Monday, September 15, 2014

Blog Tour: Sulan by Camille Picott


Episode One: The League ~ Sulan by Camille Picott
296 pages

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Sixteen-year-old Sulan Hom can’t remember life before the Default—the day the United States government declared bankruptcy. As a math prodigy, she leads a protected life, kept safe from the hunger and crime plaguing the streets of America. She attends the corporate-sponsored Virtual High School, an academy in Vex (Virtual Experience) for gifted children.
Beyond the security of Sulan’s high-tech world, the Anti-American League wages a guerrilla war against the United States. Their leader, Imugi, is dedicated to undermining the nation’s reconstruction attempts. He attacks anything considered a national resource, including corporations, food storage facilities—and schools. When Sulan witnesses the public execution of a teenage student and the bombing of a college dorm, she panics. Her mother, a retired mercenary, refuses to teach her how to defend herself. Sulan takes matters into her own hands. With the help of her hacker best friend, Hank, Sulan acquires Touch—an illegal Vex technology that allows her to share the physical experience of her avatar. With Touch, Sulan defies her mother and trains herself to fight. When Imugi unleashes a new attack on the United States, Sulan finds herself caught in his net. Will her Vex training be enough to help her survive and escape?

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My Review:

Sulan was a pleasant surprise for me. I went into this book thinking that I would probably like it just enough to finish it. I was wrong. I devoured it in one sitting. It is well paced and each chapter ended in such a way that I just had to read the next one. The author did very well in drawing me into the story and keeping me wanting more.

I really enjoyed the characters of this book. They are well developed and uniquely individual. I love how the story is written around highly intelligent characters. Most stories seem to be written about 'normal' people and how they have to rise up and do extraordinary things. This story is more about the extraordinarily talented people having to exist in a world that isn't as great as it is now. I found that refreshing. Also, Sulan isn't some middle to upper middle class white kid as seems to be the case in most books I read. Again, I found that refreshing. 

The story itself was well written with a good pacing to it. I don't have a whole lot of experience with cyberpunk, but after reading this I am going to look for more. I enjoyed the high tech world of Sulan, with the virtual schooling and the Touch. I found myself wondering what this would be like and wishing I could try it out. Maybe I would be able to learn to fight this way!

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a strong, intelligent, female lead character, a dystopian setting, and a unique story line. Well written characters, a decent pace, and advanced technology keep this book fun to read. 

  About the Author:  
Camille Author Pic Camille Picott is a fifth-generation Chinese American. She writes science fiction and fantasy books with Asian characters and/or Asian settings. Camille grew up reading speculative fiction stories largely devoid of Asian characters and culture. This, coupled with a passion for her heritage, is the reason she strives to bring some aspect of Eastern myth, legend, culture, and ethnicity to all of her writings. To visit Camille, go to www.camillepicott.com.

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4 comments:

  1. YAY! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one and connected with it as well!

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  2. Thanks so much for your review! Much appreciated!

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