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.The Biomass Revolution (The Tisaian Chronicles #1) by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Series: The Tisaian Chronicles #1
Published by Audible Studios on 3-13-2013
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction
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What would you do if you lived in a world where your every move was scrutinized by your own personal artificial intelligence—a world where everything is regulated, from power usage to relationships—a world where everything you thought you knew turned out to be a lie?
Welcome to Tisaia – The last hub of modern civilization in a world left scorched by the nuclear fires of the Biomass Wars. Surrounded by a fortress of steel walls and protected by a fierce and loyal Council of Royal Knights, Tisaia seems relatively safe to the average State worker and citizen. A plentiful supply of Biomass powers the cities and food is abundant, but security has come at a terrible cost. The State will do anything to protect its resources, even if it means suppressing the rights of its citizens and deporting immigrants into the Wasteland - a virtual death sentence.
Spurious Timur is one of the State workers helping keep the wheels of prosperity turning in Tisaia. As he starts to explore Tisaia and question his own worth, he realizes there may be more to his subsistence than he thought. When he meets and falls for co-worker Lana Padilla, he begins to understand he may hold the key to restoring Tisaia to a just and free State.
However, restoring Tisaia will come at a cost; both to Spurious and those he cares about, because in Tisaia nothing is ever what it seems. And as more of his past begins to surface, he is faced with the ultimate decision—on which side of the revolution should he fight?
The Biomass Revolution is a post-apocalyptic tale of a society living after a world-wide nuclear war. This society’s government uses a brutal military to oppress its citizens and keep out all outsiders, including those who need help. Living in all of this is a state worked named Spurious who soon learns that his government has been lying to him for years and his life is not what it seems.
I enjoyed the setting of this book as it was a rather unique take on the possibility of a society. Sure, there are the survivors and marauders of the wasteland, but inside of Tessea was a high-tech, brutal regime. The characters were also strong and well done and I really liked Spurious and Obie (the squad leader in the resistance). I thought the plot was somewhat predictable with few surprises and some of the dialogue was a bit over-the-top and uninspired.
The narrator did a fine job and I had no complaints there.
Overall, it was a fun listen and had a very satisfying ending. Well worth the read.