Author: Anthony Ergo
Published: July 8th 2014
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopian
Length: 304 pages
I purchased a copy of this book.
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
It’s Friday the Thirteenth and it’s Sasha Hunter’s birthday. It’s also the anniversary of Dystopia day; a catastrophic world-wide blackout, and the day Sasha’s mother disappeared. Three years on, the world has started to recover. But for Sasha, everything is falling apart…
I picked up a copy of this book when I visited London for the YALC convention during the 17th-19th July. I was really excited to be able to get the first and second book in this series and I didn’t wait too long before I started them. A friend of mine recommended that I read them and I wasn’t disappointed.
Sasha Hunter remembers her thirteenth birthday quite well – it was the day the world blacked out for thirteen seconds and the day her mother disappeared. The number thirteen follows her around like a bad omen and she has the bad luck to go along with it.
When Sasha accidentally discovers her father’s secret one night, she’s thrown into a world of paranormal entities and abilities. Taken under the wing of Menzies Blake, Sasha is introduced to the Agency where she meets Zara Gordon and Aaron Hart. Tasked with giving Zara a vital piece of paranormal paper – where a sinister game of Hangman is inviting her to play – Sasha tries to escape Blake’s watchful eye in order to find Gordon.
As the events unravel, Sasha’s not sure who she can trust, but one thing she does know is that the Hangman ghost is coming for her and there’s very little time left to stop him.
This book had me on the edge of my seat and completely engrossed the entire time that I was reading it. I flew through it and loved every second. The mix of powers with paranormal beings gave it a bit of an X-Men feel and I really enjoyed the cohesion between the paranormal world and the real world. Sasha’s life is turned upside down and I liked that she didn’t instantly become an amazing agent with nothing holding her back. She has flaws and doubts – and her biggest issue is her asthma.
The case of the Hangman ghost was really interesting, I liked the subtle hints that were given to us as to his identity and what he wants, but there was still a great twist at the end that I hadn’t seen coming. The ending was great, tying up enough loose ends for a satisfying ending but still leaving it open enough for the next book.
A great dystopian/paranormal read.
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About the Author
Anthony Ergo is a YA author of ‘Dystopia’, ‘Hysteria’ and the new series, ‘Plague Risers’.
After graduating from University with an English Literature degree, Anthony wrote several children’s short stories before embarking on his first venture into the Young Adult genre.
“The idea for Dystopia all started with Sasha, the main character, and in particular an image which provoked several questions that I wanted to explore. Sasha is not your typical ‘strong female lead’ – she’s weak, flawed and unsure of herself in many ways. She starts the story willing to exist in a world of paranoia; a single event changes everything and forces her on a journey of self-discovery.
Following the publication of Dystopia in July 2014, Anthony released the follow up novel, Hysteria, on 31 October 2014.
He is currently working on a new project, ‘Plague Risers’ – a zombie novel set in the middle ages and due for release in summer 2015.
Anthony lives in Cheshire, England. As well as a writer, Anthony is also part of female fronted rock band Signed In Crimson