Review of Strings

November 19, 2015 Uncategorized 0 ★★★★

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

by David Estes
Published by Amazon Digital Services on 2/15/2016
Format: eARC

A SciFi Pinocchio retelling from the author of The Moon Dwellers.

Sometimes the strings that tie us down are the same strings that set us free.

Sixteen-year-old Pia has always lived in a mysterious facility where mechanical strings control her existence. She plays apprentice to her father, Gio, in performing nanotech designs for the Company, and she soon suspects there are diabolical human forces behind the manufactured reality of her world.

Though her childhood memories and the origins of the strings remain strangely elusive, she begins to find solace with the introduction of two unlikely friends: daring, irrational Sofia, and calm, tender Marco.

As the truths of the past and present unravel together, Pia must find a way to free herself from her strings and escape the facility before facing the wrath of the unstable head of security, Mr. Davis. But to gain her freedom, she must navigate the dangers posed by Davis and by her suspicious new friends to find the real identity of the puppeteer.

If Pia can succeed in revealing the secrets of the Company, she may very well find the independence she so desperately seeks. But in her controlled world nothing is as it seems, and the closer she gets to the truth, the graver the consequences.

A fresh, modern take on Pinocchio, this story follows Pia as she must complete work for an unseen employer while being imprisoned and manipulated by wires attached to her body.

I didn’t read the synopsis before starting this book so I had no idea what it was to be about. At first I found the premise to be a little hokey but the story pulled me in and I was intrigued to find out more about the mystery of Pia’s predicament.  Her character was very intriguing and strong, and really pushed the story forward. I always wanted to know what she was going to do next and how she was going to turn the tables on her puppet masters. This book just flows well and I found myself finishing it in just a day.

There were some parts I wished had a bit more exploration as they had so much potential… the character arc of the main villian as well as her security chief, the fledging romance Kia finds herself a part of, the relationship between Kia and her father, as well as the flash backs of Kia’s mother.

But overall this was a very fun read and a nice little story about a girl overcoming her lot in life and meeting her potential.


About David Estes

David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. David grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually he moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife. They now live together in their dream location, Hawaii. A reader all his life, he began writing novels for the children’s and YA markets in 2010, and started writing full time in June 2012. Now he travels the world writing with his wife, Adele. David’s a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table.

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