Rated 4.43/5 based on 21 reviews
The Citizens of Haven have finally realized their dream; separation. They have ascended. A new layer has been placed upon the city, sealing anyone they deem unfit down below.

In the dark slums beneath the city, something has been set in motion that will usher in a change. Something that will rattle the city of Haven to its core and forever alter the lives of everyone within.
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Words: 134,080
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452390062
About Justin Kemppainen

Author of The Legend of Ivan, A Fickle Fate and Haven, Justin lives in the often frigid or sweltering climes of Saint Paul Minnesota with his wife and two cats.

He draws influence from such authors as Orson Scott Card and Dan Simmons as well as from his primary hobby in gaming. His goal as an author is to ferry readers to new worlds, to tell amazing stories, and simply to enjoy the wonders of literature. He is currently working a new novella called A Matter of Life and Undeath, with many other ideas and projects forthcoming.

You can connect with him on Facebook, check out the latest ramblings and news on this blog, or follow him on twitter.

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Review by: Soof327 on April 22, 2015 :
Great read. I have lost sleep, extended work breaks, but I just couldn't stop reading till I got to the end. Great characters, totally compelling plot, well written. What more could anyone say. Great sci-fi.
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Review by: Ginnen Tonix on Jan. 23, 2013 :
Fantastic book. Kept me on the edge of my seat the three nights it took me to read; I tried to savour this book, but it was just too good to put down!
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Review by: Loopy Cooney on April 03, 2012 : (no rating)
I loved this book and was glad to see the sequel. I thought this was a different book as the one I read was just called Haven. I thought maybe this was a book before that so purchased it only to realize its the same book with a different name...grrrrrrrrrrrr.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Nicki Johnson on Feb. 06, 2012 :
I loved this book. Very well written. I can't wait to read the sequel and other books by this author. Well done!
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Review by: M.C. Moore on Jan. 27, 2012 :
I loved this book. I was in the middle of reading two others when I opened it up on my Kindle to rid my mind of the lack of true plot I had been stumbling through, and was drawn in from the beginning. The dystopic nature of the book reminds me of "Brave New World" and has the story line moving from not only the higher level Citizens point of you but also the rabble of the forgotten. The story moves at a quick pace so you don't get bogged down too much in introspective nonsense that would throw off the true action of the book. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a futuristic dystopia novel.
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Review by: E Cousins on Dec. 21, 2011 :
Solid concept and certainly interesting enough to keep you reading. Sadly, as with some other titles on here, it hasn't been properly proofread and there are many grammar errors and missing words. I'm also assuming from the rather abrupt ending that there is a sequel.
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Review by: MJ Gruver on Oct. 04, 2011 :
Good things:

Excellent writing, and intriguing action; thought provoking.

Most characters were well developed and multi-dimensional, not always doing what you expected and not all good or all bad. I especially enjoyed the development of Michaels - very believable.

Not too "saccharine", and therefore more believable and unpredictable.

An excellent read - I had trouble putting it down.

Not so good:

A bit too violent for my taste; a few characters too stereo-typically "bad" and several scenes too predictable; "science" not super believable (although you're usually too caught up in the action to notice.)

Excellent read. Amazing for a first novel!
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Review by: Jim Bade on Oct. 04, 2011 :
Many others have already said what I think, but I felt it worth saying again.

The book was very well written, not just for a first novel, but for any novel. The dialog and charactors are believable, and the action easily kept my interest. All in all a well written novel.

The bad? Well, the science of the book was pretty thin and unbelievable, as well as some of the social aspects. However, that didn't prevent me from really enjoying the read, and looking forward to the sequel. Fiction doesn't have to be believable to be fun to read!
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Review by: John Mitchell on Nov. 23, 2010 :
It's free - I love sci-fi, from Heinlen to Philip Dick, but found the themes in Haven more akin to Orwell. In fact almost identical to those Orwell explored over half a century ago with some modern touches. Think 1984 meets Escape from New York. That's not really a reason not to read this - Kemppainen's written a good book with plenty of substance - just no subtlety. And perhaps because I enjoyed Orwell the first time around I found this allegory a little heavy handed.

This is one of those books that doesn't fall squarely into the sci-fi category - in fact there are very few sci-fi elements and those that are there have no real basis in science. Instead they exist to underpin a social commentary on the evils of a Utopian society. Haven is trapped by the very things that keep it protected and flourishing. It's a construct, a mish mash of elements and you'll have to suspend logic and reason if your going to believe in Haven's universe. Fortunately, for the most part, Kemppainen's engaging style keeps you from questioning the how or why too closely.

What was good? Plenty - the action sequences are excellent and I'm guessing Kemppainen is American because there's lots of guns and exotic weapons with a never ending supply of bullets - oh they threaten to run out but they never quite do. The body count is suitably high - Hollywood take notice. Most of the lead characters are well written if a little one dimensional, the Russian is very Russian and the drug dealer is, naturally enough, evil to the core and a mysoginist to boot. I just wish Kemppainen had dared to let his characters dream of bigger things at times, but I'm sure he was going for that claustrophopic feel - it keeps you reading wanting to see the characters break out of their myopic mold. Unfortunately only one does; a beautifully written epiphany for one of Haven's finest - perhaps the most human element in the book. This character grows and matures as social veneers are stripped away by circumstance to reveal an underlying humanity.

Unlike others I didn't mind the ending. It was poetic and quick. Three stars but Kemppainen is going into the charts with a bullet next to his name.

Oh - did I mention it's free!
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Review by: J.A. Apol on Nov. 17, 2010 : (no rating)
Really enjoyed the story as a whole. Hooked straight away into the characters and storylines. Found the style easy to read, very visual and engaging. A bit disappointed in the ending, however. I'd definitely read Kemppainen again.
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Review by: Talisman on Nov. 11, 2010 :
Haven This book to was a real page turner - although it was very bloody and graphic the author has a great imagination and I am glad to be able to take that journey with him and the rest of the crew from Old Haven.
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Review by: Kelly on Oct. 25, 2010 :
Fabulous! I was pleasantly surprised with how long this book is - so many of the free ebooks can be read within an hour. I really like the alternate universe Kemppainen has created, and can't wait to read more about it. I agree that the ending wasn't what I wanted necessarily, but I had already read on his website that he is planning on writing another book, so I assumed that things wouldn't be all wrapped up in the end.

The way the numerous storylines are woven together is excellent, and the character development is masterful. I didn't figure out the ending halfway into the story, which was really nice. It was hard to tell what side some of the characters were on, even until the end, and it had me guessing about what would happen throughout the story.
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Review by: T D on Sep. 21, 2010 :
Best value! A free science fiction adventure with depth. Excellent writing with great characters that are intertwined beautifully. You will enjoy this book and hope the author will write a sequel.
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Review by: Relapse on July 10, 2010 :
Great read, held my interest to the end. Not a great fan of that type of ending but was still well worth the read.
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Review by: Vickie Harbowy on June 14, 2010 :
I'm not a big sci fi reader but this sounded interesting. Glad I took the chance, the book was excellent and really held my interest. Loved the Malcolm character and never expected the end to play out like it did. I look forward to more from this author!
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Review by: Gary on May 03, 2010 :
Outstanding! Only at the beginning of the story and already wishing for more books by Justin Kemppainen! Very hard to put down and hoping there are more stories coming.
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Review by: Guns4Hire on April 22, 2010 : (no rating)
I found the book very interesting and it was good. The only fault I could find (and this might just be me) is it wasn't very detailed on what caused the slide of civilization, it was vague. And wasn't very detailed in how the Citizens implemented the separation. They obviously built above to separate themselves but how they accomplished this was very vague. Besides these two things I found the book very good and entertaining.
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Review by: carebear on April 04, 2010 :
this book was great. It had a great plot and it kept you interested in the characters, especially Malcolm. I hope there will be a sequel.
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Review by: el3at on March 24, 2010 :
I downloaded Haven because it was free, and I was low on money for Kindle books. Having read it, I wish I could have bought it. It's well worth standard retail for a book. The story moves at a perfect pace, the characters are believable and wonderful, and the plot...man, it's good. I'm craving more! The world Justin Kemppainen has created begs for more stories set there, even if they aren't directly related to this one. I would love pre- and post- Haven books.
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Review by: mores on March 20, 2010 :
LOVED it. Excellent style, beautifully written, immersive, loveable characters and just a damn good story.
It seems like it's been done before ... elite versus peasants. But the way Justin created the world these characters live in is amazing.
You'll enjoy it even if you're NOT a sci-fi-lover.
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Review by: carebear on March 20, 2010 :
This was a good book and I look forward to the sequel.
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Review by: Verena on Feb. 23, 2010 :
I don't read much Sci-Fi anymore, but the description of this book intrigued me. I enjoyed the story very much, even though a few of the plot elements were predictable. I particularly liked the ending, which is the part of the book that generally wrecks a good story.
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Review by: Kat Jaye on Jan. 31, 2010 :
It's a great story. Great job! Thanks!
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Review by: Ubikzz on Jan. 24, 2010 :
I just finished the book and I rate it a 4 out of 5, strongly recommended.

The story is intriguing and the plot well laid out. There is a good pace in it, with not so obvious twists and turns, which kept my attention level high throughout the book. There are a lot of characters and it takes a while to get to know them. Some may like this, some don't.

This book could easily be converted into a film without the need to write a script: the book is the script.

A minor negative point is that I found the end to be too open. There are still too many questions unanswered = a hint for writing a sequel or two. First one a direct follow-up of the story and a second one about the aliens, their history (were did they come from) and their future - even if it were a 1000 years later.

Thanks and hope to read you later.
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Review by: Phil R on Dec. 18, 2009 : (no rating)
Fun Read! I could not stop reading and that says a lot to me about an author and his tale. I WAS INTO IT! Well worth the purchase...and yes I DID purchase it! The characters felt real and I hope we get to join in more of their adventures in the future. Thank you Justin! I wish you THE BEST in your future as an author!


(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

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