Sunday, May 18, 2014

Manhattan destroyed! A Gazillion Little Bits by Claudia Brevis #amreading #bookreview

A Gazillioan Little Bits is a post-apocalyptic novel set in the remnants of a destroyed Manhattan a few hundred years in our future. I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I'll admit I had a little trouble getting into this book. Partly because there are so many characters that the author focuses on and I had trouble keeping them straight at first.

Partly because of the speech cadence/syntax the author uses in this future world is different from the speech patterns I am familiar with, which meant that I had to focus more on each sentence making it a slower read for me. I mentioned this to the author herself and she told me...

"I do appreciate your acknowledging the speech/cadence syntax of the society because one of the things I struggled with was how language would have evolved...and how the sound would be different from what we are familiar with now, just as going back two hundred years would find a syntax and manner of speech different than our modern way of speaking...."

I think she captured the language of a ruined world pretty well actually, but it did slow down my reading process just a bit.

And lastly, I had a little trouble at first because I had trouble envisioning the destroyed Manhattan landscape as she described it. I've only been to Manhattan once in real life. I suspect if I had more personal experience with the city my imagination would have worked a bit better here.

None of those are criticisms - just an explanation of my own reaction to the book. 

It is not a book for everyone - but it is a book that I believe many readers will enjoy.

I was intrigued by this story. People are struggling to survive in the ruins of society, building their own new worlds and fighting unseen foe for their very survival. Meanwhile some of these survivors are experiencing "whispers", visions of the past. They don't understand how or why this affliction occurs, but someone does and that someone is searching for the "touched" - for purposes of his own.

I think Claudia Brevis has a fabulous imagination. I did enjoy her future world - glad I don't live there though - and I liked the ending, finding it very satisfying - which is often not the case for me.

If you'd like to check out A Gazillion Little Bits for yourself you can read a sample of it on Amazon US by clicking here and on Amazon UK by clicking here.

How do you imagine language would change in a future world descended from destruction?

Book blurb:
New York City. 2256.

Isolated by shifting lands, fire and beasts, fewer than thirteen thousand people live in the ruins and rubble of Manhattan without technology, government or any connection to the world from which they've descended...

Until the mysterious whispers arrive, followed by a stranger who holds what may be the key to the city's ultimate survival.

A post-apocalyptic tale of courage, faith, betrayal and hope.

About the author:
CLAUDIA BREVIS is an author, songwriter, playwright & genealogist living with her husband, Skip, in NYC.

Claudia’s music and lyrics have been featured on stage, television, film and recordings.

She vocal-arranged and composed original music for the off-Broadway hit Beehive, the 60′s Musical , and co-wrote the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival hit, Winner Take All (A Rock Opera) . Other works include Norwegian Cruise's Showdown , an interactive American Idol spoof now in its 6th year on the high seas.

When she isn’t writing music, digging in ancestral records, or working on her next novel or screenplay, Claudia can most often be found just hanging with her family!

The post-apocalyptic A GAZILLION LITTLE BITS is Claudia’s debut novel.

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