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I Am Alive (I Am Alive #1-3)
By Cameron Jace
Young Adult Dystopian
Published May 23rd 2012 *Author's Note: starting 12/1/2012 this is a newly professionally edited version*
Every girl dies - not every girl really lives.
Sixteen-year-old Decca Tenderstone feels captivated when she meets gorgeous and reckless Leo, who is arrogant, silent, beautiful, and shoots almost every one he meets.
The usual boring girl meets badboy story... hmm... with a twist...
They live in a dystopian future in Los Angeles where every sixteen-year-old is ranked on a scale from one to ten to determine their future. Outranks, who are considered a danger to society, are forced to attend the Monster Show, a brutal sacrificing ritual that is broadcasted worldwide on live TV, where rebellious teens are labelled Bad Kidz or Monsters and get to fight for their lives in deadly games.
To prove that you're still alive you have to scream I Am Alive every six hours. Lower your voice, and you're dead.
Decca doesn't need Leo's company. She has a secret of her own. While they both can't stand each other, she will find out why she doesn't fit into any rank.
Nothing will stand in her way as she has to make choices concerning love, life, staying alive, growing up, and finding out who she really is.
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I received a copy of this book for an honest review as part of this blog tour. Also, please be aware that his review is for the set including books 1-3.
MY OVERVIEW: Please, please read the author's notes at the beginning and end of the book. It will make the reading experience much better. I completely agree that the concept of kids/teenagers fighting is an old one. It was not created for The Hunger Games trilogy, it was just made popular by it. I like how Cameron Jace put his spin on the fighting.
PROS: I think it is really interesting how the author has created this dystopian society based around an "ark", or really a time capsule. The leaders took what they wanted out of the ark and used it to control their society. I just wonder how they got to the point where civilization was beginning to form again. I also really liked Bellona. Her character was written beautifully.
CONS: I did find the fascination with the letter "z" a little annoying. However, the author's note at the end of the book did make it a little better. I think Decca's character needed to be developed just a little more. Her whole reason for entering was to find Woo, yet she never searched for him. Also, there were a few editing mistakes with spelling and sentence structure, but not enough to ruin the book.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: I don't think that this book should have been split into four parts. It seemed like each part was a little too short to stand on its own. I think it would have been good as a two book series. I do look forward to reading part four. I can't wait to find out what happens to Decca and Leo.
About the Author:
Wonderlander, Neverlander, Unicorn-chaser, enchanter, musician, survived a coma, and totally awesome. Sometimes I tell stories. Always luv the little monsters. I write young adult paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and science fiction mostly. The Grimm Diaries series is a seven book saga that deals with retellings of fairy tales from a young adult POV - it connects most of the fairy tales together and claims to be the truth about fairy tales. I live in San Fransisco and seriously think circles are way cooler than triangles.
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