Thursday, March 7, 2013

I Am Alive by Cameron Jace

   I participated in the blog tour hosted by Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours

Title: I Am Alive
Author: Cameron Jace
Info: Website | Twitter | Facebook
Release Date: May 23rd, 2012
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 267
Format: Electronic
Acquired: From Author
Interest: Series
Age Group: Young Adult

Sixteen-year-old Decca Tenderstone feels captivated when she meets Leo, who is arrogant, silent, beautiful, and shoots almost every one he meets.

the usual boring girl meets badboy story... hmm... with a twist ...

They live in a dystopian future in Los Angeles where every sixteen-year-old is ranked on a scale from one to ten to determine their future. Outranks, who are considered a danger to society, are forced to attend the Monster Show, a brutal sacrificing ritual that is broadcasted worldwide on live TV, where rebellious teens are labelled Bad Kidz or Monsters and get to fight for their lives in deadly games.

To prove that you're still alive you have to scream I Am Alive every six hours. Lower your voice, and you're dead.

Decca doesn't need Leo's company. She has secrets of her own. While they both can't stand each other, she will find out why she doesn't fit into any rank.

Nothing will stand in her way as she has to make choices concerning love, life, staying alive, growing up, and finding out who she really is

I'm not sure what to say. This book...was something else.

I've been hearing a lot of comparison to The Hunger Games, and while in some aspect I can see that, at the same time I feel like this book was too different from THG.

In this society rank matters, especially when considering the type of government that runs it. Going into a battle ground with monsters is not a way I would enjoy spending my time.

The one thing that I would consider is the hot mess of grammar. It was really hard to get through this piece actually because all I could think about was sitting down and editing this book and I haven't had that urge in a long time. I can almost understand if there was no editor involved, but I was hoping for a little something better.

I thing the grammar distracted me a little too much to really get into the story and connect with characters, but I'm sure if given the chance I may have liked Decca. She wasn't completely out there and something new and exciting, but she wasn't normal either.

Like most dystopian novels I absolutely love the world building and I liked this one. I'm still unsure about the whole THG thing, but the dangerous aspect of sending kids to an arena as a sacrifice is something that I think makes the novel unique and unusual and something fun to read.

I say this is worth the shot. If anything, just to at least check it out!

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