Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Precisely Terminated by Amanda L. Davis - Reviewed

About the Book: (from the publisher)

With microchips implanted in their skulls at birth, the slaves of Cantral and Cillineese have labored under the tyrannical rule of the nobles and their computers for decades. Monica, a noble who avoided the implanting and escaped a death sentence at the age of four, is now sixteen and is in hiding. She lives with the slaves inside the walls of the Cantral palace, pretending to be one of them while the slave council plots a way to use her chip-less state to destroy the all-powerful computers that strike down any hint of rebellion.

The nobles hear of Monica's survival and try to exterminate her before she ruins their upper-class utopia. The rebels send her to find a missing paper bearing instructions on how to shut down the computers that control the chips in Cillineese, a major city-state. The nobles are alerted to the plan and prepare to seal Cillineese in a giant dome to gas the inhabitants, including Monica.

The fate of millions rides on Monica's shoulders. As the only chip-less person in the world, she must find the paper, destroy the computers, and free Cillineese from the nobles' iron fist before they strike with the ultimate punishment-death for everyone inside the city walls.

The Cantral Chronicles

The Cantral Chronicles is a dystopian trilogy set hundreds of years in Earth's future. The world is oppressed by the ruling class who control the populace with computer chips implanted in their skulls. An uprising is impossible. Or is it?

My Thoughts:
“You will need a shield sturdier than wood or metal. You will need faith - faith to endure, faith to achieve, faith to survive. Without faith in the one who grants the ability to break the chains, you will end up in chains yourself, another victim who trusted only in her own strength.” (p. 344)

WOW and WOW and WOW!! Precisely Terminated isn’t a genre I usually enjoy, and have a hard time following, but this book really drew me in and held me from first page to last. All along the way I felt Monica’s emotions grow and swell and, as she matured, her sense of purpose grow and swell along with her faith. The truth that she ultimately realizes is what I imagine every Christian must ultimately realize – they are not alone. When life is unfair, cruel and sometimes deadly, God gives you the strength to bear the load and go on in His strength! THAT is a truth worth discovery my friend!

Amanda Davis has created a fascinating world – one that kind of reminds me of a book a read a million years ago entitled 1984 – except this dear lady weaves an eternal truth of life’s purpose into the story. The reader is made to care deeply for the characters and their willingness to risk their lives for freedom. Hasn’t that always been the price of freedom? Sacrifice? Amanda Davis knows the One gave her eternal freedom, and she writes with a skill beyond her years.

And the ending? Perfect! The reader is left anxious to begin the next leg of Monica’s journey! That’s a great place to leave a reader – hungry for more! Especially since this is the first in the Cantral Chronicles! Amanda, you are a talented writer and I can’t wait to read the stories God has given you to write!!

About the Author:
Amanda L. Davis is the award-winning teen author of the Cantral Chronicles, a dystopian trilogy. She enjoys reading and writing and comes up with new novel ideas while sewing, spinning yarn, quilting, and embroidering. She was born and raised a Florida girl and loves the warmth of the South.

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