Democracy Inc & Beartown – 1 Star Reviews for June

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Goodreads Synopsis: America as we know it is no more. Free enterprise has devolved into a world ruled by megacorporations. The ultra-rich govern from their towers in the sky while the lower-class toil in the gutters just to survive. The corporate states work together to maximize profits and keep the masses placated through the Orbis, a virtual realityscape of online entertainment and the only escape from the bleak reality of existence.

Titus Remington is the son of the CEO of Roman Biogenics, but when his father is convicted of treason, a reluctant Titus finds the mantle of leadership thrust into his hands and must prepare himself to govern his corporate state. However, in his quest to uncover the truth that his father sacrificed everything for, he stumbles upon a dark conspiracy of epic proportions. Now Titus must make a choice: take the throne and wear the crown or risk the wrath of the council to fulfill his father’s legacy and set things right.

But this isn’t the land of the free and the home of the brave. This is a world without justice or hope, a world steeped in corruption and sin, where morality comes in shades of black and gray. This is Democracy Inc, where a life well led means nothing when pitted against profit margins and the bottom line, and with the odds stacked against him, Titus may very well lose everything . . .

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Thank you to NetGalley for giving me a copy of this book.

I originally requested this book because it’s Sci-Fi and I’ve been trying to read more in that genre. Sadly this was not the book for me.  Right off the bat I found that I didn’t really care for the writing style. It came off as cheesy to me and I couldn’t take the characters or the plot seriously because of it. Plus the use of bible verses as chapter headings made me think this book was possibly religious and I do not read anything that is Christian Fiction.

But I tried to ignore that and just focus on the story, and hopefully finding a character to like.  I didn’t make it very far in this book. I found the story confusing to follow. I didn’t understand what was going on with the scientific immortality stuff that was going on. And on top of that I didn’t like any of the main characters.

In the end I quit and gave the book 1 star on Goodreads.

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Goodreads Synopsis: People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.

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I decided to read this book because it was a nominee for the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards in the fiction category. Also it has a lovely cover, and I am a sucker for covers.

I admit I did not get far into this book before I quit it, so this review will be brief.  From the beginning the inconsistent POV changes bugged me, I would say sorry but I’m not. It’s just a storytelling format that bugs the hell out of me. From there I just didn’t like anything else either. I found the story boring and impossibly slow. I couldn’t get into it and the writing was just too verbose and wouldn’t get to the point. I wanted to wait and see if there were interesting or sympathetic characters, but the book just wouldn’t pick up!

I’m disappointed. This book seemed like it would be an interesting and thought provoking read, but I couldn’t even get 100 pages into it. In the end I just quit and gave it 1 star on Goodreads.

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