March 2, 2014

Blog Tour: Review ~ Broken City Series by D.D. Chant

Hey guys! Welcome to my stop on the Broken City Series Blog Tour hosted by My Family's Heart Book Reviews & Tours. Click here for the full tour schedule.  

Title: Broken City
Series: Broken City #1
Author: D.D. Chant
Release Date: February 7th 2011
Genre: Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Romance
Cover Artists: Laura Tunstall & Kate Lacey

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Deeta Richards has never seen the outside world. Before she was born a banking crisis brought civilization to an end and now no one leaves the safety of the compounds unless they need to, but Deeta still dreams of seeing more than the building she was born in.

Tom is in the guard, this group are the only people that the tribal elders allow to leave the compound and Tom knows only too well that Deeta could never survive the harshness that exists outside. Then tragedy strikes and Deeta and her sister Jan find themselves captured by a hostile tribe. Why does Tom know so much about these people? And why do they know so much about him? As this mystery draws to a climax, they discover that their friend Tom is not quite what he seems...

My Thoughts

BROKEN CITY is a dystopian novel unlike any I've read before. Instead of zombies or plagues, a huge financial crisis has hit and decimated society as we knew it. Tribes formed and built compounds to keep their people and resources safe from each other. The Andak tribe is the richest and most feared out of all the tribes. 

I felt lukewarm about Deeta. She was meant to be brave and compassionate - her compassion drew me to her, and she is brave but much more full of self doubt than I wanted in a heroine. I rooted for her to tell Tom how she felt about him even though I wasn't terribly keen on him. She saw something in him that I wasn't able to until later.   

I didn't like Tom until he finally opened up to Deeta. I felt like he took her for granted and was so stoic as to be almost creepy. The huge secret he's keeping inside explained his behavior, and things took a turn I never expected. The tribe would never be the same again.     

My only issues with BROKEN CITY are the switch in point-of-view, and I wanted more background into how everything changed after the banking crisis. Most of the story is told in first person from Deeta's perspective, but there are a few parts toward the end told from Tom's point of view in third person. I was hoping to hear his voice in first person and think it would have added a lot to his character and the story. 

I think there's a huge story waiting to be told with the financial crisis and societal breakdown. It would have helped me understood more about the tribes and compounds and how they formed. I'd love for the background to be fleshed out, even if it was in flashbacks.  

Overall, BROKEN CITY breathes new life into the dystopian genre with its lack of plagues or zombie. The plot behind this series is a very realistic situation, especially given the financial crisis we faced back in 2009 where thousands lost their jobs and the banks were bailed out by the government. If you're looking for a dystopian novel without apocalyptic elements, then BROKEN CITY is the novel for you. 

My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Title: Broken Truce
Series: Broken City #2
Author: D.D. Chant
Release Date: February 1st 2014
Genre: Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Romance
Cover Artists: Laura Tunstall & Kate Lacey

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Life isn't turning out the way that Deeta thought it would. With the Lewises defeated and peace between the tribes, she'd believed that the dark times were in past. 

However troubles between the tribes continue, and the Andak council has selected Tom as their ambassador and chief spokesman to the other tribes.

Deeta knows that there is still much resentment against the Andak, and that Tom is in danger every time he leaves the safety of Andak city. 

Struggling with her own complicated feelings against the tribe that she is now a part of, Deeta tries to ignore the changing attitudes growing within her.

Then Tom is betrayed, and with the whole City thrown into great danger, Deeta finds that reality can't be ignored forever...

My Review Coming Soon! :) 

About the Author

Hi everyone!

My name is Dee Dee, I'm twenty-six, and I live in a beautiful part of Devon, England with my family. I have a younger sister, Amy, who is a brilliant guitar player, some chickens, duck, geese, pheasants, a cat (that adopted us when we moved in!!!) and some Koi. 

BROKEN CITY is actually my second novel. My first, as my Aunt so delicately put it, was crazy but in my defence I was only sixteen at the time. On the plus side I learnt a lot (or so I hope) and two years later BROKEN CITY was finished. Due to the support I have received from everyone I have just finished the next book in the Broken City series!

I have another book, THE PROMISE, which is set in Saxon England it's the beginning of a series and I have just released my third book FRACTURE which is set in the distant future and is also the start of a series. 

I really hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them. 

I love reading and have a Kindle: I read almost anything with adventure and romance in it! I also like to cook and wear impractical high heels!!! And as you might have noticed I have a horrible addiction to exclamation marks!!!    

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  1. Sounds interesting, I haven't heard of this series!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. Check it out, Missie, you might like it, too. :)

  2. Thank you so much for being part of this tour & your review - Tonya

    1. You're welcome and thanks for putting up with me, Tonya! :)

  3. I like the idea of a zombie/bug free dystopian read. I hope you have a great week, Jennifer. I'll be starting it out with a cold I hope the boys don't get.

    1. I wish you were bug free right now! Hope you feel better very soon, Robyn! :)


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