A thousand years ago humanity’s dissidents fled, leaving behind a peaceful, unified world content to exist in a state of perpetual hedonism. Then a daring escape plunged civilization into chaos, forcing its rulers to expand outward to maintain order. Now all that stands between a newly imperial Earth and the rest of the solar system is a loose coalition of Maasai tribesmen, cloned feminists, shape-shifting humannequins, and vengeful Berbers led by the least likely hero in human history: a young woman with Down syndrome and a bad attitude.
*My Book Review*
DISCLAIMER: This book/eBook being reviewed was provided free of charge for an honest review.
I haven’t read true science fiction for such a long time, so I was excited to be FINALLY sitting down to one. Nakba by Jason S Walters is not only science fiction, but a dystopian tale – so I can also include it in my Dystopia Reading Challenge of 2013, hosted by Blog of Erised, thus making it book 12 in this challenge.
This book drew the reader in from the very first page. I found myself instantly intrigued and wanting to learn more about this strange new world presented to me. The author manages to weave a compelling tale while introducing just enough tantalising backstory as required in detailed by brief snippets without bogging the reader down too much. The story skips along at a refreshing pace as a result.
At times I found myself comparing this novel to The Giver by Lois Lowry due to the fact that everyone in this new world is attempting to be bland and normal and not at all outstanding. The observations of the characters own beliefs and thoughts on this attempted inconspicuous society were certainly welcome and definitely enriched the tale adding layers and depth to what could have been just an average Sci-fi tale.
But this is no average Sci-fi tale. The author’s prose is wordy and descriptive without being flowery. I found myself being sucked into the lives of these strange people and turning pages at a rapid result because of this. The dystopian world is easily believed and I am still amazed at how easily the author explains it’s vast universe. Well done Walters! The author also artfully develops his characters and the odd flares of menace peppered throughout are particularly delightful.
There are some really cool concepts in this novel, eCars, humannequins and the nanotechnology scents being my favourites. (Who knew, in a distant universe, people would want their drinking establishments scented with the smell of urine, vomit and bad body odour?)
Towards the middle of Nakba, the story begins to slow and I found myself losing interest slightly. Buy, readers, I must stress that you keep at this book because it is only a brief pause. The author seems to take a breath, regroup and come back with such vengeance for the second part of this book that I have to say that I enjoyed this half even BETTER than the first half!
This is also where the character of Cassidy is introduced. She is, by far, one of my most favourite new book characters! I loved how her disability was added to enrich the story but wasn’t ridiculed or glamorised in any way.
She simply is what she is.
Over all, I am giving Nakba by Jason S. Walters 4.5 stars out of 5!
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About the Author:
Jason S. Walters is an author, essayist, and publisher best known for running Indie Press Revolution (IPR), a distributor of micro-published roleplaying games. He is also one of a small group of investors that purchased Hero Games in 2001, and serves as its general manager. After owning a San Francisco bike messenger service for 15 years, he and his wife Tina moved to Midian Ranch: a homestead near the town of Gerlach, Nevada. It is also the location of IPR’s warehousing complex. They have a daughter with Down syndrome named Cassidy and animals too numerous to mention.
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May 1 – Read 2 Review – Guest Post
May 2 – Makayla’s Book Reviews – Interview
May 3 – The Dan O’Brien Project – Promo/Excerpt
May 5 – Crossroads Reviews – Review
May 6 – Beauty in Ruins – Guest Post
May 8 – Reading Away the Days – Contest/Giveaway
May 9 – Ian’s Realm – Guest Post
May 10 – Angela Meadon – Interview
May 12 – A Book Vacation – Guest Post
May 14 – Azure Dwarf – Review
May 15 – Book in the Bag – Interview
May 16 – Word to Dreams – Spotlight and Giveaway
May 17 – The FlipSide fo Julianne Guest Post and Excerpt
May 18 – Mom Cat’s Book Blog – Guest Post
May 20 – Lost Inside the Covers – Review
May 21 – I Read a Book Once – Contest/Giveaaway
May 22 – Rachel Tsoumbakos – Review <—— You are HERE.
May 23 – Darlenes Book Nook – Guest Post
May 26 – Bee’s Knees Reviews – Review
May 28 – Once Upon a Time – Guest Post
May 31 – Library Girl Reads and Reviews – Character Post
- Dystopia Reading Challenge Book 11: Against Nature by John G. Nelson (racheltsoumbakos.wordpress.com)
- Jason Walters Blog Tour: Guest Post (bookvacations.wordpress.com)