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Reviewed by Steven Robson for Readers' Favorite
Noble Dreams of Amnesty, from the series Factions of Virtue by R. L. Burgess, is an amazing dystopian window into a shattered world, rent by the wayward intentions of a genetic engineer intent on improving humanity. By implementing a Eugenics program wielded with shallow consideration of consequence, humanity is set on a course of abuse and rivalry between friends, family, and State, that will push many to the brink of an epiphany that will change everything. Swept up in this maelstrom are three individuals: Juno Hideki-Massey, Noble, and Amnesty. All three have origins molded by genetic engineering, and they are each driven by the effects this manipulation has had on their souls. The unknown ingredients in this volatile mix are the primal powers that cannot be controlled by our cells, and these powers will determine what the world will look like when the debris of war settles. Only the incredible climax to Noble Dreams of Amnesty will reveal this future.
R. L. Burgess’s Noble Dreams of Amnesty is a high quality adventure on an impressive scale. I found the characters to be extraordinary, and genuinely likable in their uniqueness and personalities; even Juno is a victim in this world. The casting is perfect, and their fit within the primary plot has been accomplished sublimely. In addition, all the subplots are wonderful stories in their own right and provide for high quality parallelism as the story evolves. Empathy’s journey is perhaps the most notable of these, and her contribution to the emotional power of this book is unquestionable. That is perhaps the stand-out for me; emotional power that the reader cannot resist. Noble Dreams of Amnesty is simply an incredible read, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone.