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Recreance (The Aeternum Chronicles Book 1) by H.G. Chambers

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Huddled in the last bastion of civilization, the battered remnants of humanity rebuild after centuries of conflict known as the Aeternum Wars. Ruled by the all-powerful Patriarch, what is left of humankind now live out their lives under the ever watchful eye of the Ministry.

When his parents are murdered by Ministry Breakers, seventeen- year-old Oren is forced to flee into the deadly Miralaja desert, leaving behind his best friend Clementine, and the life he once knew. As clues of his past fall into place, so too are the dark designs of the Ministry laid bare.

With Oren gone, Clementine is driven to the streets where she is faced with a choice—steal, or starve. Not one to give up, Clem adapts and thrives, using her mastery of geo-tech to earn a small fortune, and a large reputation. Everything was going brilliantly until she took a job infiltrating a Ministry Defense building. Now she too must flee New Arcadia, with a dark secret she dares not ignore.

On an epic journey to unravel ancient mysteries, young outcasts Oren and Clementine find themselves fighting not only for their own survival, but for that of all citizens of New Arcadia.
Source: I received this book as a gift.
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopian
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: May 14, 2017
Series: The Aeternum Chronicles


Humanity has risen from the ashes and rebuilt itself. Under the "benevolent" eye of the Patriarch and the watchful eye of the Ministry, the people of New Arcadia enjoy increased life spans and a better quality of life. In an effort to conserve resources, the Patriarch and Ministry decided that when New Arcadians reach a certain age, they participate in an "Ascension." While somewhat shrouded in mystery, this "Ascension" is the time when the elder citizens of New Arcadia sacrifice their lives for the greater good. Elders who escape Ascension are hunted down and their families are exterminated by Breakers, a group of people that can be compared to the Nazi Gestapo. As with any organization that rules its people with lies and fear, there are some who disagree with the Ministry and who believe that the Patriarch's plans for the citizens of New Arcadia are less benevolent.

Oren, a teenager in New Arcadia, has seen firsthand what the Breakers do to families. With help from the resistance, Oren manages to escape certain death and finds himself outside of the boundaries of New Arcadia in the Miralaja desert; leaving everything that he believed about the Patriarch as well as his friend, Clementine, behind.

Clementine, feeling abandoned by Oren, ends up on the streets and stealing to survive. Intelligent and adept at the geo-tech used by the Ministry, Clementine is approached by a friend who asks her to steal something from the Ministry. With the promise of big payday, Clementine reluctantly agrees; however, after successfully completing the task, Breakers track down her friend who begs her to cross the Miralaja desert to deliver the item to a leader of the resistance.

The two teenagers' paths meet in the desert and they discover the horrifying truth behind the Ministry's plans.

Okay, so I might have over-summarized just a wee bit; however, there's a lot going on in this book!

Before I started reading it, I took a look at the reviews. Most of them are favorable and a lot of them describe this as a fantasy, comparable to Lord of the Rings and one reviewer even used the term "Lovecraftian." In my opinion, expert or otherwise, it reminded me more of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, a YA science fiction, than fantasy. But, you know what they say about opinions...

I loved everything about this book! The history and the society are incredibly detailed, intriguing, and well-articulated. The dialogue, while not futuristic, seems to fit the age group of the audience it was intended for and the ages of the protagonists. The setting is outstanding! It has a futuristic, post-apocalyptic-yet-enlightened feel to it and the features are Earth-like but still unique. The characters, particularly Clementine, have depth and rich backstories. The fighting style outlined in the book is similar to martial arts, so there is a sense of spirituality and purpose combined with the action. The plot itself moves at a good pace; fast enough to keep readers engaged but with plenty of detail about the world to provide readers with an immersive experience.

Even though Recreance is categorized as "young adult," I think adult readers will enjoy the plot's complexity while the young adult audience will enjoy the martial arts action and the "two teenagers saving the world" premise. I will be keeping an eye out for the next book in the series!

About H.G. Chambers

H.G. Chambers, Recreance, The Aeternum Chronicles
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I was born in British Columbia, Canada, but spent most of my youth on the beaches of Maui. Throughout my life, I’ve been fortunate enough to explore my passions. I’ve had harrowing experiences as a helicopter pilot, drying cherries in the desert mountains of Washington state. I’ve toured with a band down the eastern seaboard in a $2,000 van, surviving on Arby’s fixins, and selling CDs for gas money. I’ve built websites and designed logos for businesses all over North America. Of everything I’ve tried, writing fantasy is by far the most exciting and fulfilling.

My whole life I have been fascinated by stories. Especially the kind of stories that transport you into incredible worlds where the impossible becomes real; where epic battles between good and evil rage across the centuries. This sense of escape and wonderment are what I hope to embody within my own work.

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