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Dissension For four hundred years the Church has led the remnants of humanity as they struggle for survival in the last inhabited city Echo Hunter is exactly what the Church created her to be loyal obedien

  • Title: Dissension
  • Author: Stacey Berg
  • ISBN: 9780062466129
  • Page: 481
  • Format: ebook
  • For four hundred years, the Church has led the remnants of humanity as they struggle for survival in the last inhabited city Echo Hunter 367 is exactly what the Church created her to be loyal, obedient, lethal A clone who shouldn t care about anything but her duty Who shouldn t be able to.When rebellious citizens challenge the Church s authority, it is Echo s duty to hFor four hundred years, the Church has led the remnants of humanity as they struggle for survival in the last inhabited city Echo Hunter 367 is exactly what the Church created her to be loyal, obedient, lethal A clone who shouldn t care about anything but her duty Who shouldn t be able to.When rebellious citizens challenge the Church s authority, it is Echo s duty to hunt them down before civil war can tumble the city back into the dark But Echo hides a deadly secret doubt And when Echo s mission leads her to Lia, a rebel leader who has a secret of her own, Echo is forced to face that doubt For Lia holds the key to the city s survival, and Echo must choose between the woman she loves and the purpose she was born to fulfill.

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    1. Carol. on said:

      It is not always easy to say why some books spark our interest, is it? In retrospect, I'm not actually clear on why I added this book to my list, and even less so why I bought it. I know a quartet of reviews from friends at SpecFic drew my attention to it, and a Kindle sale undoubtedly made it an easier choice. I think it is the lure of the elusive strong female character, a woman with determination and discipline coupled with my fondness for the post-apocolypse genre that sucked me in.I normall [...]

    2. Lindsay on said:

      A clone warrior asks too many questions of the leadership of the last city.Echo Hunter 367 is called that because she's the fifth member 'E' of batch 367 of genetically enhanced clones filling the role of Hunter for the bizarre Church that she serves. They have a priest-class who are genetic engineers and technologists, and nuns who carry the clones and raise them, and a Saint who's the critical living mind that interfaces with the computers that run the last city on Earth.It's grim and dark dys [...]

    3. Justine on said:

      We are made to serve. In this post-apocalyptic tale Echo Hunter 367 is fifth in clone batch 367, bred to be a strong lethal warrior, with unquestioning loyalty to the Church. The Church is not so much a religious organization as it is an organization of totalitarian governance, originally formed to protect the straggling remnants of humanity living the City. There is some limited technology, which is controlled by the Church, and things have not changed all that much for the last 400 years.Echo [...]

    4. Lata on said:

      Echo Hunter is scary, totally brainwashed by the Church to do all sorts of unpleasant things, and is also conflicted but not all that aware of how conflicted she is as a Church enforcer/security/investigator. Her tangled feelings get all the more so when she meets Lia, the doctor for the near-ish habitation "helped" by the Church. Echo falls for Lia, who cares a lot for the other cityens (inhabitants), and Echo is roped into helping with the constant stream of inhabitants' injuries and ills. All [...]

    5. Robyn on said:

      4.5, I think. Hugely enjoyable, tightly wound post-apocalyptic novel. In some ways there are more questions than answers in this one, something that normally drives me a little crazy, but I loved Echo so much that it hardly mattered.

    6. Mandi Schreiner on said:

      Four hundred years before the start of this book, the world fell. Humanity was almost lost - as everything was wiped out. But humans did survive, and now four hundred years later, they are truly making a comeback, thanks to the Church and the Saint. The Church has scoured through debris and rubble to find documents, technology, data - to try to save the human race. The technology we know of today, was lost in the fall, so humans have been finding pieces of equipment, or text that explains some t [...]

    7. Stephen on said:

      Thanks to friend Carol for suggesting this gem. Nothing particularly new in Dissension but the whole is soooo well done.A dystopian future where little is left but a small ruined city. Watching over it is the Church and the Saint, providing power and protection but at a price the local citizens have become unwilling to pay. Enter Hunter 367, a soldier of the church who has begun to doubt her service and is cast out. Enter Lia a cityen medic who believes in service above all else. Will Church or [...]

    8. SmartBitches on said:

      Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy BooksDissension isn’t what I expected, but it sure is good. This dystopian novel has a romance in it, but it’s not a romance novel, per se, and the ending is bittersweet at best. Those looking for a happy love story will be disappointed, but those interested in a character-driven, solid, bittersweet science fiction story will be more than satisfied. This story has good world-building and good dystopian premise (it made me think of a considerably less grim [...]

    9. Rain on said:

      "The girl Hunter murdered in the desert was only thirteen."How's that for an opening sentence? So, 400 years ago the apocalypse happened, and the Church is now in control of the city, where the remaining survivors have divided into three Claves/sections. At the Church, there are the priests, genetic engineers in charge of the creation of the hunters, clones with enhanced strength, sight and hearing, soldiers loyal to the Church. To bear and raise them, there are the nuns, previously abducted as [...]

    10. Frank Van Meer on said:

      There's a lot to like about the story and the protagonist, Echo Hunter 367. She reminded me a lot of Natasha Ionadis, a very devout, dedicated servant of the Church, an entity that stands as the last bulwark against total destruction of the remaining survivors of mankind.Echo is a troubled soul, constantly at war with herself and torn between what she wants to believe and what her rational mind thinks. We spend a lot of time inside her head, as she continues to do the Church's work, which includ [...]

    11. Beth Cato on said:

      Berg's book is a different take on a dystopia, utilizing a setting 400 years after an apocalypse has largely set humanity back to its ancient ways. The exception is within the Church, where a Saint--a rare woman born with DNA that makes her compatible with haphazard ancient computers--manages the city, utilities, and keeps her people alive. Hunter Echo is raised within the Church as a kind of elite military police officer, and she knows something almost no one else does: the current Saint was un [...]

    12. Jon on said:

      Legalese, legalese, legalese.I'm part of the Harper Voyager Super Reader program, going on 2 1/2 years now, which basically means free books in return for honest reviews, and the occasional swag bag. Score! While not every book is a winner, I'm having a pretty good run and besides, it's free books and I already post reviews's a win-win!So, I thought I was burned out on the whole Dystopian future thing. Stacey Berg's book made me rethink that, but it took a minute. Seriously, I went into this boo [...]

    13. Steven Allen on said:

      This was not something that I normally would have read. A little too heavy on the romance and not enough action normally would have put me off this book. However, the author is a masterful storyteller - weaving a tale of richly detailed characters set in a dystopian wasteland.I do not care that the protagonist is a lesbian - her sexuality (to me) does not detract from her story, it is just part of her character. I see why many hate the ending of this book - I saw it coming as the author left eno [...]

    14. dathomira on said:

      did a search in the kindle and 'kiss' comes up two times, both times as METAPHORS FOR SOMETHING ELSE. maybe it is a slow build for book 2 but this is not what i signed up for and im mad about it. on hold cause it is really good. i just wanted my wlw to kiss (at LEAST).

    15. Coolcurry on said:

      I first heard of Dissension while sitting at home on the couch, next to my mother who was reading a magazine put out by the Houston medical center. She made a noise, and when I asked her what it was, she passed me the magazine, open to an article about a local doctor who wrote a science fiction novel starring a queer, female clone solider. My mother said, “It’s so you.” Turns out, she was right. Dissension fits squarely into what I want in my fiction.Echo Hunter 367 is solider created to s [...]

    16. Joan on said:

      This novel got off to a bit of a slow and slightly confusing start but got me hooked before too long. It is dystopian and takes place four hundred years after a tragic event. The Church has been functioning as the ruling presence in the city with a Saint providing the energy for survival. There is something going very wrong and there may be only one person who can save the Church from itself – Echo Hunter 367.I love sci-fi and really got into this novel about a third of the way in. I would hav [...]

    17. Jan on said:

      Our heroine is bred to unthinkingly and unhesitatingly serve the Saint and the Church. She is a well trained hunter, assassin, bodyguard, explorer, and survivor. I thought I would be rolling my eyes all the way through this book. I didn't. I got sucked in to Echo's world - the reasoning, the relationships, the struggle to rebuild. As I have often said - I don't want to read about sex. Yet the relationship between Echo and Lia is absolutely central to the book. Thank you, Ms. Berg, for handling t [...]

    18. Kate on said:

      A good set up for a series. I hope the worldbuilding is fleshed out going forward because I need some answers. How does a girl's genetics power a whole city? How does Echo understand what technologies are but doesn't even know the word for book? How has the Church kept a death grip on the population for 400 years, not to mention keeping its tech running?

    19. Helen on said:

      It doesn't take a leap offaith to contemplate the position of power that the church would keep following some dystopian disaster. What doesn't occur to us is the format the church would have. And I can't possibly run this book by telling you :DFascinating world building, interesting characters all make this an exciting read.

    20. Stephanie on said:

      This book was a pleasant surprise. It has a really great heroine and much better sense of the post apocalyptic world than I was expecting, and I liked the ending. I'm looking forward to Echo Hunter's future stories

    21. Lauren Kane on said:

      Loved it. Didn't know what to expect but was unable to put it down. I was so wrapped up in the characters and it really was such a eel developed story. Can't wait to read the second of the series.

    22. Wall-to-wall books - wendy on said:

      4.5 Stars!Wow! This series is amazing! I will be reviewing Regeneration - book 2 tomorrow. So be sure to check it out.First off - this is real Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian/Futuristic so if you do not like that kind of thing - you will probably not like this at all. But - if you like that kind of thing, like I do - you will love this series! This is the real deal here. Stacey is not messing around.At first I found it hard to like Echo and the others or even get a feel for their personalities becaus [...]

    23. Tanager Leigh on said:

      400 years after the apocalypse, the City, which contains the sum of all remaining people, is still barely surviving. Order has been maintained by the Church and its warrior class, Hunters, cloned from the enhanced DNA of a single woman. Electrical power has been maintained by the Saint, a comatose woman who seems to be no more than a battery. Echo Hunter 367, is one of the church’s cold, calculating enforcers, but she has an apparent flaw - empathy.The leader of the church describes a secret m [...]

    24. Megan on said:

      3.75/5This book was imperfect but still really enjoyable. I could tell by the overall story telling that this was the author's first novel, but her strong handling of language and melodic way with words simultaneously made it clear Berg is not new to writing in general. There were sometimes small jumps and implications that left me questioning what exactly had just happened. So I would hope for more clarity in her future books, though this seemed to improve even over the course of this novel. Th [...]

    25. Lbousson on said:

      Dissension (Echo Hunter 367, #1) — Stacey Berg (25 chapters)I was really looking forward to this book. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a decent lesbian dystopian story. This one wasn’t it. The lesbian angle was very, very subtle. (I can't even classify it as a lesbian read, to be honest.) But that’s beside the point. I could deal with that if the story was good. I knew that this was a first part of two, but I’m not sure I will continue the second part. See, the problem was that it t [...]

    26. K. Bird Lincoln on said:

      3.5 stars, actuallyFuture Dystopian novel with a more adult sensibility. This time it's a future post-apocalyptic world where a ruined city in the midst of a canid predator-ridden desert keeps out all living beings but humans with a forcefield. But this forcefield, and the trickling remnants of electricity, are all held together by a Saint-- a girl whose mind is used as a kind of governing computer-- surrounded by a church that keeps its nuns pregnant with clones that act as scout-soldiers.The m [...]

    27. Ginger Miller on said:

      A fantastic storyA fantastic story. A fantastic idea for a story. Stacey Berg has written a gem. That being said this book was not always easy to read emotionally. Clones, church, city, borders, desert, chaos, and saints. Echo is not an easy character to like. None of them are, except Lia, but they grow on you slowly. By the end of the book the readers actually feel the pain and heartbreak that Echo experiences. As she sets off at the end her loneliness is acute and I got the sense that she woul [...]

    28. Robin on said:

      This was a well-written, interesting book. The setting is a Dystopian post-apocalyptic version of Earth in the future. The city is in ruins and the survivors have re-established a way of life. The Church protects the citizens and provides electricity using a combination of machinery connected to a woman they call the Saint, with nuns who are impregnated and bear clones, called Hunters, who act as soldiers and scouts. Echo is one of these Hunters, who is created to be loyal, obedient and lethal. [...]

    29. Ineke Chen-Meyer on said:

      A rebuilt post-apocalyptic world in which the powerful Church and its inherited old-world technology comes into conflict with the peasantry it ostensibly protects. A Church clone-soldier comes into contact with the people of the City and begins to question the precepts she was made to uphold. The worldbuilding was well done, even if the post-apocalypse concept felt tired. There was a nice structural shape to the book that ALMOST worked for me, except that the ending needed a far stronger emotion [...]

    30. Shaunette on said:

      My actual rating is 3.5. It took me a while to get into this book but once I did I couldn't put it down. Despite this, the are a few things that I disliked about this book:1. I know they are some readers who prefer not have the physical appearance of a character described in a book, I am not one of those readers. The book is supposed to be set in a post apocalyptic world but I find it hard to believe that they would not be people of colour. In the text, some characters are described as "tan" but [...]

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