I hope you are all having a great Wednesday. I’m having fun with my family since it’s the last day my uncle, aunt and cousins are in Portugal. Thankfully I going to France in less than a month. Anyway, I will have a busy day.
Besides staying home with my family, I will be preparing some blog posts, but before I get back to work, here is a new review.
I bring you “The Gathering“, the first book in The Uprising Series, written by Bernadette Giacomazzo. It’s a Dystopian Fiction book, published this year. And I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Bernadette for the eCopy of the book and for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour and give my honest review.
The Uprising Series tells the story of three freedom fighters and their friends in high — and low — places that come together to overthrow a vainglorious Emperor and his militaristic Cabal to restore the city, and the way of life, they once knew and loved. In The Gathering, Jamie Ryan has defected from the Cabal and has joined his former brothers-in-arms — Basile Perrinault and Kanoa Shinomura — to form a collective known as The Uprising. When an explosion leads to him crossing paths with Evanora Cunningham — a product of Jamie’s past — he discovers that The Uprising is bigger, and more important, than he thought.
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With an impressive list of credentials earned over the course of two decades, Bernadette R. Giacomazzo is a multi-hyphenate in the truest sense of the word: an editor, writer, photographer, publicist, and digital marketing specialist who has demonstrated an uncanny ability to thrive in each industry with equal aplomb. Her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, People, Us Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, and many, many more. She served as the news editor of Go! NYC Magazine for nearly a decade, the executive editor of LatinTRENDS Magazine for five years, the eye candy editor of XXL Magazine for two years, and the editor-at-large at iOne/Zona de Sabor for two years. As a publicist, she has worked with the likes of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and his G-Unit record label, rapper Kool G. Rap, and various photographers, artists, and models. As a digital marketing specialist, Bernadette is Google Adwords certified, has an advanced knowledge of SEO, PPC, link-building, and other digital marketing techniques, and has worked for a variety of clients in the legal, medical, and real estate industries.
Based in New York City, Bernadette is the co-author of Swimming with Sharks: A Real World, How-To Guide to Success (and Failure) in the Business of Music (for the 21st Century), and the author of the forthcoming dystopian fiction series, The Uprising. She also contributed a story to the upcoming Beyonce Knowles tribute anthology, The King Bey Bible, which will be available in bookstores nationwide in the summer of 2018.
I haven’t read that many dystopian fiction books (two or three books I think), so I grab the opportunity to read this book and open up more my book experience. Although my expectation on a dystopian book didn’t really exist, since I just wanted to experience a genre I haven’t read much, I quite enjoyed “The Gathering“.
This book is the first one in the series, and it gave us the foundation of the world and the characters. It doesn’t give us all the answers, but it sets the pace and the tone for the storyline. Follows several important character through out the story, in a short time, with flashbacks and memories that allow us to understand the events and the relationships between the main characters and the rest of the world.
Like I said before, I didn’t really have any expectations, not because I didn’t like the blurb or was intrigued… I was curious and I wonder what would happen in the story and how the author would take her book. But as for the dystopian elements, I had no idea what to look for or expect really, so the book was refreshing. I heard people talking about Dystopias as having a darker element, in here there was that touch of darkness and realism that touched our reality, because it felt connected to our lives right now. So I kind of liked the feeling of dejá vu because it felt like real.
Because the book is told from multiples point of views, that sense of reality became much more evident, I suppose. It makes it possible for the reader to understand were the characters stand, think and dream about their lives and the world and society they belong. And in this book I do believe it was a perfect choice, because it open our understanding about different people and different ways of life.
Then there is the rock ‘n’ roll element that made different from every other books I have read, in any genre. I think that was a great touch to bring in a story. And then there are all those characters that intrigued me, specially Evanora, she’s my favorite.
Do I recommend this book? Of course, even if you don’t read dystopian books, you should give this first book a shot and at least read it and see if the foundations and world building of this story makes you intrigued to read the following books in the series, when they are published.
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