This as an excellent side path short story. It filled in some additional knowledge that enhanced my understanding of the character Ruby. It was well narrated of course! I enjoyed listening to it and I had to listen to it in one fell swoop. I highly recommend this series and I look forward to any other shorts that may develop in the series. Keep us the great work Rebecca and Stacey!
This is a very dark book but still a very good one. Ruby lives in a future United States that has gone through some kind of possibly civil war. It's referred to as the Old America and a new one has arisen which is headed by an Emperor. Citizens are rated according to various factors and those ratings will determine what kind of life they will have including job and where they live.
Reds have the lowest ratings and basically live in poverty conditions. Yellows are a little high and Greens are the highest. Ruby is a Green and has a job as a Rater, meaning she will be assigning people a level (which seems to be somehow stamped onto their foreheads). It's a system which she thinks works. Her grandfather was actually the person that came up with it.
She finds out, though, that the high-level people have forgotten Spiderman's saying “With great power comes great responsibility.” The rulers are not at all what she expected them to be. She even finds out the penalty for crossing them.
The more things change, the more things stay the same.
Calvin Richard “Rich” Peak (boss) was very impressed with Ruby James (Official Rater) job performance. It seems Allison Montgomery (citizen # 1158459 Councilman’s daughter) must be investigated for maybe some wrong doings.
What did Morgan find out about Morgan’s research had confirmed it.? What did Councilman Montgomery (father) discuss with Ruby?
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A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written Dystopian (short story) book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great Dystopian movie, or better yet a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars.
Thank you for the free Diamond Patch Press; Author; PDF book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
Thank you to Rebecca Rode for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for review!
Before I begin my review, I'd like to start this off with saying that Ruby's Story is a companion to the second book in the Numbers Game saga, Numbers Ignite. However, this is a prequel novella and can be read as a stand alone. I have not read either Numbers Game or Numbers Ignite but I thoroughly enjoyed this short story that is set in the world of Numbers Game!
This short story follows Ruby James, the granddaughter of Richard Peak. Peak is the founder of the Rating system that is currently present in NORA. Ruby has been promoted to Rater status- something she has been working for since she was eight years old. As a Rater, she gets all of the perks which include a huge new house in a guarded neighborhood, box seats at all of the hottest events in NORA, and a high profile client list. It seems like the perfect life, until she uncovers an awful secret. Now Ruby has to decide between her status as a Rater and fighting against the wrongs she's discovered.
I really, truly enjoyed this story. It was short, but it really gave a whole new perspective into the Rater side of the Numbers Game series. With Chan's Story, we got the side of someone under pressure of being rated and having to live with his rating. In Ruby's Story, the reader gets to see the other side with the lavish lifestyle that Raters get, but also the amount of corruption and wrongness that happens behind closed doors. I enjoyed that I got to see that the life of a Rater wasn't all that Ruby thought it was. While the reality was awful, it proved that the system that everyone thought was perfect was, in fact, incredibly flawed and in need of fixing. Ruby's reaction was one that I was really hoping for, and I was so proud of her for the decisions that she made. Despite this being a short, stand alone story, I am really hoping for a sequel because I would love to read more about Ruby and find out more about what happens after this story ends!
The main character in this story was Ruby, and she was an absolutely beautiful main character. When confronted with the corruption that was present in her dream job, she refused to stay silent and wanted to help fix things and bring them back to the way that they were originally supposed to be. She was so dedicated to her beliefs that she was willing to give up everything, including her family. The end was kind of heartbreaking, but I was incredibly happy with the way that Ruby decided to go about things. I really am rooting for a sequel because Ruby was one of those really unique characters that I connected with so quickly and am curious to know where her decision has led her.
I am such a huge fan of Rebecca Rode and the world of Numbers Game and Numbers Ignite. I have only read the two short stories that are set in the world, but I am so incredibly impressed with the writing and world building that has gone into these two stories. Ruby's Story is by far my favorite, and I am so excited to get into Numbers Game with some of the base knowledge of the series that has been given in this novella. The writing is fantastic and descriptive, and you really get a sense of how things are in NORA, and I believe that reading this will give the reader a bit of a taste and leave them wanting more!
If you're wanting to get into Numbers Game but are unsure if you're ready to take the plunge, or even if you're waiting to pick up Numbers Ignite, grab Ruby's Story and prepare to get sucked in! This novella will leave you with so many questions that only Numbers Game and Numbers Ignite will be able to answer, and it's definitely worth a read to learn about how the world is from a Rater's point of view! With an incredibly strong main character, beautiful writing, and a cliffhanger ending, Ruby's Game is one fantastic short story that is sure to hook you from page one!