Welcome to my tour stop for Sulan by Camille Picott. Today I have a review for you all and I hope you enjoy it!
Author: Camille Picott
Series: Sulan Episode 1
Genres: Dystopian, Cyberpunk
Publication Date: June 4th 2012
Publisher: Pixiu Press
Page Numbers: 296
Source: Courtesy of the author
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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?
My Rating: ★★★★ .5
Sulan Hom lives in a new world where America has failed its citizens, Global takes over and has Anti-American League killing students, workers and more. Sulan has witnessed the killing of a college student and wants to learn to protect herself. Her mother, who's a merc, does not agree to train her because Sulan attends VEX (Virtual Experience -- a virtual high school). Sulan can't take not knowing how to defend herself so she takes it upon herself to enter the Meat Grinder and become a Cube member. This is where the story takes off.
Sulan is accepted by a teammate by Gun (Gunther) because she is very strategic and they're both minors. Gunther finds out the reason for Sulan being in the Cube and agrees to help train her. Sulan is a very strong willed young lady to be only 16, but considering the world she lives in it should be a give. Gunther is more of the rich kid looking for fun. I love Hank, Sulan's bestfriend. She is hilarious, nerdy and boy crazy. She had me laughing when she complained about her GPA. She is just too much for me.
The world was impeccable and the characters were outstanding. For a new genre I was highly impressed by this novel.
Excited what happens next.
About the Author
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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