I am so excited to be on the kick off day for this Blog Tour, I’ve been wanting to shout from the rooftops about how excellent this book is…..Read to the end, there is a giveaway.
Winner of the Best Debut Author 2013 Award – Bookworm Best Awards: http://sammythebookworm.com/index.php/bookworm-best-award
Luke’s life is about to take a dangerous turn.
But first he has to die.
In the year 2052, high school sophomore Luke Gibson considers himself an average teenager in a world on the brink of monumental change. Joining his parents and sister, Laura, at the first World Energy Initiative Conference, he is among thousands gathered in a Denver arena to celebrate free renewable energy when a massive earthquake strikes killing everyone in the stadium. The last thing Luke sees before his death is a girl reaching out to him—a stranger whose face he remembers from his dreams.
The end, however, is not the end. Suddenly, inexplicably, Luke is back home in Ohio and everything is different. His sister is gone, the victim in an unsolved homicide years before. Angela, his mysterious dream girl, is here also, and the only person besides Luke who recalls the previous reality. And now their determination to uncover the truth about Laura’s murder and their transformed world is making them targets—forced to flee for their lives from a nameless shadow organization and a government seeking vengeance for an unthinkable act of terror—as they stand on the threshold of a dark conspiracy that threatens all humankind.
With Platform 21, a brilliantly inventive and unrelentingly exciting excursion to a troubled near-future, author T.R. Patrick joins the ranks of Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games), Veronica Roth (Divergent), Pittacus Lore (I Am Number Four) and other masters of YA speculative suspense fiction. The first book in the “Beyond the Veil” series, Platform 21 follows teenager Luke Gibson up to and beyond his death in a horrific terrorist attack in Denver in the year 2052. Reawakening in a world strangely transformed, Luke sets out to uncover the truth about his new reality—joining forces with Angela, a girl he had seen previously in his dreams, in a desperate race for survival that will propel them across the threshold of an insidious global conspiracy that threatens the future of all humanity.
My Review – 5 out of 5 Stars *****
WOW, WOW, WOW I have no other words for this book. I was asked if I would like to be a blogger for Worldwind Virtual Books and Platform 21 caught my eye immediately. I love the cover, it’s eye-catching and gives a good depiction of the story to come.
I don’t usually like my YA books to be too political, too cryptic, or have you wondering just what the hell is going on. Well I’m a convert, while the book isn’t overly political it does provide a haunting insight of how our society might evolve if our present governments continue on the paths they tread.
As for the cryptic, it wasn’t so much that but held the story extremely well giving out only the information you needed at the time and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised NOT to know what was going on because it allowed the story to be told. (I don’t like not knowing and getting to the end and still be in the same frame of mind, not the case in this book)
I want to say so much about this story, however I don’t want to do spoilers. Luke and Angela were so easy to like, both endured the tragic events in Denver only to wake up in a new reality. Struggling to find a grip on it they come together, was it by accident or by design. Did their teacher Mr Taylor play a part? Who actually is Jessica and Brian? are they merely ghosts of their past or innocents in their future.
And Laura, Luke’s sister, did she die back in Denver or was she murdered by an unknown assailant? Luke and Angela have so many unanswered questions and they start digging into the death of Laura and this is where it all gets interesting. The journey of Luke and Angela starts out as what looks like a political game of chess and intrigue, then it moves into a world of history, mysterious characters and rituals.
I was so engrossed, I couldn’t put it down. The depth T.R gives the story in unbelievably good. The intricate weave of moving from the terrorist plot on the government to the sacrificial deaths of key people was outstanding. The story of Angela was heartbreaking, yet again another sub story to enrich her character, but what was to come for her at Platform 21 had me floored with my jaw scraping along the floor.
I have to hand it to T.R, no shirking from having character’s dispensed with. He must know Suzanne Collins well 😉 Not since Hunger Games have I been shocked, stunned and surprised of how a writer can take a subject such as politics and make a ground breaking story. Loved it….can’t wait for the next one, and there will be a next one!! I will hunt you down T.R if it isn’t soon.
About the author
Author Timothy R. Patrick, born in 1985, started writing when he was only nine, delivering his first short story to his Mom for her birthday. Since then, writing has been an incredible passion. Every chance he could write, he took it. He even scratched out a few stories in Naval Boot Camp at Great Lakes, Illinois.
Tim spent four years in the Navy achieving the rank of Petty Officer 2nd class. He served three years aboard USS Chosin and was deployed twice in support of the Global War on Terror, and Iraqi Freedom. However, he would always be remembered as the guy who sat in the corner of the mess decks writing a book he would never release. He said it wasn’t good enough.
After his time in the Navy, Tim became a Test Engineer working for companies like Scientific Research Corporation and Hewlett Packard. During this phase of his life he moved to Charleston, South Carolina where he bought a home and tried to settle into the American Dream. But Tim wasn’t content with that, he wanted to do something more than work the 9 to 5. So, he tried his hand at politics and ran for Dorchester County Council as an Independent. They said he was too young and verbose. After losing the election, he decided to try his hand at writing instead.
Today, Timothy Patrick is the author of, Platform 21 – the first installment of the “Beyond the Veil” series. Platform 21 is a novel set in the near future which follows a young man on a journey to solve his sister’s murder in the midst of global conspiracy. His current project is, The Vorago Initiative – which picks up right where Platform 21 left off.
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