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The Facility (The Breeder Files: Book 1)

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Loved it! 😍

I felt that it should be truly great science fiction but found it lacked that vital human spark which would have made it so.

This should be truly great Young Adult Science fiction, bordering towards fantasy land. For a start the title, “Feeder,” in a single word creates intrigue and within the first few pages of the book all the classic ingredients of top notch science fiction are presented. From the word go there is a sense of enigma created that absorbs the reader, drawing he or she into to a nightmare world of the future which yet mirrors aspects of the problems human society faces today. This persists throughout the whole work and is not fully resolved in the ending. Thus, there is created an opening for a follow up or even an entire series.

There has been rebellion, whether just or not is unclear, and rebellious factions are still on the loose. Indeed they are highly active and pose a serious threat to what is perceived as good order. There has been a holocaust that has left a radiation blasted out world of broken, ruined townships through which marauders roam – though not necessarily members of the rebellious forces - creating orphans by brutal murder of parents. Above and beyond this mayhem is a citadel, an enigma in itself, a machine run city, a “sanctuary” – or is it a trap? – Into which the stricken young of the townships –“survivors” – are taken for “healing,” for “education” and “training,” or at that at least is what they are made to believe.

“Copies” of humans and “copies” of beasts supervise the procedure. Pseudo men, pseudo women and outsize pseudo wolves overseeing the progress of the young people as they struggle to meet targets, to complete initially mundane tasks that transform, change into ever more arduous, ever more dangerous assignments which enable them to graduate – if they don’t fail and sometimes die in the process of failing – “rotate,” to climb, to pass from one level to the next of a dizzying tower at the highest level of which awaits what? A fate far worse than death the reader suspects and certainly that is what members of the rebel forces struggling against all odds to mount a rescue, to breach the city walls with a combination of cobbled together high technology gadgets and outdated weaponry believe.

Strewth, with all this the book should be a truly terrific read. But, sadly, I have to say, that for me, at least it was not. Despite all it has going for it and despite being extremely well written I felt that “Feeder” lacked that vital human “spark.” It felt almost as if the author, utterly absorbed in the creation of an automaton run world had transfused automaton like qualities – blandness – into her writing. It was, I felt, as if the text was not so much the work of a person as perhaps that of a “copy” of a person - or even maybe a machine. But whether written by a machine, by a “copy” of a person or a person I will gladly give “Feeder” four stars.

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Donald Barker is British. He likes to spend winters in the Far East, in particular Mainland China, and summers in the U.K. He is the author of four novels, two of which are self-published. He reviews virtually every book her reads whether purchased or presented to him by the author.

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Eliza wasted four years in college learning marketing, to wind up using it...nowhere. When she's not scribbling down ideas, you can find Eliza with her nose in a book, or eating. Or drinking wine. Or eating... You get the picture. Oh, and she write stories with unlikely heroes and twisty endings. view profile

Published on October 29, 2016

Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

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Genre: Science Fiction

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