About the Book:
Title: PLATFORM DWELLERS
Author: Katarina Boudreaux
Pub. Date: May 8, 2018
Publisher: Owl Hollow Press
Formats: Paperback, eBook
On the remnants of oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and Dauphin Island, Joe is a typical Nob Platform teenager, except that her Mom left a year ago for a more social Platform, and her Dad sometimes forgets she exists. But she knows she wants a career in Communications, so her high school senior project “See-Saw” focuses on long-distance underwater connections. Drayton, Joe’s best friend, discovers lights moving on Land at the same time Joe picks up SOS signals with her See-Saw.
Though Land has been silent since technology was destroyed during the Moralist Revolution, Joe and Drayton discover that the Platform Planning Commission (PPC) seems to be ultimately responsible for the Bone Virus that precipitated the Revolution. They enlist the help of Flox, a debunked scientist, to take them to Land to investigate the remnants of human Land society—before the PPC can stop them. What they find on Land will forever change the course of their lives and the lives of all Platform Dwellers.
YA dystopians will always be my jam. I really was blown away by the amount of thought, detail, and description that went into this story. I won’t give a huge review but enough to wet your whistle.
I loved all of the characters within this story! They were well developed, complex, and beautifully flawed. The protagonist, Joe, and her friends were fearless and I loved reading about them. I enjoyed reading the character arcs and seeing how much they grew over the course of their adventures. There is a bit of a romance with a handsome boy thrown into the story but as I promised – I won’t give anything away. It was well done and just enough to keep you hooked. Thankfully it was not the focus of the story and therefore more enjoyable to read. 🙂
The world building and overall plot were brilliant. I found myself completely sucked into this story and had a hard time leaving. The story was over before I knew it and that made me a little sad. There were plot twists that I didn’t see coming, which was the sign of a great writer.
Overall, I highly recommend this book to everyone! Give it a chance and let me know your thoughts. I believe Boudreaux did a masterful job with this story and I cannot wait to read more of her work.
Katarina Boudreaux is a writer, musician, composer, tango dancer, and teacher—a shaper of word, sound, and mind. She returned to New Orleans after circuitous journeying.
Her chapbook “Anatomy Lessons” is available from Flutter Press. Her play “Awake at 4:30” is a finalist in the 2016 Tennessee Williams Festival. Her novel “Still Tides” is a semi-finalist in the 2016 Faulkner-Wisdom competition.
1 winner will receive a finished copy of PLATFORM DWELLERS, US Only.
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