreams big but doesn't yet know the price he will have to pay if he wants to achieve it.

There's a villain who swears revenge, a plucky girl in a wheelchair who is all sass and answers, and there's fight scenes. Lots of awesome fight scenes.

As a movie addict who lived for the one-two punch of an action hero gone rogue, I thought books and fights wouldn't mix. I was wrong. Talitha takes you into the scene. You are drawn into the scenes via the characters. When Phyrre screams in agony, so did I. When Eli scrambles to save her, I did too. I was right there with them.

In movies, I only watched the sequences take place. In lifesphere, I lived them.

The pace of the novel is breakneck with a danger lurking around every corner for our hero and uncertainty in every dump. Each character is well-defined and given agency so they add to the plot. The language is crisp and clean with the occasional literary flourish which reminds you that you are in good hands.

Overall. I loved this book. It's the kind of novel I would have thoroughly enjoyed as a child growing up and it would have made me dream of training my own meka and taking the world by storm.

The good news is that the novel is currently free. If you haven't already added this to your must-read list, I would highly recommend you do.

Five stars from me!
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Review by: Diane Finlay on June 22, 2013 : star star star star star
This book is so visceral I felt physically sick with the tension in the final chapter. Talitha has a strong voice, her characters resonate and the meka are a fantastic invention. Very much looking forward to the next book.
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Review by: Silvia Ryan on June 11, 2013 : star star star star star
I downloaded this to my phone with the plan of reading it bit-by-bit on my lunch break. That didn't work out though, and I finished it within the day. It's a great YA read and I'm eager for more.
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Review by: Nicole Nuss on June 06, 2013 : star star star star star
Really loved reading this book and can't wait for the next one. The characters were easy to identify with and the story moved quickly, making it an easy and enjoyable read. Thank you for sharing your imagination.
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Review by: Kirstie Olley on May 27, 2013 : star star star star star
A great dystopian adventure with loveable characters and an interesting twist on the 'teenagers fighting each other' genre. Plenty of twists and turns and adventure, well worth a read. A more detailed review can be found on my Goodreads account: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/626167094
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Review by: Melanie Hill on May 25, 2013 : star star star star star
Lifesphere Inc, Acquisition is a fast paced and dynamic novel. There are twists and turns when least expected and I found myself thoroughly engaged with Eli, Squall and their meka. The world that Talitha has created is alive with smells, tastes and visual contrasts; life in this world is full of the best and worst of people.

The meka are wonderful creation and an intriguing point of different for the series.

I enjoyed this book a great deal and I'm looking forward to the next novel.
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Review by: Joey Jones on May 23, 2013 : star star star star star
I got completley wrapped up in this story. Can't wait for the 2nd installment.
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Review by: Helen Stubbs on May 22, 2013 : star star star star star
This is a great story about Eli's quest to claw his way out of the dump and into a better life. Kalago builds an intriguing world of many layers. The Meka are cool. As for the characters, I really like Squall. Definitely recommend this to read.
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Review by: T.J. Edison on May 21, 2013 : star star star star star
I like this style of writing, fast moving, low on adjectives. The plot sounds good and I will read more when I have time off from writing.

Well done Talitha and thank you.
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Review by: Frank Brown on May 21, 2013 : star star star star star
Fantastic read, with brilliant character development and a rich, vibrant world!
Can't wait for more :)
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