[Reading] ➿ Immurement Author Norma Hinkens – Multi-channel.co

Immurement a gripping dystopian novel set in a world devastated by tidal waves, fireballs, global volcanic eruptions and toxic ash clouds after a meltdown of the Earth s core begins when one of the network of underground bunkers hidden in the Sawtooth Mountains is raided, and sixteen year old Derry Connelly s brother is discovered missing Afraid that Owen has been extracted by a Sweeper hovercraft Derry, mountain man Big Ed and enigmatic Mason set out to save him, facing subversive thugs called Rogues who escaped from a maximum security re education centre and risking death when they penetrate the heart of an installation run by scientists who want to re engineer humanity.In an action packed plot that mixes survival, and science fiction with its futuristic themes of cloning, and cybernetic implants, tension and suspense escalate when a deal with the Rogues goes awry and Derry and her team are forced to infiltrate the facility alone The pace never slows in this well written, intoxicating story with twists that have Derry and her team facing gunfire, an explosion, a mad scientist, and human experimentation Into a story filled with violence, horrific experiments and death Norma Hinkens begins weaving a love triangle Derry s feelings slowly become torn between Jakob Miller a Septite from her bunker and Sven, a clone with an expiration date As the tale draws towards an exciting conclusion the attraction between Sven and Derry becomes pronounced much to Jakob s consternation It will be interesting to see how this romance develops especially as alliances begin to shift and change The characters are fascinating with all their flaws and faults as they grapple with unforeseen situations that have them risking their lives at every turn Sixteen year old Derry Connelly the young leader appears callous and single minded although she constantly wrestles with her conscience when making snap decisions that mean life or death for others She listens to the wise counsel of her friend Big Ed an old but tough mountain man In contrast Derry doesn t trust secretive and distant Mason at first until her harsh words and his action change her opinion of him I loved the interaction between Derry and her dog Tucker who never strays too far from her side, warning her when danger is near Yet it s the cold hearted, sick brutality of the Rogues and the heartlessness of the brilliant but broken Dr Lyong that add a terrifying chill to the story I thoroughly enjoyed Immurement the first novel in the Undergrounders series and can t wait to see what Norma Hinkens has in store for her readers in the next book. I really enjoyed this dystopian tale It was action packed and full of adventure I enjoyed learning about this new society and all its crazy inhabitants Some of the revelations are jaw dropping as the MC learns what is really happening to the people who disappear I am interested in knowing what happens next so I will be reading of this series. An Alternate Cover Edition Can Be Found Here The Sweepers Are Coming The Hunt For Humankind Begins The Year Is Sixteen Year Old Derry And Her Brother Live In Perpetual Fear Of Capture They Survive Underground On A Post Apocalyptic Earth Overrun By Gangs And Clones, And Hunted Overhead By Mysterious Hoverships When Her Brother Goes Missing, Derry S Only Hope Of Finding Him Is To Strike A Deal With A Group Of Cutthroat Subversives Desperate To Save Her Only Sibling, She Leads A Daring Raid To Uncover The Secrets Behind The Sweepers Hoverships, But She Soon Finds Out The World She Knows Is A Lie Keeping Her Brother Alive May Require Trusting Her Enemy And Opening Her Heart To Someone Scarcely Human Immurement Is The First Book In The Undergrounders Series, A Sci Fi Dystopian Thriller Trilogy With A Gritty Heroine And Twists You Won T See Coming Immurement Undergrounders 1 by Norma Hinkens Author Norma HinkensTitle Immurement Series Undergrounders Cover Rating Book Rating Buy This Book The year is 2069 Sixteen year old Derry and her brother live in perpetual fear of capture They survive underground on a post apocalyptic earth overrun by gangs and clones, and hunted overhead by mysterious hoverships When her brother goes missing, Derry s only hope of finding him is to strike a deal with a group of cutthroat subversives Desperate to save her only sibling, she leads a daring raid to uncover the secrets behind the Sweepers hoverships, but she soon finds out the world she knows is a lie So it wasn t bad, it wasn t great I felt like I read it before but most YA dystopian books are nearly interchangeable these days.Cut and paste most of the basics change a few minor details and you basically have the same story with the same character traits and plot lines.I think Immurement stands a better chance with someone who isn t burned out on these kind of reads.But as for me I think I might have gotten a little too much of the YA teen angst love angle involving a young heroine who is supposed to be a lot braver and stronger than she actually is who is willing to sacrifice what should be important for a than obvious compulsive obsession with a boy Until next time book lovers Krissys Bookshelf Reviews received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review from the author All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.If any of Krissy s Bookshelf Reviews has been helpful please stop by to like my post or leave a comment to let me know what you think I love hearing from you Thank you so much for stopping by Krissys Bookshelf Reviews Krissys Bookshelf Reviews has a QR code for your phone DunecadiaPublishing Date December 2015ISBN 9780996624817Genre SciFiRating Publishers Description The earth s core overheats The sovereign leader vanishes A young girl is the survivors only hope Review Not a lot of thought went into the world building of this novel In this dystopian future the Earth s core has overheated and disrupted or torn asunder the surface Since matter can neither be created or destroyed, how is it that the core gets hotter If anything, scientists have found that the Earth s core is cooling 1 deg C for every million years thermodynamics Why not have something realistic like pole shifts or massive earthquakes a meteorite In the novel, massive world wide volcanic eruptions would have cooled the Earth and left the atmosphere un breathable but in this novel the air is clear and big game moved away but to where and as to why, no one knows If big game moved out why do they see Elk shit, live deer and talk about making stag horn knife handles the next time they kill one I lived and worked in the Sawtooth Mountains for 5 years and have never heard of a Mule deer called a Stag in that area let alone in my 25 years as a wildlife biologist Stag is a European referent for their deer While some of the descriptions of the flora and fauna were accurate, a lot of it was not Flash floods during a storm at high altitude in Southern Idaho does not.happen, maybe in this dried out future it does, but who s to say Derry or staggy is supposed to be growing into a leader but ends up being rescued by everybody because she s so speshul She s not strong, resourceful and unrepentant but rather clingy, whiney, vindictive and myopic EVERYTHING revolves around her little wants, needs and desires Her brother in trouble Bam, she s on it with total concern and focus until Jakob her tunnel buddy is captured then Owen is dumped like a dirty shirt She gives up easily when captured and mewls around like a lost kitten The Rogue gang reads like the characters from Mad Max Piercings, tattoos, badass names like Blade, Diesel, Rummy etc and ruthless behavior that is unrelenting.not believable There was quite a bit of phrasing to expedite scene development Derriere is either shivering x23 down her spine x15 or Flushed, flush, flushing x13 to the beating of her Pulse x19 The dog growls a lot x13 of the low and deep sort The fight scenes lacked logical progression and at one point BenDerry pulls the charging handle of her M16, twice in the same scene I don t know about you but bullets pop out when you do that.The definition for Immurement is to imprison, build walls or entomb in a wall Other than a cool title, I don t see the relevance of the title to anything that occurs in the novel Sure, the survivors are hunted but still have their freedom to move around in the open Great storyline, poor execution. It is the year 2069, six years after the Earth s core overheated, causing a meltdown In the Sawtooth Forest of central Idaho, a group of survivors has formed an underground community which is split up between 8 bunkers that are connected by a shared tunnel These are the Undergrounders Derry Connelly is 16 years old and she lives in one of these bunkers with 23 other survivors Her mother died on the day of the meltdown and her father is the camp drunk who hasn t been able to cope since There is also her older brother, Owen, 18 years old Owen has become a master hustler and a leader among those who keep the bunker running smoothly Rounding out the family is Derry s trusty dog She doesn t go anywhere without her collie, Tucker One of the other people of importance in Derry s life is Jakob Miller, her boyfriend Jakob s the same age and hails from a clan of Separatists aka Septites The Septites are a non violent religious sect who also reside in the underground bunkers They are sure not to approve of the relationship between Derry and Jakob Then there is Big Ed who is Derry s closest friend Big Ed is a mountain man with a troubled past He moved off the grid decades ago after the one world government with its sovereign leader was formed to supposedly tackle global warming Mason is a recent newcomer among them, an ex military man who seems to be hiding something Derry doesn t trust him The Undergrounders spend their nights hunting and scavenging and their nights in the underground bunkers hiding from the Sweepers The Sweepers are those who come in eerily silent ships that hover over the mountains and suck people up inside, never to be seen again They aren t sure who or what the Sweepers are but they are sure they don t want to find out With the most recent disappearance haunting them, tensions are beginning to escalate among the Undergrounders There are rumors of a snitch among them who is selling them out to the Sweepers Soon Owen and Jakob have disappeared and it is feared that they have been taken by the Sweepers too Derry feels she has no other choice accompanied by Big Ed and Mason, she leaves the bunkers and sets out to find Owen and Jakob.On their journey into the unknown, this small group will confront a great deal of danger, many unwelcome realities and possibly the final end of mankind At a tender age, Derry has already been through some pretty tough losses Now she will grow aware that there are many other fears to face down She will need to examine her conceptions of good versus evil and she will struggle with her choices in a world where all this exists This is a well written and fast paced read featuring everything from rogue killers to mad scientists If you read a lot of dystopia, you might wonder if this is just another blip on the radar I know I did at first No worries, this book turns out to be a great action packed adventure with some unexpected twists It crosses many genres and is sure to appeal to a wide audience from young adult to old I really enjoyed the story and I m looking forward to reading the second book Immurement is billed as the first book in a young adult dystopian trilogy and it is the 1st place Winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Fiction 2016 I want to thank the author, Norma Hinkens for providing me with a copy of her book This is a fair and honest review. Read all my reviews on I think I ve reached the point where I should take a break from the Dystopian future This is the newest reading experience in a growing string of books from the genre that I didn t like I think I might have saturated my need for Dystopian stories for a while At least for the ones that don t seem to make a lot of sense.Derry and her family and friends live in underground bunkers out of fear for the Sweepers who abduct people into aircrafts The description is not unlike alien abduction When her brother is taken, Derry will do everything she can to rescue him, at least until the love interest shows up A girl and her priorities, I guess There are certain things that could have saved the novel, but unfortunately didn t One of which was Derry s character She was rather annoying, and the easy way in which she seems to forget her goals doesn t speak for her either She s supposed to be the kick ass heroine familiar to the genre, but instead she usually gets into trouble and needs to be rescued by a group of strong men Also, I was quite disappointed with the reveal about the Sweepers It didn t make a lot of sense to me, but to be completely honest, I was past really caring at that point.Immurement is the first book of the Undergrounders.Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review I received a copy of this book directly from the author publisher in exchange for an honest review.There s so much that I want to say about Immurement by Norma Hinkens that it s been hard for me to take it all and bundle it up into an organized review On one hand, the book had a lot of problems some of them big problems but on the other hand, it was a very solid read, and depending on how much certain aspects of the plot bother you, this may be a fantastic read, or a very meh one for you.Technically speaking, the book was well written There were maybe two typos in the whole book missing words in sentences mostly , but nothing so big as to make me pause for than a second It was still easy to understand the narrative and what was happening, even with the errors The narrative itself was well paced, the sentences flowing easily, and I liked the main character She was interesting and placed in a very stressful situation that had me wanting to read to find out how she was going to handle everything the author threw at her The book was action packed and kept me reading straight through in just a handful of hours.But there were some pretty serious problems with the book as well This was by no means a new plot I saw bits and pieces of plot ideas thrown in from an array of dystopians I ve read before and I m not saying that s necessarily bad I love dystopians, and there are very few original ideas out there any but by the same token, I wish there had been to this particular book that had made it stand out as something new to the genre I won t point out other series or authors, but I can say that the plot of this book was extremely similar to another dystopian series I ve read, just minus a space related central theme The familiarity made me sit back and go oh okay rather than wow what s going to happen next One minor problem for me was the lukewarm romance sub plot between Sven, Jakob, and Derry There was no sexual or romantic tension in this love triangle, and although the author kept reassuring the reader that Derry had feelings and chemistry with Sven and Jakob I wasn t feeling it It just didn t seem genuine.Another minor problem was the obvious casting of the dog, Tucker, as a plot device I know, I know It s a dog So cute But it seemed like he knew an extraordinarily absurd amount of commands and hand signals for a dog that belonged to a pair of teenage suburbanites When Derry got lost, the dog jumped in and showed her the way When Derry couldn t decide if someone was good or bad, the dog would give his opinion Other than chime in to keep the plot moving by solving complications for Derry, the dog didn t seem to exist for any other reason.To be honest, some parts of the book left me with a rather meh feeling, but when it came down to it, I still liked it Maybe it wasn t as exciting or innovative as I d hoped, but it was interesting, at parts, engaging, and I m glad I read it I m interested in continuing with the series and seeing how the second book unfolds Right now I can t imagine this dragging on for a third book, but maybe the author will surprise me If you re looking for a decent dystopian read to while away an afternoon, I recommend you give this a try. When I read about how people were taken I imagine thisOur heroine carries M16, wow, right Military clones The Rogue gang While imagining all that I was sooooo excited, this is me in the beginningand then, me on the 100 pages laterI hope for It s not bad, but I hope for much, much MOREI didn t like love interest at all and I m glad he isn t in the book, most of the time I did like the other men who sadly isn t loved interest Then there are third men who I think IS love interest For me, nb.1 shouldn t be mention at all and then everything would be much betterThis is the first book in the series and I think the second one will be betterI received this ARC in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley I had this on my tbr for a really long time, initially had added it because of the badass cover Now I finally got around to reading it, and I really liked it Immurement is a post apocalyptic novel and while it wasn t outstanding or special in any way, it was still very entertaining and a fast and fun read There s lot of action and exciting discoveries and the pages kept turning themselves.I liked the MC Derry because for once she isn t one of these super badass weapon wielding teenage girl Ok yes she s a teenager, and yes, she carries a gun, but she still felt real She was unsure and doubted herself at times, yet the farther I read, the her character grew There was also a little romance and the hint of a love triangle, but it was ok It wasn t a major plot point.The post apocalyptic world in this felt believable, if only a little underdeveloped Some background information about the events that happened to the apocalypse would have been nice.All in all a very entertaining little novel with good pacing, solid writing and also some quite sad moments Also, if you like animals there s a dog in this one, and it doesn t die 4 stars and I most likely will read the sequel