The fortress is home to the last remnants of civilization. The few remaining women live in a vault far below the gardens, while the men stand watch and maintain the walls that protect them all. A virus from long ago, and generations of inbreeding since, has left average men severely outnumbered by Simples. Humanity, as it once was, is broken.
Outside those walls live the Wildmen–starving, poor and desperate for the treasures of the fortress. Seeking women to once again fill their own ranks with healthy children, and something other than rats to fill their stomachs, the Wildmen launch one last raid.
One-fifty-two is a Simple man. The raid disrupts his calm and orderly world with smoke and fear, the need for the comfort of his mother and the promises of a lone Wildman captive. With his eyes open to the secrets behind the order he had always known, One-fifty-two must find the courage to stop being a cog and take hold of the wheel–or the fortress may be the end of them all.
I discovered this novel through the NaNoWriMo forums and the blurb interested me enough to give it a chance. Yet, while it was a great blurb, I didn’t have high expectations.
I was pleasantly surprised. In this book, I discovered wonderfully original characters, original and very well though out world and plot.
I loved the premise and I loved the characters, even the ones I was supposed to hate because everyone had genuine reasons for their actions.
I worried over them and the choices they making. I worried if they were going to be alright, particularly our Main character 152. Although, I felt some characters could’ve been used better as they were really good ones.
This is a very short, very quick read. It can be easily read in a day. And this is the books downfall. It felt like a beginning. Everything is set up wonderfully, but it isn’t taken advantage of. Everything is resolved too quickly. It left me disappointed.
I would’ve loved to have seen the tension built up much more before things were set in motion and I would’ve liked things to have been more difficult. If the author ever decided to expand this novel then I would be so excited to read it again. In fact, I think it would have great potential as a series.
I liked this book, but it just needs more to it. It moves much too quick.
Jean Davis has an excellent style of writing that really appeals to me and I will be watching out for future work by her.
To sum up, great writing, too short, great characters, original plot
Was it worth the read? Yes
Would I re-read? If revised and made longer then yes!
Would I read this Author again? Yes, great writing style