The citizens of Port Angelsund are under constant surveillance: their existences full of petty rules and hardships, of curfews, restrictions on movement and rationing.
Nineteen-year-old Sylvie Falk attracts attention at a routine checkpoint, and is bound and blindfolded. She is rescued by a young lieutenant and allowed to travel home. And, despite the risks of collaboration, Sylvie falls in love. Her older brother Jory is part of the resistance against Garrison. Sylvie loves Will, but is acutely aware of the hardships being inflicted on her family and friends. Whatever choice she makes will result in betrayal.
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How will it end? While Sylvie is the central character in the novel, there are other significant characters. Their lives provide insight into life in Port Angelsund. I started reading this novel a few weeks ago, and had to put it aside because of other commitments. I picked it up again, went back to the beginning and finished it in two days. Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of this novel is the fact that the world described could so easily be the one in which we live. Jennifer Cameron-Smith Mar 10, Tanya rated it it was amazing.
A Truly exceptional novel. It lends an other worldy air, slightly futuristic. New Town is under threat, with supposedly Allied forces moving in to ensure Curfew and to control port. With this new force comes their abuse of Power, but not all of the Elite Special Forces are built that way. This story focuses on the power controlling relationship between Sylvie a 19 year old pastry chef, and Will, a Black Mamba Lieutenant.
It has a hint of Fifty Shades, but more sedate. It is a world where childre A Truly exceptional novel. It is a world where children are stolen from their families and sold into the blackmarket, where check points have to be passed through to leave town, body searches and young cocky guards trying to be one of the boys at the expense of women.
It has a sense of impending doom and triumph, rescue and release A real page turner that will put you in the mind of 19 year old Sylvie. Feb 25, Sasha rated it it was amazing. I spent the weekend reading this book and I picked it up any spare chance I had I was immersed in the characters the plot the writing. Sylvie had me from the start she took me on an adventure I wont be forgetting in a hurry.
May 26, Zoe Jones rated it it was amazing. I have to admit I found the first couple chapters hard to understand. I wasn't sure who was who and what was what. But I continued and I couldn't put the book down. The story was unfolding in my dreams when I tried to sleep. The story is a bit of a mixture of 50 shades of grey and a bit of Hitler going on. The novel never gets dull, always a suspense always something happening, explosions of love making to thrilling torture.
Thanks to beauty and Lace and Allen and unwin for the chance to read and review this novel. View 1 comment. Jun 28, Byron Davey rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A hard-hitting novel and there are still a lot of emotions flowing through my head. Anger, sadness, disgust but above all, conviction. As the pages turned I slowly began to understand what the history was. There had been a war. There is still a war. A small portion of area that was rich in resources had been invaded by another country?
What countries were involved? No idea. And that is where I first desperately wanted to know something from the story. We do kn A hard-hitting novel and there are still a lot of emotions flowing through my head. We do know from some of the clues by the writer that the setting is the current real world and that it is set in our year, but my teeth still gnaw together when I am left clueless about the region. Why would such a miniscule thing be so important to me you ask? Well, I will tell you. A long time ago, I wore the green camouflaged outfit. I was an Artilleryman Reservist in fact.
Ten years I served and I can proudly say that by the end of my time there I was a pleased with the way it had become. When I joined, we were still using old technology. It was all about cranking the handles to move the field gun into position to fire. However, it was also from chapter one where my emotions started to fly in all sorts of directions. You see, I too was someone who had put up their hand and volunteered to do a deployment overseas.
Was I an occupier? To me, no. I was someone who wanted to get a head start in saving for a house deposit, and serving on a deployment meant good tax-free money for many months. But was I seen as an occupier to the nation that I was patrolling around in? Most certainly yes. Perhaps not by all.
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As our presence meant more money for the local businesses and we could provide better protection than the local corrupt authorities stationed there. But there was still many individuals, groups and hard-liners who felt that we had overstayed our welcome, and would cause all sorts of mayhem because of it. Even if it meant that their own people would die. And that was what this book frequently mentioned. Murder and Terrorism. Where this book struck me the most came from the attitudes of the fighters.
Supposedly trained, seasoned disciplined men that in my mind acted that barbaric animals. Soldiers would one day, help the invaded locals by repairing a bombed shop, but then the next day it had changed and the locals would be subjected to all forms of disgusting brutality, even rape. And that frequently pained me. Overall, it was a well written book. I perhaps would have enjoyed it more if there was no profanity involved.
I cringe sometimes at the frequency other authors have used it to the point that I put them down without bothering to finish it. It did also explore some sexual fantasies that even I found to be quite exhilarating. So now imagine a young teenager reading this and then imagine how his study is going that week. I would like to congratulate the author on a very thrilling novel and I wish her all the best with her future writing. Jul 10, Sandy Beaches rated it it was amazing.
From the first page of Claire Corbett's latest novel, I found myself in a disturbingly familiar, yet deeply confronting world. A fascinating story with beautifully written characters, set in a landscape that is now precisely etched in my imagination. I absolutely love this book.
The narrative is truly compelling, and it is very hard to put the book down. The story is sculpted by swirling undercurrents, which manipulate the characters while exploring themes of love, war, power and sexuality from From the first page of Claire Corbett's latest novel, I found myself in a disturbingly familiar, yet deeply confronting world.
The story is sculpted by swirling undercurrents, which manipulate the characters while exploring themes of love, war, power and sexuality from a challenging and subversive perspective. I highly recommend that you experience this yourself: go lose yourself within the pages of this incredibly bold and original work. Best book I have read in years. Apr 28, Lesley rated it liked it Shelves: finished , first-reads. I probably wouldn't have brought this book home from the library if I had picked it up but I was fortunate to win it from Goodreads and I am pleased I did as it was something different to what I normally read.
Sylvie the main character is telling her story of life in in Port Angelsund which has been occupied by the soldiers of Garrison. The reader is drawn into Sylvie's life in the cafe working alongside her mother and younger brother, and there is romance for the 19 year old after suffering tor I probably wouldn't have brought this book home from the library if I had picked it up but I was fortunate to win it from Goodreads and I am pleased I did as it was something different to what I normally read.
The reader is drawn into Sylvie's life in the cafe working alongside her mother and younger brother, and there is romance for the 19 year old after suffering torture at a Garrison checkpoint. It is a war of the future but there is still power, bloodshed, curfews, violence and heartache. This is a modern thriller and will appeal to anyone who enjoys an action packed story. May 13, Natalie S added it. Over time she is subjected to humiliation and other unspeakable acts but in spite of this she falls for a member of the enemy, a Garrison soldier.
Corbett constructs quite a layered and complex novel where the different players and parties seem well-meaning but as tensions flare and rise nothing seems certain and it almost feels like a case of the darkness reigning supreme. May 03, Shanayah rated it liked it Shelves: review-copy , read-novels , owned , read-contemporaries. Actual rating: 2. Until the romance set in. I liked how the book was written, Actual rating: 2. I liked how the book was written, I was drawn in and was always interested to see what was going to happen next.
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I really felt the emotion throughout the book, the author is brilliant at writing emotions. I got a little confused with all the characters up until around page , because of the different groups, but once I got the hang of how things worked, it was alright. I would have expected at least one from all of the characters in the story. I liked Sylvie initially, and I thought she had potential to be a strong character, but her character changed so much when the romance started and during.
Further on into the story, it got progressively worse, with both parties having constant mood swings and Sylvie giving off a damsel-in-distress vibe, and feeling like she was nothing without him and he was the only thing to make her happy. I received a review copy from the publisher Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Jun 18, Lorraine rated it it was amazing.
Survival is an increasingly desperate struggle for her, and for her mother and little brother. They destroy homes, livelihoods, routines, people. Every day is governed by their unreasonable demands and unpredictable violence. Unwanted initially, the resentment felt for them grows daily. Her loyalty to him is primarily personal, but she feels some reluctance to work against his values and goals. This is a very complex novel. One of the ghastly things about the novel is how very familiar the abuses of the occupation are — rapes, casual abuses, unblinking brutality, random destruction, shattering of families.
Corbett personalises it, and makes it hard to look away. I had initially expected something of a near future thriller, but the thriller elements take a distant second place to exploration of relationships when people live under duress almost constantly. It was compelling, often uncomfortable, and emotionally frightening. Dayanara Torres , a former Miss Universe , played a woman torn between her bioterrorist fiance Marc Menard and her bodyguard, played by Todd Cahoon.
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