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Score: 9.0/10  [1 review]
4 out of 5
ProdID: 9109 - Glimpse
Written by: Jane Higgins

May 2023

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The city authorities have abandoned the D-Zone as damaged beyond repair. It's a no-go area where ongoing earthquakes threaten to destroy what's left. But Jonah and Bas and everyone else trying to survive in the devastation there can't leave-they're 'illegals', without citizenship, without rights.

Jonah can see the quakes-before the ground shudders and grinds, before the buildings fall. Glimpsing is a rare ability and a great survival asset. It has attracted the attention of the entertainment company GlimpseCorp and the cult movement People for a New Nation. Both are desperate to control and cash in on this remarkable power.

When Bas joins People for a New Nation and disappears, Jonah knows his friend is in great danger. And he knows that GlimpseCorp, with its reality TV program, offers a way to save him-and a way to bring new hope to the people of the D-Zone. But Jonah's plan puts everything, including his own life, at risk. Glimpse is a compelling adventure, an intriguing story of conflict, power, manipulation, love and friendship, set in richly imagined world that is in many ways very much like our own.

cult   destruction   earthquakes   friendship   illegals   quakes   reality
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Review by: mizim (Miriam)
Dated: 11th of June, 2023

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This Review: 9.0/10
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Earthquakes ravaged the cities, reducing so much to rubble. Just a short seven years later, people are trying to rebuild their lives out of the rubble. Among the survivors are those who can glimpse, getting a vision/flash of some sort (I like that they all differ) and can act as a warning of an imminent earthquake, such as Jonah. Jonah and his friend live in the D-Zone, the most damaged and ignored area of the city, a haven for illegals and the place Jonah happily calls home. Life is plodding along well enough when a cult movement arrives in town, one that Jonah has a personal grievance against, but things are made worse when his best friend Bas starts to fall for their offers.

Glimpse is a good combination of people trying to make the best life they can out of the rubble, trying to make a good life for themselves and the danger of a cult plying into the hope of those left behind, using that hope to twist things and cause anarchy. The author also drew on her experience of the Christchurch earthquake in 2011. Glimpse is fast paced and takes place over just a few days. building up to a grand finale that will determine the fate of D-Zone and all who still call it home after all this time.

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