Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Review: The City Center (The New Agenda #1) by Simone Pond

Published:  October 9th 2013 by Ktown Waters Publishing
Genre: dystopia
Format: ebook
Source: provided for honest review
Goodreads Summary

During the man-made apocalypse in the 21st century, a group of elites killed off a majority of the population. Only two groups of survivors remained––those selected to reside inside the Los Angeles City Center and the rebels, relegated to live on the Outside.

Centuries later, Ava Rhodes is one of five potential successors competing to become the next Queen of the City Center. A week prior to the final competitions she encounters Joseph, a rebel from the Outside, and discovers her utopian home is actually a prison and breeding facility aimed at designing the perfect human. She escapes with Joseph to the Outside world, sending the City Center’s leader, Chief Morray, into an obsessive pursuit for his property. 

Along the journey, Ava falls in love with Joseph and discovers an even darker secret about the fate of her people. She must decide whether to stay with Joseph, or save her people from destruction.

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"Unlike you, I want to succeed the throne. I was designed to be king. Not a pointless Duke or some pithy Count. And since they stuck me with you, you better get into the game. If I don't win, I promise you will live a long and miserable life." 

The Good

Well the good starts with Ava. Despite being programmed to be a shallow unfeeling elitist, she's caring and friendly. She likes to question what’s told to the masses and it makes her a heroine you can get behind. I also liked the city center and the technologies used inside it. The story itself is believable and easy to get hooked into. Chief Morray makes for a great villain and Dickson does really well as a number one henchman.

The Romance

The romance can be described as love at first sight. Its interesting watching Ava try to figure things out having grown up sheltered like she was.


This is a pretty good dystopian book. It has a strong concept, interesting characters and doesn't leave you with a cliff hanger that drives you nuts. If you enjoy a strong dystopian concept with a very dis-likable villain, I recommend giving it a read.


"I would assume she maintains contact with the mid-rank so she can obtain files from the dark market. We know how women are about their movies," Dickson said.
"No matter how much coding manipulation and reprogramming we do, we can't seem to remove the more menial human desires. That dark-market is an interesting beast."

"I'm not giving her to Morray," Joeseph said.
"You don't have a choice."
"What's that mean?"
"That means your loyalty is to your village. And you will obey my orders."

"Listen to me,  I'm here to help you."
"I'd rather not be helped by a toxic-ridden terrorist." Ava stood in a warrior stance, preparing for battle.
"Look, I only have a few minutes. I really need you forget everything you've been told about the Outsiders. We aren't terrorists."

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  1. the book sound like a good book, I will add it to my TBR list :) and the cover make the story looks dark and mystery :D

  2. I love a great MC who fights the norm. Though love at first sight tends to annoy me.

  3. So far the series itself is really good. I just got the 3rd book yesterday but I can't read it until I read a couple others I have. So many good books and so little time. :D

  4. I do as well. I hate when the main character is to sheepish and trusting of what people say. I don't really like love at first sight either but I was ok with it here for some reason. :D

  5. sounds very interesting and I love that cover!

  6. Awesome. There are so many books I've read that just leave me mad because they end in such a cliffhanger. In fact, sometimes it makes me so made I decide to abandon the series.

  7. The cover is fantastic. It would catch my eye in a book store for sure. :D

  8. Yeah I'm the same way. if the book is so-so but then ends in a cliffhanger then I'm probably done. But if it's really good I'll give it a chance. Having read the first two books in the series I feel like both of them work well together and work well on their own. :D

  9. Ava does sound like a character I would enjoy

  10. The City Center sounds good, Matt. I do like a strong dystopian so I'll give this one a shot. :) I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  11. Great review Matt! I'm definitely reading this one! I love dystopian books and more than than a villain to hate! I'm totally sold out!

  12. I absolutely love this review, Matt! Thank you so much. And I love your readers too. Thanks to everyone who commented.


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