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5.0 out of 5 starsA must read for all young readers!
Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2018
This book is an imagination filled ride for the young reader. I highly recommend this book if you are trying to give your child a love of writing. In fact the whole series is impressive. It is a definite must have for anyone who loves pure imagination.
4.0 out of 5 starsThis is a fun story for all ages!
Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2018
When I first went into this book I had no idea what to expect. I asked myself, “What is an orgo? Are they dinosaurs?” Looking at the cover I thought maybe I was dealing with some caveman/dinosaur type of story. Based on the name, I knew there was going to be some kind of disagreement and some group considered the renegades. Those were my assumptions. What I got was an awesome story full of action and friendship!
First off, let me tell you what an orgo is. An orgo is not a dinosaur as I thought. It is an animal with thick fur that helps it keep warm in the freezing temperatures. They have a short tail, a long slender neck, and razor sharp claws. They have strong powerful back legs that allow them to run quickly. (The animal on the cover!) They were domesticated by the people of Port Harmony. Orgos are just totally awesome creatures and I really want one!
I was right about the whole caveman thing..kind of. They aren’t cavemen but there was a deep freeze that made the population resort to living in primitive conditions. They wear furs to keep warm and ride orgos for transportation. We didn’t get much on the backstory as to what caused the deep freeze or how the people survived and managed to form these colonies. I’m wondering if maybe we will get a little more on that in the next book.
My favorite chapter was about the elrupe, a species that was cast aside and left for dead by the ruler of Scorr Tanta. It broke my heart that this species was just thrown away like garbage for no reason at all. They posed no threat to anyone. They are such a kind and gentle people and I just wanted to hug them. My heart grew 3 sizes reading about them. I still don’t understand why the ruler wanted them left for dead. I’m hoping we will find out more about why in the second book.
The entire cast of characters in this book was fantastic! They all had different personalities and we got to know quite a few of them. We were made to really hate the bad guys and love the good guys. I love a book where the characters are well-rounded and have their own personalities. My favorite character definitely has to be Haylee. She’s tough, loyal, and protective! I also really liked her brother, Evan. He is kind and caring. I’m not sure how I feel about the main character Ellie just yet. She struck me the wrong way about 3/4 through the book. We will see in the next book if I start to like her more.
Overall, I think this is a fun story for all ages! I cannot wait to read the next book in the series. Also a plus is that the author, R.J., is a fantastic person! He’s so friendly and I really have enjoyed working with him. I am giving this book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars!
Thank you to R.J. Furness for sending me a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
5.0 out of 5 stars*May Contain Spoilers* Dissent Renegades was an exciting adventure with STRONG female protagonists!
Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2018
Dissent Renegades is a novel by author R. J. Furness. The story takes place on Earth- though many years into the future after most of the planet froze over- and follows Ellie- an undercover warden from Scorr Tanta who poses as a caretaker for Orgos (a large creature that can be ridden like a horse, though reminds me of a smaller version of a long-neck dinosaur). During Ellie’s time as an apprentice for an older gentleman named Cedric, Ellie bonds with one of the orgos named Sage. It is also during this mission in Port Harmony that Ellie meets a young man named Evan, a market trader. And while Evan is easy on the eyes, fair mannered, and steady- his sister Haylee hold all the qualities of a fearless leader- strong, dependable, passionate, and loyal. Her followers- Tik, Ditto, and Morrigan are the perfect reflection of her attributes as a leader with their unwavering faith in her, and steadfast loyalty.
This futuristic, post ice-age world is broken into different colonies- Port Harmony, Scorr Tanta, Eklips, and the caves. Dissent Renegades takes you through most of this terrain- which I absolutely loved, as I enjoy a good story that provides an imaginative setting. These different locations also provided an opportunity to bring different characters into the story. The mix of characters was refreshing- for example, this wasn’t a story that focuses strictly on good vs. evil- one set of “good” guys fighting one set of “bad” guys. We were able to see the good, the bad, and the murkiness in between. Rada- the cold, domineering ruler of Scorr Tanta constantly tries to exercise her power and control over her people. She operates behind this veil of strength and competency- though these machinations are really a bid for complete dominion (which Ellie begins to see beyond, thank goodness). Then there’s Kayden, another ruler with a sick appetite for controlling people by making them slaves- and punishing them severely when he sees fit to do so. Finally, Ermine is a warden operating with fierce indignation, anger, and cruelty.
My favorite part of this story? The fact that there really aren’t too many “damsels in distress” who need the guy to come swooping in to save them. On the contrary, the females in this story hold their own and often do all the saving. Ellie is naturally curious, fearless, and begins to see beyond all the lies she was raised believing. She proves her loyalty to Haylee on more than one occasion by saving her life. Though, I suspect Haylee would have managed to make it through some of those situations had she had more time to think of a plan of escape. Haylee knows how to hold her own in a fight and remains strong and confident even in the face of insurmountable odds. Her desire to care for and protect the Elrupe (a different species of beings) also made her a favorite of mine. Ditto also saves the life of a slave girl named Pandra and pays a price that still makes my heart ache to think of it. Also- Pandra with a mace…eh, not something you’re going to want to be on the receiving end of. And Morrigan is fiery and loyal as well. All things considered, the females of this story really carried the true strength and power needed to succeed (sorry Evan and Tik!). And Widget? This little guy cracked me up (seriously though, I need a widget in my life).
The dash of something brewing sweet and beautiful between Ellie and Evan was the perfect little cherry on top of a story that was brimming with adventure and intrigue! Dissent Renegades was an exciting adventure filled with imaginative creatures, breathtaking settings, nail-biting action, and unforgettable experiences! I can’t wait to see where the next adventure takes these characters! And thank goodness for a good story that involves STRONG female protagonists!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 17, 2018
I found this book through a friend who works with the author as an illustrator. I am extremely glad that I decided to read it and absolutely urge others to do so. The world is fantastic and intriguing, the characters very interesting and there are a few twists in there that I certainly didn’t see coming. Like with all great books, there became a point where I was no longer aware of there being any effort on my part to continue reading the story, the story flows so well and is so entertaining that all you can do is hold on and enjoy the ride. Furness and the world of Dissent deserve to be experienced by readers worldwide, I know I will not hesitate to throw myself back into the world of Dissent again!
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat book, can't wait for the next installment..
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 1, 2017
Great read! The book is set in a very 'possible' future which is always a good start in my opinion as I can imagine myself living in that time era and really immerse myself in the story. With some interesting characters and unexpected plot twists this book is a great start to what I'm hoping will be the first of many books in the series. I'm just disappointed that I now have to wait for the next installment....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 2, 2017
I wish I wasn't so busy so I could read this book faster it's so enjoyable. I look forward to the evenings when I can spend a while with it. There's a great build up and introduction to the setting, the characters are real, and there are secrets abound. Orgo sound like wonderful beasts - I want one!