FIVE STARS ON AMAZON.COM
That’s what Amber Johnson, an accused killer, faces. Both quiet and assertive, sarcastic and standoffish, she competes against women like her Goth roommate [convicted of murder by arson] and a bitchy blonde [convicted of murder by poison] to survive the show and to her surprise, for the bondage expert’s affections.
The forces on the show want Amber to die, and Michael’s developing feelings for her become as much a threat to her as the show itself. But Amber seems to be falling for him, too…
The story propels the reader to keep turning pages to find out not only if Amber will survive, but if will she end up with Michael.
Except it isn’t. It’s all being run through edits and cuts that tell whatever story brings the most ratings. I found the romance in the story to be completely believable and I liked a lot of the characters. The ones I didn’t like were still creative and multi-dimensional, so it wasn’t a simple story.
It had quite a bit of graphic moments, but they weren’t overwhelming too the story and they didn’t feel intrusive. It reminded me a lot of the movie Gamer with the meta story it was trying to tell about our culture, and it felt like a spiritually similar story with a wholly unique perspective.
By Emma Jaye on October 20, 2015
There are sexual and violent scenes, but nothing that would bother anyone but the most squeamish. Definitely a recommended read.
By Page LaRue on October 10, 2015
Amber is whisked away to a tropical island nation that goes by no laws but its own, much to the delight of the viewers. She may be sentenced to lethal injection, be awarded a new husband, or other outcomes.
I’ll stop here to avoid spoilers, but this book was a crazy, clever take on how over-the-top reality TV has become. I really enjoyed it. Five stars.