Thursday, December 5, 2013

External Forces by Deborah Rix: Spotlight and Review






Title: External Forces
Author: Deborah Rix
Publisher: Dime Store Books
Pages: 268
Language: English
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Format: eBook
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Treason, betrayal, and heartbreak.
A lot can happen to a girl between her first kiss and her first kill. 


It’s 100 years since the Genetic Integrity Act was passed and America closed its borders to prevent genetic contamination. Now only the enemy, dysgenic Deviants, remain beyond the heavily guarded border. The Department of Evolution carefully guides the creation of each generation and deviations from the divine plan are not permitted.

When 16-year-old Jess begins to show signs of deviance she enlists in the Special Forces, with her best friend Jay, in a desperate bid to evade detection by the Devotees. Jess is good with data, not so good with a knife. So when the handsome and secretive Sergeant Matt Anderson selects her for his Black Ops squad, Jess is determined to figure out why.

As her deviance continues to change her, Jess is forced to decide who to trust with her deadly secret. Jess needs to know what’s really out there, in the Deviant wasteland over the border, if she has any hope of making it to her 17th birthday. Because if the enemy doesn’t kill her first, the Department of Evolution probably will.


Prologue:
I haven't slept in forty-eight hours.
It's part of the Special Operations Assessment and Selection course, twenty-eight days of grueling work. The two days of no sleep are meant to disorient us, part of discarding our former selves. There are three hundred of us trying to figure out how to do what we're told, when we're told to, and how to do it correctly. Jay and I weren't assigned to the same platoon, which was unexpected. I’m in the “civilian” platoon; we’re the ones with skills that don’t generally require brute force. I think Jay is in some kind of elite group because I haven’t seen him, I’ve only seen the G-men platoon. They are all about brute force; they’re the ones that opted for genetic enhancement at age thirteen without the supervision of the Devotees. But Special Forces is, well, special, so they have to prove they’ve got more than muscle and I’ve gotta prove I’ve got more than a quick mind.
If I don't make it to Special Forces, my life expectancy in the regular army could be pretty short. And if I’m a complete washout, I’ll have to go to my assessment with the Devotees and they’ll find out about me, making my life expectancy even shorter. I seriously need to pass.
Zero dark thirty is when I have to haul myself out of bed in the so-called morning. My drill sergeant has been yelling at me for most of the past two days. The word “why” has been surgically removed from everyone's vocabulary. Any individual hesitation in following orders means at least one private is getting smoked, if not the whole platoon, which usually means push-ups. We've done a lot of push-ups. I stare straight ahead as the drill sergeant walks by me and continues down the row of privates. I made the mistake of “eyeballing” him yesterday.
Never. Eyeball. A drill sergeant.


Review 



4 STARS

 

This book kept me totally engaged and “in the zone” right from the beginning.  There was plenty of action and a few surprises.  I enjoyed the way in which the characters interacted.  Even though I guessed the direction the book was going to take, I was entertained with the planning and the way in which events played out. 

This dystopian world easily appealed to me because the foundation for the world-building was as believable as it was horrifying. I loved watching Jess’s progression and growth and Matt is mysterious enough that I was always eager to get back into the story whenever I was forced to set it down in order to get “real life” activities done.  I honestly resented those times and thought about the characters and their problems even while I was buzzing around folding laundry and cleaning the kitchen.  For me the romantic elements were well-done without driving me crazy with character angst, anguish and commiseration - I like lots of action and letting characters interact together without overwhelming sexual ruminations is always welcome.

It ended at what I thought was a logical point so even though the story should be continuing in the next book I didn’t feel as though I was cheated out of a satisfying ending for this particular story arc. I am looking forward to what happens next, and I do plan on reading the next book so that I can learn more about the vast outside that is apparently contaminated by feared mutants who are eeking out an existence away from the so-called purists who are determined to destroy them.

This book was given to me by the author or publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Reviewed by Laurie-J





About the Author:

Deborah Rix’s favourite position for reading a book is head almost hanging off the couch and feet up in the air with legs against the back of the couch. She’s been reading too much from Scientific American for research and ideas and needs to get back to some fiction. She has a long standing love of science fiction, some of her favourite authors include William Gibson, Philip K Dick, Kurt Vonnegut Jr, Douglas Adams, Iain M Banks. A bit old school.

Deborah enjoyed a successful career in entertainment publicity, live music promotion and event management. Which means she slogged through muddy fields for music festivals, was crammed into concert halls with too many sweaty teenage boys and got to go to Tuktoyaktuk (that’s in the Arctic Circle) for a Metallica concert. She lives with her family in Toronto, Canada, where she is the proprietor of The Lucky Penny, a neighborhood joint in Trinity-Bellwoods. 


External Forces is her first novel.
Visit her website at www.DeborahRix.com.
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