“Quite a read. It's a post-post - apocalyptic fiction filled with action, drama, and the will to survive.” –Library of Lashea
“Wow! Where do I even start with this book? The one thing I can say with absolute certainty is that this book will grip you . . . and won't let you go until you finish it.” –A Dose of Reviews
Nick Burke’s family is trapped on Ground 134.
A new quarantine erected in the middle of the night seals off his neighborhood from the rest of the city. But Nick isn’t sick and his family isn’t, either. In fact, no one seems to be sick. More disturbing still, rumors circulate that quarantines on distant Grounds are becoming permanent, the affected people never heard from again.
If he stays, he risks his family becoming sick or worse. The only way out is to break laws that carry a penalty of death. Fearing for his life and the safety of his family, Nick joins forces with a local group. But can he trust anyone with the lives of his family?
Seven hundred years ago, a city walled itself off from the rest of earth's population, becoming N. Aarde. Decades after first containment, N. Aarde expanded upward, becoming a world unto itself. The inhabitants of this city-world have boomed to over eighty million people, but the history of why the world was built and what lies outside has been lost. This world is Nick's world.
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About the Author
William Amerman was born in Houston, Texas and obtained his Bachelors degree in English from The University of Texas - Austin, way back in the last century. He lived in Austin for eight years, then moved to Denver, Colorado to explore the whole "mountain man" lifestyle. In Denver he met a cute Dutch girl on a ski slope, whom he quickly wooed and followed back to her native country, The Netherlands. He married the cute Dutch girl in 1999 and they spent the next 7 years raising two sons and a sadly over-weight hound in a suburb of Amsterdam before moving back to the US in 2003. Their third son was born in 2005. He received his MBA in Finance from Santa Clara University in 2009 and currently holds a "real" job in Information Technology in order to feed his three sons, but manages to write in the mornings and on weekends. His latest efforts are directed towards finishing a futuristic thriller series based on a simple idea he had one late Saturday morning laying in bed, looking at the sky through a skylight window in the roof; proving that getting up early can be a hazard to creative thinking! Contact information via email is: email@example.com Feel free to contact him to discuss any of his works, writing in general, and especially with offers of pints of Guinness.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As an English major, I read a lot of books.The concept of Sky 1-Foundation really intrigued me because it told an apocalyptic story in a way that I have never seen approached before.The concept of why everyone is housed in levels and the hierarchy caste made me immediately want to read more. The story is set in a future where there is more population than space available. The story hearkens back to mysterious illnesses that could wipe out a whole section of people at a time. In order to contain this threat, whole levels are closed off. There is mostly vague rumors and lack of understanding why and what is happening in the levels below. The main character, Nick, teams up with a group of ragtag like-minded people hoping to escape to the higher levels as well. He conspires with them in order to save his child and wife from the same fate as those in the lower levels. The only way for people to survive is to move upward. Most save everything they have to buy their way up more levels, knowing that the more space they put between themselves and the bottom levels, the better their life will be. Choosing to break their way into the upper levels is a serious crime. The characters themselves are very real and compelling. It is rare that I read a book that really makes me as a reader become invested in their outcome. There is a sense of urgency to the actions of all the characters in the story. Hanging over their heads is the very real threat of quarantines. As a reader I identified with Nick’s struggles to save his child. Some of the characters are extremely frustrating, such as Nick’s manipulative wife, Jane. I find it very well-written when I feel emotions towards the words and actions of the characters. The characters are also real in the sense that many of them have flaws and questionable choices ahead. Sky-1 Foundation is extremely action packed. I knew it was in the thriller genre, but I was surprised to find the characters in action so quickly. The first part of the book focuses on the group’s plot to break their way into higher levels to avoid future quarantines. There is a section of the novel with people filling gated sections to change levels that was really eye-opening as to the desperation of the citizens. Throughout the novel, there are constant moral and ethical dilemas that really create a gray area for the reader. Nick faces many choices to save his child that he might not have been prepared to make. Also, his wife seems so irredeemable, that it made me question if his previous sacrifices for her were worth it. The love for a child and protecting the future can make one capable of moving mountains, in Nick’s case. The way the book was presented left me with so many questions that I can not wait to see how the rest of the series progresses. I am really interested to learn more about the history of the world, what the diseases are, and what is really going on in the upper and lower levels. Overall, Sky-1 Foundation is a great book if you enjoy fast-paced thrillers and don’t mind a little confusion at first trying to keep track of the characters. The storyline is perfect for those who love an apocalyptic thriller with a twist. I received this novel free for the purpose of review.
The Sky Series is a wonderful mix of post-apocalyptic/dystopian and a spy thriller. I love both of these genres, and I must say that Foundation combines the best parts of both! There's even a mafia-style "family!" It is written in such an incredibly engaging manner... to the point where I've gotten lost in the plot and stayed up far too late, just to find out what happens next. It moves fast, with so many twists and turns, which are especially dizzying because the narrative is delivered by several points of view! Despite the wonderful craziness which might leave you reeling, no part of the plot is confusing and everything is amazing. The characters are amazing- mainly because they are so real and very little about their relationships could be termed "perfect" in any stretch of the imagination. That's what makes it my favorite dystopian novel. Yes, favorite- Foundation has surpassed The Hunger Games, Divergent, and the whole legion of other books in this category that I have read and loved. You know why? Because the main point of the story is not romance. It's action and thrills and edge-of-your-seat what's-going-to-happen-next. PLUS it ends with a huge cliffhanger and I NEED to read the next installment, Detritus Machine, pronto. Seriously, get yourself a copy of Foundation now- like, right now!(
I received a copy of this book for an honest review. I enjoyed this book and I recommend it to folks who enjoy a twist on a future with (but a future recognizable and easy to identify with) a dystopian setting. There were a couple points were I thought emigration would have been a better choice than immigration to describe the offices on certain levels, but it was one of those nit-picky things that didn't truly affect my enjoyment of the book (and I'm not perfect... so the fault could be mine). This is a series, but I felt the novel gave a resolution to the plot presented- the way a series should. Purchase this book, if you are like me, you won't be disappointed. I am eagerly awaiting the next in this series.
Sky1 Foundation is about living in a post-apocalyptic world where people live on different grounds/levels. The lower classes at the bottom are allocated less living space and the higher levels allocated with more living space, better jobs and higher quality of living. Space is limited in this world and the people strive to move higher and higher, thus ensuring more space and freedom. The story follows Nick Burke, who has made the decision to get his family out of their current level’s quarantine for “Malady Unknown”. In order to do that, Nick must immigrate his family illegally. The process that Nick goes through to get the immigration papers sends Nick on quite an adventure of mayhem and destruction. Nick works with a group of other men who are also seeking to immigrate to a higher level. Events happen that will test Nick’s physical and mental strength and also question his trust in the group of men that he has aligned himself with. The characters are well developed and the story line written with flashbacks to past events that reference how this world came to be. It leaves you curious about the past that has made Nick the way he is and what the future holds for Nick, his family and friends. A page turning, can’t put down book. You’ll want to keep reading it to see what happens next and rooting for Nick to make it to the next level. Looking forward to the next book