Friday, October 21, 2016

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Autonomy by Jude Houghton @XpressoTours

Jude Houghton
Published by: Grimbold Books
Publication date: July 29th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult, Science Fiction

Balmoral Murraine works in a Battery, assembling devices she doesn’t understand for starvation pay. Pasco Eborgersen is the pampered son of an Elite, trying to navigate the temptations of the Pleasure Houses, the self-sacrifice of the Faith, and the high-octane excitement of Steel Ball. They are two strangers, who never should have met, and now they will rip apart the world.

What happens when ninety percent of the world lives on skaatch – a jellyfish and insect composite?

What happens when mankind spends more time in alternative life sims instead of in the “real” world?

What happens when economic interest is the sole determinant of global decision making?

What happens when a single secret is discovered that calls into question everything we have ever believed?

Welcome to the Autonomy. Welcome to your future.

My Review:

Balmoral Murraine works in a Battery where most everyone works unless they are a part of the elites. Balmoral and her family are one of the lucky few who live in their own trailer in the stacks where some live with multi-families in the same dwelling. Balmoral and her family work fourteen hour shifts and sometime they even pull a double. It takes the whole family working just to have enough to eat.

In Balmoral’s world everyone is connected to iNet but is not allowed to be on iNet when they are working. But Balmoral was born with a gift of hacking so she doesn’t follow the rules very well after all she knows how to get around the rules without getting caught, most of the time that is.

Pasco Eborgersen is part of the elite crowd and has had most things handed to him on a silver platter as well as his twin brother. Pasco and his brother lost their father when they were teenagers and went to live with their uncle.

Pasco runs into a little bad luck but after running into Balmoral his luck is changing or so he thinks in the beginning. He soon finds out that just being with Balmoral could cost him his life. Pasco starts having feelings for Balmoral and wants nothing more than to keep her safe. Now Balmoral and Pasco are on the run just trying to stay alive. If they are caught they know it will be the end of both to them.

I have to say that I really loved the whole concept and the world that Jude Houghton created for Autonomy. I love stories where the world that is created could become our reality. Autonomy is one story that will stay with me for a long, long, long time to come. I am so glad I was given this opportunity to read it.

I would highly recommend Autonomy to anyone who loves a good dystopian or science fiction novel. Autonomy is one book you might just want to add to your collection.

Author Bio:
Jude developed a love of fantasy from a relatively early age after realising an innate talent for making stuff up could result in something other than detention. Working across the globe in fields as diverse as journalism, data entry, sales, management consultancy and babysitting, Jude has partially succeeded in putting an English and History degree from Oxford University to good use. A somnambulist, insomniac, lover of letters, Jude writes late into the night, most nights, tumbling down the rabbit hole to dream of other lives. Jude currently lives in Pennsylvania with an over-enthusiastic family and absurdly entitled dog.



Giselle said...

This sounds like a well crafted dystopian! The world building sounds intriguing! Glad you liked it! :)

Mary Preston said...

What happens indeed - I am intrigued.