The Fortress of Clouds

Rated 5.00/5 based on 6 reviews
By 2037, Los Angeles has descended into a maw of street violence and child labor factories. High above it all, four children have been raised in a safe and secluded apartment. To protect them from the child-abducting gangs that prowl the streets, their mother has forbid them from ever going outside. Or at least that's what she has told them about why they can never leave. More

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About J.A.J. Peters

I live in Vancouver, BC, one of the nicest and most expensive places to live in the world. If I walk for thirty minutes in one direction, I can be lost in a faceless grid of glass, concrete, car exhaust, and voices. If I walk for thirty minutes in the other direction, I can be lost in a crowd of hemlocks, firs, and cedars. We Vancouverites are a strange mixture of these two worlds. I love them both, the city and the mountains, and I'm not sure which one is more real. I spent most of my adolescence exploring the wilderness of British Columbia, occasionally dabbling in writing projects. Now, it's mostly the reverse.

We often joke that Vancouver is one of the few places on earth where it is possible to become lost within sight of the downtown lights. There's probably a good short story there. But we all know lots of people have died after becoming lost downtown, too, within a few miles of the mountains.

The two worlds of the Fortress of Clouds have ended up being a reflection of these two sides to my personality, but I didn't consciously intend for it to be that way. Maybe there's only so much you can control in a novel. Things tend to leak out and bubble to the surface, don't they?

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Review by: lovestoread8 on Jan. 12, 2012 :
This futuristic adventure is a fantastic novel for teens and adults alike. I am hoping to read the sequel soon!
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Review by: Chris Green on Jan. 07, 2012 :
Great book! Found it very difficult to put down. Fantastic descriptive writing, fast paced action, good character development and some intelligent commentary on the evolution of both social interaction and corporate greed.

It may be aimed at young adults, but like any good story it is well suited for a much wider audience. I look forward to future installments!
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Review by: Mark M on Jan. 06, 2012 :
A bit slow to get going, but then it's pretty action packed. Feels kinda dark in spots, a bit like the Hunger Games, but lots of unanswered questions, kind of like an episode of Lost. Overall, this is a really unique novel. I haven't read anything else like it. As the first review says, no vampires or wizards here, totally original. If the next book in the series expands on the mysteries, this could be really cool.
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Review by: Emma Marivale on Dec. 11, 2011 :
I thought this was a great combination of innovative characters and a suspenseful plot. Or four plots, I guess, since things get really interesting near the end with the crazy cliffhangers. Can't wait for the next book in the series.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)

Review by: ruinedbyreading on Dec. 06, 2011 :
A frighteningly close picture of where we could be headed as a culture, if corporate greed is not confronted. Interesting characters and smart action. Looking forward to the sequel.
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Review by: Michael Layton on Nov. 21, 2011 :
Sick of wizards and love sick teeny vamps?
Kids and adults will both love reading this book. I did. Way better than the garbage on television and movies!
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