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5.0 out of 5 starsA Vision of the Future
Reviewed in the United States on October 21, 2019
I really enjoyed reading the Augur's View with a fresh new direction in post-apocalyptic fiction. Victoria Lender weaves together some of my favorite themes in the "what if's" of many of the things we suspect are probably going on in the world or at least being planned that we cannot possibly imagine or anticipate. I found myself startled by this New World and the probable complexities of different establishments jockeying for control over the populace. I was drawn into well developed characters and details around the story setting. Without a spoiler there are a few places where I was drawn in very emotionally. I was never bored and constantly surprised by plot twists and adventure. She makes the speculative probable and the unimaginable seem real.
Ultimately I found this a pleasant enough story, and I enjoyed the character development in this book. I usually don’t read dystopian novels, but the title and description intrigued me. However, the origination of the mountain community, both in time and membership, is not developed in this book, and I found it difficult to understand why the second world hadn’t already been discovered. It was easier to follow the revelation of the third world, but more difficult to accept the new layer. One additional note. The author has a love for descriptors that is so profound it nearly capsizes the book in the first two chapters. However, eventually the story sails into view and settles in for the duration.
3.0 out of 5 starsA futuristic world melds with one of fantasy in this visionary science fiction tale
Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2021
It's the future and the world has undergone a cataclysmic event. Solar Flash burned out most of the world's electronic capabilities and infrastructure. In the power vacuum that follows the United States government is converted to the Union of the Americas of the World Federation. The UA is an authoritarian regime that does not respect individual rights or life choices but will keep the streets safe from bands of criminals if you fall in line with them.
In this new world there is a place that is a bridge between time and Eena has discovered it. Through this portal there are giant creatures, including birds called Augur's who can bond telepathically with humans. These creatures will be key in the fight to bring freedom back to the world. But, the small community that knows about the Augurs could be discovered at any time as the world outside closes in.
The Augur's View does a nice job of blending fantasy and science together. There are scenes that feel magical and interesting and ones that bring the scientific to the forefront. Overall it is a good read with an interesting premise. The heroes have a large challenge before them, especially since they prefer to cause as little bloodshed as possible. That some of the heroes are not simply out for revenge was a refreshing and enjoyable aspect of the book.
However, the cast of characters is large and there are times where the author head hops a bit much and keeping everyone straight can be a bit challenging. The events occurring are clear but it is sometimes not as clear who should be the focus of the scene.
The story is dystopian and fits in well with other books such as The Hunger Games series but with a bit more fantasy thrown in. This is the first in a series so if you enjoy it there is more story to read. If you need a book with a bit of future science fiction fantasy rolled up into one this is worth reading.
Author Victoria Lehrer weaves an intriguing tale of existence after a Solar Flash changes life on Earth (as we know it) in the year 2034. Written on subtle and possibly deeper mysterious levels, the reader is swept away with a gamut of characters that are adventurous, heroic, daring, unsavory, stalwart, and wise. I was captivated by each character and how creatively they are interlaced into this thought-provoking and stimulating story is a non-stop read. Eena, born of her father’s ‘Royal Blood’, a direct descendent of Anu and a mother of Hopi/Diné descent, is apprised of clones created by the ruling class to become a docile working breed. Appalled, she rejects the idea of the Social Engineering Initiative SEI. With both parents deceased, she is in-between waves of despair and freedom for all. Eena escapes through a mysterious portal to The Land of Mu where giant Augurs (birds) are piloted by sky travelers. The Augur’s View novel is an adventurous journey of Eena and others whose DNA has been reinvigorated because of the electromagnetic pulse (EMP) from a solar flare. They work for human sovereignty gained through non-violence with the intelligence and power of the heart. I’m looking forward to the second book of the “New Earth Chronicles”!
4.0 out of 5 starsInteresting & unique take on the future
Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2020
The Augur’s View is a interesting and unique take on post apocalyptic life. The author paints a visual picture to the point you feel as if you have been transported in to this post-apocalyptic future. It is a slow burn but it is worth the read, it took me about a week to read on and off. I do recommend giving this book a try. I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy.
Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2020
The Augur’s View is a very interesting take on post apocalyptic life. The author paints a very vivid picture and everything is described in depth making you feel as if you yourself are experiencing everything. It is a slow burn but it is worth the read! Around chapter three the story really takes off and made it difficult for me to stop reading. I finished this book In one day! This was a breath of fresh air that I didn’t know I needed!! I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy.
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2020
Most of earth now live in the skies far away from the planet. A secret is being kept and she is offered a rise in status of she work in the secret clone factory. She will find a portal to a world and creatures which could save humankind. See what is going to happen I received an advance copy from hidden gems and I want to review
5.0 out of 5 starsPost Apocalyptic Visionary Story
Reviewed in the United States on November 27, 2020
Set in 2034, The Auger's View is science fiction with post apocalyptic undertones. Earth has been crippled by a predicted Solar Flash. Earth lies in waste. Having survived the worst of the surface, can Eena and Gain uncover the conspiracy to save humanity?