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5.0 out of 5 starsEngaging story
Reviewed in the United States on October 10, 2020
This author spins a Web of intrigue, deception and secrets that captures your interest from the beginning. It has a hunger games feel but I would have liked more of the game in the beginning as I was disappointed that it did not progress as far as I wanted it to but that is my personal preference. I am interested to see how it plays out.
4.0 out of 5 starsIf you liked the Hunger Games you'll enjoy this book
Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2020
This is the first book in The GEOs Trilogy. If you liked the Hunger Games you'll enjoy this book. The world had been decimated by the horrible GM virus and what was left of humanity was deep underground in the GEO's. In this Dystopian thriller there is lots of suspense, danger and evil. Tylia is a teenager who is underground with her ailing mother. She has many decisions as she is faced with participating in a medical trial that might cure one of the virus strains. But the world is not what she thinks. No spoiler here but this is a fast moving book that is well written with interesting characters. But just by the genre, be aware that it's depressing at times. Being the first book in a trilogy leaves you with a cliffhanger of sorts. This is not my normal genre but I enjoyed it and I read an arc and voluntarily chose to review.
Wow! This novel was a great read about a dystopian world, where a virus has wiped out much of humanity and the survivors have been driven underground. Some though live Above, whom are considered dangerous. Like most, absolute power corrupts, brainwashing and fear the keep the people ignorant, ans false hope is given. In this case, it is the Acceptance, where those chose have to survive the Above and if they do, get a chance to live in the Labs. Tylia will do anything to save her mother. She is a coder and good at hacking, which gets her into the Acceptance. She has no idea what she has gotten herself into and warned not to trust anyone. Nothing is as what she was told and learns much from a man who saves her life. Tylia is determined to save her family, even if she has to gain the trust of the Rejs. Tylia becomes a survivor and learns much, which shocks her, but she is determined to know the truth.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
5.0 out of 5 starsAn exciting start to a new series
Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2020
Being that I am a massive fan of anything dystopian (Hunger Games & Divergent being two of my favourite box sets) I couldn't wait to get cracking on this book and I am pleased to say that it exceeded my expectations.
As with many novels/movies/series of this genre it is evident that humanity, in an apocalyptic type crisis will not do well. Those that are in power will be corrupted absolutely and will do anything to hold onto that power, even if it means lying to their people who trust them and rely on them. The Acceptance is an amazing book which is incredibly well-written with a story line that is entertaining, captivating and exciting and kept me glued to the pages throughout with characters that are rich, vibrant and incredibly well-crafted.
I received a free copy of this book from Bad Boy Update and am voluntarily leaving a review.
5.0 out of 5 starsA must for any Hunger Games fan .
Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2020
This book was a totally new experience for me on 2 different levels the 1st being that I've never read anything by this author before so I wasn't sure what I was going to be getting , and this is a genre of book I don't read so in that sense this was going to be a whole new world to explore . While I did think that this was probably aimed at a slightly younger audience than myself I have got to admit I enjoyed it ....... From the characters trying to survive right through to the dystopian world I was reading about I was entertained ....... well written and with a strong storyline this is 1 entertaining read . I volunterally agreed to read and review an advanced reader copy of this book .
5.0 out of 5 starsSuspensefully real in today's times.
Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2020
This is the second series I have read by this author. It takes place in a futuristic time when a virus has killed 90% of the population of our world.
The people now live underground and are controlled by a company that is searching for the cure. A select group of people is sent out above ground every 100 days in order to see if life above ground can be reestablished. The people that survive this trial called the Acceptance, are supposed to be granted a life of prosperity for themselves and their family afterwards.
However, life is never as simple as it seems. There are a group of people who are already living on the face of the planet and the fact that they are doing so is being covered up by the corporation that controls everything underground.
The first book in the series does a great job of pulling you into them main character, Tylia's life. By the end of reading the book I felt like she was a close friend. I can't wait to see what comes next in "The Labs"
Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2020
This is an honest review of an Advanced Reader Copy
Welcome to The GEOs, where the survivors of a virus that wiped out 90% of the world’s population live, while scientists above the surface work desperately to find a cure. Or do they?!? The only way to move oneself and one’s family out of the GEOs and to live as Elite, is to survive The Acceptance. When techie Tylia Coder discovers a way to hack her way into being chosen to participate in The Acceptance, she takes full advantage, desperate to move her mother to The Elite so she can get the medical care she needs to stay alive. Once she’s part of The Acceptance Tylia discovers that nothing is as it seems, and that the scientists who are supposed to be working to save them, are killing them instead. This book was fantastic and I can’t wait to read book 2!!
5.0 out of 5 starsElite Society Hiding the Truth from the Workers Underground
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 14, 2020
This is book one of The GEO’s series and the main character is a seventeen year old coder, Tylia. Decades after a deadly GM virus killed the majority of mankind, the Farrow family are still searching for a cure and live in the Above, as the surface of the planet is called, and work in the Labs, working on a cure, that they say could be any day. The rest of the survivors live underground in dark GEO’s, dug out as soon as the virus reached pandemic status and their ancestors realised no one would be able to survive above the surface, as everything was destroyed. Each person underground has a last name that specifies the work they do. So Tylia is actually called Tylia Coder, as she is a coder in the hydro department. There are farmers, doctors, coders and EF – security services. The virus has been constantly mutating, so a cure has still not been found. But the Farrow family live a life of luxury on the surface. The only chance for the workers down below is to be chosen for The Acceptance, a trial of survival on the surface and an ability to survive the virus, which would then allow their family to move to the Greens and the worker to get a job in the Labs.
Only problem is that no one has survived the trial for decades and seven people are selected every hundred days. Tylia is working on a coding issue when she suddenly gets access into parts of the system she usually can’t and she finds a strange anomaly in the selection process and realises it is actually rigged! She had though to hack the system to put her name forward, for a chance to save her mother who has caught the Cough. An illness caused by the damp conditions below ground. If a person doesn’t work, then they don’t get meal vouchers of even housing. Now she isn’t so sure, but there doesn’t seem to be much of an option if she wants her mother to survive. She tries to gain some black market herbs and medicines to help her mother, as the medical queues are too long and there is no medicine available for anyone other than the Elites up on the surface! If you don’t follow the rules of the GEO, then you get a strike and three strikes and you are exiled. These people are known as REJ (rejects) and are blamed for attacks on limited supplies and infrastructure underground. Some live in areas closer to the surface, in older parts of the structures, no longer used by others.
Hacking the system leaves her on the list of candidates for the trials and the organisers know someone has hacked the system and Tylia soon finds that her training has been set up for her to fail, but she can’t give up now. Being up on the surface, is far different than what she and her friends had been told and she soon meets a people, more REJ’s, who are wholly different than what she expects. They have their own trial that Tylia must undergo and she will then have a choice to make. Return underground to save her mother, or live free on the surface? What she discovers and overhears, during her hacking, training and then during her trial, lead her to understand what is wrong about what she has been taught and about the inequality of the different groups of survivors. What she can do about it, is yet to be seen and I hope to read the next book in the series soon, to see what the main characters do and what change they may be able to bring about. An interesting and futuristic look at a world devastated by a virus, which is very apt at this time. Great for any who loved Divergent and Hunger Games, with similar grouping of individuals by their skills and trials to gain a move upwards in society. I received an ARC copy of this book from BookSprout and I have freely given my own opinion of the book above.