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What if the end of the world was just the beginning? Alice Davenport awakens from a fever to find her mother gone and the city she lives in ravaged by storms - with few survivors. When Alice is finally rescued, she is taken to a huge underground bunker owned by the mysterious Paradigm Industries. As the storms worsen, the hatches close. 87 years later, amidst the ruins of London, the survivors of the Storms have reinvented society. The Model maintains a perfect balance - with inhabitants routinely frozen until they are needed by the Industry. Fifteen-year-old Carter Warren knows his time has come. Awoken from the catacombs as a contender for the role of Controller General, it is his destiny to succeed - where his parents failed. But Carter soon discovers that the world has changed, in ways that make him begin to question everything that he believes in. As Carter is forced to fight for those he loves and even for his life, it seems that the key to the future lies in the secrets of the past... Paradigm is the first book in the Paradigm series - a must for fans of YA dystopian fiction - and anyone who loved Divergent or The Hunger Games.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:jenncaffeinated
Teoksen nimi:Paradigm (Volume 1)
Kirjailijat:Ceri A. Lowe (Tekijä)
Info:Bookouture (2014), Edition: 1, 376 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
Arvio (tähdet):****
Avainsanoja:netgalley

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    Vuonna 1984 (tekijä: George Orwell) (QueenAlyss)
    QueenAlyss: Fantastic semi-contrasting dystopian novel
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Despite the criticism I've read on how similar the cover design is to that of Divergent..that is where the similarity ends. Ok, sure, it is dystopian fiction, but I liked the twist that author Lowe put on her novel.

Where other books focus on life far in the future after a catastrophic situation destroys life on earth as we know it, a second storyline entwines with the first, telling the story of Alice Davenport as she struggles through and survives the Storm that ultimately destroys London.

From the book's gripping opening the story slowly unfolds, flipping between the perspectives of Alice and 15 year old Carter who, 80-some years in the future has been frozen and awakened to discover even the world he knew had drastically changed.

For more thoughts, go to:

http://www.mommaontherocks.com/4688/im-reading-wednesday-paradigm

It is a great read, and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series! ( )
  jenncaffeinated | Jul 4, 2021 |
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Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you!

Paradigm is the first book in the Paradigm series.

The cover really looks like it's stolen from Divergent and honestly, even after the book I don't get the cover. Perhaps that the water half would refer to The Storms, but what would the fire be? Is that how they depicted invisible radiation or am I missing something?

Paradigm consists of two stories, one of which was really interested. It follows Alice through the destruction of London, and later after she's saved and trying to get a better life than she used to have. The apocalypse itself left me with quite some questions. Okay, The Storms seem pretty bad, but it's hard to believe that no one would make it home during them. Where did they came from? Climate change perhaps, but I won't believe that a five year long storm just came out of nowhere! How come only so few people get saved? I mean there must have been higher grounds somewhere?

But besides these annotations on the actual apocalypse it's an interesting story on the start of a Dystopian society. It shows early on that some people really want to do something good, while others already seem to have ulterior motives even at the beginning. Alice herself is far from perfect but interesting to read about. Why a company would build this underground world 'just in case' remains a question unanswered...

On the other hand there's the story of Carter. And this, unfortunately is the same old Dystopian YA all over again. He starts as the perfect dystopian person, absolutely sure he's about to rule the society (because that's a job best left to a sixteen-year-old for sure). He's arrogant and unlikeable but at least he fits into the program. But his opinions change 180 degrees in record time. (We've all read it before, haven't we?) He's a special snowflake even in a sea of special snowflakes. Perhaps needless to say, I liked this story less because it was so much less original.

The worldbuilding didn't make sense either at times. I never really got to understand why they froze bodies in in the first place. I'm willing to believe they froze Carter because they thought he would be more useful later when they needed a new Controller General. But why freeze other people, the one they said were not producing any more? What goal would freezing them serve?

Also, why would they thaw all possible candidates for the job at the same time? They were chosen because they had the best aptitude to solve the problems. I don't see why they shouldn't just pick the person best fit for it. Instead, just throw them into some kind of competition, that's something unheard of in Dystopian YA!

I understand that in these days it's cool to call everything -omics, like genomics, but censomics just didn't make any sense...

The ending provided a not really surprising plot twist and enough cliffhanger to make the transgression to the second book easier. I'm torn on the series. I liked Alice's story, but at present, I'm not quite sure if it will continue in the second book. On a more positive note: It didn't (really) involve a love triangle! 1. ( )
  Floratina | Dec 7, 2019 |
I thought I was going to hate this book. I thought it was going to be a rehash of the same book I've been reading over and over for the past three years. Consider me surprised.

Dystopian series usually focus on the end of the dystopian society. This one focuses on the formation of one. Teenaged Alice is put in charge of building a new world after freak storms ruined the current one. And then there's Carter: groomed to one day be the leader. But while he's been frozen the political climate has changed and there's rebellion developing.

The book ends in a very precarious place for our characters and I'm really excited to see what happens in Book 2. ( )
  ohsillytwigg | Jun 19, 2014 |
This was an enjoyable read. I particularly enjoyed how the story is told through two people, Alice and Carter. Alice, shows us how the world Carter lives in came to be. Carter takes us on a journey informed by the past but looking to the future. In many dystopian stories I read, I’m often left wanting in the “How did we get here?” department. Sometimes it comes in later books (if in a series) and other times, it’s never to really be seen or mapped out in a way that makes much sense. So, many points to Ceri Lowe for really crafting that part. It was engaging and felt real.

It’s not often that I don’t much like a main character for most of the story but that was the case with Carter. He certainly had a high opinion of himself and was certain of his ascendance to Controller but I didn’t see anything to credit him for the great majority of the book. As one character mentioned, that he was his parent’s child seemed to confer some sort of status to him, more than anything else. He didn’t seem exceptional to me in any way and that he was so sure of things in his surrounding for someone who’d been asleep for the last fifteen years made if very difficult for me to buy into his prescience. He didn’t seem to read situations or people very well either, so when things turn (and I saw these coming from several chapters preceding) I was actually happy for his fall. I haven’t cheered so much for a fall after such a deep case of hubris in a long time. I sided with the antagonist even though they were obviously on the “wrong” side of things. It finally gave me a reason and chance to root for Carter and by the story’s end, I did and was interested, very much, in what is next for him.

I’d definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a dystopian read. It wasn’t the usual fare that seem to be all over at the moment. I do look forward to reading the next book in the series.

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. ( )
  anissaannalise | Jun 13, 2014 |
*I have received this book in exchange for an honest review*

Paradigm by Ceri A. Lowe is a dystopian YA novel. The readers follow the third person POV of Alice Davenport and Carter Warren, who exist 87 years apart. Young Alice lives with her neglectful mother and a desire to escape the confines of her life. As if responding to her thoughts, The Storm, a cataclysmic event, rocks Earth to its core. Alice must now combat the immediate aftereffects and attempt to survive in a new world. Conversely, Carter, the son of a Scout and a Storm survivor's family line, is destined to become the Controller General of the Community. Carter is frozen so that he may contribute to the Community and fulfill his destiny. But are there other motives behind his freezing? What connects these two individuals and the lives they touch?

An immensely enjoyable novel, I would recommend this to anyone. I will outline some key points below but the biggest take-aways are: 1) It is a story for all ages. Very well written. 2) It explores the dystopian novel with a fresh perspective so it should be well received. 3) It is the first in a trilogy so there will be more!

Writing Style

Lowe is creative in all aspects of her writing but her style was exceptional. It is easy to distinguish the narration from the characters' thoughts with the sentences blocked out from each other. Many of the action scenes have a sense of urgency that the characters ey seem to create themselves because they are so lifelike.

Dystopian Themes

Paradigm will be a great companion to 1984. Both share elements of TeleScreens (which is honestly not far from the truth), a "corporate" type takeover, and of course the pulse of humanity.

Building upon Lowe's writing style, her use of contrasting characters and their point of views worked splendidly. The creation of the Community from both ends of the spectrum completed Lowe's world. It can be difficult to view dystopian themes from both angles since many novels are written from one POV or a predominate political stance is allowed to reign. The novel did a fantastic job at not only tying loose ends but it allowed for multiple POV's to coexist.

Character and World Development

Overall, each major character was introduced and built upon in a succinct fashion. It is obvious that Lowe has a careful plot design because every aspect of her novel relates to another. She knows when to allow the readers to venture a guess and when to guide them to a conclusion. Readers will have an easy time empathizing with at least one character, which will set the pace. Either way, each reader will have their own journey.

Please read this book. Educators should consider bringing this novel into their literature curriculum as a modern take on 1984. Paradigm is thoroughly enjoyable and an outstanding novel. The rest of the trilogy is sure to please! ( )
  QueenAlyss | May 27, 2014 |
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What if the end of the world was just the beginning? Alice Davenport awakens from a fever to find her mother gone and the city she lives in ravaged by storms - with few survivors. When Alice is finally rescued, she is taken to a huge underground bunker owned by the mysterious Paradigm Industries. As the storms worsen, the hatches close. 87 years later, amidst the ruins of London, the survivors of the Storms have reinvented society. The Model maintains a perfect balance - with inhabitants routinely frozen until they are needed by the Industry. Fifteen-year-old Carter Warren knows his time has come. Awoken from the catacombs as a contender for the role of Controller General, it is his destiny to succeed - where his parents failed. But Carter soon discovers that the world has changed, in ways that make him begin to question everything that he believes in. As Carter is forced to fight for those he loves and even for his life, it seems that the key to the future lies in the secrets of the past... Paradigm is the first book in the Paradigm series - a must for fans of YA dystopian fiction - and anyone who loved Divergent or The Hunger Games.

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