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The City Center Audiobook

The City Center: The New Agenda, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Ava didn't want to be right. Not about her city. Not about their leader, Chief Morray. But when Joseph gives her a secret journal from the past, the truth is revealed. She escapes with Joseph to the Outside, sending Chief Morray on an obsessive pursuit to retrieve his property. Ava has to decide if she should keep running, or return to the city center to save her people.

Gold Medal Winner Dystopian Fiction - Readers' Favorite.

©2013 Simone Pond (P)2015 Simone Pond

What the Critics Say

"This story is decorated with familiar things, and at its heart contains thrilling characters and heroic journeys." (RevolutionSF)
"The power of this novel actually comes from the world building and the action." (Smart Girls Love Sci-fi)
"The revelations before the conclusion are properly shocking and quite insidious." (SF Crowsnest)

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    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 07-31-15
    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 07-31-15 Member Since 2016

    I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!

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    "AMAZING STORY!!!! LOVED IT!!!!"
    If you could sum up The City Center in three words, what would they be?

    Fabulously well written!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The City Center?

    The end, when Ava stands up for the people!!


    Have you listened to any of Sarah Zimmerman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't think so, but I would, she nailed it!!!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Ava first realizes she has been lied to her whole life...I felt very bad for her..


    Any additional comments?

    ** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

    I loved this, I am a fan of dystopic society books...and this is one of the better ones I have listened too! I love the concept of a society being manufactured and re-uploaded into pre-made bodies over and over again....This society is a cross between old style because of the monarchy and new style because everyone is micro-chipped.... Ava has never felt she belonged, she has feelings and emotions...and most people do not because of the way they were wired, so to speak...well Ava comes across an outsider who gives her a book, and thing from there become clearer and clearer to her...she helps this man escape before he goes on trial...and her whole world changes....

    AWESOME BOOK! I RECOMMEND! I WILL CONTINUE THIS SERIES!

    Thank You, Audiobookblast(dot)com

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Felisha 07-13-15
    Felisha 07-13-15

    Professional Actress and Audiobook Narrator. Lifetime Story Teller.

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    "There is Freedom"

    Simone Pond's praise worthy and unique dystopian novel truly captures the idea of how humanity's desire for control and perfection can lead to dire consequences, but through community, perseverance, and above all faith, one can be set free from the slavery of life.


    Sarah Zimmerman was ideal for this narration. Her cadence was spot on and I was wholly impressed by her ability to subtly portray each character with ease and little need for flare.

    I was truly impressed by this novel and would recommend it to all.

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

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    MelHay Adamsburg, PA 07-06-15
    MelHay Adamsburg, PA 07-06-15
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    "A city created in the destruction of the world..."
    If you could sum up The City Center in three words, what would they be?

    Dystopian, Science, Realization


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ava, who's the main character is my favorite. She is different from others in the city and thinks out of the box guidlines that were given to her. She's created new but she's created with a purpose, and she fights that purpose. She grows through the book to become more than a shell.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I would have to say the escape of Ava and Joseph. This shows how crafty Ava is and starts to show us that the world on the outside is different than we believed as residence of the city. That there's a whole history we are learning about, and things are different even from what we think they are in the city.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't laugh or cry at the story, but I was attracted to the story as I wanted to see what would happen next. What would the characters do in reaction. And I had to see more of the world that was created here. The world and it's people are so intricately entwined that the story drew the world for us at the same time.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Sarah's tone at the beginning of the story. Ava is not happy with the way life is specifically drawn out for her, from the day of her inception. Sarah's tone sounds as it follows suit with Ava's feelings. She carries attitude, good and bad, very well in her voice. Sarah's voice has become Ava for me. She felt to slip into Ava's character in all of Ava's emotions and story. The fact that someone was reading me the story slipped away as I listened to Ava unfold and her adventure happen.

    The story starts off with a strong first chapter. It builds the world and our main character, Ava, with curiosity on my behalf as a reader. There are small hints dropped of the world, inside the walls and outside, along with Ava possibly being different. This chapter was well done to bring me to want to continue. I had to pay attention closely in the audio as there is a lot of information here along with the feeling of the characters. This already feels like a deeper world and creation. It made me want to continue on even more.

    The world is a combination of life in villages out in the world and technology. This had a scifi feel to the creation of the people, but it's not a complete science fiction story. This story has a dystopian side to it as the background for the creation of City Center.

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    LovesBooks 08-23-16
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    "Great book!"

    A very well written, performed and interesting book. The characters come alive and draw you into the world!

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    B. Mulder 09-22-15
    B. Mulder 09-22-15
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    "makes you think"

    this story was really interesting. it makes you consider what it would take to bring society down and how far a government would go to keep control. It is a long book but it kept my attention the whole time. definitely worth it.

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    Amazon Customer 07-25-15
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    "Enjoyable read"
    What did you love best about The City Center?

    I loved the concept. At first I was worried that this would be something akin to the divergent series. But that was not the case. The story was unique. It was a society that had been genetically created to fulfill certain roles and to maintain the status quo. Then there were those who live on the outside of the city who are regular - not part of the system. Those who lived in the city had grown up believing that the outside was ruined..dangerous/deadly and filled with disease etc.

    Then we learn more about the city and the darker going ons. But I wont go into detail so not to ruin the story.

    The ending did help roll things up nicely. But it did leave some wiggle room for another book.


    Which character – as performed by Sarah Zimmerman – was your favorite?

    I liked quite a few characters. Eva and Joseph made good - good guys

    and Chief Morray made a very good bad guy. Unfortunately a lot of the other characters werent that fleshed out. And I kind of wish we got to know more about some of the other 10 contenders aside from Eva.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this book a lot faster than I do many. I dont think I can ever read a book in a sitting (short attention span). But I read through this story a lot faster than is usual.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was gifted to me from Audiobook Blast for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie S. Texas 07-10-15
    Julie S. Texas 07-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The City Center - would make a good movie"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure, anyone who is a fan of the dystopian genre and who wants a fun quick read (listen) should check it out.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I definitely liked the main character Ava. She is quick thinking and acting and knows what to say and when to say it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the scene when Ava addresses the residents of the City Center (near the end of the book).


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This would definitely make a good film! The tag line could be The New Agenda truth will be revealed.


    Any additional comments?

    The City Center is an interesting futuristic dystopia with sci-fi elements that I found very interesting. The people living in the City Center are genetically engineered to be a certain way, and only later do we realize the true sinister purpose for this. I thought the overall premise was great, the main character Eva is pretty dang awesome, and the villain is kind of a mad genius. I liked how Eva was already different and after reading the journal given to her by the Outsider and using her wit, she starts to see how things are not what she has been brainwashed to believe. However, I think this book is a little on the short side and honestly would make a better movie than it does a book. There is a ton of action and a lot of dialogue, but I don’t feel there is enough of a descriptive nature that I have come to expect in novels. It felt rushed and was more “tell” than “show”. Even though this is a series book, everything you expect to be in a dystopian trilogy happens here – from the world introduction and the conflict, to the escape, the capture, and finally the overthrowing of the current system (though there is an unresolved issue that can be continued in further books). That is just too much for one short book, and so most of it felt like I was reading a summary rather than the unfolding events leading up to the finale. Sure, I don’t like when a story drags out over books just to sell more books, but this one has the opposite problem. (After reading the blurbs for the other books in the series this kind of makes sense, as each subsequent book follows a different character in a different timeline in the New Agenda world.)

    I was provided this audio book in exchange for my honest review from Audiobook Blast.

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    Trixie 07-09-15
    Trixie 07-09-15
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    If you could sum up The City Center in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic first book in the series and want for more. I thoroughly enjoyed this imaginative journey. Ms. Pond struck a great balance between story and character development. Can't wait for more. This audiobook is highly recommended


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com

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    Karen Reese 06-26-15
    Karen Reese 06-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Unique Dystopian World"
    If you could sum up The City Center in three words, what would they be?

    Unique,well developed characters & world building


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book tremendously and have read all of the books in the New Agenda Series

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    Amiesbookreviews Ontario, Canada 06-14-15
    Amiesbookreviews Ontario, Canada 06-14-15 Listener Since 2008

    Check out more detailed reviews on my blog amiesbookreviews.wordpress. com

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    "One of the best dystopian books ever"
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    THE CITY CENTER

    Author: Simone Pond

    Type of Book: Audiobook - Unabridged

    Narrator: Sarah Zimmerman

    Length: 6 hours, 54 minutes

    Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian Fiction, Science Fiction

    Release Date: May 21, 2015

    Publisher: Simone Pond

    Rating: 5 out 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    This book won a Gold Medal for Dystopian Fiction.

    Dystopian fiction has gained popularity over the past few years and authors are churning out books by the thousands. The problem with this popularity is that with such a glut of books available it is difficult to find one that is truly original. Well, look no further. 'The City Center' is a rare gem of originality.

    'The City Center' takes place three hundred years into the future in a utopian city where genetic engineering is the norm and people have never been exposed to actual sunlight. The city is located on the California coast and is encased in an air and light-tight dome.

    City residents live in a reality of blissful ignorance. Microchips implanted in them at inception (not birth, since natural births no longer occur) tell the city's residents what to think and when. Mood enhancers are sprayed into the air to keep the citizens content and docile.

    Ava Rhodes is one of twelve young women who were created to take over the Royal Court at the age of 18. One of these young ladies will become Queen and the others will receive positions such as Duchess or Countess. There are also 12 male Successors, each paired with one of the females since inception.

    Simone Pond has imagined a complex society with fascinating technologies. No detail is left out. There is even a "dark market" where city residents can buy such things as a download of classic movies. Since all screen viewing is carefully selected propoganda, the ownership of these old movies is illegal (even if it is only considered a minor offense.)

    Ava has always been just a little bit different from the other Successor candidates. Her designated partner is a pompous jerk who insists that Ava has a "glitch". Sometimes she can't help but think he is right.

    With Graduation Day fast approaching, Ava knows that her life will soon change dramatically and she knows that what little freedom she now enjoys will be a thing of the past.

    A chance encounter with a handsome and mysterious 'Outsider' leads Ava to start questioning her world.

    The question is what can she do about it? And, does she really want to do anything about it? Should she leave the city to try to discover the truth? Or should she remain and accept the status quo?

    Ava has some big decisions to make, or maybe not. Those decisions just might be made for her.

    Once you learn what lies at the sinister heart of the City Center, you will be shocked and appalled. From that point on it is impossible to put this book down.

    'The City Center' is a fast paced, thrilling read that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

    Ava Rhodes is an excellent heroine. Personable and real, you can't help wanting to root for her.

    I was very impressed with the sophistication of the writing in this book. Simone Pond is definitely an author worth watching.

    This tale is full of imagination, interesting ideas, intellect and intrigue. It is a must read for all lovers of dystopian fiction.

    My rating for this audiobook is an enthusiastic 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    I will be eagerly awaiting the audiobook release of the second book in this series.



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