Blog Tour Book Review: The Last Book Ever Written by Jonah Kruvant

The Last Book Ever WrittenAbout The Last Book Ever Written

• Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: PanAm Books; first edition (April 28, 2015)

In a futuristic American society where all citizens have computerized chips in their brains and insert needles into their veins to enter a virtual reality, Victor Vale leads a fairly typical life.  He is an officer of the law with greater ambitions, a family man, and a dutiful citizen of the Nation.  Yet when The Chief assigns him a case to go undercover and expose a community of illegal “creators,” Victor finds himself strangely compelled to write.  For the first time, he starts to question the world around him, and becomes involved in a web of lies, uncertain of whom to trust, and unable to distinguish between virtualism and reality.  As he searches for answers, Victor slowly begins to unravel hidden truths about the world, and even uncovers an astonishing secret from his own past.

The Last Book Ever Written satirizes our competitive, success-driven society, foresees the effects of the economic recession, and warns what could happen if we let technology go too far.

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Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Last Book Ever Written by Jonah Kruvant. Thank you to the author and TLC Book Tours for giving me the chance to read this book for review!

The Last Book Ever Written was an interesting book that was really fun to read. It takes place in the “not so distant” future where humans have advanced so much technologically that our lives are almost fully dependent upon being constantly connected to the internet. Virtual reality is almost literally more real to us than our actual lives. The story is told through the perspective of our main character, Victor Vale, a detective whom is writing this book to the people of The Nation and is beginning to question the government, human relationships and technology’s impact on society in general.

I really liked this book. I thought the plot was interesting and unique. I think the way it was written, as our main character writing a book, was really unique as well. The feel of the story is very sci-fi post dystipian. It’s a scary setting in which technology replaces almost everything…every day processes like cooking, attending school, having sex and social interaction. There are alot of things in this book that were interesting and scary! It discusses the government’s controlling and feeding the masses lies and waging war on knowledge and creativity with the goal of suppressing free thought and expression. Another thing that struck me was breakdown of the family unit…we see our main character and his family sitting down to dinner but not really present due to their being connected to the internet 24/7. We also see sex becoming impersonal and devoid of love.

I thought the plot was just irresistible…who doesn’t love a good detective novel? I loved this one even more though because the detective, someone who stands to uphold the ideals of his society begins to question and ultimately revoke everything that his society and it’s authorities tell him to do. I love how he is always mentioning that his job description is to fight for and protect the people which ultimately he does in rebelling against everything he had previously believed in!

This was a great book along the same vein of 1984 or A Clockwork Orange with very classic dystopian themes. I am truly a sucker for dystopia. I really wish this book was longer!!! I enjoyed reading this book and found it hard to put it down. Five stars from me! I would definitely be interested in reading more from this author.

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Jonah KruvantAbout Jonah Kruvant

A writer, teacher, and student of the world, Jonah Kruvant received his Bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College, his Master’s degree in Teaching from Fordham University and his MFA degree from Goddard College. After living abroad in four different countries, Jonah lives in New York. Visit his website at www.jonahkruvant.com.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Anomaly by Krista McGee

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Welcome to my stop on the Anomaly blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

Anomaly by Krista McGee

Release Date: 07/09/13

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Summary from Goodreads:

Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds left to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.

Thalli is different than others in The State. She feels things. She asks questions. And in the State, this is not tolerated. The Ten scientists who survived the nuclear war that destroyed the world above believe that emotion was at the core of what went wrong—and they have genetically removed it from the citizens they have since created. Thalli has kept her malformation secret from those who have monitored her for most of her life, but when she receives an ancient piece of music to record as her community’s assigned musician, she can no longer keep her emotions secreted away.

Seen as a threat to the harmony of her Pod, Thalli is taken to the Scientists for immediate annihilation. But before that can happen, Berk—her former Pod mate who is being groomed as a Scientist—steps in and persuades the Scientists to keep Thalli alive as a test subject.

The more time she spends in the Scientist’s Pod, the clearer it becomes that things are not as simple as she was programmed to believe. She hears stories of a Designer—stories that fill her mind with more questions: Who can she trust? What is this emotion called love? And what if she isn’t just an anomaly, but part of a greater design?

My Review:

Rating 4/5
Goodreads Reading Challenge #36

I want to start by thanking Krista McGee and YA Bound Book Tours for letting me read and review this book!

Anomaly was an interesting read for me. I typically read a lot of YA dystopian novels so when I realized this was dystopian fiction I jumped at the chance to read and review this book!

I loved the way this book started, we are thrust into the very dystopic setting and the very precarious situation Thalli is in right from the first page of the book. The beginning just grips you and pulls you in which I really liked it. It had one of those beginnings that is a scene from the latter part of the book which is a very adrenaline filled, fear filled moment in the book which of course got me pumped to read the rest of the book.

One thing about this book that I really liked was that it was never predictable. I hate when books are so predictable and so cliché and played out but I really felt like this one had new things happening that I haven’t yet seen in a dystopic fiction novel yet. I did actually like the religious story that was woven into the dystopic fiction narrative, it’s not something that I have seen yet which made that really interesting. John was an interesting character for me and I was actually far more interested in his character than in our main character. He was just really intriguing and his story was just really interesting. I really liked seeing him interact with first Thalli and then hearing about his interactions with Berk.

I also wished that I had seen more of Thalli and Berks romance although what we see of it I loved experiencing, I also wish we had seen more of Progress and Stone because I think that was such an interesting and heartbreaking part of the story. Some of my favorite scenes involve Thalli and her experience of music that she creates or hears!

There was a quite a bit going on in this book so I was never bored which is a really good thing. I was definitely glued to the book because I wanted to see what was going to happen to Thalli and what was going to happen to John. I like that the book ended with a sense of hope for their group. I would say this book is worth giving a read if you are a fan of dystopian novels, there is a very heavy religious slant to it so keep an open mind. I think it works very well in a dystopic setting and I’m surprised that I haven’t read anything that incorporated a religious theme as heavily as this one yet. I rated this book a 4 out of 5 because I really liked the story and the characters!

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About the Author

Krista McGee’s passion to see teens excited about serving God is a driving force behind her novels. Ever since college when she spent a summer working at a youth camp, McGee knew she wanted to invest in teenagers. Since then she’s been involved in a variety of youth ministries and currently teaches at a Christian school in Tampa, FL.

McGee broke into the writing world during her time in Spain. A friend encouraged her to submit an article to a Christian girls’ magazine, and it got published. Once her family moved back to Tampa, she got the idea for her first novel, First Date, a modern take of the story of Esther. Her subsequent books, Starring Me and Right Where I Belong, are based on Rebekah and Ruth.

When Krista McGee isn’t living in fictional worlds of her own creation, she spends her days as a wife, mom, teacher and coffee snob.

Learn more about Krista McGee and her books at kristamcgeebooks.com. Readers can also become a fan on Facebook (krista.a.mcgee) or follow her on Twitter (@KristaMcGeeYA).

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Book Review: Data Runner (ARC) – Sam A. Patel

Title: Data Runner written by Sam A. Patel
Genre: YA Fiction – Cyberpunk, Sci-Fi, Dystopia
Published by Diversion Books
Page count: 231
Format: Ebook (read on Barnes and Nobles HD+)
Rating: 5/5
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #28

Seventeen year old Jack Nills lives in a society where information has a price. The internet is no longer a public domain but is owned by corporations and information has a value. When his father incurs a pretty hefty gambling debt, faced with no other options Jack decides to enter into the dangerous occupation of becoming a Data Runner – information couriers that receive and deliver often highly sensitive information between corporations. When data runners start to turn up dead it is obvious that a piece of highly valued sensitive information is being couriered and Jack along with fellow data runners must be extra vigilant in their efforts to transit information and keep their lives in the process.

I received an ARC of Data Runner from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Reading the synopsis of Data Runner, I was immediately intrigued and the book cover reinforced my interest that much more. In the past I haven’t read many cyberpunk books (if any) but I love anything Sci-Fi and have always wanted to venture more into this genre and I must say that I am hooked, not only to the genre but definitely to this series.

I absolutely loved reading Data Runner. I love it when an author has the ability to not only tell a great story but to give us a great experience while doing it. Reading Data Runner was an AWESOME experience. This is such a fun book! This story is action packed and the great thing about it is that the action NEVER stops. The action literally starts on page one all the way down to the very last page. I felt like I was on a nonstop roller coaster ride that kept jerking me in my seat and making my heart beat fast and my breath catch in my throat or like I was in a really intense, fast car chase through a very trafficky downtown where we have to bob and weave vehicles. So fun!

Data Runner is the author’s first book and I am stunned…I’m just stunned. I thought it was really well written…usually in ebooks (or physical books even) you get these random typos that sort of impede your reading experience but I never had to worry about that with this book so that left my reading experience just really seamless. I also haven’t read too many books that have a male lead, especially YA books (although this is my second in a week) so I wasn’t sure if I would identify with the main character but I loved it.

Something I found really interesting about this book was the weaving of Parkour into the story. Before reading this book I didn’t know what Parkour  was and I am really intrigued by it. The book does explain Parkour throughout the story but I feel like it’s given to us through a more personal perspective through Jack’s narrative so I ended up Googling it to get more examples and even Youtube videos of Parkour. I feel like after doing that I have a deeper sense of what it is. I just love that it’s not just something that’s thrown in the book as a mention it was worked in really well and just adds another piece of depth to not only the story but to the character of Jack as well.

I think the premise of this book is really interesting with the corporations running pretty much everything and information being sold and whatnot. The profession of an information courier itself is highly interesting to me especially since I’m studying to be a Librarian. The idea that information can be owned and therefore sold, is just so interesting and it’s just a really interesting and fun concept in this book.

Lastly, I love the cover to this book!! I really like how he is jumping through the 1’s and the 0’s (literally the “information”). So cool! It definitely drew my eye to it!

I gave Data Runner what I feel is a very much deserved 5 out of 5 rating and I can’t wait to see what is in store for this series. I will be on the lookout for book two! I definitely recommend this to fans of YA dystopian novels or Sci-Fi fans. This book I have to say sits side by side with Enders Game on my list of favorite Sci-Fi novels now. It is being published on June 25th (this month, yay!) and you can preorder it through the author’s site (http://samapatel.com/preorder-data-runner-now/). Happy reading everyone and I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did!

Book Review: Crossed by Ally Condie

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Title: Crossed (Matched #2) written byAlly Condie
Genre: YA Fiction – Dystopian Romance
Published by Penguin Group, USA
Page count: 409
Format: Ebook (read on Barnes and Nobles Nook HD+)
Rating: 4/5 – I really liked this book!
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #16 (skipped 15 on purpose because it’s part of a blog tour and will be posted in a few days, AHHH)

After having lost the love of her life to the society, Cassia Reyes is back in the second installment of the Matched series, to find him. Not only does she go after Ky but she is also in search of something much bigger than the both of them: The Rising. Having experienced what she did in Oria and in the work camps, Cassia is more convinced than ever that she belongs in the Rising, a rebel group that has infiltrated the society and fights for a world free from society rule. After travelling through the Carving to find him, Ky and Cassia are reunited and Cassia finds herself pulled into the path of the unknown as she encounters more secrets, truth, hardship, loss, betrayal and immense love.

The Matched series is fast becoming one of my most favorite series ever. Although I didn’t love Crossed nearly as much as I fell head over heels in love with the first book Matched, I really really really liked this book. I think one of my favorite things about it are Ky’s parts of the story…the chapters where the story is delivered through Ky’s eyes whereas in Matched we get the story from Cassia’s perspective. I liked getting to see how Ky’s mind worked and the reasons behind his actions and getting to view Cassia and their situation through his unique lens.  There were some really great moments in this book that had my heart just about die in my chest. This series does that to me repeatedly which is definitely a good thing.

I really liked the cast of characters in this one although I was a little sad that we didn’t get to see much of Xander at all except having the rest of the characters talk about him. I’m glad we find out his secret too! Finding out about his secret was one of those moments where I almost died. I don’t want to give away any of the story but if you’ve read it…towards the end when she talks about going to meet “him”, who do you think she’s talking about? Who do you HOPE she’s talking about? I’m completely torn as to who I think is best for Cassia. I really like Ky and the way he see’s Cassia but maybe in the next book we’ll be in Xanders head!! There are alot of questions I still have like, how things are back in Oria are, how Cassia’s family is faring in their new home, how Cassia feels about her assignment from the Rising and whether Ky is the Pilot.

It honestly took me a little bit to get into the book but I think that had more to do with my crazy busy school schedule than anything else because the story was really very good. As always with this series, I loved the writing. One of the great things about the Matched series too are the poems Ally Condie chooses to incorporate into the story which is cool because one of the poem basically becomes Cassia’s fuel for finding the rising.

I highly recommend Crossed or if you haven’t read Matched read it! Then you can read this one! It will not disappoint! I am definitely looking forward to picking up the third one: Reached.

Book Review: Darklandia by T.S. Welti

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Title: Darklandia written by T.S. Welti
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Dystopian Literature
Self Published
Page count:132
Format: Ebook (read on Barnes and Noble’s Nook HD+)
Rating: 3.5/5 – I liked it
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #9

Suffering is Optional – T.S. Welty in “Darklandia”

Darklandia is a dystopian piece that takes place in the future Manhattan following a civil war within the United States. The United States allied with a few other countries to form the new country of Atraxia that is still in the latter stages of civil war with rebel groups still moving against the government.The civil war was the product of people rebelling against the governments restrictions on water usage. Because of the strain humanity has put on the earth’s natural resources especially water, there is a really really long drought which forces the government to restrict water usage and provide people with “rations’ that basically take the place of food and are packed with everything humans need to survive and that we used to get from regular drinking water and hard food. It comes in the form of liquid and is consumed three times a day. Not drinking your rations causes unpleasant side effects as well as being a violation of the code of Felicity.

The concept of Darklandia as it is explained to us is a really crazy and very interesting concept. The government basically wants everyone in Atraxia to be happy and perfect. It’s like this perfect, highly monitored community. Darklandia itself is like a video game, a virtual reality in which all citizens of Atraxia have to spend at least an hour a day in. They have to climb into these pods (which are disgustingly dirty) and live a few hours of their alternate life. The idea here is that in Darklandia you can do whatever you want or whatever the “darklings” used to do before they were perfect like kill people and have casual sexual encounters and that if you got all that out of your system during those hours (up to six) you will be perfect and happy and wiped clean of those urges in your daily life.

We experience the story from the point of view of Sera, a high school student whose father has been taken away and “purified” for being a part of the rebellion and whose grandmother was the last darkling to live amongst those in the community. Darklings are basically what they call pre-felicity humans and they are pretty much looked down upon. The darklings are considered to be impure or diseased. They are said to be infected with misery and suffering which the department of Felicity has cured with the rations and with Darklandia, hence the term phrase “suffering is optional”. This is just the very basic explanation of the roots of the story and that is all I’m going to tell you because I do definitely think that this is book is worth reading. There are a couple of twists especially one very very big twist at the end of the story that you definitely would not see coming.

I rated this book a 3.5 because I didn’t absolutely love it, but I did really like it. I think the concept of this book was a really amazing concept and it had the potential to be a really amazing book. It just left me with alot of unanswered questions and some things in the story did beg for more explanation or more attention. I think this can be rectified in a sequel but I don’t really know if that’s happening (although I wish there was because I’d like to see more of this world and these characters). I was really interested in the story and seeing how it played out, by now you probably guess that I have an affinity for dystopian literature. There is just something about it that makes my heart race and keeps me glued to the edge of my seat biting my poor nails! I definitely recommend fans of dystopian literature to give this one a read, at 132 pages it is a really fast read and I think it’s always an awesome thing to support our self publishing authors as much as we can. I love this book cover by the way!

Happy Reading y’all!

Book Review: Matched by Ally Condie

Title: Matched written by Ally Condie
Genre: YA Fiction – Dystopian Romance
Published by Penguin Group
Page Count: 366
Format: Paperback
Rating:  it was amazing! Couldn’t put it down! I want to shout it from the top of a mountain!
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #7

This book starts off with seventeen year old Cassia Reyes  getting dolled up for her matched banquet which in her society is  a really big deal. At the banquet Cassia will be “matched” with a boy in another community that will be her husband when they turn 21. She will stand and face a screen that will show her the face of her match and they will smile at each other, it will be the first glimpse of their future. For Cassia, it doesn’t quite work out this way. It’s a rare thing to be matched with someone in your community and it hasn’t happened in many years but when the screen in front of Cassia turns out to be blank she knows her match is someone she knows…her best friend Xander.

Having known Xander since they were young Cassia and her family feel tremendous relief at their luck at such a match. That is until Cassia, alone in her home, views the microcard with Xanders picture and information that was given to her at the banquet, and see’s not only Xanders face but someone elses. Someone that she knows as well, someone who it is impossible for her to be matched with since he is not eligible to be matched (a.k.a Ky Markham). This of course causes Cassia to wonder and question, something that is dangerous for her to do living in a controlled society.

This is a dystopian novel set in a controlled society that takes place long after our time. Everything is literally controlled. “The Society” controls the food they eat, the clothes the way, the activities they do, the professions they have, and the romantic matches that are made. This is all so that the optimum results can be had…no disease, no dissension. That is until Cassia’s grandfather gives her a forbidden poem whose words, “Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light”, continue to haunt her and cause her to question more and wonder. She is no longer satisfied with following orders. As her forbidden relationship with Ky grows and they spend more and more time together doing forbidden things like writing, drawing, and reciting the forbidden poetry, Cassia becomes more and more dissatisfied with her life as assigned by The Society. When Ky is taken by officials in the wee hours of the morning, Cassia vows to find him. We are left at the end with the promise of her beginning the search. Exciting!!

Wow!! This book reminded me of all the things I love about dystopian literature. They are always such a roller coaster for me to read and Matched was definitely no exception. At first I thought the pacing was really slow but in the grand scheme of things I think it all flowed really well and we learn things about the characters and about Cassia in a really great even flow which I think was essential to making me build a relationship with the characters. I literally did not want to put this book down. I just couldn’t. I hated the fact that I had to work today because all I wanted to do was read this book. Halfway through it I was texting my friends and raving about it to them. Just the whole idea of the story is crazy. I can’t even imagine how it would be to have everything controlled especially who you marry. That’s so creepy! Later in the book we find out a lot more about the things The Society does and we glimpse some top secret information about how they control things and it’s pretty terrible!

I love Cassia’s character and I love seeing Ky through her eyes. I loved experiencing her awakening feelings for him. Everything about their relationship/friendship was so dangerous it was like I was always on the edge of my seat. My heart literally broke like ten times during this book. I found myself exclaiming aloud. I felt a ton of emotion reading this…I was happy, sad, terrified, and heartbroken. I was going to write about my favorite part of the book but I had quite a few so it’s so hard to pick one. I really like the part where Cassia leans a bit toward Ky while they are the small Hill during their Hike and she whispers the first few lines of the forbidden poem and he closes his eyes as she says the words. I also love the part where she asks him what his match would be like if he was eligible and he says, “You”. My heart literally just died on that part. I also love the part where he gets taken by the officials and she is so desperate to look into his eyes and she points up at the sky and we read the lines “My heart will always fly his name. I won’t go gentle. I’ll find a way to soar like the angels in the stories and I will find him.” Oh my god. I can’t say enough great things about this book. There is just something about forbidden romances set in a dystopian atmosphere that just gives a book that extra oomph. I loved it. I highly recommend this book for any fans of dystopian literature or just really for anyone…read it!! I can’t wait to read the second and third in the series but I’ll have to wait until I can get to the bookstore later this week so in the meantime I’ll have to read something else. I am so curious!!! Ahhh!