Friday, January 25, 2013

The Lens and the Looker Book Review

The Lens and the Looker is a triology and this is the first book and there will be two more sequels. I normally don't read young adult type books but after reading this one, I was eager to finish it so I could move on to the 2nd one to see what happens. They are written by Lory S. Kaufman.

It is a fast paced full charged book and that is just the kind I like. I don't really care for beating around the bushes books and want to know my characters and their circumstances right away and this one does not disappoint! It is about 3 young children who live in the future but are sent back in time to the 14th century but they do have one small advantage.

ach person has what they call an A.I. which means Artificial Intelligence. It is merely a hologram that can talk to the children and give them history lessons and he is also aware of how people are lying or being insincere or sneaking up on you, which is a good thing to have.

The oldest is a boy named Romero who is called Hansum in this 14th century and by the time he is 18, only a year into this new world and he secretly marries his Master's daughter. This is gonna bring them some really bad trouble.

Here is an excerpt from the book:
It's the 24th century and humans, with the help of artificial intelligences (A.I.s) have finally created the perfect post-dystopian society. To make equally perfect citizens for this world, the elders have created History Camps, full sized recreations of cities from Earth's distant pasts. Here teens live the way their ancestors did, doing the same dirty jobs and experiencing the same degradations. History Camps teach youths not to repeat the mistakes that almost caused the planet to die. But not everything goes to plan.  
In this first of a trilogy, we meet three spoiled teens in the year 2347. Hansum almost 17, is good looking and athletic. Shamira, 15, is sassy, independent and an artistic genius. Lincoln, 14, is the smart-aleck. But you don't have to scratch too far beneath the surface to find his insecurities.  
These three "hard cases" refuse the valuable lessons History Camps teach. But when they are kidnapped and taken back in time to 1347 Verona, Italy, they only have two choices; adapt to the harsh medieval ways or die. The dangers are many, their enemies are powerful, and safety is a long way away. It's hardly the ideal environment to fall in love - but that's exactly what happens. In an attempt to survive, the trio risks introducing technology from the future. It could save them - or it could change history.
About the Author:

"I write Post-Dystopian fiction. After society's collapse, which is imagined in so many great dystopian stories, humans will either fade into history, with the dinosaurs, or, if it learns the right lessons, society will go on to construct a civilization to last tens of thousands of years. History Camp stories are the exciting adventures of young people doing the latter." -Lory Kaufman.
On the artistic side of Lory's career, he's written, acted and directed children's theatre and musical theatre. He enjoys art, especially sculpture. He loves science fiction and historical fiction and he has been deeply involved in the green movement all across North America.
All this shows through when you read his work. Lory has three grown children and works and lives in Kingston, Canada.
To find out more about Lory visit her website.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monitary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.