January 3, 2014

'Forced Autonomy' Release Day Launch - Review

January 3, 2014
Lila Felix's newest book Forced Autonomy is out today, January 3, 2014! Continue to read my review below. Don't worry, I've kept it (mostly) spoiler-free.

Title: Forced Autonomy
Series: Phase #1
Author: Lila Felix
Publication Date: January 3, 2014
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian
Pages: 25


The United States has collapsed. Those citizens who are left are in one of two classes. One: Citizens who have undergone forced lobotomies, as mandated by the United Nations. Two: Those who fight against their tyranny. 

Petra Kingsley falls under both classes. She falls in line with the drones, pretending her procedure worked. She’s existed among their ranks, hiding in plain sight, being worked to the bone and starved almost to death. 
Lawson is a bounty hunter of sorts. His target isn’t the guilty, it’s those who are lost in the folds of a broken society. 
When he spots Petra working in the masses, he stops at nothing to help her escape. 
But he has no idea who exactly he’s helping—and who will now be hunting them both?

When I first learned that this dystopian-packed story was a novella, I had doubts that the action can fit into just 25 pages. I had nothing to worry about, though, as Lila Felix was able to prove me wrong. Of course, this is just the beginning of the series, so there will be more action and back story to come. For now, we are introduced to this world of slave-driven zombies.

Citizens are separated into one of two classes when the United States collapses. The government in the United States have been overtaken by the United Nations, and citizens are succumbed to work in factories to make products for other countries like China. For FREE -- Can you believe it!? Just when you think matters couldn't be more unfair. It's kind of a reversal of our world right now. Except for the free labor part, and one minor detail. Did I mention that these citizens have no choice but to be turned into zombies? Well, they do. As to how, you'll have to read to find out. Phase 1 is just the foundation of their world that it has come to, and sets things in motion for what's to come. These citizens are going through the motions of the lives they are forced to live in, and have a long journey ahead of them. The ending was fantastic, and I can't wait to read more. I'm rooting for their justice. Take the reigns and regain control of the country and freedom that they had lost. It's not going to be easy as these characters goes through many obstacles that comes their way in order to do such a task such as big as that. 

Petra is a rather curious character, and her background is just the same. It was quite a ride getting to know her character and watch her strength be taken in stride in such a world that they live in. She falls into both classes, and it's become known that playing double agent under the governments careful eye can only lead to trouble. Or death. That sort of reminded me of Divergent in that sense. Then there's the lead male named Lawson whom rescues Petra from her horrible living conditions, which then poses a potential romance with Petra(?). He is fiercely loyal and daring, which makes him all the more swoonable, in these very few pages. I can see something there in the foreseeable future, and I'm looking forward to see where that leads to. But in a world they are currently living in, can they not only find love but hold on to it? Will they even survive to see the day of freedom or love?

There are others out there who have not undergone the procedure, and they are looking for others just like them to take back their country. They have a long road ahead of them if they want to succeed. And they will need a lot of logical and tactful brains behind them.

Forced Autonomy is an intriguing world can be very well be our reality if we are not careful. Felix was able to mix species and reality into her futuristic world really well. I can see why she's gotten the praises that she has received. Her writing, imagination and attention to details are compelling. Even if you're not into dystopian, you will still enjoy this book because of Felix's writing. It's that good. And it's only the beginning of what is to be a crazy, dark, brilliant ride. I can't wait to see what happens next!

The author provided a reviewer's copy in exchange for an honest review, and the release launch event.

5 Reasons To Read Forced Autonomy

  1. Role reversal. In a sense of countries and it's citizens. American's are the ones doing the manufacturing for other countries instead of the other way around like it is today in our world. It's such a different perspective. 
  2. Lawson. He is the hero. And I mean hero. He rescues the girl and takes care of her. He's sexy, fearless, daring, compassionate, strong and I'm pretty sure I've mentioned swoonable, right? He can make you sigh multiple times in a short amount of it.
  3. Species. So there's a mix of zombies that were once humans before the UN changed that. Adding that into this world that has to do with lobotomy and government control is just a cherry on top to shake things up.
  4. Complexities. There's a lot going on here: tyranny, zombies, secrets, romance, government conspiracies, mystery, 
  5. Lila Felix's writing. Although this genre is out of her norm, her writing and execution did not falter in this one. It's just as impeccable as others she had written.

About the author
I am a stay at home mom from the South and wife to the most giving and hard working husband ever. I love to cook and try out new recipes even if they don't always turn out like I want them to. I refer to my kids lovingly as the Three Stooges as they are constantly coming up with new ways to reek havoc in the house. Most recently that included putting a rubber band on the kitchen sink sprayer so it would douse me when I did the dishes. I love to go to roller derby bouts and read in my spare time. I write mostly at night when the house is silent and I can sneak cookies without having to share! If you're into stalking, try under the Cypress trees in the swamps of Louisiana, but watch out for gators!

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