Monday, 15 September 2014

Sulan by Camille Picott Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway!

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Welcome to my stop on the Sulan by Camille Picott tour. Thanks to Candace for hosting. I loved this book as you can see from my review below!! Be sure to check out the Blog Tour Page & Schedule and follow the tour. 

Episode One: The League ~ Sulan by Camille Picott
296 pages

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Sixteen-year-old Sulan Hom can’t remember life before the Default—the day the United States government declared bankruptcy. As a math prodigy, she leads a protected life, kept safe from the hunger and crime plaguing the streets of America. She attends the corporate-sponsored Virtual High School, an academy in Vex (Virtual Experience) for gifted children.
Beyond the security of Sulan’s high-tech world, the Anti-American League wages a guerrilla war against the United States. Their leader, Imugi, is dedicated to undermining the nation’s reconstruction attempts. He attacks anything considered a national resource, including corporations, food storage facilities—and schools. When Sulan witnesses the public execution of a teenage student and the bombing of a college dorm, she panics. Her mother, a retired mercenary, refuses to teach her how to defend herself. Sulan takes matters into her own hands. With the help of her hacker best friend, Hank, Sulan acquires Touch—an illegal Vex technology that allows her to share the physical experience of her avatar. With Touch, Sulan defies her mother and trains herself to fight. When Imugi unleashes a new attack on the United States, Sulan finds herself caught in his net. Will her Vex training be enough to help her survive and escape?

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My Thoughts

Sulan is a maths genius! She is one of an elite group that go to Virtual High School. Her father is a top scientist and her mother is a retired mercenary. When the government failed, mega corporations have basically taken over and despite who her parents are, Sulan still has to survive on canned food and lives in a small apartment. Life is tough but what makes it tougher is the Anti American league. They are an organization run by Imugi, they bomb schools, destroy food shipments and are overall really bad news.

When Sulan sees a broadcast from the AAL where they murder a student in cold blood, she asks her mother for self defense lessons. Her mother refuses because she wants Sulan to concentrate on her studies so Sulan turns to the VEX. In the VEX she can get lessons with the help of Touch (which is a pill that when taken in virtual reality, she will be able to feel and touch everything). 

When the AAL decide to target key students from Virtual High School, Sulan gets a chance to try her new skills out but will she make it out in one piece? 

Id never heard of this before but when I saw it up for tour I had to review it. It sounded so good!! Well Im glad to say that it was better then I thought. 

Character wise, I love that Sulan is so smart!! We need more super smart heroines in books. She is a maths genius and she can kick ass too :) She does all she can to be able to defend herself despite her mothers refusal. Her mother was a mercenary so Sulan cant understand why she wont train her. She gets some illegal Vex products to make her appear older and she goes to a place where she can train. She uses her brain as well as her brawn a lot and I loved that about her.

The supporting characters are just as impressive. We have Sulans best friend, Hank, who is a hacker, Billy, who is a gadget master, Taro, who is the youngest mercenary ever and Riska, who is Sulans pet and protector (I want one). I loved that every character brought something special to the story.

Plot wise its a unique and compelling read. I loved the science and vitrual reality elements. Its a really quick read with lots of twists and surprises along the way. The second half of the book contains the most of the action and wow was it tense. I flew through the last part so quick because it was hard to put down. 

With its superb writing and vivid images, Sulan is one of the best books I've read in a long time. The authors style of writing is amazing and she easily makes you a part of the story. From its entertaining characters to its captivating story Sulan is a must read. I love Dystopian books and would highly recommend this unique book to everyone. 




  About the Author:  

Camille Author Pic Camille Picott is a fifth-generation Chinese American. She writes science fiction and fantasy books with Asian characters and/or Asian settings. Camille grew up reading speculative fiction stories largely devoid of Asian characters and culture. This, coupled with a passion for her heritage, is the reason she strives to bring some aspect of Eastern myth, legend, culture, and ethnicity to all of her writings. To visit Camille, go to www.camillepicott.com.

Find Camille Picott online: 

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Giveaway:
Two $5 Amazon Gift Cards (INT)

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18 comments:

  1. Just loved the cover!!!! <3 Also, the story seems to be just my cup of tea xD thanks so much for the giveaway and the chance to win :3

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    1. The book was amazing and I agree about the cover!!

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  2. This book sounds so interesting! I cant wait to read it :)

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  3. Sulan sounds like an interesting and exciting read. Sign me up

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  4. YAY! Your review made me super happy! I agree with what you said and I loved it as well. I can't WAIT for more! I believe she finished the draft of the 2nd book, so it's coming along!
    Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop!

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    1. You are welcome Candace and yes I loved this book so much!!! It was amazing and I can not wait for book 2!!!!!

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  5. This looks great! I love smart leads! :) Wanted to let you know I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Details are in my post here: http://kaisaclark.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/one-lovely-blog-award/

    Happy blogging!! :)

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    1. It was such an amazing book and I loved Sulan! I loved that she is so smart :)
      Aww thanks!!

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  6. wow! this book sounds amazing :D like a mix of all my favorite dystopian books but yet unique!!

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    1. It really really was Karin. The author has an amazing style of writing!

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  7. I'd never heard of this book either, but the description sounds interesting and your review sealed the deal. :)

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    1. I hadn't heard of it either but I'm so glad I got to read it. Its definitely worth the read :)

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  8. Thanks for your review, Natalie! So glad you enjoyed Sulan!

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