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Broken Slate
     

Broken Slate

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by Kelly Jennings
 

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Taken from his family’s merchant ship at the age of fourteen, Martin Eduardo endured years in the brutal contract labor system on the planet Julian. Now a contract rebellion brews.

The precarious – and emotionally costly – safety Martin had found with his seventh contract holder is put at risk by another holder, Jeno Lord Harper, who

Overview

Taken from his family’s merchant ship at the age of fourteen, Martin Eduardo endured years in the brutal contract labor system on the planet Julian. Now a contract rebellion brews.

The precarious – and emotionally costly – safety Martin had found with his seventh contract holder is put at risk by another holder, Jeno Lord Harper, who seeks to use Martin for his own aims. Years in the system have demonstrated what happens to contracts who fight back; Martin knows resistance will prove dangerous.

As the contract labor uprising gains momentum, and as he grows more acquainted with those involved in the rebellion, Martin begins to suspect that, although the consequences of disobedience are grim – even fatal – the consequences of obedience might be worse.

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“This deft dissection of a mind under siege from an oppressive social system is tense and compelling. I couldn’t put it down till I hit the last page.”

- Cat Rambo, Endeavor Award-nominated author of EYES LIKE SKY AND COAL AND MOONLIGHT

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“BROKEN SLATE is unexpectedly engrossing, with enough strength of character at its core to drag one along its richly carved path of violence, sex, submission, and rebellion. Martin is a compelling character, whose palpable determination not to be crushed by systemic cruelty and harsh circumstance leaves one looking forward to more of his story.”

- Camille Alexa, Endeavor Award-nominated author of PUSH OF THE SKY

Editorial Reviews

Cat Rambo
“This deft dissection of a mind under siege from an oppressive social system is tense and compelling. I couldn’t put it down till I hit the last page.”

- Cat Rambo, Endeavor Award-nominated author of EYES LIKE SKY AND COAL AND MOONLIGHT
Camille Alexa
“BROKEN SLATE is unexpectedly engrossing, with enough strength of character at its core to drag one along its richly carved path of violence, sex, submission, and rebellion. Martin is a compelling character, whose palpable determination not to be crushed by systemic cruelty and harsh circumstance leaves one looking forward to more of his story.”

- Camille Alexa, Endeavor Award-nominated author of PUSH OF THE SKY
Charles Tan
“One of Jennings’s strengths is the nuanced way she weaves her characters, not entirely noble but not entire villainous either. They are complex people who have both conscious and unconscious biases, which is important for a novel like Broken Slate.”

Author Charles Tan (http://charles-tan.blogspot.com)

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012832825
Publisher:
Crossed Genres Publications
Publication date:
07/12/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
689 KB

Meet the Author

Kelly Jennings lives in Northwest Arkansas, where she is a member of the Boston Mountain Writers Group. She has had work appear in Crossed Genres, as well as in Louisiana Literature, The Future Fire, and Strange Horizons, among other venues. You can find out more at her personal blog, delagar (http://delagar.blogspot.com/), or the science fiction and fantasy group blog FanSci (http://www.fansci.org/), which she runs with the help of Marilou Goodwin and Barbara Ann Wright.

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Broken Slate 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Chrystalla More than 1 year ago
On a planet where slavery is legal, violence and conflict are to be expected, and this is the world in which Martin lives ¿ a slave, a ¿contract¿ as they are called ¿ trying to survive to the next day, not an easy fit when you have no rights and punishment is everyday fare. Martin is a great character. Brave but also driven by fear and a traumatic past, sensible but also quick to answer and get into trouble, he is vivid and real, as are the characters around him, not only the other slaves but also the masters and their children. Glimpses into Martin¿s past through dreams and memories are intriguing and sound terrifying. I loved how bits and pieces of his past were revealed throughout the story. The author takes the time to explore the society and its norms and laws, its inner conflicts and prejudices. I loved how she gets into people¿s heads and shows us how slavery can bend and crush people¿s minds, making an uprising a faraway dream. Fear, hunger, pain ¿ all are weapons wielded by the masters to keep the slaves in check until the day when they can¿t stand it any longer. But this first book in a series mainly explores the ¿before¿, the society before a revolution. It describes the humiliation and pain suffered by Martin and the conflict inside him, because he wants to break free but doesn¿t believe he can. All this was masterfully done and I never doubted for a second that Martin was doing his best to survive and to find a better future. However, I wasn¿t overly fond of the ending. I felt it was rushed, many new characters are suddenly introduced and we lose the perfect connection to Martin we had throughout the novel. I understand the need to introduce Martin¿s change and his new friends, but I think that should have taken place at the pace set out in the rest of the book, giving us the time to see this clearly and meet the new characters. That was my only complaint. I honestly loved this book, I was glued to my ereader from page one to the end and didn¿t want it to finish. In fact, as soon as it was over, I emailed the author to ask when the next book would be out. Broken Slate is a character-driven sci-fi, geared toward a mature young adult or adult public. Be warned: it contains mature themes, including slavery, rape, same sex relationships, adult situations and language, and several forms of physical and psychological violence. However, no sex is portrayed on page and its young protagonist, along with themes like coming of age, sexuality, bullying and reaction to violence, and problems with authority make it a good candidate for mature YA readers. To sum up, I adored this book and highly recommend it to lovers of character-driven, compelling science fiction set in a richly described world.