Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Book Review: Campbell

I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It's such a thrill when authors want you to read their work.

Campbell is set in a present-day, dystopian world. It's 2013, but the only people who are around are the ones that were too young to be killed off by a mass-spread virus ten years before. The narrative switches between the present day and ten years prior, when the entire world changed. 

The children, who many are now grown, have somehow managed to keep major transportations, such as planes and boats, operational. But what didn't they have?  Internet. Interesting.  Broken up into territories like a compass, tensions are high, as the game for the throne escalates.

 Whoops! Wrong time, wrong kingdom.

I did have questions that were never answered, like how are these children flying planes?  Who's keeping the electricity going?  How did they learn to communicate and trade with other countries?  Like other dystopian-based books, I bet that more will be explained in future books to the series.   And I want to read it all. Now. 

The main players in this story are Tal, Leah and Connor from the West (California) and Lucy, Zoey, and Cole from Campbell (Canada).  LA hotshots and a farm family don't appear to have a lot in common, but when two of them are forced to spend some quality together, those assumptions are reevaluated. 

The further into the book I read, the more invested in the characters I became and the more intense the plot was. I craved a neat and tidy, happy ending. And while it wasn't quite a "George R.R. Martin, everyone you love is dead" ending, I wasn't thrilled with how the author left it. 

It's a love/hate relationship that I have with books that have at least one sequel. You've got to wait ages to continue on with the story!  There was an except at the end from he next book, but I didn't want to read it, since I couldn't have the whole book. ::pouty face::

I'll definitely be reading the subsequent books to Cambell.  If you'd like to read this one yourself, it's only $3.99, on both  Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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