Praise for arbitrate:
“There are a lot of books I finish and feel happy, this one I finished and my head is swirling, in a totally awesome way! Not only does it have a great story with characters that you like (and some you just hate as they are the enemy) but the book also gets you thinking, thinking about the implication of effects of different actions and courses in life. This story has action, fighting, plots and plans, romance, love triangles, family, betrayal – has it all.” –Emily Barton, Emmy Mom One Day at a Time blog, 5 stars
“You have hit this one out of the park.” –ARC Reviewer
“For the record, I LOVED Kira’s choice!! And the whole thing just blew me away! Very, very well done!! Now when can I get my hands on generate?! Can’t wait ” –ARC Reviewer
“Read my ARC of Arbitrate and consider my mind blown! I started it the minute it was sent and couldn’t put it down.” –ARC Reviewer
And now for my own review. Drumroll? No, make it heads roll–because they do in arbitrate.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Arbitrate gets an A for awesome! Although it has most of the same characters as daynight, the books are as different as day and night—both in characters changing and in new ideas. Even with the summary, at first I couldn’t remember some of the details. So I felt like I was missing something until I found out about and read clean slate complex. It gave me a much better grip on the characters Alexa and Joshua along with his parents who play important roles in arbitrate. Their motivations made a big difference to my feelings about their roles and their decisions, emphasis on the consequences.
In arbitrate, it’s a year later than daynight. Kira’s babies have been born, Jax has been her protector during numerous close calls, and both Blake and Ethan are facing consequences of Kira’s and their own decisions, all prodded by the SCI’s plotting for power. Arbitrate is all about decisions and consequences, mostly bad. Things are not going well except for evil. Foreshadowing the coming sacrifices, the religious symbolism is great. My favorite is the blood-red office of Dr. Christo at the Cross.
Bonus for me, arbitrate focuses more on the action and mystery than on the romance. The latter certainly drives the plot, but there is less sensuality than in daynight, and I appreciate the shift. Still, these books are not for young teens due to the subject matter and violence, including rape and torture. The author’s new ideas take arbitrate and some characters to a higher level while others sink to new lows, and some fluctuate like people I know in real life, unable to make up their minds until almost too late. Then when the moment comes—boom! They decide. And everything changes.
The clean slate complexes and the government’s evil machinations prove again that Megan Thomason has an excellent feel for dirty politics and intrigue patterned after the real world as well as great creativity throughout the SF/fantasy aspects of Earth and Theran society. There’s a lot of interaction between the two worlds in arbitrate, but almost any other details I could give would spoil the surprises. There are lots of those, lots of excitement, and a few things you’ll expect due to an obvious buildup. Before it’s over, you’ll want to cry and/or cheer regarding multiple characters’ choices and the deadly or life-giving consequences—sometimes both for the same person. I think I’d better I leave it at that—awesome!
Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Life(TM). Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving–forced lifetime union between two people who have sex. Punishment for disobeying SCI edicts? Immediate Exile or death.
Meet Kira Donovan. Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead.
Meet Blake Sundry. Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother’s death, Blake’s been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner–Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan.
Meet Ethan Darcton. Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan’s forced to do his SCI elite family’s bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs.
Full of competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, daynight is an award-winning, bestselling novel and first in thedaynight series.
Praise for daynight:
2012 Book of the Year Award Finalist-Young Adult Fiction, ForeWord Reviews
“Sure to win over YA readers looking for a dangerous, dystopian adventure story” —Kirkus Reviews
“Gripping young adult dystopian novel; compelling conflicts; high stakes; powerful narrative; surprises keep coming; strong writing; page-turner; engaging characters; Readers will be hungry for the sequels.”—BlueInk Review (starred review)
“Thomason’s description of Thera’s totalitarianism will make fans of Brave New World shiver… SCI, her fantasy corporation, has disturbing parallels to actual companies and regimes that claim to do good while harming people… The author deftly appeals to both romance-loving teens as well as those intrigued by young adults fighting the establishment.”—ForeWord Clarion Review, 4 stars
To read my book review of daynight, click here.
Bestselling, award-winning author Megan Thomason lives in paradise aka San Diego, CA with her husband and five children. A former software manager, Megan vastly prefers writing twisted tales to business, product, and marketing plans. When she isn’t typing away on her laptop, she’s reading books on her phone–over 600 in the last year–or attending to the needs of her family. Megan’s fluent in sarcasm, could potentially benefit from a 12-step program for road rage, struggles with a Hot Tamales addiction, loves world travel & fast cars and hates paperwork & being an insomniac.
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