Blog Blitz: The Girl in The Storm (#2 Paradigm Trilogy) by Ceri A. Lowe – Review

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Synopsis by Goodreads

The silhouettes of the watchers stood stark against the glinting metal fence. No one could get in. And no one could get out.

As the storms rage around her, 15-year-old Alice Davenport is trained by the rulers of the new world,Paradigm Industries, to reach the highest levels of command. Life within the Community is supposed to be perfect, with the Barricades keeping the population safe from the toxic wasteland and savage people outside.

Rebellious Alice has never felt easy with Paradigm Industries’ plans for the future. Determined to investigate their secrets, she makes a shocking discovery: disturbing experiments on how to create life itself are taking place in underground laboratories, establishing a new order for society that will impact generations to come…

The First Generation Scouts will rule.

The Second Gen will obey.

And the Lab Made will serve.

Knowing she can’t live in this brutal regime, Alice has nowhere to turn. Until she encounters a boy from beyond the Barricades, who seems to have the answers for a better life. If what he says about the outside world is true, Alice realises it’s up to her to take on the power of Paradigm Industries alone…

In her journey to find freedom, Alice’s courage will be tested to the limit, but she’ll stop at nothing to do what’s right.

Review

The Girl in The Storm is the second book of the Paradigm Trilogy by Ceri A. Lowe. I have read and reviewed the first book The Rising Storm back in April this year and really enjoyed it.

One of the many perks of this trilogy is that we don’t have to wait years for the next instalment. As they are working on getting all three books out in 2018. There is no ‘Oh, has been too long now and can’t remember what happened in the previous book’.

There is a tendency for sequels to not be as good as the first book in the series, I think with The Girl in The Storm we have a sequel that is equally as good as the first instalment of the series, maybe even better? If this is any indication of what is to come our way, the third book is going to be freaking amazing.

Funnily, enough with the first book, I preferred Alice over Carter. However, with The Girl in The Storm Carter really grew on me and actually at times I saw myself screaming at Alice to open her eyes and see the truth right in front of her. She just a bit naive and too trustworthy.

I feel that things get grittier as we get to know more about The Industry and their practices. It’s that point in the story where you and the characters start to figure out that not all is as they have been told.

One of my biggest expectations coming to this book was, if we will finally find out how Alice’s and Carter’s story lines will finally crossover. We do and Oh My! That wasn’t what I originally expect it. All has been set up to make the third instalment some dystopian awesomeness and I can’t wait.

If you want to read some great YA dystopian series that is actually set in the UK and not in the USA this is the series for you.

I can’t wait for the last instalment and the conclusion to this brilliant series, good thing I would only have to wait a few months.

Rating: ★★★★☆

The Girl in The Storm by Ceri A. Lowe is available as an e-book and you can get it now on Amazon (affiliated link).

Thanks Bookouture and Noelle Holten for sending me an e-copy of The Girl in The Storm in exchange for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

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Blog Blitz: The Rising Storm (#1 Paradigm Trilogy) by Ceri A. Lowe

The-Rising-Storm-KindleSynopsis by Bookouture

What if the end of the world was just the beginning?

15-year-old Alice Davenport was a loner and an outcast before the Storms swept away everything she knew. Saved from the ravaged remains of her city by the mysterious and all-powerful Paradigm Industries, her fierce independence and unique skills soon gain her recognition from the highest levels of command. But their plans to rebuild civilisation from scratch mean destroying all remnants of the past – no matter what, or who, gets left behind.

Alice must decide if she will fight for the old world, or the new…

15-year-old Carter Warren is woken from the Catacombs after years of cryonic sleep. He’s determined to do whatever it takes to climb the ranks to Controller General – until he realises the Industry’s control methods have become harsher than ever. The Barricades make sure nothing from the Deadlands can get in to the Community – and no one can get out. And a shocking discovery about his own family causes Carter to question everything he’s ever known… 

As Alice becomes entangled in the Industry’s plan for the future, and Carter delves into the secrets of his past, they must make sacrifices which threaten to tear them apart. And both of them are forced to confront an impossible question… 

Stay loyal to their loved ones from the old world? Or dare to build a new one?

Review

After the craze of The Hunger Games and Divergent series, I have been itching for a new dystopian series for quite some time.

Along came The Rising Storm, book 1 of the Paradigm series. I was a bit apprehensive at the start as I have such high expectation for the dystopian genre. It’s literally one of my favourite genres and so I was concerned that might not live up to expectations. I was glad that it did.

There are many reasons why this debut novel by Ceri A. Lowe was such a compelling reading. Firstly, because the story is told from the point of view of two different characters. I know what you are thinking “But Ana that isn’t anything new.” Well if you let me finish. Yes, we have had various stories were it changes from one characters point of view to another, but in this case these points of view are over 80 years apart.

Alice is telling her story from when the storms first started and how the building of a new society began. Carter is telling his story from after he wakes up from cryonic sleep into this new world. Most dystopian novels rarely show us how things started, and I find it quite interesting to see the beginning of the “end of the world”. Alice is such a great character that really drives the plot forward, Carter not so much. He has his moments of likeability.

Secondly, I love the fact that is set in London. It’s nice to know that a dystopian can be set anywhere else apart from the U.S.A. Plus the fact that I live in London makes it all a bit more real and scary.

Overall, it was a truly enjoyable read, packed with action and beautifully crafted settings. A must read for all dystopian fans, and since it finishes at such a crucial point you will be begging for the next book in the trilogy. Thankfully is actually coming out soon, this summer to be precise.

Rating: ★★★★☆

The Rising Storm by Ceri A. Lowe is available as an e-book and you can get it now on Amazon (affiliated link).

Thanks Bookouture and Noelle Holten for sending me an e-copy of The Rising Storm in exchange for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

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Cover Reveal: The Rising Storm by Ceri A. Lowe

I’m so excited about today’s post! As it’s my first cover reveal, and it’s for the first instalment of what looks like an awesome YA Dystopian Trilogy. The first book of The Paradigm Trilogy is called The Rising Storm and is going to be out on the 4th of April.

Now what you all have been looking for…LOOK AT THE GORGEOUS COVER! 😱 💜

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ABOUT THE BOOK

An addictive and gripping dystopian series, perfect for fans of The Girl Who Dared to ThinkThe Hunger Games and The Gender Game.

What if the end of the world was just the beginning?

15-year-old Alice Davenport was a loner and an outcast before the Storms swept away everything she knew. Saved from the ravaged remains of London by the mysterious and all-powerful Paradigm Industries, her fierce independence and unique skills soon gain her recognition from the highest levels of command. But their plans to rebuild civilisation from scratch mean destroying all remnants of the past – no matter what, or who, gets left behind.

Alice must decide if she will fight for the old world, or the new…

Decades later15-year-old Carter Warren is woken from the Catacombs after years of cryonic sleep. He’s determined to do whatever it takes to climb the ranks to Controller General – until he realises the Industry’s control methods have become harsher than ever. The Barricades make sure nothing from the Deadlands can get in to the Community – and no one can get out. And a shocking discovery about his own family causes Carter to question everything he’s ever known…

As Alice becomes entangled in the Industry’s plan for the future, and Carter delves into the secrets of his past, they must make sacrifices which threaten to tear them apart. And both of them are forced to confront an impossible question…

Would you dare to risk it all for the perfect world?

CLPABOUT THE AUTHOR

When Ceri isn’t writing, she’s a self-employed project management consultant specialising in financial services. She lives in Bristol, England and has various obsessions including all things Spanish, renovating houses, travelling and her dog, Pablo.

In the last few years she’s won the Exeter Short Story Award, Global Short Stories annual prize, the Flash 500 Award, the Story Star Publishing Prize and the Writers’ Forum Short Story competition.

 


 

I don’t know about you, but I can’t way to read it! I love YA Dystopian Fiction and this one looks like is going to be A-mazing. The best part is that you may not need to wait long in between books, because Bookouture’s goal is to have all three books out by the end of 2018! #SayWhat

Hope you enjoyed the cover as much as I did and if this sounds like your type of book, you can pre-order it now on Amazon(affiliated link).

Thanks Bookouture for letting me be one of the bloggers to reveal this gorgeous cover.

Happy Readings!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx