Friday, September 19, 2014

Blog Tour: Review: Sulan

I'm really ecstatic to be on the tour for Sulan. Find my review about halfway down!

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Episode One: The League ~ Sulan by Camille Picott

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Sixteen-year-old Sulan Hom can’t remember life before the Default—the day the United States government declared bankruptcy. As a math prodigy, she leads a protected life, kept safe from the hunger and crime plaguing the streets of America. She attends the corporate-sponsored Virtual High School, an academy in Vex (Virtual Experience) for gifted children.
Beyond the security of Sulan’s high-tech world, the Anti-American League wages a guerrilla war against the United States. Their leader, Imugi, is dedicated to undermining the nation’s reconstruction attempts. He attacks anything considered a national resource, including corporations, food storage facilities—and schools. When Sulan witnesses the public execution of a teenage student and the bombing of a college dorm, she panics. Her mother, a retired mercenary, refuses to teach her how to defend herself. Sulan takes matters into her own hands. With the help of her hacker best friend, Hank, Sulan acquires Touch—an illegal Vex technology that allows her to share the physical experience of her avatar. With Touch, Sulan defies her mother and trains herself to fight. When Imugi unleashes a new attack on the United States, Sulan finds herself caught in his net. Will her Vex training be enough to help her survive and escape?

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My Thoughts: Sulan is incredible. Absolutely phenomenal. This is such an original idea, paired with the ever-popular dystopian genre, though this isn't a normal the-world-is-ravaged world. This is a very high-tech society that is organized and have since recreated itself since the Default-when the US declared bankruptcy.

It's lovely to see diversity among characters, even if they are slightly stereotyped. But we have an Asian American protagonist, along with a few other friends who come from all different backgrounds. Also, it's cool to see how they all work together so flawlessly. Everyone seems to complete someone, and not even in a romantic way. Just in their friendships. I think that is amazing.

I loved the entire plot. From the start, when Sulan is at home, to the very end, when Sulan is with her dad (no spoilers here), there is action and important stuff; no fluff. Everything that has been said was said for a reason. Thanks for that. And dealing with the plot, it is definitely well-planned. I love seeing the characters thrown into so many different things and so confused throughout so much of the story (the characters, not the reader). I LOVE the plot twists! Do you know how many there are? So many. So many excellent twists that seriously throw you.

The research done is incredible. I learned so much about weapons and physics and bunches of other stuff that I never knew. Now who needs school?

I like how the ending wasn't a crazy cliffhanger that made you want to challenge the author to a duel. It was definitely an ending that makes me have to read the next book, but not in a ugh-I'm-forced-to-buy-the-next-book sort of way. Just a simple, wow that ended crazily. Have to read on. I like books that make me do that.

I really really enjoyed this book and I think I'll have to find myself a physical copy of this book to put on my shelf. It was that good. I absolutely adored this book and I hope my review reflects that though I am exhausted and probably rather incomprehensible. Just know, this is phenomenal. This book was astounding and I'm so glad I joined the tour.

Rating: 5 stars

About the Author:  
Camille Author PicCamille Picott is a fifth-generation Chinese American. She writes science fiction and fantasy books with Asian characters and/or Asian settings. Camille grew up reading speculative fiction stories largely devoid of Asian characters and culture. This, coupled with a passion for her heritage, is the reason she strives to bring some aspect of Eastern myth, legend, culture, and ethnicity to all of her writings. To visit Camille, go to www.camillepicott.com.

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Giveaway
Two $5 Amazon Gift Cards (INT) 

4 comments:

  1. I'm so glad to hear you really loved this one! Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts!

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  2. Thanks for your kind review! So glad you enjoyed the read!

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    1. Thank you so much for writing nd for stopping by!

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