Resilience Review

      `Resilience` is the first book in an action-packed, science fiction, young-adult, series by author Lance Erlick. The Federation are the evil rulers. The people under the Federation are known as Marginals. Women within the Federation could only have children if they obeyed. The Federation dumbed down the Marginals, they were not allowed to read books.

      This book reminds me of the `Hunger Games`. The setting is fictional and it complements the characters. The book, `A Tale of Two Cities` is mentioned because both stories tell of hardships and spies.

      Chapter seven ended with a twist, which shook my nerves. I like how Regina took the only resources she could find and turned them into something useful. Example, she tied logs together to make a raft. But, she knew bounty hunters were after her. She could relate to the `Life on the Mississippi` character, Tom Sawyer.

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Resilience Review

Regina Shen is a woman living in world that bans books and artifacts from before the Great Collapse.

I have to say when I began reading Regina Shen: Resilience I was not sure that I would truly enjoy it because I felt like the book was based on a concept that had been done before by other authors. However as I read more and more of the book I discovered just how wrong I was. This book may be based on a similar concept, but the book is far from ordinary. The plot of the novel keeps moving in sort of zig-zag which keeps the reader guessing about what is going to happen next. The author does a truly amazing job with stringing each chapter together and with character creation. I truly loved Regina Shen she is a character that just keep picking herself back up and trying again. I enjoyed the fact that she was a strong female lead character and her eidetic memory allowed her to learn and understand faster than other characters. Her enjoyment of books is something I could truly understand and appreciate. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for new take on an old concept.


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Regina Shen Resilience

Regina Shen: Vigilance Review

by Tori Shultz (Litpick Reviewer)

Regina Shen is back in this thrilling new sequel!  On the run from Antiquities Agents, Regina is still searching for her sister.  In order to find her, she will have to brave the wall separating the higher-ups and the lower class. If she can make it past the wall, she will be able to blend in and find her sister. Will she be able to succeed?


This sequel to Regina Shen: Resilience is just as good as the first, if not better.  The book gripped me in the beginning and I never got bored. I was excited to see what would happen to Regina throughout the book.

The cover art, like the last book’s, is amazing. It is simple, yet gripping. The symbol they use on the front cover is also very well-made.

The author does an excellent job at telling this adventurous story, and their description of the post-apocalyptic world that Regina lives in is beautifully executed.

With a great plot that’s sure to keep you entertained, Regina Shen: Vigilance is sure to blow your mind.

5* Regina Shen: Resilience Review

by D. Donovan (Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review)

Regina Shen and her family are outcasts in a world being deluged by rising waters from climate change – but a hurricane is proving to be the least of her problems as The World Federation which has condemned her family discovers that her unique DNA may prove the salvation of humanity itself; and so she goes from an unwanted outcast to a wanted outcast.

Only Regina’s knowledge of the swamps and wetlands created by climate change can keep her from the clutches of a savvy and sly Federation: but, for how long? She now has two problems: locating the family lost to her in the storm, and avoiding the bounty hunters and clutches of the Federation that rules her world.

Under a different hand, Regina Shen: Resilience (the first book in a projected series) could have been more one-dimensional (so many young adult dystopian stories are). Using a different approach, it could have focused on the physical challenges of disaster, on a teen girl’s coming of age, or on a family’s obstacles to survival. But any who expect Regina Shen to be your typical teen disaster story are in for a surprise: it tackles issues of freedom, domination, change in the face of challenge, and a feisty girl whose flexibility and love of learning prove her keys to success.

Regina’s acceptance of her world creates a story that is believable and involving on both a political and a personal level – and that’s a fine line indeed, incorporating elements of past and present events to create an atmosphere of future reality firmly cemented in present-day fact: “…life outside the Richmond Swamps seemed unimaginable. This was the only world I knew, unless you counted the literary world of banned books by ancients such as Charles Dickens, Isaac Asimov, and David Brin.”

In such a future, the fine lines between ‘good’ and ‘evil’ are blurred – but Regina stands out firmly as ‘good’, even to strangers who encounter her. In such a world, the elements of survival are intrinsically linked to an ability to present a refreshingly honest face to strangers: “Therese couldn’t help wondering why the injured girl so interested Antiquities, the Federation, and her. Regina was a tough girl, a survivor, not unpleasant in the way other desperate souls became during and after storms. It had been the lack of guile that convinced Therese to help her…”

It’s Regina’s perceptions of the wants, needs, and efforts of those around her (strangers she encounters, who become ‘family’) that drives a story line that is personal as well as political (“Guilt. I’d added burdens on her while she tried to help me stay safe. Already, I thought of the twins as my sisters, though they couldn’t replace Colleen. But more bodies meant more heat signatures for patrols and bounty hunters to find.“). These elements, together, create a story line that is compelling, vivid, realistic, and with far more psychological depth than the usual young adult dystopian read.

In Regina’s world, there’s a lot to gain and a lot to lose. Resilience‘s satisfying conclusion leaves the door open for more Regina stories but provides a logical ending for this particular saga, which makes for both a powerful predecessor to a series and a rewarding stand-alone read.

5* Regina Shen: Vigilance Review

by Moniqua (Goodreads reviewer)

The second installment was just as good as the first. Regina is on the run to find her sister. Mo-mere prepared her for life across the wall at university, but things don’t go as planned. Demarco, to save her own career, tries to barter with Regina, saying that if they go with her, she can do more for them than Volpe, and I think Regina was right not to trust her. I know that includes being on the run for the rest of her life, but at least she has Ester by her side. I hope that there’s another installment or so, because I want to know what happens next. If she is able to change the laws of the world and bring these fictional men back, or if she runs into Annabelle (The Rebel Trap Series) on her journey.

5* for Regina Shen: Resilience

by Moniqua (Goodreads reviewer)

Regina Shen Resilience

I must say that Lance Erlick is a mastermind. Regina is a survivor. The copious amounts of misfortune she goes through in this book to evade the bounty killers and Antiquities, while trying to find her sister and mom, is admirable. Although, I had to gasp at the fact that this takes place in a time where books don’t exist. I can’t fathom not reading my favorite authors, let alone my new favorite author, Mr, Erlick.

Regina grows so much in this first installment and she is so brilliant and resilient, which makes for the perfect title. She will stop at nothing to know and learn all she can about why things are the way they are. She’s only 15 and I envy her strength and courage.

She is on the run from being captured to be tested on because her DNA is different from everyone else’s, probably because she doesn’t have a donor mother and actually has a…sorry, can’t spoil it for you. You have to read it yourself. Did I mention, there are absolutely no men in this book? Hmmm…Stayed tuned for my take on the next installment.

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Just Released Novelette

We are excited to announce that the novelette Regina Shen: Into the Storm has been released on Amazon.

Regina Shen: Storm

Outcast Regina Shen is condemned by the World Federation to live on the seaward side of great barrier walls built to hold back rising seas from abrupt climate change. A hurricane threatens to destroy what’s left of her world. Regina goes into the storm with a home, mom, sister, and beloved teacher, but that’s all about to change.

This is the novelette that began the Regina Shen series and is incorporated into Regina Shen: Resilience.

Lance Erlick