The Other Side of Life by Jess C. Scott
Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy #1
Publication Date: 2011 (First Published in 2010)
Published by CreateSpace
Paperback, 234 Pages
Source: Ebook Courtesy of Jess C. Scott / Teen Book Scene Blog Tour
"A thieving duo’s world turns upside down when an Elven rogue uncovers the heinous dealings of a megacorporation.
* Recommended for adults or young adults seeking cyberpunk themes (not hardcore sci-fi), and a love story (not fluffy romance)."
Nin knew how much humans loved money, riches, and material things — though he never really could understand why. The more technologically advanced the human species got, the more isolated they seemed to become, at the same time. It was alarming, how humans could spend entire lifetimes engaged in all kinds of activities, without getting any closer to knowing who they really were, inside.
My Review: **** = 4 Stars
I was interested in reading this book because of the elements in\t combined, elves and technology. It sounded like a fun read, but I had no idea that I would enjoy it so much. Once I started reading, I had trouble putting it down, I couldn't wait to see what direction the author would take me.
Anya and Leticia and are two teenaged girls who make a living by "stealing" items and returning them to their rightful owners. Nin is an elf with a difficult task, so he enlists the help of the two girls. In addition to these three, are two other elves, Tavia and Dresen. Friendships are formed, relationships blossom and these thieving friends start on something that might just change the fate of the world. The adventure that ensues over a two day period, is artfully written. Scott did a wonderful job at blending the cyberpunk and elven worlds, so that they formed one. This is definitely unlike anything I have read before. I will say that this is something I wouldn't normally pick up. If I wasn't part of the the blog tour I'm not sure I would have read it. But I'm so GLAD I did.
Scott's writing is simply amazing. She had me hooked right from the get go. I fell in love with all of her characters and knowing that this is one journey I get to continue, makes me so happy. I can't wait to see where things go. I have a feeling about some of the things that might be plot points in Book 2, and I hope I'm right!!
I know not all books are for everyone but I really hope you guys take a chance on this one. It was a wonderful mix of action/adventure, some mystery, the perfect amount of romance added in and so much more. I know I need to step outside of my comfort zone more and this is the perfect example why. You don't want to miss the good ones just because you were scared to try them!!
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