New America: Awakenings


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Unforgettably brutal, especially in its terrifying resemblance to reality. Get ready to be furious!

To put it simply, I am very grateful I was able to read this book for review. To put it flavourfully, Tyler Davis is a poet of the nastiness of the pitch-perfect.

Colton Jenkins is the main character, but the true star of this first book in the New America series is the middle-aged Katharine Shay, who is one of the most effective antagonists I’ve read in years. She uses her intellect of a long-time cherished and feared deity to force her will on the city in “his” name, and she uses this power to indirectly threaten anyone who could dare oppose her. With death. With usually-fatal public beatings.

She’s the perfect personification of evil and hypocrisy from system abuse. Let me put it this way. Most cars run on gas because there are gas stations everywhere. No less-convenient charging stations. Heterosexuals, Caucasians and Christians are protected and loved by a variety of economic systems, especially the media who often try not to antagonize them, because they have high power of influence, and pin the blame elsewhere. When a system is comfortable even if it’s problematic, and there’s no demand for change, the high-ups on the chain can become authoritarians. With Katharine, her bible, and her sadistic bodyguards, I rest my case.

This sort of corruption is abundant around a book that is quite well-paced because it knows its situation and knows how to make us care about it. We’re immediately thrown into an Orwellian world where you’d think Colt or someone in the family should just get some guns and masks and let Katharine see how she likes it already (which sounds extreme, but read the book and you’ll be on board too). But Colt has a family. Colt’s parents have kids to protect. They’d have to leave their jobs and their steady incomes and run away with a sick child (Eliza) alongside them. They’d be giving the authorities permission to shoot them on sight if they couldn’t escape New Bethlehem, more prison than city. So a strategy of the family is to wait out the horrors, kidding themselves as they see if someone else will come and liberate their lives. I cared about Colt and his friends and family, and I was scared when they had to go into danger. There’s romance, and not only is it not heavy-handed, I had no idea who it would be. I had to keep guessing between Joey and Jenny, and it was fun.

Now, the climax involves planning a peeing schedule which feels faulty, irrelevant and unfittingly humorous.

But I don’t give out 5 stars every day. Please let me know when the next book is loaded up with the safety off!

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About the author

Tyler Davis lives in Oregon with his husband, three dogs, and dog cat. Tyler has been writing since the sixth grade and has had several short film scripts produced and one internet television series. When Tyler is not writing, he's a nurse. Tyler can often be found buried in a book or writing. view profile

Published on October 16, 2020

Published by Fulton Press

90000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Dystopian

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