Rebellion by J. Tomas

7db6a042288b935e22ab7cc9833cf586b12560d3Title: Rebellion

Series: The Colony 01

Author: J. Tomas

Genre: Futuristic/Young Adult

Length: Novel (58,000 words)

Publisher: JMS Books (Queerteen division)

Heat Level: None

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb:Sixteen-year-old Aine lives in the Colony, and his whole life was decided before he was born. In two years, he will marry the girl next door, Brin, who was assigned as his Other at birth. Then he will be given a position in the Colony’s workforce that best suits his talents. Each night he takes four pills, like everyone else in the Colony, and he knows the pills keep them safe and their world in order.

Everything is fine. Perfect, in fact. Until Aine accidentally drops one of his pills.

Terrified, he tries to hide the mistake, but when he dreams for the first time in his life, he discovers all he’s been missing. What scares him more than not taking the pill, though, is how alive his dreams make him feel. Because it isn’t Brin, he dreams of, but his best friend Kyer.

Another boy.

Suddenly Aine’s world turns upside down, and he doesn’t know what to think or who to trust. All he knows for sure is he’s falling in love with Kyer, which is forbidden by the Colony’s Code, and he will do anything to protect their budding relationship.

Even if it means defying the Overseer and leaving the Colony behind.

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Review: Aine is sixteen and lives in what they have believed to be a perfect world. The colony has no fighting, no hunger; everyone has the same and is supplied by the Colony. Everyone follows the code. There are pills for that. Then one day Aine drops his blue pill and accidently crushes it. He is afraid of being caught by a monitor. For the first time in his life, he dreams. (So that’s what the blue pills are for to keep you from dreaming) He dreams of his best friend Kyer, his hand on his knee, the feelings that he can’t get over. Then Aine’s life changes drastically.

This was one of those unexpected gems you find. The blurb sounded good so I decided to take a chance. I sure am glad I did. This book is one of the best futuristic worlds I have red in a while. It’s simple, intriguing, well written with a slight humorous twist. I will say it brought back memories of an old sci-fi movie Solent Green but with a teenage spin.

I loved how this deals with the Colony controlled people’s thoughts, feelings, entire lives with pills. It’s sweet, intriguing and thought provoking. I loved how the other would repeat a question as a statement it really pounded home the thoughts.  I couldn’t put this down once I started and near the end found myself holding my breath. I cannot wait for the next.

I highly recommend this to anyone that loves a good Sci- fi or futuristic world, a sweet love story and Young adult or coming of age.

Without Sin by J. Tomas

Title:  Without Sin

Series:  None

Author:  J. Tomas

Genre:   Young Adult

Length:  185 Pages

Publisher: JMS Books (July 8th, 2012 )  first published 2008

Heat Level:  Low

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb:   Sixteen-year-old Jacob Smithson has a temper. He’s picked on because he likes boys, and fighting gets him kicked out of public school. As a last resort, his parents place him in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Boarding School for Boys.

At his first mass at St. Thomas he sees Avery Dendritch, a senior who serves as altar boy during the service. When they meet, the attraction between them is hard to deny. The two become fast friends, and as the school year progresses, their friendship deepens until Jacob feels he’s found a place where he belongs.

But the other students gossip about their growing relationship. Avery can ignore them; Jacob can’t. As the rumors and slurs start up again, can he curb his temper, or will his fighting get him expelled from St. Thomas, too?

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Reviewer:   John

Review:  Without Sin by J. Tomas is very touchy Young Adult romance novel that is very well written and beautifully told. The story revolves around Jacob Smithson and Avery Dendritch. Jacob is a rebellious boy that whenever he is teased or provoked, he fights back with fists in the air. His parents, instead of finding what’s wrong with their son, decide to send him to an all boy Catholic school. (I wish my parents would have done the same.) Avery is the oldest and a senior at their high school. He is the type of guy that is comfortable with his sexuality, but does not go around flaunting it to everyone. It is evident that being himself gets him bullied around by his classmates. As soon as these two meet at an early school mass, parks fly and their journey takes off. Without giving the story away, it starts off as a beautiful friendship and soon blossoms into tender romance and love.

These two go through a lot during their time in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Boarding School. I completely fell in love with the two lead characters and found myself loving every page of this book. The way their love story was told, kept me jumping from page to page and gave us insight into their minds. Their hardship, love, insecurities, and fears are told in ways that keeps you reading and wanting more.

I would recommend this story to anyone who wants an easy read or wants to read a very well written coming-of-age novel where the hardships that the characters endure are real, captivating and exciting.