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Citizen Hill: Autonomous Zone

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Worth reading 😎

A short book, combining monsters, a rebellion, a genetically enhanced warrior with an infection

This was a short book, combining monsters, a rebellion, a genetically enhanced warrior with an infection. It seems to have a bit of everything and that might be why I struggled with this. Maybe other readers would enjoy this ore, but personally, I couldn’t get going with this book. It took a lot of stopping and starting for me to get through it, which for a short book, it shouldn’t have.


The switching focus of each chapter was a stumbling block for me too. By the time I got into each scene or character, it switched and by the time the book returned to them; I had to go back and reread bits of the book to remind myself what had previously happened. I rarely have this problem when reading books, but it just didn’t hold my attention. I wouldn’t say the issue was too many characters. Other books I’ve read with more characters have managed to engage my attention much better. Where this book differs is, I couldn’t connect with all the characters, whether they were good or bad doesn’t matter. They just didn’t provoke any emotions in me and so I wasn’t either rooting for them or against them.


The character, Citizen Hill had the potential to be a strong character, but although there were parts of the book in which I enjoyed reading about her, she felt flat in other parts. I would say the author tried to cram too much into the book and because of this, other elements like character development were neglected.


As a side note to the author: if this is the final version intended for publication, you might want to have a reread. These were quite a few mistakes throughout. One example is: His faced had gone from fear to a smile.


I wish I could be more positive, but the review is just my opinion and other readers might enjoy it more than I did.

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Amanda Steel is a multi-genre author who has just completed her Creative Writing MA. She regularly performs her work at open mic nights around Manchester (UK).
Some of her current projects include a book review podcast and a literary magazine.

About the author

Simon Sayz is a pen name for an American writer who lives in the US, traveling from one fictional place to another with pets Riley (a wolf spider living in the shadows) and Tibias (the dust bunny with a bad attitude who lingers under the couch). view profile

Published on November 30, 2020

Published by DLG Publishing Partners

40000 words

Genre: Dystopian

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