Wednesday, 6 March 2013

I Am Alive Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

I Am Alive by Cameron Jace
I Am Alive #1
Publication: May 23rd, 2012
Genre: YA Dystopian

Purchase link: Amazon

Every girl dies - not every girl really lives.

Sixteen-year-old Decca Tenderstone feels captivated when she meets Leo, who is arrogant, silent, beautiful, and shoots almost every one he meets.

the usual boring girl meets badboy story... hmm... with a twist ...

They live in a dystopian future in Los Angeles where every sixteen-year-old is ranked on a scale from one to ten to determine their future. Outranks, who are considered a danger to society, are forced to attend the Monster Show, a brutal sacrificing ritual that is broadcasted worldwide on live TV, where rebellious teens are labelled Bad Kidz or Monsters and get to fight for their lives in deadly games.

To prove that you're still alive you have to scream I Am Alive every six hours. Lower your voice, and you're dead.

Decca doesn't need Leo's company. She has secrets of her own. While they both can't stand each other, she will find out why she doesn't fit into any rank.

Nothing will stand in her way as she has to make choices concerning love, life, staying alive, growing up, and finding out who she really is.

I Am Alive is an amazing dystopian book! I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected, and I finished it in a day. It was just filled with action and suspense and even loads of snarky humour. Cameron Jace is an amazing writer, and I totally felt like I was there with Decca throughout her tumultuous journey.

The premise of I Am Alive is very similar to The Hunger Games, so if you enjoyed that (how could you not?) then you're sure to love this! I liked the take that Cameron Jace took on the games, and the world building was great. I found it hilarious that this dystopian world has a weird obsession with the letter 'z'. I'm not even kidding, all the famous people and places in our world that are mentioned in this book have the letter or sound of 'z' replacing another, or added to the word. Xitler, Zeinstein and Dizny were particularly amusing.

Decca selflessly decides to give up her rank to another girl in order to enter the Monster Show and find her friend, Woo, who had apparently perished in the previous year's Show. But Decca doesn't believe it. She feels that Woo is alive somewhere in the Playa, and she will do whatever it takes to find him. She meets Leo in the Monster Show, and can't deny her attraction to him for long.

I loved Decca's character right from the start. She's incredibly brave and tough, and unfailingly loyal. She truly cares about people, and her selflessness is admirable. She's also very, very smart, and her strokes of genius are so amazing to see! I honestly never would have thought of half the stuff she did. Her survival instincts are really well-developed, and they're what helps her and the others so much during the Monster Show. She's also very stubborn, and I wanted to yell at her for some of the reckless decisions she made. But she did grow a lot over the course of the novel, and there's this one quote from her that's so incredibly inspirational - 

I am not my heart rate. I am not my skills. I am not my sleeping problems. I am not my stress. I am not my fears. I am not how I look like. I am the very essence of me. I am my will. I am my passion. I am my beliefs. I am how much I can give and receive love. I am infinite and possible. I am my soul.
Decca meets Leo on her ranking day, and is immediately drawn to him. Imagine her surprise when he ends up in the Playa with her, when he's ranked a nine, and is a famous singer! Leo is there for a reason, though. It's a punishment for him. But there's another, much more important reason why he's there, and we find that out later in the novel. I really liked Leo, too. Even though he was kind of a jerk at the beginning. And throughout most of the novel, in fact. But I loved his sarcasm and sense of humour, as well as his protectiveness towards Decca.

I also really connected with the other characters, the other Monsters in the Show with Decca and Leo. Bellona was great - kick-ass and tough, even though she annoyed me when she flirted with Leo in front of Decca. Pepper is just impossible to dislike - she's sweet and funny, and so selfless! Vern was awesome too, since he brought a lot of comedy to the otherwise tense and fearful atmosphere of the Playa. Decca hadn't known his name for ages, and referred to him as Roger This - the phrase on his t-shirt. Vern is addicted to computer games, and he relates all his experiences to some video game. He doesn't seem to take anything seriously, but on the inside, his terror is very much there.

The build-up of tension for the climaxes was awesome, and some of the revelations really were shockingly unexpected. After that very climatic and cliffhanger ending, I absolutely cannot wait to read the sequel, Increscent! I loved the Hunger Games feel of this novel, and the epic battles. The strength and resilience of the teens in the Monster Show is so incredible. Trust me, you don't want to miss this one!

*Thank you to Giselle at Xpresso Book Tours for choosing me for this blog tour and providing me with a copy for review*

Rating: 4/5

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I'm giving away one ebook copy of I Am Alive by Cameron Jace.
Open internationally, and the winner can pick what format they want the book in.
Giveaway ends on March 20th.
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1 comment:

  1. I love Leo. Great story. I enjoyed it immensely. Decca is a great character and I am really digging her name.

    The Equation book


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