Monday, February 13, 2012

The Lens and the Looker: Review

From Goodreads:
There's hope for the future, but what about the past? 

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. 

My Review:
Oh, I really enjoyed reading this book! The characters were realistic, and the plot was fantastic, if it's going to be heart-breaking with all that they have to go through, and all. The past was described with a detail that made me very glad that was born in the last 10 years of the 20th century!

First off, this book is kinda my fantasy. I mean, the whole going back in time thing. Not the whole trapped thing. Lots of times, when I read historical books, I imagine what it'd be like to go back to then, and changing things. And yeah, while there wasn't a lot of change, towards the end, there was the start of that!

I enjoyed the details, and with that, the characters, they were just hilarious, in their differences, and yeah, I can see very clearly why this is the first book in the series, because yeah, I really can't wait to read and review the next book, The Bronze and the Brimstone!

Really enjoyed this book so much, it was so entertaining!

Author: Lory S. Kaufman
Series: The Verona Trilogy #1
Read: February 11th-12th, 2012
Source: Pump Up Your Books Review Copy
Reason Why: They sounded really interesting!
Publisher: Fiction Std
Published: January 14th 2011
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars
Lory's pic for Bronze color (2)

Bio:
“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 History Camp

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Stops on the Tour:
Tuesday, January 3
Book reviewed at K Books
Thursday, January 5
Book reviewed at Bookspark
Friday, January 6
Book reviewed at In Interest
Book reviewed at All I Ever Read
Monday, January 9
Book reviewed at K Books
Tuesday, January 10
Book reviewed at In Interest
Wednesday, January 11
Book reviewed at Book Spark
Thursday, January 12
Book reviewed at YA Bookmark

Friday, January 13
Book reviewed at Popcorn Reads
Monday, January 16
Book reviewed at Book Briefs
Tuesday, January 17
Book reviewed at Celtic Lady’s Reviews
Wednesday, January 18
Book reviewed at The Reading Nook
Thursday, January 19
Book reviewed at Reviews From the Heart
Monday, January 23
Book reviewed at Hippies, Beauties and Books
Wednesday, January 25
Book reviewed at A Beautiful Madness
Thursday, January 26
Book reviewed at Celtic Lady’s Reviews
Friday, January 27
Book reviewed at Fictional Distraction
Monday, February 6
Book Reviewed at Book Briefs

Tuesday, February 7
Book Reviewed at Everday is an Adventure

Wednesday, February 8
Book Reviewed at A Beautiful Madness

Thursday, February 9
Guest Blogging at Literary Exploration

Monday, February 13
Book Reviewed at Words I Write Crazy

Wednesday, February 15
Book Reviewed at YA Bookmark

Thursday, February 16
Book Reviewed at La Vanity Victorienne

Monday, February 20
Book Reviewed at Words I Write Crazy

Tuesday, February 21
Book Reviewed at Everyday is an Adventure

Thursday, February 23
Book Reviewed at The Midnight Bookworm

Monday, February 27
Book Reviewed at The Midnight Bookworm

Tuesday, February 28
Book Reviewed at Reviews From the Heart

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