25 February 2013
REVIEW: Persistence of Vision by Liesel K Hill
Persistence of Vision (Interchron #1)
by Liesel K Hill
In a world where collective hives are enslaving the population and individuals have been hunted to the verge of extinction, Maggie Harper, and independent 21st Century woman, must find the strength to preserve the freedom of the future, but without the aid of her memories.
After experiencing a traumatic time loss, Maggie is plagued by a barrage of images she can't explain. When she's attacked by a creep with a spider's web tattoo, she is saved by Marcus, a man she's never met, but somehow remembers. He tells her that both he and her creepy attacker are from a future in which individuals are being murdered by collectives, and Marcus is part of the rebellion. The collectives have acquired time travel and they plan to enslave the human race throughout all of history. The flashes Maggie has been seeing are echoes of lost memories, and the information buried deep within them is instrumental in defeating the collective hives.
In order to preserve the individuality of mankind, Maggie must try to re-discover stolen memories, re-kindle friendships she has no recollection of, and wade through her feelings for the mysterious Marcus, all while dodging the tattooed assassins the collectives keep sending her way.
If Maggie can't fill the holes in her memory and find the answers to stop the collectives, the world both in her time and in all ages past and future will be doomed to enslavement in the grey, mediocre collectives. As the danger swirls around her and the collectives close in, Maggie realizes she must make a choice: stand out or fade away...
When Liesel contacted me and asked me if I would be interested in reading her book for her blog tour I was so excited! And I'm definitely glad that I agreed to take part in her blog tour because I got to read her amazing book!
This book was just... awesome. It was so different to all the other dystopians out there which is what made it stand out. For me, this is probably the best dystopian I've ever read. There are so many original and fantastic ideas in this book that I was hooked from the very start.
Maggie was a superb main character. She was strong, tough and just such a kind hearted character that I found it extremely easy to connect with her right away. That might also have been due to the fact that Maggie was "kidnapped" and had lost 12 hours of her life and I was desperate to know what happened!
The marks that Maggie and Jonah (Maggie's brother) had on their bodies when they were found were extremely intriguing, and I'm still anxious to know about Jonah's!
I absolutely loved Marcus! I was rooting for him and Maggie from the moment they met properly and I just really wanted them to get together! Marcus was sweet, powerful and protective of Maggie and I just really really loved him!
The whole concept of this story with people in the future being combined into a collective (which basically means that their brains are all worked together and that they are controlled) was brilliant. It was so interesting to hear about how they took over the world and how they actually live. Everything that I wanted to know about the collective was explained and I never found any of it confusing. I think Liesel did a fantastic job of explaining it all.
I also loved how this book incorporated time travel into the dystopian world and also how each person had a kind of power that can be used when they draw energy from their surroundings. It just added something that made this book even more amazing than it already was.
There were a few unexpected surprises and twists that I honestly didn't see coming. There was one where I was like "OMG! I DIDN'T SEE THAT COMING! AH!" I think I just sat and stared at my kindle screen when this twist happened and I was trying to figure out why! But I had to make myself continue reading the book instead of speculating because the book was going to give me all of the answers.
The ending was really sad, but it had to happen. I'm glad that Maggie finally got to understand what happened before and that she managed to remember.
Seriously, this book was just AWESOME which is why it deserves:
I can't wait to see where the story line goes in the second book, and I JUST REALLY WANT TO READ IT!
But yeah, I definitely recommend checking out this book because it was just so different from anything I've read and it was brilliant!