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The Gaia Project (The Gaia Collection Book 2) by Claire Buss

April 17, 2019 - 9:42 pm No Comments

The Gaia Project (The Gaia Collection Book 2) by Claire Buss

Published on 10th October 2018

266 pages

Following on from Book 1, the coop is over and City 42 is being governed by Martha Hamble. To try and replenish their stocks, a scouting party goes to City 15, but when they find the city in ruins, they realise that the Corporation was trying to infiltrate the city. Knowing they are in danger the group plan their escape.

It was good to get back into the story and follow Kira, Jed, Martha, Ruth and their babies as they try and remain safe. As they try and rebuild the city, we learn more about each character and they all have an equal role to play in the story. Jed is slowly recovering from the loss of his best friend and whilst Kira was happy being a mom, she missed adult company. Martha was struggling to run City 42 and be a mom and Ruth was struggling to cope looking after her child.

Inserted throughout the story is media posts and messages, which help explain more of the trouble that the city is in and the corruption that is going on. I read this story in one day, as there was always something going on, whether they were all flying to find safety or discussing the plan of action. Due to the dangers that the group face, you are drawn into a thrilling read. As they investigate the other cities, you are introduced to some new characters, some are quite quirky and allow some comedy relief.

As this is story has a Sci-fi theme, there is a lot of technology mentioned and re-enforces how big brother was always watching. The detailed writing helps you easily imagine what type of world they live in. The story takes you on an adventure, which I did not want to end. This is a good addition to the series and whilst it did not end on a cliff-hanger and am curious to find out what happens next. If you like dystopian and Sci-fi, then pick up this series.   

Slipping Through: Journey Through Different Dimensions by Miranda Kate

April 1, 2019 - 8:31 pm 1 Comment

Slipping Through: Journey Through Different Dimensions by Miranda Kate

Published 14th July 2018

118 pages

Having a common theme of travelling through time, this book contains 2 short stories and a novella.

InterDimensioning: Travelling via portals Elise and Logan arrive in a strange place where there was no human contact and the trees were lilac.

V.W.G: Vladimir thinks he has cracked the secret to another dimension, but are there forces against him.

The Game: David has been captured to play the Jester’s warped game travelling through different dimensions.

As soon as I started InterDimensioning, I already had questions. Why did they travel through the portal, where they escaping from someone? I felt that I had jumped into this story halfway through. The world they arrived was very unusual to what they had seen before and whilst Logan was the tech expert, Elise was the one that used her instinct to try and survive this strange world. This story is very descriptive and you can close your eyes and imagine the colourful world.

V.W.G From the start of this story, you are following Vladimir as he is racing for his life. As the story continues more is explained about the importance of his mission. This was a fun read with a matrix feel to it.

The Game was my favourite story, following David as he plays cat and mouse with the Jester. Whilst we don’t know why the Jester plays this game, we know that in the time where David comes from a lot of the residents go missing. Involved in the game were two mystery ladies Isabella and Annie. However, we don’t know whose side they are on. The dystopian worlds that David slips into are dangerous and you wonder if the Jester’s game is to kill or maim them. I would love to see this turned into a longer story and to have some background about the Jester and the game.

This is the 1st read from this author and looking at their books, I am interested in reading some other works.   

The Kielder Strain: A Science Fiction Horror Novel by Rebecca Fernfield

March 31, 2019 - 3:54 pm No Comments

The Kielder Strain: A Science Fiction Horror Novel by Rebecca Fernfield

Published by Redbegga on 30th January 2019

496 pages

A variant of Rabies is found in Whitby and the Kielder Institute is under pressure to find a cure. Animal rights are protesting at the facility. After an accident caused the experiment to develop into something else, no-one in the surrounding area is safe. But with the results planning to net the institute millions, can Police Officer Javeen Latimer save the village.

From the moment Javeen Latimer moved to the village, she was fighting a losing battle to gain respect with the other Police officer attached to the village. The reason behind her forced movement was common knowledge. However, when 2 people go missing and strange sightings are happening all over the village, she knows that she has to become the Police officer she was trained to be.

This story took you on an adventure from the moment the researchers started experimenting on animals, you knew that disaster would strike. As the village is small you get to learn about all the residents and whilst I was aware that not everyone will survive, it was still a shock when one got killed or taken. There are some graphic killing scenes but that is to be expected as they are human hybrids attacking the village. To break up the intensity there are some funny scenes. Two, in particular, were Emily’s describing Max to the Police as he vaulted over the wall and Caleb’s reaction to one of the monsters attacking the convoy. Javeen even had time for romance.

The action is non-stop and you feel that there is no hope as Officer Javeen was by herself. The tension is throughout, which kept me reading and I was shocked that I read it in less than a day, even with real life. Whilst it did not finish on a cliffhanger it has left me wanting to know what will happen next and I hope that there will be a 2nd in the series soon. I have already recommended this to friends who like books about disasters. After finishing this story, I can see this being made into a film as we have not had a monster horror in a while.

Psychotopia by RN Morris

March 22, 2019 - 6:54 am No Comments

I am happy to be on the blog tour for Psychotopia, the latest book by RN Morris. At the end of this post there is a chance to be the lucky winner of a hardback edition of this book

Blurb

A game for the times we live – and die – in. Enter Psychotopia, a dark new dystopian novel from the author of the acclaimed Silas Quinn mysteries.

PSYCHOTOPIA, LEVEL ONE. Create your own boutique psychopath, then deceive, manipulate and be ruthless, spreading mayhem and destruction to reach the next levels.

It’s the computer game for our times. After all, the amount of crazy in the world is increasing. Senseless violence on the streets is becoming the norm. Can Dr Arbus’s ground-breaking device identify and neutralize psychopaths before it’s too late? In this increasingly dysfunctional world, surely Callum standing by Aimee after her devastating encounter with Charlie is proof that real love and goodness can still win in a world that’s increasingly rotten . . . Or can it?

Here is my review of this dystopian book :

Psychotopia by RN Morris

Published by Severn House Digital on 1st February 2019

240 pages

After reading the blurb, I thought I knew what the book was about. I presumed it was about a VR game, how wrong I was.

Set in a dystopian Britain, where it was predicted that psychopaths were soon to be the majority. This book tells the stories of 3 characters that are affected living in this world. Inspector Glen Parfett is an overworked Police Officer. His job was to bring in psychopaths, who he can spot just by looking at them. Working on the National Taskforce, he has his most difficult case when a young girl is charged with murder. Aimee, is a trainee architect, quite a quiet girl, but a serious mistake one weekend changes her life forever. Oscar Winslett is the Head of Game Development at Alpha Games, he is in the process of designing a new VR game called Psychotopia. A narcissist and a psychopath, a pretty dangerous man to know.

Running through the story were internal notes outlining the new VR game. It got me thinking what would people’s reaction be if a game like this would be released and how popular would it be. I enjoyed this element of the story as you follow the concept of the game from the first idea. The inclusion of new technology like MindNet in the book, gives it a sci-fi feel and helps explain the fear and the new crazes that appear overnight when it has been broadcasted over the channels. The more you learn about the Arbus-Lubany machine, the more you wonder if it will save society.  

Written in 3rd person, helps you read the different characters’ stories without any confusion. At the start, they are three individual characters stories, but as the story continues, their stories merge into one. You get an understanding how they cross paths with each other, and how each action affected their lives.
As you are reading their stories you get embroiled up in their lives and the further you go into the story.

Even a few days after finishing this book. I am still thinking about the story. Whilst there are some violent scenes in the book, this did not disturb me, it was the idea how easy the psychopaths blend in. The story is evenly paced and Aimee’s story took me on a rollercoaster of emotions.

This is the 1st book I have read by this author, so I did not know what to expect. I enjoyed this well-plotted book and with plenty of twists, it kept my interest. I am going to check out his other books. A good dystopian sci-fi read.

Purshase link https://www.amazon.co.uk/Psychotopia-R-N-Morris-ebook/dp/B07KX3QK7V

Author Bio –

R. N. Morris is the author of ten novels. The latest is PSYCHOTOPIA, published 31 October, 2018.

A Gentle Axe, was published by Faber and Faber in 2007. Set in St Petersburg in the nineteenth century, it features Porfiry Petrovich, the investigating magistrate from Dostoevsky’s great novel, Crime and Punishment. The book was published in many countries, including Russia. He followed that up with A Vengeful Longing, which was shortlisted for the Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award (as the CWA Gold Dagger was briefly known). A Razor Wrapped in Silk came next, followed by The Cleansing Flames, which was nominated for the Ellis Peters Historical Novel Dagger.

The Silas Quinn series of novels, set in London in 1914, began with Summon Up The Blood, followed by The Mannequin HouseThe Dark Palace and The Red Hand of Fury. The next novel in the series, The White Feather Killer, will be published in April 2019.

Taking Comfort is a standalone contemporary novel, written as Roger Morris.

He also wrote the libretto to the opera When The Flame Dies, composed by Ed Hughes.

Want to connect to the author

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Twitter http:// @rnmorris

Website http://rogernmorris.co.uk

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Beneath a Starless Sky by Debbie L Taylor

March 4, 2019 - 9:46 pm No Comments

Beneath a Starless Sky by Debbie L Taylor

Published by Meadow Publishing House Ltd on 14th November 2018

295 pages

If eye colouring determined what you would do in your life. What class would you be?

The lower class or Ambers lived to serve the Greys born into wealth. Not allowed to get romantically involved, any offspring were shunned by both sides. Having a mom who is Amber and a dad who is Grey, Max is not sure where he belongs, he spent his life working for the Government but wanting a better life for Ambers. Grace, his boss was an elite Grey, wanting to change the world but living in an unhappy marriage, she didn’t know how to. But thanks to a secret operation, they both see their chance.

To help tell the story, it alternates between Max and Grace. There was no confusion as each chapter is clearly marked. Telling the story that way enabled you to see both sides of the story. Max found it hard to make friends or even have a relationship, always on the defensive and enjoyed nothing more than to rub Grace up the wrong way. As you read his story, you soon realise what his life had been like growing up and you understand why he is like he is. On the opposite side, Grace’s life is not rosy as everyone believes, she was good at putting up a front, but slowly you can see her starting to crack.  

The story starts off a bit slow as there is a lot of information given to you, but this does help you understand the world Max and Grace live in. As the story continues the pace picks up and I found myself reading quicker just to find out what happens. There are a few drop jaw moments that helps tie up the story. However, I don’t think that this is the end of the story and I hope that there will be further books, as by the end of the story Max had grown on me. With a mixture of Sci-fi and Dystopian, this was an enjoyable read and to answer my question, my family and I would be Ambers.