The Amber Project

The Amber Project

by J. N. Chaney



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ISBN-13: 9781511757911
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/14/2015
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

J. N. Chaney has a Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and fancies himself quite the Super Mario Bros. fan. When he isn't writing or gaming, you can find him online at

He migrates often, but was last seen in Upper Marlboro, MD. Any sightings should be reported, as they are rare.

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The Amber Project 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Nick0 More than 1 year ago
This was a really cool book. One of my friends recommended it because I like dystopian fiction so much. I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy it, because it's from a new writer, but man was I surprised. The characters and the world are so interesting. They really resonated with me. I empathized so strongly with Terry and Mara. Their struggles seemed so real and genuine, and it was hard not to fall in love with them. The science aspect of the fiction was also really solid. The writer does a great job explaining the high tech stuff so that it's not confusing or overwhelming. It was just a lot of fun.  Oh, and before I forget, the ending was great. It was just so cool and satisfying and sets up nicely for a follow up. I love how self contained the story is. We don't even need a sequel, but it's so cool we're getting one. This is the first in a trilogy, from what I saw on the writer's website, so I'm stoked to see where it goes.  If you like dystopian or science fiction, pick this book up. It's a lot of fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, front to back. I love dystopian sci-fi and this one delivered. The characters have a ton of depth, the story's a page turner, and I loved the ending (did NOT see it coming). Highly recommended if you like the genre. 
NickVK More than 1 year ago
This book was wild. I read tons of Young Adult dystopian stuff, but I found this to be a bit more mature. It’s not afraid to tackle actual social issues like class-based societies, equal rights, and political espionage while still dealing with the primary story involving the kids. There’s basically two stories happening here. One involves the teens, while the other involves the adults. The primary plot is, of course, about those kids, and it’s a wild adventurous ride with its own challenges to overcome. But the second story with the adults is what I found to be the most fascinating, because it dealt with the previously mentioned issues. At its core, this story is asking a very interesting question: how far would you go to save humanity? For some of the people, there’s no limit, but some disagree and claim we shouldn’t sacrifice our humanity while trying to save it. It’s an issue reflective of the real world, and it’s fascinating. I also found the world building and societal structure to be interesting. In this world, most women are Mothers. That’s a job, by the way. They produce and raise children. Once those kids are a certain age, they’re sent to the Academy, and the Mothers don’t see their kids again for about 10 years. Then they go out and start a new “contract.” In a world like this, genetic diversity is key, so a Mother has to have a good set of genes in order to get more contracts. The more unique her genetics are, the more children she’s allowed to have. That brings us to the protagonist of the adult story, Mara Echols, who also happens to be Terry’s (the main character’s) Mother. But don’t get me wrong, Terry is great, too. In fact, his story is the driving force of this novel. We get to follow him on a wild adventure into an untouched wasteland. The ride is incredible and the kids are all very unique. All that being said, it’ll be interesting to see where the series goes. The ending leaves it so that the writer could take the plot in several directions. Oh, and like some of the other reviews have pointed out, the audio logs were a lot of fun. My favorites were the memoires from S. E. Pepper. You never see her in the actual narrative, but she leaves such an impact that it’s hard not to love her. If you like YA dystopian stuff, this book’s the ticket. It exceeded my expectations, especially because this is Chaney’s first book. Here’s hoping he keeps the quality up.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Blending Ender’s Game with Catching Fire perhaps, J.N. Chaney’s The Amber Project is set in a scary future where the earth has been rendered lethal by toxic gasses and the remnant of humanity lives underground. But it’s still humanity, still recognizably hungry for power today rather than hope for the future, still more concerned with improving the present than restoring what’s needed for tomorrow. Except… There’s a boy who goes to school, a mother who knows what she’s done but not what’s been done, a leader who uses others and a woman who uses the system to bring about change. And there’s that Project, its revelations perfectly timed to entice and satisfy the reader. Filled with thought-provoking questions, fast action, exciting terrors and fascinating advances, the Amber Project offers enough to satisfy the reader in one novel, and enough to entice the reader into wanting more. Luckily, there are more books in the series. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.
bealarocks More than 1 year ago
The first thing that struck me about this story was that it was so well-written. This fact alone made the book a pleasure to read but my delight with this tale did not end there. The setting was described so vividly while the description of the characters was much more subtle. At first, I had a hard time connecting with the characters as they seemed a little sterile and unemotional. As I continued reading though, I began to believe that this was a deliberate ploy on the author's part to really bring the reader into the harsh realities of this post-apocalyptic Earth. The scientific aspect was fascinating but not too difficult for a young adult reader to follow, and in fact the story itself is interspersed with several audio journal entries from characters both past and present which tie in very well as the story unfolds. Terry Echols has reached the age of seven and must now start school. Unbeknownst to him until after his mother has dropped him off, he will be living at the school and unable to go home to his family until his eighteenth birthday. Scared and lonely, he also feels a great deal of guilt over the fact that he'd promised his little sister that he'd be home that same day. As the months and years pass he does make friends though, and these other children, all born on the same day, soon learn of their true origins and purpose. All the products of genetically modified embryos, they are designed to survive in the drastically altered atmosphere that now exists on the Earth's surface. As they are subjected to intense training and experimentation, not all of these students will survive. When the class has reached the age of fifteen years, two students escape the underground city and make their way to the surface despite the dangers that abound there. The adults that oversee the experiment and the school send a team of students to bring them back, the highest ranking students that have the best chance of survival. And now the action really begins... Meanwhile, while all of this has been going on, several people are working behind the scenes to put an end to this inhumane treatment of these children, including a high-ranking member of the military, one of the teachers at the school and Terry Echols' mother. For the first time in over two centuries the surviving members of the human race are no longer facing a stagnant future and eventual extinction but are foraging into unknown territory... Very exciting! By the time I got to the last few chapters, I was completely engrossed and totally invested in the futures of all of these characters that I had come to know and love! I read The Amber Project a while ago and have just now been able to write my review (real life chaos and all that), but know that I immediately read the next installment in this series, Transient Echoes and am just about to start Hope Everlasting! A highly recommended read for adults and young adults alike!
Melody_B More than 1 year ago
Humans hiding underground from the apocalyptic surface world, a few children genetically designed to survive in it, and the project by which they were created blowing out of proportion... Even though I don't read a lot of dystopian fiction, from the moment I read the synopsis and a few reviews of this book, I was sold. I knew this story was going to be great. The Amber Project is an adventure-filled, action-packed thriller, and I loved it. It was hard to put down, and I would have read it all in one sitting if time had allowed. The author obviously has a lot of imagination, much to the delight of his readers, to have created a completely different world with its own elaborate political system and complex characters, some I loved, others who just got on my nerves (in a good way). ;) And the best part is, it's only book 1 of The Variant Saga, which means there is more adventures coming! Although this is considered young adult fiction, I think it can appeal to a much broader audience, just like The Huger Games and Divergent series did. I urge dystopian fiction fans to pick up this book as they will not regret it. 5 strong stars and easily one of my favorite book in this genre. I received a free ebook copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review. This did not affect my opinion in any way.
catwoman1a More than 1 year ago
Whoa! What a great read. An underground society, survivors of the Jolt, genetically altering children so they can survive the surface, power struggles, a revolt among the Mothers and the Military, all keep you wanting more. I am fairly new to dystopian scifi, but I found this to be an exciting, well-written story. JN Chaney can really tell a great story and this book proves that without a doubt. His writing was amazing and the story was so clear you can picture exactly where the children are and what they are doing. I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the second in the series.
MontzieW More than 1 year ago
The Amber Project: A Dystopian Sci-fi Novel (The Variant Saga Book 1) by JN Chaney is a terrific, fast paced, suspense filled sci-fi/fantasy novel I had to inhale in one sitting. The world is destroyed by a gas that is dubbed, Variant. Survivors live far below ground and now after 200 yrs they have started trying to make babies that will have DNA that is capable of letting them live top side and breathing Variant gas. This is about these kids and some other society members. There is intrigue, suspense, super human abilities, strange creatures, deceit, love, adventure, and great dialogue. A well thought out plot and wonderful set of developed characters make this an excellent book for sci-fi and fantasy readers. Well done!!! I hope there is a book 2.
Chereeloveofbooks More than 1 year ago
I wish I could read it again for the first time! This is a very well written and plotted post apoc story of a gas that takes over and kills the planet in minutes, destroying all living things, and takes place 200 years in the future. Mankind has taken to living in a large city in the ground, miles beneath the earths surface. The science division has been trying to find a way to change human DNA so that people can go live topside again. But what happens when morals start to be jeopardized. How much is worth saving the human race? I found myself agreeing with the "bad guys" on some things, but not most. They do find success and a few children get sent to to the top. And then things start to really get interesting, and very exciting. I read the last 30% of the book so quickly I shocked even myself. JN Chaney writes with amazing detail, and you can really feel that you are there, in the story. It all came together so well and left you satisfied with where it ended, but also left you needing more! I can't wait!!! to get the next book and find out what happens.
rz06g4 More than 1 year ago
It’s been awhile since I’ve read what I consider a pure Sci-Fi book, and I was very pleased with The Amber Project. In this book, we read about Terry, a child genetically engineered to withstand the current Earth environment that has become overridden by a deadly gas known as Variant. We also learn about his mother, Mara, and the political dealings she is faced with to learn the truth about her son and other children in the project. Standing in her way are the leaders of the military and science division who enacted the project to start and are now keeping secrets. I really enjoyed this story. To me, it had an “Ender’s Game” feel and shared many similarities in terms of the young boy and his abilities, as well as the politics involved with importance of the goal. I liked reading about Terry’s experiences through his “education”, coming to terms with his insecurities, and discovering how the Variant affects him. I also enjoyed the political intrigue amongst Mara and the “mothers”, Colonel Bishop, and Archer. I’m happy there is a second book, as we’re left with somewhat of a cliffhanger. The book could have ended as is, and I would have been content, but I like knowing there is more to Terry’s story to anticipate.
Christine_Marie2 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. The idea of this novel takes place in the distant future, where Earth is completely shut down due to the variant gas that takes over, killing everything in sight. The human race takes cover underground and sends up a batch of children who are considered to be immune from the gas. The author did a great job in keeping me wanting more and in suspense throughout the whole novel. I really enjoyed his writing style over all and the pace he made for the story. It wasn't too fast or slow, it was just right. I also loved the dual points of view we get in the story, seeing it from not only the children in the book, but from other characters as well. The only negative part to the story is when the author had some of the characters separate and we dont get to see one of the characters for a long time. I wish the author would have included more about this character so we got to see what she was up to while she was away from the others for that long period of time. Overall I really enjoy this series and Im looking forward to release of the next book in the series which comes out the end of March. I definitely plan on picking it up at some point and also looking into reading more from this author in the future as well.
plsbitemenow More than 1 year ago
A refreshing look at college life, love and heartache. You have everything you want until the one thing that likes your interest has no interest. Follow Nickoli and milaya on a rollercoaster ride of finding exactly what you need and the fear that follows.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a story about the world changing from a gas released killing almost everyone except some who escaped underground. The problem was after almost 200 years the gas didn't dissipate. A scientist genetically alter a group of children that were able to survive the gas. I enjoy reading the book, the author gives a great background story of how and why the jolt happened. The author has written a great story with well thought up characters. He makes you want to read more. I will look forward to the rest of his books in this series.
Spartan3B More than 1 year ago
Awsum book, very enthralling with a strong story line, great detail.  I look forward to reading more from this line and this author, I recommend taking a look at it.
hmweasley More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The story was extremely interesting and well executed, and I thought the writing itself in this book was just really great. The plot of this story was something I'd never seen done before with a gas having destroyed the earth and forced the survivors underground. I enjoyed the fact that there were some dystopian elements in the government of the world (and the book is considered dystopian), but it didn't feel as heavy on the dystopian as other books I've read. It felt more relatable and like something one could easily see happening. Readers are also quite close to the leaders of the government, and I thought that was incredibly interesting and unique. The children started off younger than I expected in the beginning, and that was a bit surprising. There are a lot of time skips though, so they are older for the majority of the book. I actually had a bit of trouble keeping up with the time skips. It was surprisingly hard to keep the years straight when they're larger numbers than you're used to. Because of that, I'm not actually sure what age the kids are exactly at the end of the book. I more or less had to guess based on how they acted. The characters were probably my favorite part though. I particularly enjoyed the adult characters and the friendship between Terry, John, and Mei. While I really liked the book, I do still have some questions after reading about how the world operates. The biggest one for me why exactly the society in the book decided to get rid of marriage and go about having kids through contracts. It's never really talked about, but I feel like that sort of thing has to come from a huge societal shift in thinking. At the very least, there had to be some sort of practical thought to it, but it's never really mentioned. They don't seem to have marriage at all or to actually even date so much as just meet in private, although I do wonder if that is different for the people in the slums. We never really get to see those people, and I'm also not entirely clear how many women are chosen to be mothers versus how many aren't. This is the first in a series though, so it's completely plausible that questions like that will be answered in the future. The ending of the book was surprising yet not surprising at the same time when I really think about it. I think it's leading up to a really interesting sequel, and I look forward to reading it in the future. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys young adult science fiction or dystopian. I received this book for free from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.
Hemmit More than 1 year ago
The Amber Project is a story about a little kid named Terry who grows up in an underground city (the last safe haven for humans). The surface is unknown, mostly, because a toxic gas has covered everything and it’s fatal to touch it. As a result, not very many people have actually left the city. Queue the genetic engineering of a mad scientist to create a group of hybrid children, or what he deems as the future of the human race. Terry is one of these kids, along with John, Alex, Mei, and several others. What follows is something of a mix between Ender’s Game, Fallout (the video game), and Lord of the Flies. Without giving anything away, the book weaves a frightening tale, using real science to justify its claims. I especially enjoyed the audio logs. They reminded me of the video game Bioshock, where you could find audio journals/logs scattered throughout the city. The logs tell stories not present in the narrative, often adding important details in a way that wouldn’t normally be possible. I read rather quickly through the chapters just so I could get to the next audio log. You don’t see things like that very often in books. Overall, the story is handled really well. The ending is especially bitter sweet and heart-wrenching. It feels like a complete story, but of course it’s not, because this is a series. I’m curious to see what happens to the characters in the next book. The ending was a huge risk, as it completely changes the game, and that’s refreshing, especially when so many books are afraid to break their formula. If you like Ender’s Game, Hunger Games, or Fallout, give this book a try. I really enjoyed it.