Banded

Banded

by Logan Byrne

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Banded by Logan Byrne

In dystopian Manhattan, society is divided into six zones, with each one representing a citizen's benefit to society: Stalwart (strength), Astute (intelligence), Collusive (greed), Radiant (beauty), Quixotic (no life direction), and the Altruistic (willingness to help others). On a citizen's sixteenth birthday, a computer suggests a new zone for them based on their inherent benefit to society. When Kalenna Slater is sorted out of her home zone Quixotic and into Altruistic, she thinks things can't get worse. Life looks dismal until she meets Gavin, a boy also just sorted into Altruistic who becomes the light needed on her cloudy days.

During sorting she receives a device known as 'The Band'. It's a large watch-like device that never comes off, and it measures a citizen's karma on a scale from one to one hundred. If a citizen does good, they gain points. If a citizen does bad, including breaking laws, they lose points. When your number reaches zero, the band acts as judge, jury, and executioner, and you are injected with toxins that kill you within minutes.

After sorting, recruits are taken to a three month long mandatory school named HQ. It's at HQ she meets new friends from different zones, and finally begins to feel at ease. Everything goes well until a rare trip home makes her discover that her father, who has been missing for a decade, may have taken part in a terrible program that stands to shake the fabric of society.

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ISBN-13: 9781497542792
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/08/2014
Pages: 342
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.76(d)

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Banded 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Flame2712 More than 1 year ago
Banded was an alright read. From the blurb, its pretty obvious that it has clear similarities to Divergent. Still, there was an additional twist to this. In Banded society, teens weren’t given the option to choose which zone they wanted to be in. Its kinda like the Sorting Hat in Harry Potter, except with a lot more serious consequences. I can’t say I loved reading Banded, but I definitely do not dislike it.  Firstly, I like dystopians, so naturally, this appealed to me. Even though there may be similarities to other books, the main plot line is still different. I really like the whole band idea, and how it serves as a continual reminder that you could die at any time, if you did something bad enough. But the thing that stopped me from really getting into the book was the main character, Kalenna. Okay, so there’s nothing exactly wrong with her. She is perhaps a little immature for her age, a little naïve, but other than that she’s alright, I guess. But the thing that really irked me was how cocky she was getting. Example. She has never touched a staff before but assumes that she can win the whole competition somehow. After going  through like a day or so of training, she somehow thinks she’s really strong and all. It wasn’t even self-confidence, but it is pure pride. I guess I did find her a bit immature sometimes, given that she is already 16. She isn’t a bad character, just very predictable. And yes, I don’t like her, but that’s my personal opinion! In terms of pacing, it was rather good. The story wasn’t draggy, even though there were phrases here and there which I felt were unnecessary. Like how she looked at her hands before sleeping. I don’t know, a little bit is fine, but sometimes I felt it was overdone. The characters were a little flat here. Not to say they weren’t interesting, because they were. They aren’t difficult to connect with, they’re just forgettable because they haven’t been properly developed. Yet, I hope. I think I like Ivan the most. He is a little bit more than just another smart kid I feel.  I’m not sure if this is a good thing or bad thing, but there seemed to be a lot happening in this book. Right now, they don’t seem very connected, like every event is separate. Oh sure, there is a connection in terms of I guess, rebellion. But nothing concrete yet. I do hope that the plot points in this book would be talked about more in the series. Like, her roommate, that annoying Trace guy (I honestly can’t decide who I would rather see win in a duel, Trace or Kalenna), the romance side. All in all, while I can’t say I loved this book, I do think I’m intrigued enough to keep reading on. I am interested as to what they will find, and I felt the book ended just as it got good. This is a 3 stars book for me. Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All views expressed here are mine alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know you all keep saying this sounds like a Divergent ripoff, but in reality it isn't. I mean yeah it sounds like one and it begins like it, but seriously, it isn't. I love this book to death! I can't wait for the sequel!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is similar to divergent. The country is divided in sections and the government is corrupt. The characters are not developed right. The book is boring. This author wrote another series which is also similar to Twilight. People PLEASE do not write books if you can not be original.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok writing style, but COMPLETLY stolen plot line.... divergent much? Lol create some exploded moments next time plz
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone else think someone wanted to write the next Divergent? stupid athor pissed me off... doesnt even deserve the one star i had to rate him. Sorry to the people that actually "enjoyed" this. I did not.
Anonymous 25 days ago
I thought this was going to be another "Hunger Games" copy, but It was very different. It was a very unique world, and the story was well written. It kept me engaged the entire time, and I will definitely get the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reminiscent of Divergent it still held my interest. I like the characters. Hate that it ends with a cliffhanger. Nothing gets resolved in the 1st book. Hope for better in next book in series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is extremely interesting and makes you appreciate the way our government works now. I recommend giving it a read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many dystopia series have a simliar start but this one kept my interest and desire to read more to see how it all turns out. This would be good for young readers because the main charaters are in there mid reads. I like the direction it is going even though I'm much older than the charaters. I'll be reading the whole series. Thx!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Direct quote from book: I looked around and saw everyone smiling, enthralled with what she had to say, but I didn't buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
lpcoolgirl More than 1 year ago
This was an OK book. I enjoyed a bit of it, but sometimes, the writing pulled me out of the story, I couldn't really believe that this was the voice of a teen aged girl, I questioned word choices of hers, so while I didn't enjoy the writing as much, it was a pretty good story. When I first opened it, it was 180 pages on my Nook, and I thought I'd be done in no time, since I was going on a hour long car ride. But it was 180 pages of small print (which is my fault) But also, it took me longer to get into the story, because of the above and below issues. Honestly, I think it needed to be edited a bit more, because once I found that within 2 pages of ebook, that almost the same line was uttered by the same character, the "show you'll all her to see" the character didn't seem like the type to say that twice, though in some ways, I guess he came close. But I don't think he'd have such a limited vocabulary as to do that. Just a little thing that got missed. I enjoyed the twist about her dad, what she learns, it's pretty intense, and has real potential to change their world forever, even if it's not been done yet. So the people in power are still treating those without it pretty harshly, especially the guy in charge of HQ, he was pretty bad in that last chapter! Besides the writing, I did enjoy this book, it just needs a bit of polishing to make it just a bit better! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He walkedin with her eletrical voilin and a microphone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
:D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She sat down and burried her face in her hands and began to quietly cry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Legacy?" She repeated softly, in a questioning tone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Am I in?
AilynK More than 1 year ago
Got this from author for a fair review: this is interesting in the sense that it is somewhat familiar to readers who have read Divergent, yet realize suddenly that it is a totally different story.  Kalenna is sixteen, that itself explains some of her personality I think, growing up in a dystopian world and not sure about yourself. She is placed in Altruistic and had the special band placed on her. All in all, It is not a bad book to read, but the characters probably have some growing up to do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beginning of a series...interesting for a young person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, this has a better story. The concept of the bands made it more intriguing than Divergent. Of course, nothing will EVER be better than Hunger Games or The Wolves of Mercy Falls series. But this book is close. I suggest you read it, definitely worth your time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't think I'll be reading this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*nods back and heads over to a large shelf full of music binders and ponders which to sight read*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ha,ha. Very funny. Yeah real mature. >:(