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Cryptic Midnight ShadowAge: Under 18Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This book is awesome!January 31, 2012Cryptic Midnight ShadowAge: Under 18Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was very epic in every way. The characters are realistic and fit their enviroment perfectly. I could not put the book down and read it every chance I got. Plenty of suspense to keep the reader hooked. The beginning caught me hook line and sinker. Amanda L. Davis is just as talented as her father. I can`t wait for the next installment in the series.
ShilohAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great ReadJanuary 5, 2012ShilohAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5I loved this book. The writer does a wonderful job of making you care for her characters. The story is dark yet hopeful, and written masterfully. I can not wait for the sequel to see what is in store for the heroine, Monica.
Janna RyanNorth Platte, NEAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Fascinating tale set in the futureDecember 12, 2011Janna RyanNorth Platte, NEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleI was privileged to meet Bryan and Amanda Davis and hear the story of how Amanda wrote this story. Later when the opportunity came up to review it I was thrilled. I dove into the story set 800 years in the future when most people are slaves living with in the walls of the palaces of the Nobles. With implanted microchips that tell them where to go, when to be there, what to do and the power to kill them if they disobeyed. Monica is the one girl without a chip which makes her invaluable to those trying to free themselves from the Nobles but which also keeps her a whole different kind of prisoner. Can Monica find the answer to finally freeing the slaves for good?
Well written and very interesting, I was enthralled from beginning to end. I can't wait to see the next installment of this series and see what Amanda does with it next. Top Notch
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5written by a teen for teensNovember 28, 2011bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3The year is 2873. Sometime in the past "the whole world was starving" and the current system had been set up. Slaves worked below ground and the Nobles above gave them all their necessities in exchange for their work. (55) There are dorms and a complex system of tunnels that allow the slaves to go to their places of work. Hidden panels in the Nobles' rooms provide the slaves access to the rooms from the tunnels.
Twelve years ago Monica had been saved from death, just as the deadly vapors enveloped the underground. (If rebellion is detected, the dome over the above ground city is closed and all the people, Nobles and slaves, are gassed to death.) Raised by people other than her parents, she is the only slave who does not have a microchip embedded at the rear of her skull. All other slaves do have the computer chips, used by the Nobles to control them.
There seems to be an under ground movement (in both senses) to free the slaves. As a person without a microchip, Monica can travel to places outside of her assigned duties. She is successively given chips from people who have just died so she can receive food. There is a group of conspirators (the slave council) who get messages to Monica and give her assignments. Her latest assignment is to find a document that has been hidden for years. It contains the secret - the way to free the slaves.
Her father had had some kind of plan to destroy the computers and thereby make the chips useless. He had figured out the location of the computer and its controls. Unfortunately, he had been terminated - abruptly - but not before he wrote down the means to destroy the computers. That is the hidden document Monica is to find.
Now, years later, it is up to Monica to carry out his plan. If she doesn't succeed, the system will continue to go on for hundreds of years. Millions of slaves would continue to suffer day after day, all because she had failed them. She has to find the paper and carry out her father's plans, before it is too late.
This novel was written by a teen for teens. The writing (sentence construction, etc.) is not very sophisticated but is probably sufficient for teen readers. The "extras" that make a novel great, such as character development or descriptions that grab you, are not present.
I found the first part of the book repetitive and lacking a driving plot. I would have preferred to read more of how the civilization got to where it is, Nobles and slaves. Was there a war? Who built all the tunnels? These kinds of hints could have been added into the action of the first hundred pages, or so, allowing the reader to understand the background to the current story. By the middle of the book the plot was revealed enough that it kept my interest until the end.
There were some technical issues I questioned. The computers that controlled the slaves had run "unassisted" for hundreds of years. What about dust, rust, etc.? Monica deals with high power electrical connections and wires, wet from being in the river, and survives (only being knocked unconscious). The slaves live underground their entire lives. Is their skin white from lack of sunlight? Do they suffer from vitamin D deficiency?
At this point, there is nothing I can identify as specifically "Christian" about the novel. There is reference to the "God of our songs" and there are the sacrificial actions of Monica in the novel. But there is no allegory to Christianity nor reference to faith lost hundreds of years ago. This is just the first novel in the projected trilogy, however, so there may be a Christian element brought in later.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
Edna TollisonAge: Over 65Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5book written by a young girlNovember 5, 2011Edna TollisonAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleWhen the children were born they all had microchips implanted in their skulls so that they could always be traced, but Monica was born on a nobleman and had someway escaped a death sentence at the age of four. She hids in the walls of Cantral with the slaves and now at sixteen she pretends to be one of them.
A fate of millions of people ride on Monica's shoulders if she can someway get control of the computer that has all the chips saved inside.
This book will keep you on your toes as it is filled with suspence, danger at every turn, joy and about anything you could possible want in a book of this type.
As I begin to read this book I found that it is a very intriguing book. Some of the things I don't really understand but I know this book is for young people and they will be able to jump right in and enjoy every word of it. I am passing this book on to my fifteen year old granddaugher as I know she will love it.
I want to thank LeAnn Hamby at Glassroads for sending me this book so that I could review it and join the tour,