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  • Great start to the series!

    The Book of Koli by M.R. Carey is the first book in the apocalyptic Rampart Trilogy, a Science Fiction novel. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Orbit Books, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) In a time after the world was lost, Koli Woodsmith is growing up in the small village of Mythen Rood.  His mother has trained him to catch and dry the wood from the trees, how to soak the wood in poison so that it cannot come back to life, and then how to turn and trim it.  However, Koli dreams of being a Rampart, one who will be able to bring the old technology back to life.  Most of his friends have the same dream.  Koli wants to use the old weapons to defend his village, for the dangers outside the village walls are real. The environment outside of the fence is hazardous.  The trees attack, the choker seeds will penetrate your skin and quickly grow, and the rain and snow often contain something other than water, something that can kill you.  Then there are the rats, wild dogs, molesnakes, knifestrikes, drones...and worse. No one goes outside the fence unless they have to.  But Koli's actions will force him to leave the safety of his village, his family, and his friends. My Opinions:   This was a really fast and entertaining read.  I love Carey's writing style, and have enjoyed his other books, so it was no surprise to find myself quickly immersed into this new world he has created.  His descriptions of the village and surroundings were mesmerizing, but his descriptions of the "old" tech kept me trying to guess what he was talking about.  That was great.  I often found myself smiling at some of the humour and dialog. The characters were interesting, and the relationships intriguing.  I loved Koli...he was so innocent, and yet eventually he understood more than most.  His heart always lead him. The plot was quite good, and the journey Koli takes is compelling.  I am not sure if this is aimed at the YA crowd, but I thought it was good for all ages. Bottom line, I can't wait for the next book! 

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  • A great read!

    I loved this book - the way it was written, the rawness of the characters and the entertaining storyline. Look forward to the sequels.

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