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I won a signed copy of this novel from the author during the Fall 2016 YASH via Jennifer Brody's bonus giveaway. Thanks very much, Jennifer!
A thousand years after an apocalyptic event, humanity has saved itself from extinction by surviving in continuums specifically designed to sustain us until repopulation of the surface of the earth becomes possible. A group of citizens from the 13th Continuum, deep at the bottom of the ocean, begins to consider what life could be like out from under totalitarian rule - a very dangerous thing by itself. However, when shocking information comes to light, they'll have to decide if they want to risk death and extinction for something no one has experienced firsthand in a thousand years - the Surface.
The 13th Continuum by Jennifer Brody is an excellent series opener - it's quite a unique post-apocalyptic dystopian sci-fi debut. I particularly appreciated the novel's opening - the fact that we get to see a glimpse of the world before the continuums and that we have an idea of what they're for, and the way the 13th Continuum in particular has evolved away from it's original purpose. While we spend most of our time with the citizens of the 13th Continuum, we also get a look at the fates of some of the other continuums - the most important being one in space. I liked seeing the comparison between the lives of the citizens of both, and discovering how much everyone knows from the beginning and just how different life is for everyone. The main cast of characters including Myra, Tinker, Aero are all well drawn and their dialogue comes across as quite realistic considering the circumstances. They're all quite likable and I found myself wanting to root for them. However, the villains didn't stand out as much to me because at times I imagined they must be twirling their mustaches and cackling to themselves.
Overall, I highly enjoyed The 13th Continuum and I'm really looking forward to what comes next in book two, The Return of the Continuums. If you like Divergent series by Veronica Roth or the The 100 tv adaptation, I have a feeling that you'll become a fan of Jennifer Brody's debut novel.
I read this novel from November 18 - 24, 2016 and my review is also on Goodreads.