(Invisible #1)

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
472 Pages
Reviewed on 10/10/2023
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Author Biography

Joey is 41, disabled, a multi-award-winning indie author and a graduate with a BA (Hons) in Health & Social Care. She loves to write and is at the moment working on her next two books, as well as preparing her next two books for publication. She started writing when she was medically retired from her job at the age of 19. Her first book was released in 2005 and after a brief time away, her second one was released in 2011. In addition to writing books, she also enjoys reading them and can often be found resting in bed with a good book, with a cat or two on her lap.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Invisible is a work of fiction in the science fiction, interpersonal drama, and dystopia subgenres, and forms the opening novel to a new series. The work is intended for the young adult reading audience and was penned by author Joey Paul. We are introduced to a thought-provoking dystopian world where the country is deeply divided into segments, and unity seems like a distant memory. The story follows Zya, who faces the daunting prospect of the Exit Exam, which could lead to Further Training due to her disabilities. On the other side, there's Jonah, who's grown up abled and has different concerns. The novel excels in portraying the stark contrast between these two characters and their lives in a segmented society. The unexpected air raid and the subsequent virus outbreak thrust them into an unforeseen and dangerous situation, transcending the boundaries that had previously separated them.

Author Joey Paul's storytelling is both imaginative and socially relevant, offering a compelling narrative that encourages readers to reflect on the implications of societal divisions and the resilience of the human spirit. Getting deeper into the lives of Zya and Jonah was an engaging and emotive experience, and the character work around speech and thought presentation really cements them as real people you feel connected to. As it delved into themes of social inequality, disability, and the consequences of a fragmented society, the pace of the plot quickened and got more and more exciting once the initial exposition was complete. The sudden collapse of the segments creates a suspenseful and mysterious atmosphere, leaving readers eagerly turning the pages to discover what happens next and racing for the temporary conclusion before the series continues. Overall, Invisible is a gripping start to the series that promises an intriguing exploration of these themes in the books to come, and I can’t wait for more.