LOVED this book. Another winner from Aaron Hodges. His fantasy stuff is amazing, and I'm now a huge fan of his sci fi. Great character-building, really got to know them well through the multiple POVs. The story was incredibly engaging, I stayed up late to finish it in one go. Not much violence and no sex. Really fantastic storytelling. If you haven't yet checked our this author's work, I highly recommend it. Five stars - now hurry up with book 2!
With America splintered into various autonomous states it was perhaps inevitable that somewhere along the way some fool resorted to biological agents to attack and subdue the neighbouring states. This form of attack was actually quite insidious as a virus attached itself to a person's very DNA, creating a raging killing machine with supernormal strength and lightning fast reflexes, called the Chead. Humanity has split irrevocably into two distinctly divergent evolutionary parts. And standard humans are clearly on the loosing side, such as happened in the past with the Neanderthals. But science created this schizm. Perhaps science can create also a counterpart to the Chead. This is the backdrop to a new creation story by Aaron Hodges, very unique, very engaging and one you cannot help but follow with bated breath. The machinations to obtain subjects for experimentation, the plight of youngsters like Chris and Liz in the process as their very humanity and existence is cruelly assaulted in pursuance for an answer to the Chead makes for some harrowing reading. But you will also ultimately rejoice in the indomitable spirit of these kids. Absolutely thrilling! Enjoy!
This ebook was amazing but it was also hard to read sometimes. I normally finish a ebook quickly but this one took time because I could actually imagine this happening. Especially in today's political climate. I highly recommend this book, which has two sequels I plan on reading next.
The book starts in the aftermath of a war between Washington state, Oregon and California leaving the United States an becoming their own country, the Western Allied States. There ends up being a war between the new states and Washingon. D.C. The powers that be's (ptb) are very controlling and anyone that is suspected of treason is immediately arrested, including ALL members of the family. The adults are presumably executed along with the majority of their family members.
The only exceptions occurs when an adult son or daughter fits a specific profile. They are then tested in the most painful way possible, mentally as well as physically. Only the strongest survive to "join" the Praegressus Project.
The main characters are Chris, the 18 year old son of a woman accused of treason as well as Liz, also 18, the daughter of sharecropper parents that were charged with treason and executed, but Liz managed to evade capture for two years before being caught.
Chris and Liz are put into a cell with Sam and Ashley. Ashley's parents use to work for the government until their true feelings were discovered. The parents as well as Ashley's sister were killed but Ashley was sent to see if she qualified for the Praegressus Project.
Most of the book takes place in the Praegressus facility that houses the subjects of the Praegressus Project. There is violence but the author does not describe it graphically.
The facility is ran by a disgusting person named Dr. Halt but the person in charge of testing the subjects is Dr. Angela Fallow. To say that the two doctor's don't get along is an understatement. Dr. Fallow was present when Chris and his mother were arrested and Chris is hoping to find out what happened to his mother from Dr. Fallow.
The directors of the Praegressus Project wants Dr. Fallow to finish testing the final 200 subjects, which include Chris and Liz. Sam and Ashley have already been qualified to go to the next phase. The whole process and the final results are mind blowing.
There are two more books in this series and I am looking forward to reading them. After I read something lighter like a time travel romance.
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What’s there not to like about my at the moment favorite dystopian genre? And about the story of young boys and girls, by the government proclaimed traitors, destined to either subject themselves to experiments and genetic manipulations or keep their integrity and dignity by accepting the death sentence with no trial?
And what’s there to like about living in a society which abducts and stigmatizes children by the sins of their parents and with savage brutality forces them into submission to use them as weapons for the survival of the human race and one secret project?
Can and will they endure the torture, violence and humiliation inflicted upon their bodies and minds? Can ordinary kids-proclaimed traitors-turned victims spread their wings and raise themselves to the pedestal of superhumans and heroes? Or will they succumb and perish in the dust of others who vanished in the gutters of the American dystopian world?
Merciless, violent and painful is an American future in Rebirth, exciting first book of the Praegressus Project series by Aaron Hodges.
When I purchased this book, I saw the amazing cover art and the title Rebirth, and thought I am ready for a great fantasy tale. I was wrong, wrong, wrong. Rebirth is one of the greatest Sci-fi fiction thrillers, I have ever read. It is astounding, outstanding and make the maze runner series in comparison seem like elementary school games. As we seen and gain emotional ties with the four original characters through their trials and tribulations that are barely conceivable to the mind. Aaron Hodges has written an enduring masterpiece that has set a new plateau for Sci-fi fiction thrillers. Don't pass go and collect $200 ( A monopoly game reference ) Just Get Your Copy Today And You Will Enjoy It. I Loved It!!!!
A dystopic society, with a government which is out of control and grasping power no matter how! Many people are just disappearing with families being classified as traitors and killed. A group of young teenagers are abducted and brutally imprisoned in a laboratory and medical centre in the middle of nowhere. They are tortured and abused physically and mentally to the extreme, then those who made it to the final phase of the so called Praegressus project are injected with the dna of various strains of animals to make them stronger and invincible. Amongst the youths we encounter Liz and Chris, Sam and Ashley on the one hand and Dr. Fallow and Dr. Halt on the other plus all the guards and equipment used to subdue and keep the youths terrorised and alienated from one another. Dr. Halt is pure evil and reminds me a lot of Prof. Conguise in L. S. O'dea series whilst the torture they inflict reminded me of the series Shadowstalker by Renee Scattergood. I just hope to see Dr. Halt die a most horrific death at the hands of this group of teens. Dr. Fallow on the other hand seems to be seeing the way things have gone out of hand at the laboratory and she seems to be having second thoughts regarding the whole project! Will she be the weak link the young people need to get out of the hell of a place they are in? I loved this book, cannot believe that this is the first Hodges has written in this genre as it is very well written and keeps the reader wanting more and on their toes, it's a very exciting read!!
Mr. Hodges really dug deep for this story. Liz, a runaway teenager and Chris, a devoted son are captured and held against their will. The are the children of believed enemies of the Government. That's an automatic death sentence. They are given the choice of death or life. If they want to live, that are to be used in horrible experiments. There are hundred of kids from every walk of life, all being used and pitted against each other in a brutal way to see who's the strongest. Wow, this is a very powerful and emotional book for me. It kind of made me think that something like this could actually happen. The Government has fallen and has been taken over by power hungry corrupt people and terrible things are happening to the country. Leader are doing so by making fear a part of life.
I was a little hesitant going into this one as I really didn't know what to expect but I ended up pleasantly surprised the story is quite different from other novels I have read and found myself really enjoying it. The only reason I gave this 4 stars is because it involved the characters being in a jail cell most of the book so the lack of world building was a bit disappointing but other than that it was a great read looking forward to the next one.
Rebirth The Praegressus Project, Book 1 By: Aaron Hodges Narrated by: Michael Stene This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. This is a suspense-filled book that kept me on the edge of my....tablet. lol The world building was good and I don't want to live there. It was an intense book where scientist were experimenting on kids. If you like Max Ride by James Patterson then you will like this. Similar but different enough to stand alone. Can't wait to see what happens next! The narrator kept the feel of the book flowing well. Great job!
I usually only read epic fantasy. I read the authors Sword of Light trilogy and loved it so much I decided to try this type of story. More urban fantasy/science fiction. Well was I surprised! I love this book! The storyline is fantastic and the characters are wonderful. I can tell the author put a lot of creative thought into this story. So if you like science fiction or fantasy, I highly recommend this book. You will not be sorry!