Saturday, June 28, 2014

Paradigm by Ceri A. Lowe Review

Title: Paradigm
Author: Ceri A. Lowe
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian Fiction
Series: Paradigm, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: The interesting thing about this dystopian novel is that it explains not the destruction of such a society, but the formation of one--a solid, interesting debut, even if it was a little hard to follow.

This book was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Alice Davenport has seen the destruction of the world as she knows it. Carter Warren is a boy who wants to change the world. Their stories intertwine as Alice works to implement a new world order, and Carter races to find the secrets of the past.. And just what Paradigm Industries has to do with it.. Because if he doesn't hurry, he and his whole family, and his future, could be in jeopardy..

What I enjoyed:
-I loved the premise of this novel, new and different and yet somehow familiar--I loved the way it went between the formation of the dystopian society, and Carter racing to figure out how to overthrow it--it was novel and original
-The chilling, frightening world in which Alice and Carter live, in which people are doomed to just survival and not having actual lives
-Alice, the young woman who doesn't have a purpose until she works to reform society as we all know it, and in so doing, potentially dooms the human race to just exist and survive, and not to actually live
-Carter, the strong-willed boy who wants nothing more than to change the world for the better and make a mark on society--even if that society is utterly totalitarian
-The pacing of the novel was completely breakneck--I couldn't put it down
-Jonah, the boy that Alice falls in love with
-The character development of Alice and Carter was rich and relatable to me, Carter especially
-The ending--it was perfect and I can't wait to see what's next!

What could've been better:
-At times it seemed like it was moving too fast
-The idea seemed a bit far fetched as the novel went on

Overall, I really enjoyed Paradigm--a heart-racing, un-put-downable thriller! Next on deck: The Marked Ones by Cathi Shaw!

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