External Forces: Lex 1

External Forces: Lex 1

by Deborah Rix

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ISBN-13: 9780992020804
Publisher: Dime Store Books
Publication date: 09/28/2013
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Deborah Rix is a writer, music publicist, and event manager. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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External Forces: Lex 1 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Midu More than 1 year ago
What I liked: the characters- they were all fun to read about Jess and her sense of humour made me chuckle a lot the story kept me interested right up to the end, when it didn't What I didn't like: Jess wasn't confident about the abilities & at times, seemed to hate them but whenever the others needed saving, she did that easily...too easily the queen bee bit was unnecessary and too similar to the prevalent fad of the MC suddenly being in demand, as soon as, the hottest boy starts dating them the whole religion part needs to be stronger to ring true and sound serious enough to become a rallying cause Even after, she was found out, Jess was still hiding the mark from her friends & I had no idea why An interesting book which I read through quite quickly.
Paperback_Wonderland More than 1 year ago
A hundred years ago a half-mile chunk of ice fell from the sky into the Arabian Sea. The devastation that followed plunged the world into chaos, and caused the US to close their borders - seeing this cataclysm as an act of God - God's Fury. Secretary Galton swiftly implemented the Genetic Integrity Act and headed the Department of Evolution (Devo). Devo's workers, the Devotees, assess babies for signs of deviation. Only those deemed genetically appropriate are allowed to live, to reproduce. Jess is a Fifth Generation, born during an eclipse, in the current stage of evolution, Regenesis (read: eugenics). Her mother blames her for the Devotees taking her sister from the family, because she believes Jess is the true Deviant - and what's more, she's right. There is a mark in Jess' body which is spreading, a mark tied to unusual traits she possesses. Before she's called in for assessment at age 17, and has her life forfeit, she hacks the system and, together with her best friend Jay, joins the military - the only organization free of Devo's control. Jess want to be part of the Intelligence branch, but Sergeant Matt Anderson manipulates her scores to get her into his Black Ops team. What follows is Jess' struggle to hide who she truly is, while trying to remain alive in the most dangerous branch of the military. I have a few quibbles with this book, so I'm going to start with those - that's not to mean I didn't enjoy it, because I really did. Secretary Galton, the woman who started the whole thing 100 years ago, is still alive and well. What? This isn't seen as normal in the book either, but there isn't a ready explanation for it, so it's frustrating. I really, really, REALLY, hate it when relationships start with a power imbalance. In this case Matt was Jess' superior - he was in a clear position of power, he manipulated her scores to get her into his team, risking her life and the lives she would, in turn, be responsible for in a position for which she wasn't the best candidate. Yes, he had a reason for it, a valid one at that, but it's icky that, along with that reason, he was also trying to get into her pants. But there were a lot of great things about this book! Jay! Jess' bff. He's an awesome big brother figure, he looks out for her, their friendship feels real! And I loved it! The other secondary characters were also well developed - actually all characters were fully developed, so hurray for that! SCIENCE! This book got it right! It's so rare! I have no words... I'm actually getting emotional here... Rix really did the research on social darwinism and eugenics, epigenetics, the dangers of genetically modified crops - which result in a lack of genetic diversity in seeds that could prove catastrophic in the event of a disease or calamity - how can there be survival of the fittest if all the crops are the same? What would we do if a disease turns up and none of our crops were fit to fight it? The science was A+ Jess was awkward, but likable. She ended up having more and more powers, but never really turned into a Mary-Sue. The matter of sexual consent was correctly approached, as were all related interactions between characters. Yes, even though Matt was her superior... I personally didn't like it, but he didn't abuse his position for non-professional reasons. It was a fast-paced book and a quick read, and I'm really curious as to what is going to happen in the next one!
BonnyBonBon More than 1 year ago
Firstly id like to thank Deborah Rix for giving me this book in exchange for a honest review External Forces is Deborah's debut novel and the first book in the trilogy and it was an awesome start! I was so happy when I finally got my hands on the paperback sent to me by Deborah all the way from Canada and honestly didn't think I could be more excited, well then I opened the cover and found that she had personally signed it for me. That in itself was a very pleasant surprise but what I spotted next made me excited to the point where I squealed and felt like a child at christmas because there stuck to the cover was a small envelope and inside Deborah had put tattoo's, the same tattoos that are seen on the front cover. NEVER has an author done anything like this for me and these few things made it such a privilege to read and review this excellent book. Every time the tattoo was mentioned in the book I would look down at my wrist to where I had attached my tat and it would bring with it a whole new meaning and level of excitement. Now back to what this bundle of goodness was about.. The year is 2125 and America has closed its borders to prevent genetic contamination and from those they call deviants. A hundred years ago a meteor hit the Arabian sea causing tidal waves and killing millions of people. If you live within the borders you live a strict life where at 17 you are assessed to see what you will be and do for the rest of your life. At birth each child is looked over by a Devotee whom work for the department of evolution because not just anyone can breed anymore you must be chosen to have children which is one of the paths you may be chosen to take after your assessment. If the baby is seen to have any signs of deviation then they are removed by the devotees. The story is told by 16 year old Jess who hides a very dangerous secret that if revealed would mean death, so when she receives an early assessment notice she does the only thing that she can to avoid detection which is join the military with her best friend Jay. After weeks of gruelling trials, the making of new and unexpected friends as well as enemies, treasonous acts, hiding her secret, getting the attention of a seriously hot sergeant and startling prophecy's that come to light, Jess starts to realize that not everything or everyone is what it seems on either side of the border and out in the deviant wasteland may just be where she belongs most. The research Deborah did for this book is astounding and the links on her website lead to a lot of very interesting facts and thoughts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
REVIEW BY CASSANDRA "SANDY" KEMPER (I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review) This was a book I had a difficult time putting down. The plot was exciting and enticing, the characters intriguing, and the overall concept of the story--while not necessarily original, was so well-thought out and researched that I enjoyed it all the more. The author clearly spent time researching the human anatomy, agriculture, the sociological effects of agriculture, and the sociological effects of world disasters and dictatorship. She did this so well that it must have been an honor to put this book in the “sci-fi” genre. The weight of reality was so present that even when I couldn’t believe that teenagers would cope that well with the horrors of war, I still managed to believe it. Jess was a likable, curious character without the strange mark on her side. With the mark, she became a mystery I wanted to solve--a heroine that I wanted to see rise and conquer. It was great to follow a protagonist like this.  The main issue with the book was that it contained way too much exposition. And because the story was written in the first person (Jess’s perspective), Jess came out flat in a number of emotional scenes. Along with great researched stories, I love stories that are cathartic. This book lacked the latter because Jess was spending too much time explaining what the characters were doing rather than reacting to what the characters were doing. She became friends with people I enjoyed getting to know, but it always seemed like the author wrote Jess talking to them just for the sake of adding dialogue in the book. I understood that these people cared about her, but I didn’t really feel like she cared about them, other than in a way a person cares whether or not a stranger dies. Overall, a great read. I imagine it would be a fantastic movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am always afraid when I write reviews because I want to tel all the awesome parts in the story but part of the fun is experiencing the, with the characters.  I loved this book!  The beginning where the stage is set is kind of hard to follow, there is so much going on with the Devotees vs. the Deviants that things start to ix together.  They throw you into the action so quick that the foundation isn't quite clear, things feel slightly rushed.  Once I got a grip on who's who, I  blazed through!  The author's writing style is easy to follow and honestly I had a hard time putting this down!  If you really enjoy Sci-Fi and a story slam packed with action, this book is for you!  The author left us hanging and I for one cannot wait to get my hands on the second book!
srfeike More than 1 year ago
External Forces is the story of Jess, an almost 17-year-old girl living in postapocalyptic America. Almost to the age where she has to decide what to do with her life (or told as the case may be), Jess decides to be proactive and go with the best of all the bad options she has…joining the Special Forces. That decision leads her to discover an awareness of hidden things lurking in the shadows and being swept under the proverbial rug. Along with her Black Ops squad, Jess has to fight to stay alive and find out the truth. I think this story had a lot of potential but fell short in too many ways. I enjoyed the characters for the most part, though I would have loved to have all of them developed a bit more. Charlie, in for example, was a pretty enigmatic character, but she was apparently playing a huge role in the overall scheme and I think she should have been more part of the story. Additionally, the story line, while not completely original, could have been great, but I felt let down with the world building and explanations for things. A lot of things happen or are mentioned that are never explained or integrated into the story, so what we got are seemingly pointless or random bits of story. It's almost as if the story was written in pieces and scenes and put together to create a book but never fully unified into a coherent, linear tale. I was most disappointed with the ending, or lack of, I guess. There was no real resolution to anything in the story. No cliffhanger, nothing. The book just ended. So, overall the story entertained me for a day and a half, but I probably will not be continuing with the series.
S_Huston More than 1 year ago
Review Of External Forces from: Head In The Clouds A YA Book Review Blog **I received this as an eARC through Netgalley from Dime Store Books in exchange for an honest review. In no way does that effect the thoughts and opinions voiced here. I did not receive compensation in any way to write this review.** REVIEW Well we have another one folks! This book was fantastic! The concept behind the reason for the world falling apart is different, something I hadn't read in a dystopian thus far. The Devotees who make up the New World's governing body have spun a tale saying God sent an asteroid to destroy the world to cleanse them of the Deviants. Now they have to prove they are worthy which leads them to messing with the genes of the people. While we learn a lot behind the Devotees reasons and motives I still think there is a lot more to learn. Our MC is Jessica Grant. Jess is a strong MC but because of her past is full of insecurities and trust issues. She has one friend, Jay. Her mother hates and fears her, so other than Jay she has no-one. The story starts off with her and Jay twisting the system so they can be called into the military rather than leave their futures to be decided by the Devotees. Once inside the military Jess has to prove herself worthy of being there, along the way she makes new friends and finds herself falling for her black ops sergeant. I was really happy that Jess was able to find herself a part of such a tight group of people. I feel I should mention up front that while there is action and suspense, a big part of the book also revolved around the budding relationship between Jess and Matt. I was completely fine with this since I happen to like a little action with my romance stories. Not to mention the chemistry between Matt and Jess is soo intense. Matt is pretty smooth and there were numerous times he had me feeling like a giddy school girl. *sigh* Rix did a good job of balancing everything going on. While there is obvious chemistry between Jess and Matt it isn't the only thing going on. Rix also develops strong relationships between Jess and her black ops team. I especially love Sheree, she balances out Jess' self consciousness by being overly confident. Even after finishing the book I feel like there is so much more going on. I can't wait to see where this series goes and if I am anywhere near the truth.
CompulsionReads More than 1 year ago
In the year 2125, the division of church and state is a long gone memory. After God sent a destructive meteor that wiped out a huge portion of the population, the Devotees took over. They created The Department of Evolution. Working with God, they stop genetic contamination, claiming that God demands perfect pedigrees and anything less is considered a Deviant and excommunicated from the safety of America. Since the Deviant gene is expressed in adolescence, all teenagers are required to be tested to learn their fate. Jess is a sixteen-year-old-girl whose world is crumbling around her. Her best friend, Jay, is joining the military, her mother treats her like a Deviant and now she has been requested for early assessment to find out if she actually is one. Unwilling to risk being kicked out of the country or losing Jay, she manipulates her records so that they think she is old enough to join the military. Now, she’s being conditioned to despise the Deviants and to follow orders to kill without a second thought. Struggling with both of these initiatives, she finds an unlikely ally in her Special Forces sergeant, Matt Anderson. With his help and her new friends in their platoon, she will learn to master the skills of being a soldier all while hiding a deep dark secret that is trying to force its way out of her. External Forces is a brutal and honest look at a post-apocalyptic dystopia where being different is a sin that could cost you your life. Author Deborah Rix doesn’t hold any punches as the reader is immersed in this scary and at times beautiful world. Rix expertly crafts characters that you instantly cling to and hope are able to rise above the oppressive hate that seems to be a part of everyday life. She has taken a ragtag team of kids and turned them into the only hope that this world has for a brighter future. Within the first few pages of the book I was hooked and literally could not put it down. I didn’t want to leave Jess alone with her confusion and fears. I didn’t want to walk away from Matt as he fought for Jess and the idea of a better world. I couldn’t leave this world until I knew that there really was a chance for hope. All of these emotions that Rix has created are a true testament to her skills as a world builder, character crafter and intense storyteller. My biggest complaint about this book, and it’s a big one, is that I have to wait for the next book in the series. Otherwise, I would have bought it immediately and then skipped work to stay with my new friends. If you are a fan of dystopias, then I would strongly encourage you to grab this book and get reading. (This book was provided to Compulsion Reads by the author for review.)