What would you sell yourself for?
Madeline knows. She’s spent the last eighteen years impatiently waiting for her Auctioning so she can sell herself to MERCE Solutions Limited for a hundred thousand credits. But when the Auctioneer fails to call her and two suits show up at her doorstep, Madeline discovers there are far worse bargains to be made.
So when your loved ones are in danger, there’s a bounty on your head and your entire city might turn out to be a lie… what would you sell yourself for?
"Lee S. Hawke has achieved something amazing. Not many writers could pull off a social commentary and make it fun to read, but Hawke has nailed it."
- Ashleigh, The Literature Hub
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Science fiction is my jam. So when I run across a story with a fascinating premise and stellar characters, I obviously want more! ...which is where I run into a serious issue. There isn't any more. Dissolution is a quick read, giving just the briefest of glimpses into a futuristic world, where humans literally have a value. Like, here's a check, now give me my human. Because it was so short, there simply wasn't enough time to go into detail about how the world became this way. The desolation of the world-as-we-know-it is hinted at, but never fully explored. I find myself wondering if there really is more to tell, or if the beauty is in the blank space, allowing the reader to come to their own conclusions. At the beginning of the story, we're introduced to Madeline, who seems to have some abnormal bodily reactions going on... but I was to know WHY or HOW this happened! What's going on?! Her understanding of the world is shattered in a moment, and in the collapse, she is forced to run for her life. I absolutely love that she is technologically minded, able to use ingenious creative thought in her escape. The story also causes the reader to delve into the painful debate of human worth. Who is to say that one person is worth more than another, based on nothing more than a few tests. There is something to be said for individuality, and we need more people to say it. And now? My only hope is that I can send out a plea to the author to divulge some of the secrets behind the story, or in an ideal world, to write a second story. A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Dissolution Review The short version: Inventive and interesting dystopian setting, good story. Description sometimes a bit confusing, but plot makes up for it. Payoff is surprisingly thought provoking. And sweet glory hallelujah it’s a YA novel without a love triangle. You should read it just for that. The long version: Dissolution is set in the city of Unilox, where people are born into corporations as assets, then bought and sold once adults. Madeline Anron, property of the corporation whose name she bears, anxiously awaits her auctioning and a chance to leave her life as a test subject of pharmaceutical corporation ANRON. Her dreams are shattered when a secret in her DNA comes to light and she is forced to go on the run. As she slips into the cracks in the system, she comes to understand its flaws and its true nature, which turns out to be basically the horrifying but logical conclusion of many of the things we take for granted in real corporations. It’s this note of reality that makes the concept of the novel so strong, and helps make up for the occasional shortfall in execution. The characters do not get a great deal of development, but what is there feels very authentic. Similarly, Hawke’s action and visual descriptions get a bit confusing, but the emotion and sensations carry through. One scene, which I’ll refer to simply as “after the river” to avoid spoilers, feels particularly visceral. (From here there are some slight spoilers in the form of sweeping, vague statements. I won’t tell you any actual plot events, but if you want to go into reading it completely blind, skip this review and just go do it). Perhaps what is most notable about the story is its scope, which is very small. Where series like Insurgent or The Hunger Games portray a protagonist enacting sweeping change at the head of a revolution, Dissolution focuses entirely on Madeline and her own personal journey. This is why, despite some of the confusing writing, the book is so compelling. Madeline is not a glorious hero who saves the day, but a single voice struggling to change the tide and save those she loves. I can’t say I’ve ever been part of a revolution, but I think it would feel much more like Madeline’s experience than Katniss Everdeen’s. One person standing up and speaking out, not knowing if she will be heard, not knowing if her words will make a difference, but taking the terrifying and ultimately hopeful journey on the idea that maybe she’s not alone. The core theme of Dissolution is that corporations are not entities themselves, but collections of people behind a common idea. Its far more subtle message is that revolutions follow the same principle, and no group will form without one person starting it. Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of the book for a fair and balanced review.
Have you ever read a book that shakes you to the core and makes you take a close look at the world around you? Well, Dissolution was definitely one of those books for me. After training for eighteen years to be auctioned off to MERCE, Madeline discovers things aren't as they should be. When her name isn't called during the Auction, and two suits show up on her doorstep, Madeline's life takes a drastic turn. Everything she believed in dissolves before her eyes and she has to decide how much she's really worth. This book, while short in length, packs one heck of a punch. Lee S. Hawke draws you in and makes you care about the characters with ease. With each page turned, you're drawn more and more into the world Hawke created. It keeps going with little rest until the very end. It left me feeling a little drained when I read the last line, and yet I didn't want the story to end. When you're ready to see the world of corporations in a new, and almost terrifying way, definitely read this book. Hawke definitely provides us with a unique dystopian society. I am positive this book will remain with me for a long time.