HOME IS 400 YEARS AWAY
A Rip in the fabric of time, a far-flung globally warmed future, a flooded Earth and the only remainder of civilisation—a militaristic organisation living underneath 'Desert Amazon'...
Getting back home was the only thing that mattered to messed up, mixed race teenager, Blue (named after his stupid, googly blue eyes) - and that was the problem—home was over four hundred years in the past.
But how does a lowly cadet in a military academy living in a post-apocalyptic future achieve such a goal, especially with the distractions of girls, pilot training, spacewalks and his almost constant unpopularity?
The more Blue found out about this flooded, gung-ho and annoying future, about himself—who and what he was (was he even human?)—and the equally disturbing and shocking truth about his parents, the more he realised getting home was the only solution.
If Blue knew one thing, it was that he would at least try.
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About the Author
K.J.Heritage is a UK author of mystery/crime sci-fi and epic fantasy—all with a strong emphasis on action and adventure and occasionally a little humour. He was born in the UK in one of the more interesting previous centuries. Originally from Derbyshire, he now lives in the seaside town of Brighton. He is a tea drinker, Asperger's warrior and Twitter aficionado: @MostlyWriting http://kjheritage.com News, offers and giveaways: http://kjheritage.com/join/
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: It’s awesome. Blue into the Rip has hints of A Clockwork Orange, Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, Star Gate – even a dash of Dr. Who. Kev Heritage’s love of language is apparent, and though I wanted to fault him for the plethora of fragments he peppered into the text, I can’t. The man’s got style; I stopped reading several times just to savor it. It’s a great story stuffed with vivid characters, exceptional imagery, and just the right amount of fun. Would I recommend it: Yes. Read it. Now. Will I read it again: I’m not gonna lie – I experienced some very real anxiety when, near the end of the book, Heritage started resolving plot lines in rapid succession. This CAN’T be the only time I get to read about Blue – it just CAN’T! I want more (and luckily for me, the internet assures me there’s another installment on the way). Awe-wonder-sum. As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Book Reviews. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Thank you Kev Heritage for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ------------- Kevin Heritage's use of descriptive words instantly had me hooked. Blue Into The Rip is a story centered around John Smith. Nicknamed 'Blue' because of his unique eyes and considered by his peers to be a freak,Blue, albeit intelligent yet sarcastically smart-mouthed seems to be going through the motions, heading down the wrong path in life until he intervenes at the scene of the car accident. Little do we know that this incident will spur events that would change his life forever. Not only does this seemingly good deed riles up his "hippy" parents but it puts him on the radar of the authorities. Desperate to escape the attention that has been thrust on him he sets out on his own only to return home and find that that his younger sister, Annie, is missing. It would be this night that everything would change for Blue because not only do we learn that he is more to him then meets the eye but it would be on this search that he is struck in the back of the head and awakens in the year 2454. In this strange new world Blue struggles with finding his place and learning whom he can trust all while trying to find his way back home. My only criticism was that there seemed to be a lot of characters. While I understood the roles they played when reading a story I tend to focus, care and remember a few. Just when I thought the story was becoming predictable and that I could see who the untrustworthy characters were the events flipped and I was literally left shaking my head saying "I didn't see that coming". I will surely check out the next book in this series, Blue Into The Planet.
Fabulous story!! Captivating! Loved it! I really, really enjoyed reading this book. So imaginative and captivating. The beginning was kind of confusing and intriguing at the same time. I couldn't put this book down. I needed to know what was happening and what had already happened and why. After a while, I got some answers but not all of them. They were given in snip-ets throughout the book and I loved all the little "aha" moments I had while reading this story. The story certainly sucked me in and took me for a "swick" ride. By the end I felt fulfilled and yet ready for more. Most of it makes sense at the end and yet there are some questions that remain unanswered. I am anxiously awaiting the second installment!! One request for the author (I will try not to give away anything because I hate spoilers): Chapter "Swamps and Spies" left me wanting more. "Why shouldn't I alter the timeline?" That paragraph and the rest of the chapter summed up what happened to them after but I so badly wanted more right then. Like how?? Would it just be an endless loop? I'd love to know how you think that would work. And what happened to both of them? How did he get there again? Did he follow the other? And where did the other go?? or rather, where did the other end up, after he went where we know he went?? Did he stay or does he come back? Will he show up again in book 2? And what if...???!!! Oh goodness, I could go in circles forever. Maybe I should just stop before I confuse myself any more. LOL I will be thinking about this story for a while!! Fabulous story, Mr Heritage! *I was given a free e copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review*
If you like fast paced, intriguing, thought provoking, character driven science fiction, then this book is for you. Blue is a typical teenager, attending school, looking after his little sister, and putting up with his hippie parents. Until, one day, he is ripped out of his present and flung far into a future where the Earth has undergone some extreme changes. One of which is the military academy Blue finds himself rescued by and inducted into, in a future where the world is not what it used to be. Ravaged by climate change the only refuge is an under ground Desert Amazon. Blue finds life quite a bit different, especially as he is inducted into said military academy as a cadet, who only wants to return to the past. His past. Blue is put to several tests and finds he does have some affinity for what he's supposed to be learning, but along the way, he discovers how the Earth got into it's present state. At one point, he visits the Museum Of Indulgence, which houses such diverse Earth artifacts as Stonehenge, the statue of Michelangelo's David, remnants of the Sistine Chapel, the head of the Statue of Liberty, some of the most famous paintings to have ever existed by the likes of Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Warhol, Picasso, Dali, etc. He comes upon a gallery with a screen projecting how the world used to be, then another showing the wars, the pollution, the riots and finally the devastation of famine, the disease that followed starvation, poverty, then another gallery depicting the fall of civilization -raging fires in China, the US entirely covered by a hurricane, earthquakes devastating Northern Europe, Tsunamis, volcanic activity on a massive scale. Still resolved to get through this academy and back home, Blue makes friends with the other cadets in his squad, steeling himself for the day he is instructed in rip technology, the way he will "rip" his way back to his time and his family. Interspersed throughout the book are definitions of certain words, phrases, or people, which although I knew most of them, I found them a help, expanding on the reading experience the way they were used, much better than the inclusion of a glossary in the back of the book, with the words asterisked for reference or intruding foot notes. Does Blue make it back to his Earth and his time? Read the book and find out. Read the book with the underlying lesson about climate change, which isn't preachy- it's so well woven into the fabric of the story, you don't feel like you're being beaten over the head about an issue which is becoming more clear, day by day - quit hurting the planet we live on, lest we turn our cities into dust, and we along with them. This is written for a young adult audience and being marketed that way but I can tell you, it's fine science fiction, with a great story and well imagined characters that keep you fully engaged. I loved it.
Rip into the future, but everything is not as it should be there. Climate change has swamped the earth creating abnormal weather patterns and the Earth is heading for another Ice Age. But our young hero Blue has been plucked forward in time to a world he struggles to recognise. Kev Heritage creates a beautifully detailed post apocalyptic world, but Blue is desperate to return to his family and misses his little sister. Blue moves back and forth in time from a present that is dull, where he doesn’t fit, into a militarised future that he resents and kicks against. Heritage’s plot twists and turns as Blue tries to discover who he can trust in his new existence. The characters are well formed and utterly believable as Blue questions what is real and what is not. He struggles to uncover who are his friends and who are foes. The complex political situation in the future leaves Blue justly bewildered which side is good or which is evil. Heritage’s writing luminously offers glimpses of the complicated dichotomy caused by a life after major climatic disaster. But the reader is kept in the dark until the very end of the book as to who can be trusted in the new universe. Rip into the blue is a stylish virtuoso rendering of this electrifying adventure story for young adults. This is not a genre I usually read but I enjoyed it thoroughly and would recommend it wholeheartedly to others. It is a book that teenagers will find absolutely riveting and their parents might enjoy too.