Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Kingdom Tour: Review and Giveaway

Note From The Author:

Now, about the tour itself: Running through July 3rd, the Kingdom blog tour will feature reviews, interviews, guest posts, giveaways, and a few other surprisesincluding an international contest to win a Kindle Fire.

The blog tour is being conduced to promote Kingdom, a dystopian, biopunk-thriller, and the first part of the Tiber City Trilogy.

Most people are familiar with the term “cyberpunk,” but “biopunk” is harder to nail down. In many ways, biopunk is similar to the cyberpunk genre, and shares many of the same themes and archetypes: the dystopian future; the overreliance on technology; mega-corporations; a constant and overwhelming flow of data; the anti-hero—these elements are integral parts of both genres. And both genres are fueled, to some extent, by the sense of rebellion and desire for individual freedom expressed by the original punk rock revolution. But the main difference—the most important difference—is that while cyberpunk focuses on invasive technological modification of the human body, biopunk explores the dehumanizing consequences of biological modification, of re-arranging our DNA in the pursuit of perfection.

And it’s these consequences that fuel the action in Kingdom.

Here’s a brief introduction to Kingdom:

In a secret laboratory hidden under the desert, a covert bioengineering project—codename “Exodus”—has discovered the gene responsible for the human soul.

Somewhere in the neon sprawl outside the nation’s collapsing economic core, a group of renegade monks are on the verge of uncovering a secret that has eluded mankind for centuries.

In a glittering tower high above the urban decay, an ascendant U.S. Senator is found dead—an apparent, yet inexplicable, suicide.

And in the streets below, a young man races through an ultra modern metropolis on the verge of a violent revolution...closing in on the terrible truth behind Exodus—and one man’s dark vision for the future of mankind.

Welcome to Tiber City.

If you’re intrigued, you can grab a copy of Kingdom (paperback or Kindle format) over at Amazon. Or, if you’re still on the fence, check out the first four chapters at my website, Tiber City Noir.

And, if you’re interested in entering the Tiber City Kindle Fire Giveaway, you can enter the contest through the widget on the sites hosting this tour.

Thanks again for checking out the Kingdom blog tour.



Disclaimer: This book was provided by the author in exchange for a review. 

Review: An incredible dystopian read with a philosophical twist.

The world Anderson paints is downright depressing. The worst part is how realistic it is. It is not too far in the future and although I doubt that our world will become like that world in three years, it does paint a realistic portrayal of what could have happened or what still could happen. There is so much we don't know about our genes although our knowledge is slowly gaining. The Exodus project achieves so much yet creates monsters and agony. Morrison is pure evil and I shudder to see what he does in the next two books. 

What adds a unique twist to this book is the philosophical aspect. What is a soul? The Omega gene provides a connection to the divine, something beyond the human self. It provides a perfect (book) explanation for why people turn to drugs, alcohol, and other addictions to try to replicate that connection to the divine. The Order of Neshamah comes to the same conclusion through religious means. There is a sharp contrast between Morrison and the Order. We may gain technology, but at what cost? Dylan is caught in the middle. Will he make it out sane or even alive?


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that enjoy dystopian fiction, science fiction with a technological bent, or biopunk. 

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