Age of Order by Julian North
“Both YA and adult readers will be transfixed by this novel” — Kirkus (Starred Review)
Inequality is a science. Giant machines maintain order. All people are not created equal.
Daniela Machado is offered a chance to escape the deprivation of Bronx City through a coveted slot at the elite Tuck School. There, among the highborn of Manhattan, she discovers an unimaginable world of splendor and greed. But her opportunity is part of a darker plan, and Daniela soon learns that those at society’s apex will stop at nothing to keep power for themselves. She may have a chance to change the world, if it doesn’t change her first.
Age of Order is a novel that explores the meaning of merit and inequality. Fans of the Hunger Games, Red Rising, and Divergent will enjoy this world of deception and intrigue, where the downtrodden must fight for a better future.
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“The author’s imagination is amazing—the book draws …”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Amazon Customer
This is a sensational book for anyone interested in dystopia, sci-fi, inequality, or just great stories. The author’s imagination is amazing—the book draws you in, you live the characters, the world is fascinating. You won’t be able to put this book down once you get into it.
AOE is set in what’s left of a gritty New York City, after it has been split into a gleaming elite center (Manhattan) and four tributary cities, including Bronx City, where we meet Daniela Machado. She’s a high school track star with a tough life and an ailing brother, but she’s still got it better than most. A member of the genetically elite “highborn” shows up dangling the prize of a spot at the Tuck School—an elite prep school in Manhattan (it may be based on the real life Dalton, I think). Friendships, rivalries and intrigue follow. The author does an absolutely amazing job setting up mysteries then peeling them back as the book unfolds. The machinations are way better than Red Queen—maybe Game of Thrones worthy devious. The world is incredibly real and detailed, mostly owing to the wonderful cast of characters, who range from Peeta-level loyal to Voldemort-level evil, but the author does a great job letting us get to know the “why” of each. These are all people we might know. I really enjoyed how the author dealt with the bonds of friendship between the characters. Teens will enjoy this, but there are also deeper themes. If you enjoy Margaret Atwood, you will like this book, as would fans of Pierce Brown.
The back matter says that the author is new. I hope this book gets the recognition it deserves. Definitely grab a copy now. (Disclosure: I received an ARC from the author).
About the Author
I’ve been writing since I could grab a pencil (remember those?) Then I had kids. Not much time for writing anymore. Until they started school… in New York City. I’m not from here, and the tumult of that experience inspired me. AGE OF ORDER grew from frustration, anger, and hope. Now I write what I’m feeling, and let the rest flow from there. Join my mailing list at www.juliannorth.com to receive a free short story set in the same world as AGE OF ORDER.
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