Thursday, April 7, 2016

The 13th Continuum + Giveaway


"It is time to return to the surface."


Title:  The 13th Continuum
Series: The Continuum Trilogy
Author: Jennifer Brody
Publisher:  Turner Publishing
Release Date:  April 19, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

ABOUT THE BOOK

One thousand years after a cataclysmic event leaves humanity on the brink of extinction, the descendants of the chosen survivors take refuge in thirteen contingency shelters buried deep underground, at the bottom of the ocean, and in the far reaches of outer space. In the underwater 13th Continuum, sixteen-year-old Myra Jackson has heard rumors and whisperings all her life of a magical place called "The Surface” where people could breathe fresh air, feel the warmth of something called sunlight on their skin, and see things known as stars and trees and mountains. Myra has never dared to ask whether the stories are true, since the act of speaking such words aloud is an offense punishable by death. But after she discovers that the air supply aboard her underwater colony is running out, she realizes that her only hope for survival is to find this mysterious place. To get there, she must first recover the only guide to the Surface—the Beacon, an ancient device that also connects her to Captain Aero Wright, a dashing young soldier from one of the only remaining space colonies. With the fate of all humankind depending on them, Myra and Aero must escape the tyrannical forces that rule their colonies, journey through the black depths of the ocean and across the cold void of space, to find each other on the Surface that their ancestors once called home.

                                                                                                                                                                      

MY THOUGHTS

I need to let out a sigh - more like a grunt. I can't believe I have to wait another seven months for Book 2, Return of the Continuums in The Continuum Trilogy.  Yes. The 13th Continuum took hold of my thoughts and wouldn't let go. The ingenuity of world-building in books and how much I've fallen in love with it lately have caught me by surprised.  Jennifer Brody built a fascinated world that is not our world, but it can be as we dive into it eyes first, and then your heart can't help but thump rapidly at all the excitement following Myra and Aero. I was so engrossed in it that I couldn't put it down.

The first book of a story of such usually takes some getting use, learning about the world and the science behind, the types of technology it has and what it means. However, with The 13th Continuum, your mind is already in as you followed along almost visually and be impressed by it.  The complexity of the characters, from Myra to Aero and to all the supporting characters have you rooting for them from the get go. Even the "villains" deserves your "respect" of time to understand them. I'm still in awe at how Jennifer can write such layered characters with everything she's telling us already in this first book.

Unlike The Hunger Games, which took me a second read to really fall in love with it; The 13th Continuum already had me. Maybe because I've already fallen in love with this genre, but in truth, it's the innovation and insight of the author, Jennifer Brody that deserves the credit. The 13th Continuum was fun and action-packed, filled with lovable characters and dialogue, and stimulates imagination. For now, I'll need to calm that stimulant to patiently wait for Return of the Continuums. 

NOTE:  I received a complimentary ARC of this book from the publisher, Turner Publishing for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Jennifer Brody lives and writes in Los Angeles. After graduating from Harvard University, she began her career in feature film development. Highlights include working at New Line Cinema on many projects, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Golden Compass, and Love In The Time of Cholera. She’s a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She also founded and runs BookPod, a social media platform for authors with hundreds of members. This is her first book.

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GIVEAWAY

Don't miss out this Goodreads giveaway! Ends April 20, 2016!



                                                                                                                                                                      


2 comments :

  1. This book sounds really good! I don't know how it managed to stay under my radar for so long, because I LOVE a dystopian, but I only heard about it maybe a week ago! And it absolutely sounds like my kind of book, especially since you said that the worldbuilding and characters are great! And also, I LOVE the covers- they're like, retro, and I like them! Great review, so glad you enjoyed this!

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  2. Thanks Shannon for stopping by! I know what you mean. I LOVE the covers too!!! And by the way, I love your site! I'm always able to find some great new reads there. Thanks!

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