Friday, January 16, 2015

Hopebreaker by Dean F. Wilson

In the world of Altadas, there are no more human births. The Regime is replacing the unborn with demons, while the Resistance is trying to destroy a drug called Hope that the demons need to survive.

Between these two warring factions lies Jacob, a man who profits from smuggling contraceptive amulets into the city of Blackout. He cares little about the Great Iron War, but a chance capture, and an even more accidental rescue, embroils him in a plot to starve the Regime from power.

When Hope is an enemy, Jacob finds it harder than he thought to remain indifferent. When the Resistance opts to field its experimental landship, the Hopebreaker, the world may find that one victory does not win a war.

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My Review:
The world of Altadas is very different from that of our now. There are no more human births and the unborn humans are exchanged for unborn demons. At the same time, the Regime that controls the world of Altadas, is producing a drug called Hope that the demons need to survive.  Jacob, or protagonist, is a man who smuggles contraceptive amulets into the city. He cares little about what is going around him. But when is captured and then rescued by the Resistance, he gets caught up between the two power players when his talent for smuggling may play a bigger role for the resistance than he is aware of.

Jacob is a likeable character who takes some time to warm up to. He feels real and while reading his story, it was very easy to empathize with him though at times I did wonder if he knows about the concept of fear. There are additional characters, some of them more likeable than Jacob, and they each play their roles in way of advancing the plot. The connection between Jacob and other characters, for instance Whistler and Taberah, have been beautifully explored.

The plot was something different to me as this was my first foray into steampunk/scifi genre. I knew very little about what to expect and was pleasantly surprised throughout the book. With twists and turns, with betrayals and adventures and a dash of humour, Dean F. Wilson has created a wonderful Novel.

About the Author:

Dean F. Wilson was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1987. He started writing at age 11, when he began his first (unpublished) novel, entitled The Power Source. He won a TAP Educational Award from Trinity College Dublin for an early draft of The Call of Agon (then called Protos Mythos) in 2001.

He has published a number of poems and short stories over the years, while working on and reworking some of his novels. The Call of Agon is his first published novel.
Dean also works as a journalist, primarily in the field of technology. He has written for TechEye, Thinq, V3, VR-Zone, ITProPortal, TechRadar Pro and The Inquirer.

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