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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
Revolution by T.L. McDonald is a riveting sci-fi thriller! The First Citizens of Nihili breed Gamers, toys for their entertainment. Tsaurine is an elite Gamer, the best of the best, virtually unstoppable. Tsaurine’s children are exceptional fighters, legendary Gamers. They are trained by Macelt, a genetically engineered experiment of the First Citizens. Macelt is a gifted instructor; he pushes hard, honing and shaping the skills of his trainees. The time has come for Mharc, the youngest of Tsaurine's children, to begin her training. At seventeen, she is stubborn and impulsive, yet stern and serious about her training. She is a non-conformist, who hates the First Citizens and all who are loyal to them. Tsaurine believes Mharc is the hope for their future, if she doesn’t self-destruct first! Tsaurine and his wife, Hyatt, dream of a future where their children will be free, no longer slaves to the First Citizens. However, all past rebellions have failed. Tsaurine and his co-conspirators patiently strategize and carefully plan until the fateful day arrives. Failure is not an option, they must succeed. This is no longer a game, but a battle for life!
A good book captivates, a great book draws the reader into the story, making them a part of it. Revolution is a great book! McDonald is a brilliant wordsmith. She pens eloquent and profound descriptions and the characterization is extraordinary! The characters are animated, larger than life, yet living beings with hearts, souls and unquenchable faith. As a reader, whether they are friend or foe, you are drawn into their lives, sensing their victories and their pain. The young and conflicted heroine transforms from an explosive teenager into an honorable leader. Although the narrative revolves around the protagonist, the supporting cast has a unique role in shaping her character. The father, the mother, the brother, the lover; all are essential, and have stories within the story. The devotion to family and to a cause is the foundation of the story. The rising action builds, preparing readers for that long awaited climactic moment. Afterwards, the denouement grips you in the reality of what happens after the crisis is past - you cannot undo what has been done. All you can do is live to fight another day. The war has begun; I can’t wait to see what happens next.