The Jade Rebellion by Alanna Mackenzie

The Jade Rebellion Book Cover The Jade Rebellion
Alanna Mackenzie
Willow Lane Publishing
April 22nd 2018

A reckoning. A rebellion. The worlds of artificial intelligence and ancient magic collide.

​​Crystal City glistens with diamonds, but its dazzling beauty comes at a deadly price. The capital of Khalendar thrives on a steady supply of gemstones from the neighboring Barrens, a colony of the Empire. Walter Saltanetska translates AI code for the Khalendar government, helping to breathe life into the ambitious vision of the AI Masters. When Walter discovers a terrible secret which could destroy the life of his lover, Elaine, he decides to tell her despite strict orders to keep what he translates confidential. What begins as a catastrophe eventually grows into a rebellion. Elaine is taken captive by the AI Masters, and Walter must do everything in his power to rescue her. He starts his quest with a single goal in mind, finding Elaine, but along the way Walter discovers that saving her is only a small part of his destiny. During his travels, he encounters a long-lost relative, a warrior matriarch, and a mystical kingdom forgotten to time. Yet Walter's true journey occurs not in physical space, but the captivating depths of his mind.

An inventive blend of dystopian science-fiction and fantasy, the Jade Rebellion explores whether we can overcome technological determinism by preserving history, nature, spirituality, and ultimately, our humanity.

This book is like nothing I have ever read before. To say that Science Fiction isn’t my favourite genre would be a complete understatement but with a mix of magic I just had to give it a go and I was totally out of element.

I wasn’t totally blown away by this book which isn’t a shock considering the Science Fiction element of this book but part of me must have like it because ultimately I finished it.

The dystopian elements of this book were remarkable and that’s what kept me reading. I like how it wasn’t your typical dystopian book, yeah you had the typical damsel in distress element but Artificial Intelligence that’s just on another level. And also the fact that you just don’t stay in on place in the book you get to explore some other places of this Universe which gives you an insight but ultimately leaves you actually wanting more.

What was good about this book was the fact that it just jumps right into the action and gives you little time to catch your breath as you go on this journey with the main character, Walter too.

There was a tiny confidence that was just damn right annoying for me, which I can’t really give it away but you kind of see it coming which kind of just slightly ruins it for me.

Although I like Walter as a main character I didn’t seem to feel that connection you get with characters in a book. It felt like there was some sort of fog that just made it impossible to see through. The characters themselves need more development and to be a little more relatable and then you’ve got yourself an awesome book.

Despite these points I have given this book 4 stars. Although it had it’s bad points and I didn’t automatically love it (I’m biased about the Scientific element, SORRY!), it’s a very good first book for debut author Alanna Mackenzie and she should be proud of herself.

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