Title: The 13th Continuum (Continuum trilogy)
Author: Jennifer Brody
Publisher: Turner Publishing
Published Date: 19th April 2016
Rating: 4 Stars
*Thank you to the TFFBC
for the review copy*
Synopsis: One thousand years after a cataclysmic event leaves humanity on the brink of extinction, the survivors take refuge in continuums designed to sustain the human race until repopulation of Earth becomes possible. Against this backdrop, a group of young friends in the underwater Thirteenth Continuum dream about life outside their totalitarian existence, an idea that has been outlawed for centuries. When a shocking discovery turns the dream into a reality, they must decide if they will risk their own extinction to experience something no one has for generations, the Surface.
Reviews: The 13th Continuum is a book I more so picked up because it looked interesting more than anthing else. I didn’t know too much about it, but the idea of the book intrigued me. I liked the word continuum. And that was enough for me to sign up and keep me fingers crossed that I was chosen to be part of the tour! I’m so happy I got the chance to read and review this book because I flew through it in the space of two days, despite it being 400-something pages long.
This novel is a post-apocalyptic set book. The beginning had me head over heels in love already because we get to see the Doom unfolding, and what happened to the chosen people who were sent to the continuums. But then we got a little bit of history as we skip forward 1000 years (it’s not a disjointed skip at all!) We get to see how the situation in the 13th Continuum develops, and it was perfect because I could see all the patterns in history that we studied occurring. The religion overtaking democracy, the burning of books and most things related to the past [in order to create a new history that suits themselves] and so on. It’s just how I would have pictured it to happen and was just so realistic, I could believe it was happening now if I wanted to!
But then the story kicks in, and we are swept into this scientific underwater world. It’s described so perfectly that it is easy to envision where everything is and what being part of this society is like. Myra, our main character, definitely doesn’t have it easy. She dreams of The Surface – words that are forbidden to even be spoken about – and when she hears of the Beacon that can help guide her society back to earth (especially as the Continuum itself is failing) I just loved the journey it took her on. She needed bravery, she needed friends and she manages to bring all that and more to the forefront in this novel.
We don’t only get to see Myra’s perspective though. The second voice in the story belongs to Captain Aero who is in another continuum, but one of the ones that was persevered in space. Although all the continuums began with humans, this one has taken a very different approach after the last 1000 years. Advanced technology and a war-run kind of society where soldiers and being emotionless is valued, it was interesting to see this take on the world. It wasn’t as developed as I felt Myra’s was, but it was still fantastically done and fed my imagination until it was satisfied.
There is plenty of action in this book to keep you hooked. The climax is especially jam-packed because nothing seems to go perfectly right in the way you’d want for people who are trying to save the world. At times I felt like the way Myra and her gang managed to escape some situations was leaning a little on the too-good-to-be-true side, but aside from that I greatly enjoyed reading it.
As for the secondary characters, some were fairly well developed and others were a little lacking. We never really get to know Rikard, Kaleb or Paige as much as I would have liked. But by the end of the book I really felt a connection to Maude, Wren and Tinker as well. It was strange that sometimes I could connect incredibly well with some secondary characters, but with others at times not at all!
This story took me in on a ride that I couldn’t keep track of my notes and just enjoyed reading the book! If that isn’t a testament to how good this book is, then I’m not sure what else could be. I’m looking forward to the sequel!
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