July 09, 2017

#BookReview: The 13th Continuum (The Continuum Trilogy #1) by @JenniferBrody @turnerpub

One thousand years after a cataclysmic event leaves humanity on the brink of extinction, the survivors take refuge in continuums designed to sustain the human race until repopulation of Earth becomes possible. Against this backdrop, a group of young friends in the underwater Thirteenth Continuum dream about life outside their totalitarian existence, an idea that has been outlawed for centuries. When a shocking discovery turns the dream into a reality, they must decide if they will risk their own extinction to experience something no one has for generations, the Surface.

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.

Fans of The City of Ember will dive into this one but don't worry you won't get wet!  This book starts out with giving us a little suspense.  A little girl is wicked away to a save haven under the sea, where she knows she will never again see the world she came from.  With a heart wrenching loss she is pulled into a helicopter and flown away.  Shoot about a 1,000 years into the future and the story is picked up by one of our main characters Myra. She is starting her job and pretty much in love with it.  This is what really made me think of The City of Ember because just like the girl in that work really wants to be a messenger.  Myra really loves working with machines.

The flip side of this world is in space and well their world isn't fairing much better.  Where Myra's world is religion based.  Areo's is based via the military and well they are forced to have no emotion. Which from other works we know really never works.  Both characters lives are turned upside down when they learn things both about themselves and their world.

I really loved the world that Brody created and reading it for the second time around I have to say that it was even better!! I haven't read a debut novel like this in some time. (Red Queen would be one!)

I do feel like part of the first section of the book was a little bogged down by info dumping but in the end it worked out a lot better vs. if it would have been given to us through out the book. Which more info was.  It had a great pace and wasn't boring or slow at all. And we got to have a lot of POVs but don't let scare you!  It works out and gives you the reader a little bit of inside information that our heroes don't have.

I do hope that we learn more about the other Continuums. We do find out a little about some of them during this book which was great.  But I want to know more.  I really loved the mystery surrounding the Doom and I'm glad that the book was well on its way before we learned what it was exactly.  But I hope that that also gets more in depth in book two.

The character themselves were amazing. Even side characters were full of life and great!  No one felt incomplete or worthless.  I really do hope we find out what happens to the 13th Continuum and the people who are trapped there in book two or on.

This book is a debut Dystopian that you should not miss!! It will knock your socks off and leave you wanting more!  Great for the the teen crowd! Lovers of Fantasy, Dystopian and even Scifi it has something for everyone! 

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