Winning battles means Ink honors, prestige, and life itself. …Yet nobody understands what losing truly means.
On another planet two hundred years in the future, twenty-one-year-old Isla Jane struggles helplessly to figure out who she is and what her world really means. Marked with a forbidden tattoo of the rising sun, she is a natural champion of humanity and a gifted warrior in Heats– lavish battles fought in the conjoined minds of the participants for the morbid amusement of the masses.
Despite Isla’s desire to fade into the background, she emerges as an obvious leader of her people when the senseless assassination of a youth forces her to face the truth. Her volatile world, disguised by its elaborate battles and constant mayhem, is a prison without bars and a coffin, the lid already half-closed, that they must escape.
But when she vows to find a way to bring her people back home, Isla will have to deconstruct consciousness and the very nature of the space time continuum to unravel good from evil, truth from lies, and survival from true love.
Welcome to the City–where it takes lives to save lives
Def. Dystopia: an imaginary place where unhappy people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives because they are not treated fairly.
I will admit up front that this is not the genre I usually seek out to read. Dystopia perfectly describes the location and lives of the main characters in The City: The Jane Harvest. However, after reading the Prologue, I had to know what became of 53-year-old Dr. Jane Dawn, Chief Officer of War Medicine, NASA.
At that point, the reader is immediately thrust 150 years later in the City, specifically in FDA testing site 32. Dr. Jane Dawn, now known as Isla Jane, is given an assignment in the Biome Repair Elixir department of the Foundry, where she is “trying not to blow up, not to die, not to disappear into nothingness, not to think, not to do anything other than survive.” And, try, Isla does! Over and over, and just when you think she has possibly met her end, she beats the odds as she tries to find her way back Home. I will not offer any spoilers here other than to say:
If you are fond of dystopian novels that extend far into the future, you will like this book.
If you find the notion of a cryo-chamber interesting, you will like this book.
If you like an explicit/extended copulation scene, you will like this book.
If you are interested in robotic artificial intelligence, you will like this book.
If you like to read novels peppered with the F word and similar language, you will like this book.
If you are a film maker looking to make a movie the likes of Divergent or The Hunger Games, you will like this book.
If you are a truth seeker, you will like this book.
If you have ever struggled to find your way back to what you call Home, you will like this book.
I find in reading other fiction by author Nicky Hjort, i.e.; A Sinister Bouquet: Awakening and A Sinister Vision: This Much Is True, her masterful use of simile and metaphor works equally well in this novel. Her descriptions are so clear and precise that you can see and hear all the action. I am eager to read Book 3 in her Sinister Series and more from The City.