Friday, September 27, 2019

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Remote by Lisa Acerbo @apocalipstick_ @yaboundtourspr

by Lisa Acerbo
Genre: YA Sci-fi
Release Date: December 2018


When technology fulfills every dream, reality is a nightmare.

Below the streets of New State, the Grounders fight to remain free of the technological control of the world above. When dusk falls, Wren risks her life by entering the capital city as a raider to secure resources for the rebellion. Each step further inside puts her life in jeopardy from New State’s deadliest weapons – Phantoms. More machine than human, tortured until devoid of emotion and caring, Phantoms have only one objective. Kill. And they do it with exacting precision.

Wren is good at her job as a raider and committed to the cause until she meets Codex, a New State citizen who doesn’t quite fit her preconceived expectations. After a couple of awkward encounters, he shows her the meaning of hooking up—a computer simulation that allows people to live out their fantasies—without the complication of emotional entanglements or physical reality. But what Wren feels for Codex is very real. And it’s punishable by death.

As she and Codex grow closer, Wren convinces him to leave New State for the underground. But unrest between New State and the Grounders escalates, and Phantoms move in to destroy her world. Nothing goes as Wren planned. Families are arrested, loyalties are strained, and Wren’s forced to choose between her people and her feelings. The wrong choice could mean the end of her people, and reality could slip away—forever...

★★★★★ Science Fiction, Romance, and Lots of Action - Remote is one of those books that just hooks you from the first page… - Voracious Reader 

★★★★★ Enjoyable & Innovative Novel - Enjoyable Sci-Fi Romance that I highly recommend….5 stars. Overall, novel was well-paced, characters are well-developed, and story is detailed but not too verbose. Although the relationship that emerges between [Codey] and [Wren] is predictable, it did not feel forced or rushed. - Janine 

★★★★★ Remote is quite the page turner! - A unique and intriguing blend of science fiction and adventure that really engages the reader and makes one think long after the last page. This book is in the YA genre but will appeal to readers of all ages - there's honestly someting for everyone. It also is poised for further installments and here's hoping we can delve into this thrilling world soon again. - Frank T

Remote is about a world divided by technology. Those who live in New State are controlled by it and those who live underground rebel against it.

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My Review:

Above ground we have citizens of New State where the government has taken control of everyone by implanting a chip in their brains right after they are born. With this chip New State citizens can “hook up” to the computer and live their lives in a fantasy world never having to go outside of their homes if they so choose.

Underground we have the rebels, resistance who just want to live their lives as free humans and not being controlled by anyone. Undergrounders don’t have a chip in their brains and are not controlled by the government. The undergrounds are gearing up for a fight against the New State to take back control of everyone’s rights so they can live as they see fit.

Codex15111 lives above ground and is a New State citizen and has chip and hooks up to the computer nightly or he is supposed to but Codex or Codey as Wren calls him doesn’t like living a fake life all the time and often unplugs and sneaks out at night to see real things like the sky and the trees and the stars.

Wren is a rebel who lives underneath New State with the resistance. Wren goes out at night to find any kind of supplies that the undergrounds can use in their life and to help aide them in their fight against New State. Wren met Codey out on one of her nightly excursion looking for supplies.

Wren for some reason trust Codey she believes him to be different than other New State citizens. Codey is more Intune to what is going on around him and more inquisitive about his surroundings. Codey wants to experience what is real and not what is fake or live in a virtual world.

Wren and Codey take us on an engrossing trip above ground fighting Phantoms while trying to save the world. Phantoms are New State’s warriors they are cyborgs covered in metal armor, they are a horrifying combination of ruined human features morphed with the deadliest of New State technology.

There are spies, betrayal and loss among the grounders as they fight the Phantoms and the New State. Can Wren and the grounders go up against New State and win? Who will come out on top? Can the grounders save the human race?

Remote is a very engrossing read that had my attention from the beginning and will stay with me long after I have read the last word. I love books set in the dystopian worlds and with all the science fiction and technology in Remote made it one of the best books I have read in a long time. I would love to read more of the world in Remote. I would also like to see more of all these wonderful characters, Wren, Mason, Codey, Parker, Zander and the rest of the Undergrounders.

I would recommend Remote to all dystopian, science fiction and futuristic books. 

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Lacerbo said...

Thanks so much for the review and being part of my book tour. More information at