The Amber Project

The Amber Project (Volume 1)The Amber Project by J.N. Chaney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Amber Project is a dystopian style sci-fi novel geared toward young adults. Picture the world, decimated by an unknown chemical known as Variant. No one knows for sure what it is or where it originated. Everything organic it touches, withers and dies. A small pocket of humanity survives in an underground bunker. For two hundred grueling years they have hung on by a thread – waiting, hoping for change. The military-style government controls everything, even breeding. But now the time has arrived for their crowning glory, the children of the Amber Project, to come of age.

At the tender age of seven, the main character, Terry, is sent to the education district to learn. He spends eight years there learning and growing. What he finds out about himself and his classmates floors him. They are genetic experiments, made for the sole purpose of seeing if their modified DNA can withstand exposure to Variant. But the scientists may have gone too far this time. Will their experimentation blow up in their faces? Or will these special children usher in a new era for humanity?

I would first like to state that I received this free through InstaFreebie for an honest review. While this book largely took place in the underground city that the bunker was transformed into, it was by no means boring. The plot was simply amazing, full of intrigue and political machinations. The characters were well developed and multi-faceted and the world building was top notch. Yes, there were times when things were a bit predictable but it did not detract from the story in any way. The foreshadowing was excellent leading up to the epilogue. While it was a cliffhanger, I found the ending to be quite satisfying. Fans of the City of Ember and Divergent series of novels will adore this one. I would definitely love to see this tale transformed into a motion picture as well. Not to mention, the teaser for the next book, left me chomping at the bit for more. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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