The Beast, a mysterious and terminal illness killed off most of Generations One, Two, and Three. And as Gen-Four prepares to take the stage, a provocative, yet questionable, new method to avoid an untimely death incites a cultural rage.
But Fran lives counter-culture, off the grid in true rebel fashion. With a life far from opulent, she scurries through dark tunnels, searching for hot meals with Pete while ditching the holographic security team. To her, it's a healthy trade-off. Unaccountability means The Council can't steal her sliver of hope, a belief that she'll see The Epoch arrive before The Beast can pull her into its Fetid embrace.
|Publisher:||BookFish Books LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)|
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Not being a gamer or a big fan of dystopian novels, the first few chapters of Impervious had me confused. The dreadlocked protagonist, Fran, is crawling through ventilation systems, scavenging for food, living off the grid as an Unaccountable Rebel. Her mentor, Chan, was missing and she had to perfect the art of invisibility to stay out of reach of the holographs or Graphies. The remaining residents of Impervious, mostly Generation Four or mid-lifers between the ages of 15-20, are the survivors of the War of Annihilation ruled by fear and dread of the Beast, a deadly disease that obliterated Generation One, Two, and Three. A ghastly event called “The Procession of the Esteemed Ones” allows a select few residents to live six months as royal superstars, then, forfeit their life in a grand parade as the Superiors applaud their demise. When I was least expecting, I became hooked. The moment when Fran finds Chan’s reader and discovers the Diary of First Gen lights a fire of hope that is unstoppable. Could the world heal itself after the Apocalypse? Is the city of Impervious real or make-believe? Does beauty and nature still exist somewhere? What really happened to Gen One, Two, and Three? Can anyone escape the demise? And if so, what’s “out there?” Heather Letto is a gifted writer who has painted a vivid portrait of how power corrupts and controls a society while extinguishing the expectation of salvation. Fran is a strong and fearless female heroine determined to illuminate the darkness through courage and sacrifice. Weaving together innocence, romance, intrigue, adventure, and suspense into one compelling story, Heather’s characters grabbed hold of my imagination and didn’t let go. As soon as you turn the last page, you will yearn for the next book in The Ascension Series. Heather has converted me to dystopia. Impervious is gripping, frightening, hopeful, and utterly satisfying. Cynthia Brian is a New York Times best selling author, TV/Radio host, and Founder/Executive Director of the literacy charity, Be the Star You Are!® empowering young people to read, lead, and succeed.
If you’re a fan of dystopian stories like The Hunger Games and Divergent, you’ll probably be able to get into this story pretty easily. Heather Letto does a great job of creating a very detailed dystopian world quite different from our own, where fifteen years old is considered “mid-life.” This is also definitely a world where those familiar with sci-fi terms will probably feel comfortable, lots of terms like “holographic acquaintances,” “gaming hubs,” “sleeping-niches,” and “cybernetic vacation pods.” The book also reminded me a bit of The City of Ember, a sort of underground post-apocalyptic world in which the citizens have been tricked into believing nothing good can exist beyond the lights of their little inner world. The book starts with a quote from the Gospel of Mark (4:23–”If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear”), but it is more allegorical than straightforward in its Christian nature (which I like). From a few conversations I’ve had with the author, I know she has plans for a second and third book in the trilogy, and I’d be interested in seeing how these allegorical pieces she’s set into motion play out in the next two books.