Official Review: The Gathering by Bernadette Giacomazzo

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Official Review: The Gathering by Bernadette Giacomazzo

Post by JessNWheeler » 14 Apr 2018, 15:05

[Following is an official review of "The Gathering" by Bernadette Giacomazzo.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The entire system had been corrupted by the power of money, but he had been elected by the people. He would no longer be called Roger Cunningham. If they wanted to live to see another day they called him Emperor. Author Bernadette Giacomazzo tells the epic tale of the people who fought against a new oppressive power in the city they loved in The Gathering: Book One of The Uprising Series.

It was a life of sex, drugs, and rock and roll for the members of the rock band, Faust. Lead by the alluring Ivan Sapphire, Faust was beloved across the country. Life was a dream until the Emperor took over. Lives were lost, and Ivan Sapphire became Jamie Ryan again. A stage name was not needed without a stage.

The beautiful Evanora, step-daughter of the powerful Emperor, had never seen her biological father’s face. He died when she was a baby, and it seemed to Evanora that the Emperor wanted to completely erase her father’s existence. An explosion unexpectedly brought Evanora and Jamie together, and they learn that they share more than just a longing for freedom from the Emperor. The two become unlikely partners in the creation of the uprising. The fight for freedom and the restoration of New York City began.

I am a dystopian story skeptic because I feel like it has all been done. This story changed my mind. The plot is unlike any I have read before. Also, there are subtle allusions to the current state of the world. These allusions highlight how easily fiction can become reality.

The story is told with intermittent character flashbacks. This can cause confusion in many novels, but this is not the case here. This well-written story is easy to follow and understand. The characters are celebrities, so I did not find them to be relatable. I did, however, find them to be extremely likable. Evanora is intelligent and mature, and Jamie is a rockstar. Jamie absolutely possesses the charming rockstar magnetism. These well-developed characters have extensive backstories that make their motivation clear to the reader. On the other hand, I would have enjoyed more information on a few of the important supporting characters. I am longing to know more about the Emperor’s past and what truly drives him. Perhaps this information will be revealed in later installments of the series.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The story is written with understandable language, and this makes it very easy to follow from each moment to the next. A reader must not be offended by profanity to enjoy this novel. These rockstars speak as one would expect. Lovers of dystopian fiction will enjoy this book, and I highly recommend this novel to all fiction readers. There is one minor misspelling, but it caused no distraction. This expertly written page-turner kept me entertained from start to finish.

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Post by Jamasenu » 16 Apr 2018, 01:27

Some people really do allow their power to go to their heads. Call him emperor? Oh my! This sounds like a good story to read. I'm just imagining the torture, corruption, money, greed, power and sex that goes on within this book. Most of all, I think I'm looking forward to the justice or payback. I enjoyed reading your review.
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Post by cristinaro » 16 Apr 2018, 03:08

I like reading dystopian fiction perhaps particularly because it reminds us of our limitations. I know that the lust for power can take people's minds. When you mentioned the character in the book wanting to be called Emperor, I thought just about that. I appreciate the novelty of the plot and the subtle allussions to contemporary society. Thank you for all the information!
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Post by kinyaemulatyamatt » 16 Apr 2018, 05:15

Rodger cunningham seem to be an intricated leader with all kinds of atrocities emanating from him. I enjoyed the review and I hope I will enjoy reading the book too

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Post by Getlost » 16 Apr 2018, 06:07

It's good to read and some of my like is to read about dystopian fiction because in some of the story of dystopian fiction tell about limits and power of our minds.

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Post by mtsnel006 » 16 Apr 2018, 06:44

I have not read much books with a genre of a dystopian fiction, but this one sounds interesting and I would love to fix my eyes on it sometime soon. Thanks for such an amazing review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 16 Apr 2018, 07:27

Dystopian novels are my favorite! I love the cover on this one, too! Was there any explicit material in this book? I ask because you say it was a life of sex, drugs and rock and roll. I was just curious if it was implied or actually shown. Thanks for the review.
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Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 16 Apr 2018, 09:28

hey, this sounds like a pretty good read. I don't mind dystopia, but can only do a little at a time. A big diet of that gets a little overwhelming! Thanks for the review on this book - I might try it when I'm in the mood!
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Post by Nassolo Erinah » 16 Apr 2018, 10:36

Great thanx to author BERNADETTE for the fiction tale, and thanx to the emperor who helped to fight against the oppressive powers , it was more than sodoma and gomora in the bible , Erinah

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Post by ThijsNijenhuis » 16 Apr 2018, 11:02

Great review! Thank you.

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Post by Nassolo Erinah » 16 Apr 2018, 11:26

Excellent book , it just reminds me about a sinful world which Jesus wiped off.hehe

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Post by ipemida4real » 17 Apr 2018, 01:36

wow, what an excellent book! It's really good to know that the entire system is corrupted by the power of money. Indeed money is the root of all evil

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Post by skalowag » 26 Apr 2018, 01:06

Great review, because of your review I started to read this book

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