Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sulan: Episode One, The League Book Review

I have a YA Fantasy/Urban Fantasy book to share with you called Sulan: Episode One, The League written by Camille Picott that I think you will really enjoy reading.

Sixteen-year-old Sulan Hom can’t remember life before the Default—the day the United States government declared bankruptcy. As a math prodigy, she leads a protected life, kept safe from the hunger and crime plaguing the streets of America. She attends the corporate-sponsored Virtual High School, an academy in Vex (Virtual Experience) for gifted children.  
Beyond the security of Sulan’s high-tech world, the Anti-American League wages a guerrilla war against the United States. Their leader, Imugi, is dedicated to undermining the nation’s reconstruction attempts. He attacks anything considered a national resource, including corporations, food storage facilities—and schools. When Sulan witnesses the public execution of a teenage student and the bombing of a college dorm, she panics. 
Her mother, a retired mercenary, refuses to teach her how to defend herself. Sulan takes matters into her own hands. With the help of her hacker best friend, Hank, Sulan acquires Touch—an illegal Vex technology that allows her to share the physical experience of her avatar. With Touch, Sulan defies her mother and trains herself to fight. 
When Imugi unleashes a new attack on the United States, Sulan finds herself caught in his net. Will her Vex training be enough to help her survive and escape?
This is a pretty good book for a young adult or even yourself to read if you like YA Fantasy or Urban Fantasy type books. It really doesn't have any really foul language or sexual situations, so it's appropriate for a young adult to read.

This book hits on a subject that we have all been wondering about lately and that is if the U.S. dollar collapses and countries that we owe money to are demanding we pay the loans back to, so it's not as far off as you might expect. The book doesn't really give a time frame but because of some of the technology that they are using, it's a safe bet it's in the future, long after I am gone for sure.

The young people get caught in the middle because it's not safe to go to school anymore, which is a wild idea but seeing as how the government can't pay teachers, I imagine this wouldn't be too far off the grid. So, Sulan and all her friends do their schooling thru computers while sitting safely inside their homes. They appear like avatars while in the "virtual" school room and never see each other personally except for when they meet outside of school hours.

Sulan and her friends are gifted in different ways but Sulan is a genius at match and science, which makes them all targets for governments looking to finally take down the United States. The story is about unfriendly people trying to kidnap Sulan and her friends so that they can build things in the future that would be the downfall once and for all of the United States.

It's a pretty good story and it's filled with action from page one to the very end. Can't wait to read the next installment!

Happy Reading!

About the Author:

Camille Picott is a fifth-generation Chinese American. She writes science fiction and fantasy books with Asian characters and/or Asian settings. Camille grew up reading speculative fiction stories largely devoid of Asian characters and culture. This, coupled with a passion for her heritage, is the reason she strives to bring some aspect of Eastern myth, legend, culture, and ethnicity to all of her writings.

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