City Center (Review & Giveaway!)

City Center (Review & Giveaway!)


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Title: City Center (The New Agenda #1)
Author:  Simone Pond
Publisher:  Ktown Waters Publishing
Published Date:  25th September 2013

Rating: 3 Stars

*Thank you to the author for the review copy*

Synopsis:  During
the man-made apocalypse in the 21st century, a group of elites killed off a
majority of the population. Only two groups of survivors remained – those
selected to reside inside the utopian Los Angeles City Center and the rebels,
relegated to live on the Outside. Centuries later, Ava Rhodes escapes the City
Center and goes on a journey to seek the truth about her supposed utopian home,
sending the City Center’s leader, Chief Morray, into an obsessive pursuit for
his property.

Review: This
was a good dystopian with an interesting story and a pretty nice plot as well.
It was something I enjoyed reading even though I couldn’t quite love it as much
as I wanted to. I believe that it was because this was somewhat a ‘typical’
dystopian of sorts, and I have read a lot of those. Nonetheless it was still a
quick and enjoyable read.

Ava is the main character of novel and someone I really
liked. She wasn’t necessarily a strong character, but someone who questioned
the rules. She didn’t break them because she liked to rebel, but because she
couldn’t see a reason for them to stand. She also have a very logical thinking
mind. Ava did what was needed to get out of her situations, and embraced every
day like she was learning something new. I loved it about her and I saw her as
a nice character. Someone who had been bred for perfection but wanted something
else instead.

The world building was good. I liked the advanced
technology they had and how the system of living was different from most
dystopian books. But when I heard the word ‘Beautifier’ I couldn’t help my mind
zooming towards Hunger Games thoughts. And there were a few other things, like
the need for revolution and the wall separating the sheltered and manipulated
people within while there are the people outside live freely – those kind of
things that made this book somewhat blend into all the others.

What I imagine the beautified
 results would look like.

The romance was simply that – a romance. It was straight
forward. No silly love triangles or anything, and no insta-love although the
romance did go quickly. However, I find that this whole book was fairly fast
paced and there was never anything that dragged. In fact, it was the perfect
pace – I was always interested in turning to the next page.

I do think the emotions or some things mentioned could’ve
been further developed in this novel. There are two books to come though, so
maybe I will see some of those things come through then!

The villain, Morray, was also a character I loved. He was
pretty much completely off his rocker and when you learn of all the things he
had been doing to the people and the whole system in general it was a bit weird
and kind of disturbing. But in terms of villains, that’s what made him perfect.

Looking forward to the next book!
Giveaway: Open Internationally! Win an ebook version of the entire trilogy of City Center. Click here to enter the GIVEAWAY!

Author: Simone Pond is an award-winning author of a dystopian fiction series, which includes The City Center, The New Agenda, and The Mainframe.

She grew up in Kensington, Maryland – a small town just outside of Washington D.C. As a young girl, she loved writing in her journal and making up stories, but after reading S.E. Hinton’s The Outsides, everything changed. Amazed that a woman could write so convincingly from a teenage boy’s perspective, Pond became determined to become a writer as well.Agenda, and The Mainframe.

Pond currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their Boston Terrier. Learn more at

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