The Uprising Series tells the story of three freedom fighters and their friends in high — and low — places that come together to overthrow a vainglorious Emperor and his militaristic Cabal to restore the city, and the way of life, they once knew and loved. In The Gathering, Jamie Ryan has defected from the Cabal and has joined his former brothers-in-arms — Basile Perrinault and Kanoa Shinomura — to form a collective known as The Uprising. When an explosion leads to him crossing paths with Evanora Cunningham — a product of Jamie’s past — he discovers that The Uprising is bigger, and more important, than he thought.
With an impressive list of credentials earned over the course of two decades, Bernadette R. Giacomazzo is a multi-hyphenate in the truest sense of the word: an editor, writer, photographer, publicist, and digital marketing specialist who has demonstrated an uncanny ability to thrive in each industry with equal aplomb. Her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, People, Us Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, and many, many more. She served as the news editor of Go! NYC Magazine for nearly a decade, the executive editor of LatinTRENDS Magazine for five years, the eye candy editor of XXL Magazine for two years, and the editor-at-large at iOne/Zona de Sabor for two years. As a publicist, she has worked with the likes of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and his G-Unit record label, rapper Kool G. Rap, and various photographers, artists, and models. As a digital marketing specialist, Bernadette is Google Adwords certified, has an advanced knowledge of SEO, PPC, link-building, and other digital marketing techniques, and has worked for a variety of clients in the legal, medical, and real estate industries.
Based in New York City, Bernadette is the co-author of Swimming with Sharks: A Real World, How-To Guide to Success (and Failure) in the Business of Music (for the 21st Century), and the author of the forthcoming dystopian fiction series, The Uprising. She also contributed a story to the upcoming Beyonce Knowles tribute anthology, The King Bey Bible, which will be available in bookstores nationwide in the summer of 2018.
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My thoughts and Review:
This was a departure for me. Out of my comfort zone.
But I was pleasantly surprised. Never having read a Dystopian novel before.
This is the first in a trilogy. Set in a future New York. A New York that is ruled by The Emperor. A vainglorious despot, who rules with the help of his private army known as The Cabal. The have a weapon called PSI which turns their opposition into compliant zombies.
It is the story of Jamie who is a defector from the Cabal and the erstwhile leader of the Uprising. An Uprising dedicated to unseating The Emperor.
I found this book a great read. The author pulls no punches and drags the reader along with her. Obviously this book Introduces the reader to all the main characters and sets the stage for the rest of the trilogy.
A great book for the lovers of Fantasy/ Dystopian novels. You will be dragged on the adventure and will turn the pages furiously. Gripping and gritty. A great start to a new series. One that I look forward to reading future instalments
A book that I urge you to get hold of. You will enjoy. 5 stars from me.
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