In my journey of writing my book I have met a lot of amazing people who are on the same path. Some of them are more experienced and have put out a ton or books and others are much like me in striving to release their first novel.
One of these people is David R. Bernstein. We have both been writing our first book and each happen to be in the sci-fi/dystopian genres.
So when he released his first book, Influence it was really something I wanted to share with you.
Here the synopsis from Amazon:
The power to “Push” can alter reality. This ability makes seventeen-year-old Kaylin a high-value target.
Thirty years after greed and corruption tore American society apart; relentless sector groups recruit powerful youths, often by force, to mold the populace to expand their reach.
Kaylin has been on the run, hiding her untapped abilities for six years, but rescuing a mysterious young man risks exposing the depths of her power. Life has never been easy, but fighting back is even harder. This harsh, new world will no longer allow her to remain hidden.
I read through Influence pretty quickly (in between doing my book edits) and some things really stood out for me:
- The premise is really cool. David had a unique idea that he was able to spin into a very enjoyable story with a few twists and turns you may not expect.
- There are some great characters. The relationships were very authentic and didn’t feel forced. The story takes place over a quick period of time and while the romance aspect progresses quickly (because of the short time frame) it doesn’t feel unrealistic or over the top. Kaylin’s connection to her best friend feels very real and from me was one of the most enjoyable parts of the book.
- It’s a fast read that digs right into the action.
- Great cover art. Speaks for itself.