Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part on this blog tour for THE GATHERING (The Uprising #1) by Bernadette Giacomazzo
The Uprising Series tells the story of three freedom fighters and their friends in high — and low — places that come together to overthrow a vainglorious Emperor and his militaristic Cabal to restore the city, and the way of life, they once knew and loved. In The Gathering, Jamie Ryan has defected from the Cabal and has joined his former brothers-in-arms — Basile Perrinault and Kanoa Shinomura — to form a collective known as The Uprising. When an explosion leads to him crossing paths with Evanora Cunningham — a product of Jamie’s past — he discovers that The Uprising is bigger, and more important, than he thought.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is the first book in a new series set in an a futuristic New York. I love it when an author has the courage to go the whole hog, no holds barred, and change everything not just tweak it, quite a gamble but one that is done to perfection!
The city is now controlled, yes controlled not run, by a tyrant of an Emperor. Oh my is he a piece of work. He makes no excuse for his own selfishness. He comes first before his family and the city but enough is enough, the people really want him gone. The thing is he can’t be voted out, being Emperor is for life not just a term in Office.
The people live in fear of the Cabal, the military run by the Emperor, a vicious group of thugs that would give the citizens a beating when ever the ridiculous rules are broken. It was never going to be an easy task to take him down, if not impossible! The story centres round three long-term friends as they plan to reclaim their City but there is a past complication that comes to light.
Bernadette Giacomazzo has created a super futuristic setting for her characters where there are obvious changes in culture with subtle play on words that change them but still keeps them recognisable at the same time. Swearing is in abundance but again it is, I believe, a sign of the times and setting of the story. You really need to read this story with an open mind. Think back 100 years for a moment just to realise how much has changed. So just let yourself go with the flow of this. Remember we have become less inhibited as the years have gone by.
This is a real busy book which has laid down foundations for the rest of the series. So looking forward to more soon.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
With an impressive list of credentials earned over the course of two decades, Bernadette R. Giacomazzo is a multi-hyphenate in the truest sense of the word: an editor, writer, photographer, publicist, and digital marketing specialist who has demonstrated an uncanny ability to thrive in each industry with equal aplomb. Her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, People, Us Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, and many, many more. She served as the news editor of Go! NYC Magazine for nearly a decade, the executive editor of LatinTRENDS Magazine for five years, the eye candy editor of XXL Magazine for two years, and the editor-at-large at iOne/Zona de Sabor for two years. As a publicist, she has worked with the likes of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and his G-Unit record label, rapper Kool G. Rap, and various photographers, artists, and models. As a digital marketing specialist, Bernadette is Google Adwords certified, has an advanced knowledge of SEO, PPC, link-building, and other digital marketing techniques, and has worked for a variety of clients in the legal, medical, and real estate industries. Based in New York City, Bernadette is the co-author of Swimming with Sharks: A Real World, How-To Guide to Success (and Failure) in the Business of Music (for the 21st Century), and the author of the forthcoming dystopian fiction series, The Uprising. She also contributed a story to the upcoming Beyonce Knowles tribute anthology, The King Bey Bible, which will be available in bookstores nationwide in the summer of 2018.