Erlick draws readers into Regina’s world. I loved the author’s setting creation in the first book–and really felt that Erlick’s descriptive talents drew readers into this third book as well. I felt comfortable with Regina’s environment again and could feel her surroundings through the author’s words.
Defiance continues the series’ action-packed pace. In spite of the changes to setting and the addition (and return) of characters–Erlick offers a lot of detail without slowing the fast-paced action that readers have come to expect from the series. Readers are moved ahead in time a bit at the start–but, won’t feel that they have missed anything vital to Regina’s story.
Would I recommend Defiance by Lance Erlick? I think this book is my favorite of the series so far. I love the author’s writing style and the flow of Regina’s story. This book ends with a cliffhanger to push readers on toward the final book. The author has created a very well-done series to keep readers on board for the entire set!
What makes this series so good are the well-developed characters and the world-building. This continues in the second book as we get deeper into the story.
Vigilance is the second book in the Regina Shen series and I found it just as thrilling as the first book.
What makes this series so good are the well-developed characters and the world-building. This continues in the second book as we get deeper into the story. Regina, who lives in the swampy islands outside The Wall with the outcasts of their only-female society has been training for the last two years to manage the huge feat of crossing this impossible barrier wall and then infiltrating the University as a student.
She manages it but her intelligence and free-thinking gets her into trouble. It also makes her see just how much The World Federation bullies their society into submission and conformity, and Regina goes against the grain. She discovers other free-thinkers and manages to find her sister, evade capture, and decide that she must use her skills and life to change things.
Once again, Regina uses her wits and this time, unbeknown to her, she is up against two rivals who are using her as a pawn in their own game for power and greed. New characters are introduced and Regina goes through many trials. She experiences tragedy, makes new friends and discovers her worth in view of what she can do to bring about possible change.
Because the world in this novel is an all-female society there were instances where two of the characters showed a love attachment to another female. It was subtle however. The author has not portrayed the society as a lesbian one so I have been comfortable up to now reading this series and hope that this aspect does not become a major theme in the series.
I look forward to digging into Defiance Book 3 in the series to see how Regina keeps growing as a character and as a leader for change in her broken society. If you like well-written dystopian novels don’t miss this series. It will not disappoint!
I’ve had to take a long break from writing and social media on account of Gary (my older brother) had two strokes in June and I’ve had to step in to help him. He lives 400 miles away, which has made this difficult and as a result, we are going to move him closer so we can better help him.
Unfortunately, this has meant moving Gary’s Medicare Advantage plan from one state to another, which has been quite a challenge. It has also meant too many hours in a car traveling up to visit him.
At this time, Gary is in rehab and making progress, but he’s frustrated with the slow pace of his progress. He’s wheelchair-bound at this time, but we’re hoping he will be able to get up and move around with a walker. Gary has always been so independent, never married, always kept himself physically fit. He is still strong, but the stroke has taken its toll. We remain hopeful with the right therapy.
In the meantime, Laura Fabiani at iRead Book Tours put on a fabulous book tour for my latest series, Regina Shen, and I was not able to participate as I had wanted to.
We went to Worldcon in Spokane (Sasquan) with high expectations. The panels were great as usual. Connie Willis was funny and entertaining. Toni Weiskopt was, as always, a class act. It was great to get introduced to Ramez Naam in person. He is both entertaining and quite knowledgeable about topics that should concern us all. I felt quite “wired” just meeting him. It was great to see Joe Haldeman, Greg Bear, and Brenda Cooper again, as well as Brandon Sanderson, the only person who never needs a microphone in a large room. David Brin was missed.
But a Biblical cloud of fire and brimstone hung over the conference. Some said it had to do with voting irregularities over the Hugos. In any case, we didn’t let two days of Red Alert (on account of winds bringing in forest fire smoke) keep us from enjoying the conference.
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Kirkus Reviews referred to The Rebel Within as “A stimulating, worthwhile story of a dystopian future.” They went on to say, “The novel has plenty of action and suspense, made all the more thrilling due to the investment readers have in the characters.” and, “Annabelle is believably stubborn, yet also vulnerable and likable.”
After the Second American Civil War, the Federal Union pursues a world without men by rounding up the remaining males.
Annabelle is a tomboy who lost her parents at age three. Despite her rebellious acts against a conformist society, the state pushes her to become a cop intern at age 16 to catch escaped boys. Then she’s forced to choose between joining the elite military unit that took her parents or being torn from her beloved sister and adoptive mom. Meanwhile, she meets a handsome boy who escaped prison, and helps him get away.
While facing a cop intern boss who hates her, a military commander who demands too much, and an amazon bully who won’t leave her alone, Annabelle struggles with conscience. Will she risk everything by hunting for her imprisoned birth mother and helping escaped boys avoid the federal roundup? Can she stand up to the amazon? Will she survive the rigorous military qualifying program so she won’t be sent away, while remaining true to herself and protecting her family?
Will she cross paths with that handsome boy again?
Watching You by Lance Erlick is a chilling short tale of government surveillance.
At the intersection of global tracking, pervasive networks, mass storage, and the Patriot Act, we have the ability and some say the obligation to know everything about everyone. Can privacy survive? Can the individual endure?
Harold is a second-class citizen and a cog in a government surveillance system charged with reviewing “criminal activity.” At the same time, he has private thoughts about a woman he is forbidden from approaching.
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Life is like a Rorschach test. We see what we are pre-disposed to see. That only makes sense since our eyes pick up pixelated images like a dot matrix printer. Our ear drums collect sound waves, which they turn into electric impulses. The mind interprets the pixelated images into the flowing images we think we see, and turns electric impulses into the sounds we imagine we hear: music and language. Once the mind sees or hears something, that familiarity colors how new images and sounds are received.
If we imagine ourselves in Kafka’s Metamorphosis, then we see cockroaches everywhere. In their absence, we notice that lack above all else and measure our world accordingly.
We may see the glass half full or half empty. Do we find enemies at every turn? Do we see thieves and crooks all around us? Do we imagine everyone is out to get us? Do our pre-dispositions cause us to condemn those who look or act differently than we do or than we expect them to?
If an architect and a historian both visited the ancient cities of Greece and Rome, they would see and hear the same things, but walk away with entirely different recollections of what they saw. One would be able to describe the structures and architectural heritage. The other could quote what ancient peoples did there. It is not what they saw, but their pre-dispositions that determine what they see.
Increasingly, forensic scientists are discovering how unreliable eyewitness testimony can be. Of course, we have a historical example. At the time of President Lincoln’s assassination, there were scores of witnesses who were interviewed as to what they saw. They all witnessed the same thing, yet they could not agree on what Booth wore, what he said, or even on what he did after he jumped onto the stage.
(by Lance Erlick)
While I never call the process Annabelle goes through in The Rebel Within basic training, I can see how some might come to this story with that expectation. So let me clear that up.
The society in The Rebel Within has recruitment issues to fill the ranks of its military and security forces. The government resorts to tracking (forcing) selected young girls toward security. Annabelle is one who is tracked for political reasons.
The military commander who takes on recruits for her elite unit has the dubious task of weeding out those who are only fulfilling their security obligations or otherwise will not have what she is looking for before they enter boot camp.
She puts the potential recruits through a grueling qualification process to assess the potential talent she will have to work with. Her final test, a gladiatorial fight to the death serves her purposes, but is also is a political spectacle in support of government policy.
As women become more economically independent and more selective in their choice of mates, will human male behavior and habits take on a whole new category of competition for female attention as it has within various bird communities?
The club-winged manakin is a South American bird in which the female handles all parental care and needs the male primarily for having offspring.
When Richard Prum, a Yale ornithologist, studied the manakin, he found the male could “sing with its feather.” The little male bird hops “acrobatically from branch to branch” and “waves its wings over its back” “in order to attract female manakins.” The bird “produced a loud, clear tone that sounded as if it came from a violin.”
Darwin viewed this behavior as an “example of how females could cause evolutionary change simply by the influence of their mating preferences.” This could explain the peacock’s tail, which has importance to mate selection despite posing a physical danger to the animal from prey.
So, the question is whether human female choices in mates will alter human male physical and behavior development over the coming years?
(From article in NY Times August 2, 2005 by Carl Zimmer entitled A New Kind of Birdsong: Music on the Wing in the Forests of Ecuador.)