A Paul B Review: Breaker (Exile #1) by Kelly Wyre and A.F. Henley

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

exile-breaker-coverIn a world of unintended effects, what was supposed to be The Cure, has given a portion of the population side effects.  The government, or what’s left of it, gathers these people.  Either they use them for their own purposes (human lie detectors among others) or keep them locked up for “the public good.”  However, there is this mythical island where the Estranged as they are called can escape to and life free from fear of capture.  But does this island really exist?

Kaeva knows that this island exists.  He’s been living there for the past eight years after twelve years on the streets.  Now thirty-six, he lives a solitary life on the island, away from the city.   When emotional, Kaeva has a tendency to short out electrical equipment.   His touch has even short circuited the brains of fellow humans as Kaeva points out that the brain is a bunch of cells tied together by water and electricity.  He is upset when the island leaders tell him to retrieve the newest “intake” who should be washing ashore soon.

Eddie has been scared of being detected for the past 22 years.  A recent college graduate who majored in English Literature focusing on ancient 20th century comic books.  However, after receiving the Cure, he has been hearing voices in his head.  These voices are of various people who are about to commit a crime.  However, Eddie never knows where these voices come from nor is he able to help any of the victims before it is too late.  Thinking silence is better than these voices he can’t control, Eddie decides to go to his uncle’s place to end his life.  However, on the way to the airport, he believes he’s been scanned and runs.  He meets a stranger who tells him of Exile, a sanctuary for Estranged.  As his original plans are impossible, Eddie figures he might as well go there.  If things don’t work out he can end his life there just as easily.  When he reaches the island, he does not quite know how to deal with the man who has been assigned to transition him into life on Exile.

I liked the combination of Kaeve and Eddie together.  Kaeve is anti-social in part because he wants to be but primarily because he HAS to be.  Eddie is a young, rich (which is unusual for the times) and naïve college graduate who majored in what most of today’s ten year old boys do today—comic books.  Other than the disappearance of his friend (who would be called a horse whisperer), Eddie has not seen life as tough as Kaeve has lived.  Kaeve is scared to death of accidentally killing someone while Eddie doesn’t know whether or not he wants to live.  Eddie wants Kaeve but Kaeve knows that to get close to him is a death sentence.  When Eddie finally touches Kaeve and nothing happens, hope abounds on both sides.  But without a purpose, Eddie still doesn’t know if he wants to live or not.  This is an intriguing opening book to this new series.

The cover art Aisha Akeju is perfect for the book.  It shows the beach where Kaeve is sent to meet Eddie when he first washes ashore on the island.

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Book Details

EBook, 340 pages

Published:  January 10, 2017 by Less Than Three Press

Edition Language:  English

ISBN:  9781620049334

Series:  Exile

A PaulB Review: Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation (Surviving Elite High #4) by John H. Ames

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

surviving-elite-high-the-next-generationRobbie is a seventeen year old who has been in the Home of Good Deeds orphanage for the past ten years.  In those ten years, he has seen many kids adopted out but he has still remained.  He can’t really understand why.  Ever since the accident that took his parents life, he has suffered from amnesia of the event and all things before it.  But all the other children who have suffered similar fates seem to be the first ones to leave the orphanage.  Add in the fact he is gay and Robbie never believed this day would come.  The day he left the orphanage and was adopted.

His new parents are Nick Hawking and John Ames.  These men, who were the center of the original books in this series, have had their difficulties also.  But most of those are problems are in the past.  They have two children, Lily and Nicky who will become Robbie’s sister and brother.  Nick has served two terms as the openly bisexual governor of New Jersey and runs the Hawking-Ames charities.  They want to give Robbie a place in their home.

What follows is your typical teenage drama of living life and going to high school.  Robbie is smitten by his new brother Nicky but realizes that Nicky is as straight as an arrow.  Besides, Nicky is now his brother and how creepy would that be?  Robbie is introduced to the extended family, most of who will be in Elite High School with him.  The one that captures Robbie’s attention is Tim, the high school quarterback.  Tim asks Robbie to go out shopping for his father’s birthday gift.  They go to the mall, have dinner and go shopping but only pick up things for Tim and Robbie.  When Robbie asks about the present Tim was going to by, Tim informs him that his dad enjoyed his gift three weeks ago.  While Robbie’s hopes for a relationship begin to develop in his head, his new friends inform him that Tim has a girlfriend whom none of them like.  Robbie is confused and disappointed but he has a new family and a new school to look forward to.  But he still cannot figure out what is going on with Tim. 

The book takes the reader through Robbie’s first year at Elite High with his brother and new friends and especially Tim.  There are the usual teenage romances and rivalries that you find in high school.  But there are other issues as well.  Blackmail, sexting, teenage drinking and depression are dealt with in this book.  Then there is the little matter of the man with the white beard that keeps invading Robbie’s mind during times of stress.   Is this man real or just a figment of Robbie’s imagination and why does he want to kill Robbie?  I’m sure the answers to these questions will be resolved in further books in the series.  I look forward to reading them.

The cover art by Louca Matheo is stark with a black cover and head shots of Robbie and Tim underneath the title.  It is a decent cover for the book but I wish there was something more to it that just the head shots. 

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Book Details

Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published October 7th 2016
ASINB01LTEY0SI
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesSurviving Elite High #4

Series:  Surviving Elite High

  • Surviving Elite High (Surviving Elite High #1)
  • Surviving Elite High: Senior Year (Surviving Elite High #2)
  • Surviving Elite High: Loving James (Surviving Elite High #3)
  • Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation (Surviving Elite High #4)