26 January 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Tag by Simon Royle

Over the past year, I’ve started to really dig dystopian science fiction. Futuristic mayhem and out of control politics makes for good ride. BUT only if it’s done well. And Mr. Royle can weave a story very well indeed.

The book is nothing to sneeze at, as far as length. I was a bit intimidated and was wondering if the author would be able to keep my attention the whole time. I will admit that I think part of it was a little overwritten but now that I see this is part of a series, I can understand the author may be setting up for the next book, which I’m looking forward to immensely.

The story is really well done. VERY well done, this could easily be a mainstream story at the local grocery store line. It reads very smoothly and the descriptions are top notch; I was totally there with the characters, I was rooting for the good guys and angry about having the Tag Law forced upon me, gosh darn it! I really did enjoy the descriptions and the world that the author created for us, it felt realistic. The dialogue didn’t feel forced and the narrative was smooth.

I didn’t see a single grammatical error. Whether that is because there weren’t any or because I was absorbed in the story, I’m not sure.

I’m interested to see where the author takes us now… I’m not sure where it could possibly go, but I also see that as a hallmark of a good book in a series. It’s a story in and of itself. Even if I don’t read the 2nd the book, I feel like I got a total storyline. Awesome.

I recommend this book to those that enjoy books written about futuristic societies. There’s a lot of information about how the world works in this world and it transports you there.

While I did take away one star because of the overwritten sections (again, this could be setting up the 2nd book), I’m still making this part of my “must read” books for this year.

On 15 March 2110, 6.3 billion people will die.

One man’s vision to make the world a better place.

From a world where the concept of violence has changed, and where personal privacy has been forsaken, comes a tale of conspiracy, love and murder – and the bond shared by brothers.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2011: 3

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