Enthralling Dystopian Novel
Thrilling. Intriguing. Captivating.
Age Warfare could be considered one of the most frightening books I’ve read. It is fiction yes, but drawing out real possibilities for the future (or the lack of one) of our human race. The message may be bleak, just the same it could serve as a warning, and one that should be heard by all.
I would not call this book a light read. The subject matter is very deep and serious. Although a fiction novel, Age Warfare is a textual of what the world may be like in forty years or less. Juan Carlos Cantú deals with the breakdown of our ecosystem, the world’s financial stability, and a social collapse.
The characters are introduced, showing age and generation, along with the concerns of each group. The only thing the characters have in common is the situation of the world in which they reside together. A severe division exists between generations, and in a sense creating a segregation based on terms entirely different from race, creed, and religion.
From first reading the description for Age Warfare, I knew this was a must read. While the subject matter is dark and disheartening, the author has developed a wonderful novel with great detail. Foot notes are provided and the author ingeniously writes a compelling theory with creative language and labeling.
I loved this book. I hate the thought this might be true.
Product Details : File Size: 1618 KB Print Length: 312 pages Publisher: JUAN CARLOS CANTU; 1 edition (August 29, 2013) Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Language: English ASIN: B00EVIWV9U AGE WARFARE
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A social movement pushing for change brews in the United States. The crushing difference between the appalling conditions the younger generation (called limiters) have to endure and the opulent lifestyles of the older folks (called precollapsers) is increasingly unsustainable. The year is 2053, and the compulsive use of technology has molded human interaction, behavior, and learning capabilities, degrading them to a level which decades earlier would have been thought of as pathological. The world is mired in ecological crisis, as the governments around the world intrusively impose regulations aimed at moderating energy consumption growth in an increasingly strained planet.
This is the world in which Ethan Maxwell is born: a world of harsh conditions; one that apparently no other youth around him seems to have a problem with. His story is one of transformation, one of survival –and one of hope. Accompany Ethan in the journey that takes him from an inconspicuous high school in Boston, Massachusetts, to the zenith of a worldwide social movement that threatens to rock the very structures that keep his generation oppressed and neglected. Age Warfare is the tale of a not-so-foreign future that paints the picture of what could happen if we continue in the current path, but also one that leaves us with the hope of knowing that there is always another opportunity to start anew.
Juan Carlos Cantú was born in 1978 in Mexico. He attended college at ITESM in Monterrey, Mexico, where he graduated with a Bachelor in Economics in 1999. He then moved to Austin, TX, where he completed a Master of Business Administration at the University of Texas at Austin’s gorgeous campus. He cried (just a little) when he left Austin for Houston, where he currently lives.
These books are hard covers and I found them on the cheap. I couldn’t believe it and couldn’t resist them. The only thing that disappoints me is The Hunt is a series I’ve not read. I’ve been in a mood lately and reading a lot of stuff similar to 1984. These are going to do just fine. The first two, J and The Hunt are going to be twisted dark dystopia fantasy types. Eleanor sounds really interesting and has been compared to A Wrinkle in Time. We will see.
J: A Novel
by Howard Jacobson
Man Booker Prize–winner Howard Jacobson’s brilliant and profound new novel, J, “invites comparison with George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World” (Sunday Times, London). Set in a world where collective memory has vanished and the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited, J is a boldly inventive love story, both tender and terrifying.
Kevern Cohen doesn’t know why his father always drew two fingers across his lips when he said a word starting with a J. It wasn’t then, and isn’t now, the time or place to be asking questions. When the extravagantly beautiful Ailinn Solomons arrives in his village by a sea that laps no other shore, Kevern is instantly drawn to her. Although mistrustful by nature, the two become linked as if they were meant for each other. Together, they form a refuge from the commonplace brutality that is the legacy of a historic catastrophe shrouded in suspicion, denial, and apology, simply referred to as WHAT HAPPENED, IF IT HAPPENED. To Ailinn’s guardian, Esme Nussbaum, Ailinn and Kevern are fragile shoots of hopefulness. As this unusual pair’s actions draw them into ever-increasing danger, Esme is determined to keep them together—whatever the cost.
In this stunning, evocative, and terribly heartbreaking work, where one couple’s love affair could have shattering consequences for the human race, Howard Jacobson gathers his prodigious gifts for the crowning achievement of a remarkable career.
The Hunted (The Enemy book 6)
by Charlie Higson
The sickness struck everyone sixteen and older. First it twisted their minds; next it ravaged their bodies. Now the sickos roam the streets, crazed and hungry for young flesh.
Ella’s friends had told her that the country would be safer than the city. They were wrong. Now they’re dead and Ella’s all alone–alone, that is, except for her silent rescuer, Scarface. But she doesn’t even know if he’s a kid or a grown-up.
Back in London, Ed is determined to find Ella and keep his promise to Small Sam that he will reunite sister and brother. But getting out of town has never been more dangerous. It seems that every sicko in the country is coming from all directions, almost as if they’re being summoned to the capital. Will anything be able to stop the invading horde?
by Jason Gurley
When a terrible accident claims the life of Eleanor’s twin, her family is left in tatters, and her reality begins to unravel, dropping her in and out of unfamiliar worlds. When she returns to her own time and place, hours and days have flown by without her. One fateful day, Eleanor leaps from a cliff…and vanishes. In a strange in-between place, she meets a mysterious stranger who understands the weight of her family history: Eleanor’s twin wasn’t the only tragic loss. And unless Eleanor can master her strange new abilities, she may not be the last.
Her Crowning Frenzy: A Collection of Poetic Stories
by Robin Chappell
Literature | Fiction | Poetry
Robin Chappell writes about real-life issues and situations. The author groups her poetic short-stories into chapters of Love, Rebellion, Heartache, Life, and Passion, sculpting the plots of each short-story with poetry. ‘Her Crowning Frenzy: A Collection of Poetic Stories’ is an upbeat read with a modern and fresh style.
The moment I started reading ‘Her Crowning Frenzy: A Collection of Poetic Stories’, I was reminded of Poe or Lovecraft and their writing styles. The notable difference, Robin writes with light and love. Her poetry has a strong and sometimes dark message but the light shines through her words.
Monsters exist. And while some of these stories have their monsters and horrible situations, Chappell writes with a spark that lights up those dark corners. Though they are fiction and fantasy, these stories felt real. The messages and life happenings were not always easy to take. However, through the trials and tribulations, the author brought forth hope, endurance and inspiration.
The stories are charged with lessons. Each story alone has an emotional message between the lines. At times the words tell of hard truths while every story absolutely leaves a deep and lasting impact.
Sometimes the stories felt whimsical, gentle and tender. At other times the stories felt more dire, dreadful and creepy. Two stories stand out in my mind as I write this review. One of heaven and one of evil. The tone was completely different, though both stories flowed beautifully. One book, one author, with every story taking on a life of its own.
The poetry is incredible at digging deep. Amplifying, distorting, emphasizing, fabricating, heightening, intensifying, magnifying…. doing exactly what poetry is suppose to do. Poetry stirs the soul. And that is exactly what this book did for me.
These poems, stories, shorts, or prose, what ever name an expert of words would like to use, have brought me joy and sadness, sometimes snapping me to attention. The works in this book do exactly what poetry should. Each story made me feel.
I highly recommend even if you do not normally read poetry, you will still love this book. It is for adults and mature readers.
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