by Angela Brown

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Tsunamis reduced the USA into a shell of itself, called The Fold. Surviving humans and vampires joined forces to form The Colony, where registered citizens do as they're told.

They donate blood quarterly and dream of being chosen as Attendees for the Jubilee celebrations, that is, everyone except Macie Breen. With high school graduation near, she’s anxious to ditch the rules in hopes of starting a new life with Thane, an unregistered and also her best friend.

Her hopes fizzle when Macie is selected as an Attendee, forever registered. Any future with Thane…impossible. Being chosen comes with another unexpected price.

Truths about The Colony blaze into ashes and lies when she discovers the vampires haven't kept their part of the bargain. Worst still, Macie’s life unravels as her stint in the city of Bliss forces her to face daunting truths about who, and what, she really is.

14+ due to violence and adult situations

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BN ID: 2940046452051
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Publication date: 12/08/2014
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 497 KB
Age Range: 13 Years

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Beacon 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ELF-thereadingaddict More than 1 year ago
A nice start to a young adult dystopian series.--------------3.5 out of 5 stars Beacon by Angela Brown is Book 1 of the 'Ripped Ties' young adult dystopian series that features Macie Breen, an unusual young girl whose parents disappeared during a Jubilee celebration eight years prior. Her only friend, Thane, has made her promise not to give her blood, despite the requirements for donations to the vampeers who keep them all safe. There is a marked division between those who donate, known as the registered, and those who don't, the unregistered, but it turns out that this is a small sample of the issues that divide Macie's world. There are plenty of things that Macie is going to need to learn in order to survive, and one of the most important things to discover is whether Thane is going to help educate her or prevent her from ever learning anything else. There are a myriad of inventive details in this story that gives a frightening look at a highly regimented society. For me, there was initially a bit too much similarity to a popular young adult series that features a dystopic society, but the action continues to intensify and there are plenty of unexpected twists to hold one's attention. I enjoyed learning about the different relationships that form in this harsh society and the unusual ties that some of the individuals have to each other. It would be nice to have greater information about the different factions which are gradually revealed, but there are plenty of threads to make one curious about further developments and whet one's appetite for many more stories in this intriguing world. A copy of this title was provided to me for an honest review.
naturalbri More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: A dystopian world with vampires and treachery…what wouldn’t I love about this book?! I loved that the start jumped straight into the story, with us finding out that the parents of our main character were called away, in the same way she just has been, but they never came back. She isn’t willing to go, and soon she’ll find out more about both herself and the broken promises of the vampires, but is she ready? The dystopian wasteland the author created was excellent. She really brought to life – or death – the world around them, so that I felt as though I was standing in the wasted shell of the states. I could see and completely understand why there had to be a pact made with the vampires. It truly was the only hope for survival, in a world that is completely dead, or so they thought. The characters were brilliant, as they were filled with depth, character and passion. Our main character was excellent. She was smart, intuitive, strong and able to see through the veil. Angela wrote her with layers of both emotion and intellect, as she seemed to always be in the right head and every  time we turned around she had seen through lies, worked her way through something or found the truth. I like that it also involved her finding herself, and getting to know who she really is. From the beginning, I found this book to be engaging and completely consuming. I struggled to put it down and often found myself staying up way to late to read just one more chapter. I highly recommend reading this book if you are a fan of fantasy, paranormal or dystopian reads, as I can imagine you’ll like it just as much as I did!
Kristen_Noel More than 1 year ago
   Wow! What a delightful and imaginative book! I had no idea how Brown would write vampires whenever I began this book. Sometimes I really love how vampires are portrayed, other times not so much. But I loved the way that Brown wrote hers! There is so much mystery shrouding this story, and I was unable to look away for even a moment!   Beacon is filled with action. There's never a boring moment in this book! So many elements are streamlined into this story and work so well with the world that the author has created. The world building is absolutely awe-inspiring. I enjoyed Macie so much. She was a great character that I loved reading about.   I can't wait to tune in for the next book in this series! Angela Brown has started her YA dystopian series in an explosive way with Beacon. I have no double that the rest of this series will be just as incredible! **I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slowly stops laughing,wiping a tear from her eye, a broad smile on her face. "Still," she said, "we need to find something to do with it." She sat down, her head in her hands. "What to do..." she mumbled. (sorry I wasn't on lately... anyway, I read up on you, and Hine, and Rize, on the Tokyo Ghoul wiki. You hear about Monty Oum's death? Might not use Ruby for a while... just Asuna, maybe Happy [the winged cat from Fairy Tail] or Lucy.) (and if I ever just disappear like that again, find me on G+ by searching "anime", filtering the search to communities, then clicking the one with the picture of the two girls from [I don't know] that has about 263,000 members. My name is Ruby Rose and my tagline is that quote by Kirito. You'll know it's me when you see it. Just leave me a note after putting me in the "Acquaintance" circle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Watched from the trees...
ChristineRains More than 1 year ago
With the USA just a shadow of its former self, humans and vampires must join together to survive. In The Colony, registered citizens do as they're told and supply their vampire protectors with donations of blood. Macie Breen is a ward of the state and hopes to start a new life after high school with her best friend Thane as an unregistered. Her future is snatched away from her when she's chosen as an Attendee in the Jubilee Celebration and taken to the big city of Bliss. There she discovers lie after lie about The Colony. Macie can no longer tell who is friend or foe. Worse yet, she realizes she doesn't know herself, and what she uncovers could mean the end of her world. An incredible start to this YA dystopian series. The first thing that captured me was the phenomenal world building. What happened to the continent itself, the virus, and the supernatural aspects. A new culture rose with promises of a bright future, but there is corruption within. Everything is wrapped up so wonderfully in one grand picture. Macie is a strong and likable heroine. She's had a hard life and the weight placed upon her gets heavier with each chapter. Never mind being a teenager just trying to figure out your life, hers becomes so much bigger than that but she doesn't crumble beneath the weight. Thane is the sweet best friend grown into something more. His own secrets are astounding. The whole cast of characters add to help create this fantastic world and story. A story that will take you places you least expect. I highly recommend BEACON. It's my favorite book by Angela Brown yet!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mm, nah. I find it tedious and difficult to write on the Nook. Also, I have no ideas. Maybe next time.