Regina Shen: Resilience

Regina Shen: Resilience

by Lance Erlick

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“If you like post-apocalyptic novels about survival, this is definitely the book for you.” – Tori Schultz, Litpick

“Compelling, vivid, realistic, and with far more psychological depth than the usual young adult dystopian read.” – D Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“Kind of like Hunger Games combined with Their Eyes Were Watching God, with a little sci fi thrown in. Great characters with strong personalities … enough danger to get your blood pumping.” – Jessica Buike


A gray patrol boat crosses Regina Shen’s path. They’re coming for her.

As an outcast, Regina is forced to fend for herself and her younger sister in a world that bans books. An approaching storm could be the least of her problems.

Perfect for fans of the Hunger Games, Divergent, and Maze Runner. Regina Shen: Resilience is the first book in a science fiction thriller series with an ordinary yet strong young woman facing extraordinary hurdles with tenacity.

The World Federation condemns Regina, her mom, and sister to live on the seaward side of barrier walls. Those walls were built to hold back rising seas caused by abrupt climate change and as a place to dump outcasts. Regina survives by her wits on swampy islands and thrives on salvage from sunken cities, including illegal print books, which she commits to memory.

Three-hundred-plus-year-old Grand Old Dames rule the Federation using a rigid caste system and the notorious Department of Antiquities. They’ve kept peace and order by destroying all evidence from before the Great Collapse. Now world fertility is plunging. Chief Inspector Joanne Demarco pursues Regina for unique DNA that could prevent human extinction and boost the inspector’s power. It's too bad Regina doesn't trust her enough to barter fairly, let alone with her life.

A hurricane threatens to destroy Regina’s world, tearing her from family and home. With Demarco and bounty hunters in hot pursuit, Regina risks her life to try to rescue her sister. Faced with dying in the storm or from starvation, she is tempted to surrender to Demarco’s offer of refuge and food. However, that means becoming a slave or worse, a guinea pig in a Federation lab. Then no one will stand up for her sister.

Can Regina survive the hurricane, stop Demarco, and help her sister?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152866261
Publisher: Lance Erlick
Publication date: 02/15/2016
Series: Regina Shen , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 397 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Lance Erlick likes to explore the mysteries of intriguing worlds with interesting, often strong female guides facing and overcoming adversity as they try to change their world. He writes science fiction thrillers, appealing to young adults and adult readers, including the Rebel series, the Regina Shen series, and several published short stories.

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Regina Shen: Resilience 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Global warming has destroyed the ice caps leaving the world sunk in water. In this new world women have taken over and changed all religion to focus around GODs, the Grand Old Dames. The dames are in struggle for who rules the existing world. But in their world, their systems are breaking down. There are no men and the girls created are made in labs. There is a break down in the genetic material and weakened the new children so they don’t survive. Regina Shen is a child in the marshes outside the walls of the country. Thought of as nothing more than swamp rats, the people in this world salvage the old sunken cities for materials to sell. Regina and her mother survive by salvaging. But Regina also has the opportunity of an education with pre-collapsed education. When a hurricane strikes Regina, her mother and her sister try to find higher ground to survive when her mother abandons the girls. Then a Department of Antiquities woman is trying to find Regina and her sister because they may have the genetics to fix the world. Regina and her sister get separated. Regina is racing against time, traps, the Department of Antiquities police and other dangers to try and save her sister and herself from the new flooded world. This was a great book. Regina seems to have the odds stacked against her. Thankfully she has the chance to get a bit of education. Mo Mere also teaches her about what the world was like before the GODs. But the most important thing to her is her family. When her mother abandons her to the storm it really bothers Regina. When her sister is taken, Regina goes after her and plans to rescue her. But this is not an easy path since there is danger at every step. But she doesn’t let that stop her. Although it does get her into trouble a couple times rushing in without looking around. This is a great start to the series. The setting was perfect, I could just see people trying to survive in swamps after being dumped out of the countries walls. I admit that Regina pining over her mother did get a little irritating since her mother has clearly been gone more and more lately. I do have to remind myself that she is a young girl and this is the ultimate betrayal. I do like the story and am eager to read Vigilance to see if she does rescue her sister. I received Resilience for free from iRead Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Lance Erlick in his new book, “Regina Shen: Resilience” Book One in the Regina Shen series published by Finlee Augare Books introduces us to Regina Shen. From the back cover: Abrupt climate change melted ice caps and flooded coasts. Regina Shen is an outcast condemned to live on the seaward side of barrier walls. A hurricane threatens to destroy Regina’s world, tearing her from sister, mom, and home. The World Federation’s notorious Department of Antiquities polices barrier walls and suppresses knowledge from the past. Regina thrives on salvage from sunken cities, including illegal print books from before the Federation. With photographic memory, she defies Antiquities by reading books not available in the Federation. Antiquities claims Regina has unique DNA that could single-handedly stop human extinction. It’s too bad she doesn’t trust them enough to barter fairly, let alone with her life. As the storm worsens, Antiquities and their allies doggedly pursue Regina. Does she have the resilience to survive the storm and avoid capture while hunting for family? The Dictionary defines “Dystopia” as: “a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.” Mr. Erlick has given us a fast-paced thriller filled with action, and great suspense. “Regina Shen: Resilience” is loaded with twists and turns that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. This future, Regina and all the rest of these characters are quite interesting and they hook you so that you want to read more about them. This book is going to take up all of your attention so start reading early because once you get started you will not want to put this book down until you actually finish. I am so looking forward to the next book featuring these characters. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from IRead Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Catherine_Carrington More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in this series, which must be read in order. Regina Shen is an outcast. Forced by the World Federation, Regina must live on the seaward side of the barrier walls meant to hold back seas that area rising due to climate change. Some many things happen to Regina. A major hurricane (a category 5)almost destroys what Regina has left in the world As all this is happening there is a decline in the population and Joanne Demarco thinks that Regina is the key. Regina is on the run to stay alive and avoid being capture. This book is written as if Regina is telling the story (so it is written in first person). It does go to Demarco side of the story and when it does it becomes third person. This book would be included in the genre where the government has taken over promising everything will be better but in reality they are causing nothing but harm. Each morning Regina and her classmates have World Federation (as it is called) regulations before their day at school begins, including praying to Mary and reciting what they call the twelve commandments. This was a very good book. It was exciting and full of adventure. It has great themes like taking care of family. Regina mentions early in the book she could not die. She has to survive in order to protect her sister Collene. This book was one that once I picked up I could not stop reading. The author has great writing skills. His writing is on the same caliber as some of the top writers in this genre. The reader could connect with the characters. One thing I need to point out in the book is that in the beginning that it states there are not males. Scientists have figured out a way to take skin from one woman to another and a child is born. Even though this is one way the government has figured out a way to control more people, it does cover a touchy topic for many people. Yes this book is a work of fiction but this did bother me and I want to let others to be aware of it. Also I should point out that the government officials are called GODs which stands for Grand Old Dames. The book mentions how the people (well women) were only allowed to pray to them. They really did see themselves as gods. There is also some foul language in this book. It uses words like d*. It uses some others as well. Over all this is a wonderful book that I highly recommend. This book is one I personally could not put down. This book really is a treasure that anyone who likes this genre (YA, science fiction, post-apocalyptic and so forth) should not miss. This book is 4.5 out of 5. I cannot wait to read the other books in this series. This is such a wonderful book. I received this book from iRead Book tours in exchange for an honest review.
AnastaciaKnits More than 1 year ago
Resilience is book one of the Regina Shen series, which takes place in a dystopian-type world. Though I was initially put off by the book covers, the premise behind the series intrigued me enough that I was thrilled to sign up for the review tour. Regina, of course, is our hero. She's a teenager, as they always are in dystopian books, and has a younger sister and a mom, both of whom we see little of in this book. Regina has courage, is portrayed as smart, and is certainly loyal to her sister. Much of the book is spent on Regina's mixed relationship with her mother (which I can sympathize with); however, I did feel as if a lot of time was spent obsessing over Regina being mad at her mother for abandoning her and her sister, even though Regina (in the same breath) complains about how her mother was never there for them. We never really get to know Regina's family, as book one focuses mainly on Regina's search for them. I was honestly bored at times because I didn't really care about her family. That being said, the world the author creates is great. I do love the setting, and could imagine this future, alternative world rather easily, though the author's continuous descriptions of the setting also got a little old. Regina herself is an interesting character - I'm not sure I like her, but I do applaud her spirit, her spunk, her "gumption" if you will. She is frustrated throughout much of the story, and grows as a person and begins to turn into an adult a little more. There are a lot of questions in her life that remain un-answered, and it'll be interesting to see how Regina will continue to grow as the series unfolds. - book received for free as part of a book tour
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
Think Hunger Games. Think in the future (way future) and battle for survival. The rich survive while the poor fight for their lives to be… well, the last one standing. Let me set the scene… The inner circle is surrounded by a giant wall. Have you ever watched the Avatar cartoon? The “big city” is surrounded by this giant wall to keep the outside world out, separate from the inside world. That’s what we have here. On the inside is the “worthy”. BUT, they are all women. No men. The world is ran by women. “Grand Old Dames” to be exact. Hundreds of years old Grand Old Dames because technology. On the outside is “swamp” with the residents being called “swamp rats”. Again, no men. All women. (Men no longer exist, sorry guys!) Resilience essentially follows Regina go through a sever thunderstorm that floods the entire swamp, losing her family and everyone else they knew. While trying to survive the swamp and all that comes with it, the flooding, and losing everything (family, home and belongings) she now must remain out of the reach of the Antiquities from the “inner city” who want her unique DNA for breeding. I thoroughly enjoyed following Regina’s adventures and escapes as well as her creativity. I look forward to reading the next books in the series to see what happens to her along the way!
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Regina Shen: Resilience is the first book in a trilogy focusing on Regina Shen, a young girl who is forced by the World Federation to live on the outside of the Wall. Aforementioned walls were built to hold back rising seas due to climate change and to protect the world behind the walls. Like that wasn’t bad enough, a hurricane raging overhead seperated Regina from her family, and she’s now completely run out of luck. Meanwhile, the Federation agents claim she has unique DNA that could save mankind – except that Regina doesn’t trust the Department of Antiquities at all, especially not after what she’s read in the forbidden books she gathered from sunken cities. So now Regina must fight to stay alive while looking for her family. The best thing about this book, hands down, is the world building. I liked the idea of barrier walls, of how the world is dangling on the brink of extinction, the climate changes that happened, and so on. The world Regina Shen lives in is anything but friendly for the people inhabiting it (which gets kind of scary if you think of it as a futuristic version of our planet). Add in the bonus of no books existing in this dystopian world (oh no, no books!) and you get an intriguing setting for this first book. Regina Shen is tough. Tougher than most main characters, especially teens. She’s a survivor through and through, and no matter what life throws at her, she manages to get through it. As the title says, she’s resilient, our Regina, resourceful, clever and determined. She’s complex and feels like a real person, and I couldn’t help but cheer her on. I won’t spoil the ending, but it definitely made me curious for the next book. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
WonderWmn More than 1 year ago
An interesting novel, unique in the surroundings described and very to the point with the way life, after drastic changes, would be lived.  The author was able to take an idea and mold it into a story that grew as he wrote.  He was able to build upon different types of collapses, environmental and physiological that created a future world that feels downright miserable but is the basis of hope for the characters in the story itself. I enjoyed the story, but felt that there were so many descriptions going on at times that it became a bit over described and instead of the reader being able to picture what was going on, the ideas became to muddled to visualize.  There are also some things going on in the story that just didn't seem to fit together like they should.  I will also say, I am not a fan of the covers and covers can do so much for a book.  The look of the character on the cover would not draw me to pick this book up at the store nor online,  That is a serious drawback for the marketing of this series. Regina Shen is a tough cookie.  She may not necessarily want to be at all times but circumstances have made her as such.  Like a typical teen, she wants some answers and with so many questions going unanswered for her and a woman who treats her more like a person than her own mother does, she's done with the smokescreens.  On top of that, her DNA has some interesting attributes that could be the answer to the fertility issues that have arisen.   A YA story that will attract an audience of readers of all ages.  Is this not a wishy washy dystopian story, but one of courage and determination.