I was raised in a world where humans no longer rule.
In the past, we made a terrible mistake by creating a new species we thought would serve us as our army, which led to our downfall.
There was a war, we lost, and many lives were massacred. It was the end of life as we knew it and the beginning of a hell we were now trapped in. We became enslaved to what we now called Superiors, becoming pets to them, simply there to entertain.
In a world so miserable, I managed to do the unthinkable: I fell in love. But even that was doomed, because to love a Superior was forbidden.
What the rest of the Superiors didn’t know was how deeply a human could love or how resilient we became when we were hurt.
The Superiors never could have imagined an uprising, which was why they never saw it coming.
Humans deserved to be free, and I would stop at nothing to deliver that promise.
My name is Tilly, and I am still alive with one sole purpose: to begin a revolution.
I had been raised to believe humans were worthless. We owned them and controlled them, and when we were done with them, we threw them away. Therefore, I never thought I would ever feel more for Tilly than disinterest. I never expected to want to save her.
It was forbidden for a Superior to love a human. No one had ever crossed that line, but I did. I fell madly in love with her, so it was no surprise how we ended up.
I was raised to be a soldier, and that was what I was always going to be. However, I was not a soldier for the Superiors, not anymore.
I became a soldier for humans, and I would stop at nothing to help them. They deserved to be free, and I would die protecting them.
My name is Johnny, and I am here with one sole purpose: to finish a revolution.
New Adult Dystopian Romance
Recommended for readers 17+ due to adult themes, sexual situations, violence and occasional swearing.
Professionally edited by C&D Editing.
Approx. 110,000 words.
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|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Jessica is an Aussie who has always loved writing and reading. She currently is living in Australia. Connect with her via facebook!
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Ever since man first came up with the idea of developing a sentient artificial intelligence, we've been both fascinated and fearful. The benefits of such a creation are obvious but the downside is murky with consequences, not least of which is the possibility that these AI creations could become more powerful than humans and essentially take our place. Such is the world of Revolution and while the Superiors are not AI, the concept and the dangers are the same. This is also a tale of the continual fight for human rights although in a setting far different from any of those similar battles being fought around our world today, yesterday and, no doubt, tomorrow. Tilly and Charlotte, as pet/slave and mistress, have a unique relationship, caring for each other very much. When Tilly's life in the family is reaching its end, Charlotte is the one who steps forward in defiance of her father, General Joseph Knight, to give Tilly a chance at a new existence. The two girls have a bond that shouldn't be and it can't be broken. While Joseph is as cruel and abusive as any Superior can be, his son, Johnny, sees things...and Tilly...from a different perspective and the two find themselves with feelings for each other that simply must not be. Together, they'll not only seek a path to happiness but also a way to change the future. Ms. Frances is a new author to me and I'm happy to have "found" her. She has a way with words that drew me in and kept me riveted from the opening lines until the very end and her characterizations are vivid and compelling. Each of these people has strengths and weaknesses that make them stand out and I won't soon forget them. The other thing the author did that I greatly appreciated was to create a story that is dark and yet ends with hope. Revolution is a standalone so there's no need to wait for the next book in a series and I'm grateful for that. I enjoy series but, every now and then, it's nice to have a self-contained story. Ms. Frances has a nice backlist so I'll have plenty of choices before her next book comes out.
So we start the book with Tilly, locked in a cage for the last month, beaten and starved. We watch Tilly get free of her cage as the world around her is slowly unveiled, introducing the reader to a world where humans are kept as pets. A superior race has taken over the world, human history and achievements a distant fairy-tale, humans now kept as slaves, pets and punching bags for the supernaturally enhanced, perfect race in charge. Tilly did the unthinkable and fell in love with her owner's son, causing her torture and her love's death. When the world seems like it is ending, Tilly is given a chance to be free and have a life unlike anything she could have ever have imagined. This was an interesting story, predominantly the way the story unfolds. The story starts out with Tilly in current time, and then it switches to Johnny, her dead love's point of view from moments in his past. I was surprised by the delivery, but I think the author was able to create a well rounded story with both the human and the Superior point of view and see how their story and love evolved. I was expecting to read a heartbreaking story once I saw how broken and weak Tilly was in the beginning. And yes the book did start on a low point, but I was happy to see the book became a story of recovery, personal strength and growth as well as love. For such a dark start, the book ended on a high note full of hope. This may sound like a sci-fi/dystopioan heavy story, but the heart of the book was a romance. Can I also mention how much I love that this was a standalone story? In a world of trilogies, I do so enjoy a book with an ending. I don't really have a complaint with the story per se, but I did have a hard time really rooting for Tilly since she appeared so weak and simple when introduced. She did become more developed and complete, but she still felt a little blah and slightly needy to me even at the end. I prefer stronger female character who don't really need anyone, but enjoy meeting her match and never give up. Johnny was more an idea than an actual person at times, so I saw his chapters as an opportunity to see more of the world of Superiors. I loved Charlotte though, she was my favorite, so fearless and brave. I liked the idea of the story but I did not find myself wrapped up in the book, so therefore I found it to be good but not a great read. I am sure that another reader will love this story of revolution and love.
Revolution by Jessica Frances Fantastic, heartfelt and addicting! I love Revolution ♡ This story is about the downfall of the Human Race. Scientists created a new species that took over the humans and turned them into pets, slaves and breeders. They are called Superiors. The characters are well developed and interesting. My favorite characters are Tilly a human pet for a Superior family and Johnny the son of the family. Charlotte the daughter of the family is also a wonderful character who raises tilly from a baby. Charlotte loves tilly and teaches her many things against her father's wishes. Superiors can do some pretty awesome things like manipulate their own DNA. You will have no trouble getting into this story. It kept me wanting more chapter after chapter. I liked the way the story was told from Tilly's perspective growing up and from Johnny's perspective through the years. The ending was both thrilling and exciting! I loved it. I give Revolution by Jessica Frances 5 stars for it's original and entertaining story. I would recommend this book to everyone.
I really enjoyed this book and it has become one of my favorite dystopian books. Jessica Francis has written a book with an intriguing storyline, strong characters and a heroine who just plain kicks butt. In the future, humans created a perfect, well, human. Unfortunately, like a lot of things, the experiment backfired and the “perfect” beings took over. Humans became expendable, only kept as slaves or pets. Tilly is the exception to the new rule. She is strong, smart and learns from mistakes. Whatever happens to her only makes her stronger. Tilly becomes friends with Charlotte, who is her keeper, and Johnny, Charlotte’s son. Johnny and Tilly have a forbidden friendship that grows over the years in to something more, but this puts them all at risk. Let the revolution begin. Written in a unique format of alternating character voices and past/present, Revolution is a unique treat in the YA book universe
3.5 stars I'm really torn about how to review this. I'm telling you up front, I very nearly put it down when I was only 3% of the way in, because of a severe lack of contractions (but maybe that's supposed to be like a future culture thing?). But I decided to give it a few more pages to see if could hook me... and that is exactly what happened. About 1/4 of the way through, I still wasn't entirely sold, but I liked where it was headed, and I really wanted to know how it would end. The longer I read, the more attached I became to the characters, and the more invested I was in the outcome. Needless to say, it had a great build to it. The pace, which started off slow, really packed in the action in those last chapters. It was basically "Now that you care for these characters, we're gonna shake things up a bit." Revolution had an interesting choice of narrative. We're told in the first few pages that Johnny is actually dead, and Tilly is quickly on the run. The chapters alternate between Present Day Tilly, and Past Johnny. The past chapters demonstrated how it was to grow up in a family torn between a racist father (though technically, he's against humans, not races... antihumanist?), and an open-minded, caring sister. Because I knew in advance that disaster was coming, it allowed a certain tension to seep into his chapters. Tilly's chapters, on the other hand, allowed a different perspective, more centered around the outside world. She had been abused constantly by her "owner", Joseph, but never came across as being skittish or traumatized. Maybe being cared for by Charlotte and Johnny was enough to offset the PTSD that would undoubtedly occur? That kind of reaction was only seen in the peripheral characters, mentioned in passing. The overall structure of the book was spot on. Fantastic editing! There was a small amount of repetition, the same thoughts mentioned over several chapters, but nothing I couldn't get past. But it's the message that I find the most important to mention. Revolution carries a significantly weighty moral, about tolerance and understanding. In this case, it's hugely exaggerated compared to what we experience on a daily basis, but maybe it needs to be blown out of proportion in order to make people see what's been in front of their faces the whole time. I truly hope that readers take that message to heart. A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Review 5 stars Humans decided to create a species to fight our wars for us. But they did their job way too well and started killing humans. After that these Superiors took over the world. The few surviving humans have become abused, tortured, pets, and much worse. This story is told in two parts. The first is the present day with Tilly. She is a human that was adopted by General Joseph Knight. Charlotte, his daughter has taken a shine to Tilly and taught her to read and think for herself. The second part is told from Johnny, the son’s eyes. This starts more in the past so we can understand the evolution of the Superiors and his love for Tilly. He knows he is not supposed to care for Tilly he realizes that he has fallen in love with her. There is a revolution coming between the humans and the Superiors and it is going to have both Tilly and Johnny leading it. This is an amazing read. The few remaining humans are treated like many people treat animals in the world today. Some are pets, some try to help them, but mainly they are abused, made to fight and much worse. But there is always someone that will go that extra step to help those in need and that is what Charlotte does with Tilly. She gives her a fighting chance to change the world. It has also shown Johnny that there is more to the humans than the opinions of most Superiors. Although it was heart wrenching, I couldn’t help but cheer for Tilly and Johnny. I admit that it took me a little to get down the different viewpoints since Johnny’s is from earlier than Tilly’s but once I did I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. This is a stand-alone story so there will be no waiting for a year for the next book to come out. I don’t know what I would have done if I had to wait. This is a great dystopian thriller that any age will enjoy. I will be looking for more books by Jessica Frances. She is one amazing author! I received Revolution for free from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Revolution, by Jessica Frances, was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review by the author. This is a stand alone book with no cliff hanger. How do I begin to tell you about this book? This book will make you gasp and cringe, but at the same time, you will smile, and perhaps sigh a time or two. It is told from two different point of views, Tilly, who is the human woman at the center of everything, and the man she loves who is a superior, Johnny. Tilly’s chapters are all in the present while Johnny’s start in the past as we get the history of how Tilly came into their lives and bring us up to the present. I want to admit up front it took me just a bit to find my rhythm with this book. But once I did, I was all in and could think of nothing else but what would happen next. So I’ll try to tell you about these two people that have taken up all of my thoughts these past couple of days. The human world was making leaps and bounds in technology and invented a new species that was supposed to serve us, to fight in our wars, but we did just a little bit too good of a job. They became too smart and a war was begun against human kind, a war we lost. Now, generations later, no one can remember the world as it was. Humans are dirt. They are owned as pets, treated worse than you can imagine. They are beaten, starved, murdered, caged, and forced to do horrible things. This is the world Tilly was born in to. She was adopted as a baby into the Knight family as a pet. General Joseph Knight the patriarch, his wife, and their two children, Charlotte and Johnny. Charlotte instantly bonds with the baby and vows to take care of her. She secretly teaches Tilly to read and write and to think for herself. When Joseph is not at home, Tilly enjoys the rare gift her relationship with Charlotte provides, the gift of love and acceptance. But when Joseph is home, he beats her, ridicules her, and treats her as the dirt he believes she is. As Johnny is growing up, he strives to please his father. There is never any question that he will enter into the military as his father has. Even if it’s not what he wants. Johnny watches as the bond between Tilly and Charlotte blossoms and grows. As Tilly enters in to her late teens, a bond begins to grow between Johnny and Tilly. A bond that is forbidden, a bond against every law both written and unwritten, the bond of love. Charlotte secretly becomes more and more involved with human rights and Johnny fights against his growing feelings for Tilly. All the while, their father, Joseph, watches everything. This man is so vile, so sadistic, so cold hearted, so psychopathic, it makes me shiver. Do you get the picture? He is a horrible, hateful person. “I want to be strong. I want to be part of this revolution. I want to help others. But first, I need to learn to help myself.” “You are strong, brave, and I will always consider you my equal. You can do anything. I will become the person she knew I could be.” This book will truly make you cringe at the atrocities human’s suffer. Is it possible, though, for the goodness of one human, the love between one human, the girl who raised her and the man who loves her, to change what history has done? I have been a fan of all things Jessica Frances from the start. This book is so different than anything else she has written. Yes, it disturbed me, but it also made me proud. Proud of Tilly and her perseverance to survive.