Heroes' Day [NOOK Book]

Overview

In the late twenty-first century, war has become unfashionable. In its place: the Global Ranking System, a means by which the world’s Patriot nations can compete for resources via academic, artistic, athletic, and scientific contest.

Monica Sardinia is a junior national gymnast whose superior technical ability has earned her elite citizenship, credits for her hometown, and a chance to compete as a Patriot athlete on Heroes’ Day. However, when her parents can no longer afford to ...

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Heroes' Day

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Overview

In the late twenty-first century, war has become unfashionable. In its place: the Global Ranking System, a means by which the world’s Patriot nations can compete for resources via academic, artistic, athletic, and scientific contest.

Monica Sardinia is a junior national gymnast whose superior technical ability has earned her elite citizenship, credits for her hometown, and a chance to compete as a Patriot athlete on Heroes’ Day. However, when her parents can no longer afford to keep her training at her local club, she’s forced to go “common,” relinquishing her elite status and watching from the sidelines as her training partners move on to bigger and better things without her.

Struggling to adjust to her new life as an average, ordinary teenager growing up in an ailing Wisconsin suburb, Monica’s future looks bleak—that is, until she’s unexpectedly drafted as team captain of America’s precocious new national squad. It’s the chance of a lifetime, and she takes it, heading to the Olympus Space Station to train under none other than legend (and former Hero), Darren Hades. But no opportunity comes without a price, and Monica soon finds that in order to compete internationally she’ll have to do more than just master her skills, for in the world of the Patriot elite scores are the lifeblood of the economy, and the slightest misstep can send ripples across the globe.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000690789
  • Publisher: Jesse Gordon
  • Publication date: 3/4/2009
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 424,808
  • File size: 341 KB

Meet the Author

Fiction writer / geek. Bad at math, good with computers. Sci-fi fanboy and general Internet addict. Supreme overlord of the SuperMegaNet pseudoverse.
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  • Posted January 21, 2011

    The ultimate social experiment!

    With Heroes' Day, Gordon asks a simple enough question: What would the world be like without war? His answer: a social dystopia where money and resources are earned by "elite" citizens in a variety of competitive sports, arts, and academics. If your country's elites win, you get money or resources for 4 more years. If your country loses, you have to turn over your resources to the winning nations for 4 years. Monica, the main character, is a young elite athlete who dreams of becoming a Patriot citizen - that's the term for those who earn credits for their country as opposed to just their hometown. Her dreams are shattered when her parents can no longer afford to pay for her training. For her, life as an ordinary citizen is a fate worse than death, but a chance visit from some military officers, who are looking to reboot their ailing gymnastics program, results in her being drafted as a Patriot team captain. Thus begins Monica's ascension into the dubious world of Patriot elites, where honesty and hard work are supplanted by celebrity virtues, and wishing for something and actually having it are two completely different things. What you see isn't always what you get. The plot in Heroes' Day is heavy on social politics. The author obviously put a lot of thought into what America could be like in the late 21st century. Monica's character is really well thought out, and very mature for her age, emotionally if not physically. The result is a novel that reads incredibly well, and should appeal to both teens and adults looking for a great "what if?" scifi story. Looks GREAT on the Nook, by the way - it's nice to see smaller publishers taking the time to make sure their ebooks are formatted properly.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2011

    The world of the future

    Well written, provocative "what if?" story about a young girl who discovers the dark side of "a world without war." Smart teen lit that worked for this adult as well. Highly recommended.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2008

    Inside the mind of a child athlete

    Jesse's new novel comes just in time for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, and tells the story of a young gymnast whose dreams of making the national team are dashed when her parents can no longer afford to keep her training at her gym. Bitter and disillusioned, she grudgingly accepts her new life as a common citizen only to have the chance of a lifetime fall right in her lap: an invitation to serve as team captain of the United States' new girls' gymnastics team. Without giving anything away, let me just say that I found the book to be highly entertaining, not as a fast-paced sports novel, but as a more introspective character study which just happens to take place in the sports world. I would compare it to White Palms---an EXCELLENT gymnastics film---in that the focus is on the characters and not just the gymnastics. Even so, Jesse comes across as knowing his sport. There are also plenty of interesting societal ideas tossed around. For example, people competing in any capacity---whether it be sports or academics---are called 'elites' and enjoy various benefits over 'common' citizens, such as discounted food prices, free housing, and free public transportation. There's also an underlying theme of the need for secrecy in a world where surveillance is the rule, and EVERYONE is chipped (or 'tagged'). I liked Monica's character a lot, mostly because she felt real, she had genuine, raw emotions and she made mistakes. She learned her lessons the hard way. There's a lot here that middle school readers could relate to. Outside a handful of swear words and an in insinuated rape scene, I don't understand why this is being marketed as an adult novel. Jesse is obviously a competent writer, but I think this would fare very well as a young adult novel with a little more action in the first few chapters. That's the reason I gave four stars: because I think there's such a thing as being a little TOO character-oriented. This was still a fantastic look inside the mind of a child athlete, and was ultimately more satisfying than Stories From the Steel Garden. Recommended for fans of gymnastics and socio political fiction alike.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2008

    Heroes' Day success

    After reading this novel I can say I have more respect for olympians because of the light shed on their hard practices, triumphs, and defeats. I really enjoyed the protagonist, Monica, she seemed like a real person, one who was strong, independent, and motivating. She was the 'big sister' to the younger athletes which gave her a softer feel than she sometimes portrayed to the adults. Overall, Heroes' Day, is definitely a good read, and one recommended for everyone.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Some issues.

    Great story, strong voice, very decent writer. I'm not sure if this book is meant for adults because it reads like YA fiction, but it's still a good read. A good writer is a good writer irregardless of the medium they choose. I feel like the ending was resolved to quickly. I'm not sure I understand why some things are the consiquences of others, I was forced to take a few guesses which I shouldn't need to for the ending to make sense.
    While it looks pretty on my nook, there was some issues with the formatting. Flip the page and suddenly you're two chapters back, you'd have to manully punch in the page numbers. Three times I gave up and skipped a page because I couldn't access it. This isn't the authors fault, but it was frusterating. Although the book was too good to give up on.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Good book.

    Good book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    Another "hunger game" type of book

    Young adults will enjoy this type of book. I'm getting tired of this story line, however, the book is well written and follows the plot line providing adventure along the way. Those who are in thralled with this type of book won't be disappointed.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    Not bad at all :)

    Not bad at all :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    Pretty good .....

    Pretty good .....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Interesting idea regarding the distribution of resources.

    Interesting idea regarding the distribution of resources.

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    Posted July 24, 2013

    Gay

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    Posted July 18, 2013

    Good

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