Neworld Papers

Series 1 - The Historian's Tale

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
244 Pages
Reviewed on 04/27/2014
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Reviewed by Lorena Sanqui for Readers' Favorite

In K.B. Shaw’s Neworld Papers Series 1: The Historian's Tale, Fallon is a boy without a family but with an extraordinary talent that the Movement wants. In a few weeks, when Fallon comes of age, he will be a free man, but that was halted when pages from some Solarist propaganda were found in his room. The Movement made their move by buying Fallon from the school where he works. Thrust into an undertaking that he doesn't even understand, Fallon just goes with the flow. He soon learns that the Movement may be seeking the truth that the Council, some sort of board or government in the Neworld, tries very hard to hide from the people. Fallon decides how he will use his talent to help the Movement and be their first historian.

With so many books coming out, one would think that nothing is original anymore; well, I give you Neworld Papers Series 1: The Historian's Tale. It is ironic how Neworld is a place that is kind of a descendant of Earth and is set sometime in the future. It is a throwback to the past with ancient rules and codes added. Some concepts seemed old-fashioned but at the same are encountered only in this story. Characters were likable and the story was graceful. Fallon and his crew embarked on adventures that K.B. Shaw described in very specific detail; it was like watching it all happen. Reading this novel was intriguing and there were so many secrets that were just beginning to unravel in this first book. Reading the next books in the series will definitely be just as exciting.

Lisa Jones

The Neworld Papers Series 1: The Historian's Tale by K.B. Shaw is about a civilization on Neworld. There are no crimes or wars and Earth is unheard of. The movement, however, seeks to uncover the truth about their planet's existence. A boy called Fallon is discovered by a member of the movement and his talents are what makes him special. He has the ability to draw scenes from memory. The details of such drawings are meticulous and capture every detail. The movement decides to acquire Fallon as his services are valuable to discovering what lies beneath their planet. As things become discovered, a whole new world and a way of life is exposed. The Council is averse to such movements and has murdered in the past to conceal such notions. They have spies everywhere in Neworld and are determined to stop the movement uncovering the truth. Fallon is deemed the historian of Neworld and his task is to draw and document the truth as a matter of history. The people behind the movement plan to spread the truth in Neworld and that is where this first book in the series ends.

K.B. Shaw delivers an impressive story in the form of The Neworld Papers Series 1: The Historian's Tale. The reader can easily identify what the author is trying to portray. The air of mystery and secrecy makes the novel more exciting to uncover. I was instantly drawn to the main character of Fallon as the story was portrayed through his eyes. The concept of Earth forming a new civilization was captivating and drew me further into the ever-thickening plot. The originality behind this novel was superb and the depth that this novel presented was extraordinary. I can recommend this novel to all and I am keen to read the second installment.

Mamta Madhavan

Neworld Papers Series 1: The Historian's Tale by K.B. Shaw is a science fiction that will hold the interest of readers with its technology and new age theme. Fallon is a young boy coming of age, and he leads a peaceful life in a school called Mount. He is raised as a servant of the school, but he learns his favorite subjects by hiding behind the walls. Fallon has the ability to draw and remember everything that he sees and hears well. Miss Howard, the head of the staff, encourages Fallon to draw but she tells him not to show his drawings to anyone. Fallon is taken one day to the Headmaster's office and sold to Miss Grier, who is the head of the Solarists group that opposes the Council's social and spiritual mandate.

The story is well developed and the character of Fallon also evolves along with the development of the plot. The story is narrated from Fallon's point of view and there is a romantic angle, too, in the course of the story. The imagination of the author will keep readers engrossed and glued to the compelling story. There is a lot happening in the story to keep readers engaged. Fallon's character is very well portrayed and he manages to leave an impression with his special abilities. The imagery is beautiful, making it very visual while reading. I enjoyed the book. It is a refreshing read.