With no one to train her in self defense in the real world she devises a plan to learn in VEX and finds a friend to train her. But can you trust a stranger you meet in VEX even when you are getting the results you want? Plus the League attacks aren't slowing down. Is there a way for Sulan to find true safety? An exciting adventure from first page to last and the beginning of a great series!
Jun 04, Myreadbooks rated it really liked it Shelves: netgalley , kindle , livres-vo. Since the time I wanted to read this series, pity that the volumes 0. We find in this first volume Sulan who at sixteen does not remember his life before. This is a prodigy of maths, hence his attendance at the virtual high school for gifted children.
There will be attacks against the United States Sulan will want to fight to survive. A first volume filled with suspense and twists, a captivating story with endearing characters. Jun 25, Samyuktha Ell rated it it was amazing. This story is impressive. You just can't guess what could happen next. Book 1 in the series and it's really good. I am thinking it could just get better from here. Tremendous Fantastic start to a new series. Sulan is fantastic! Billy, Hank and Taro are a great team. Starting the next book now.
Review: Sulan Episode 1: The League (and a giveaway!)
Dec 28, Joe Jungers rated it really liked it. An entertaining read. Sep 30, Lan Chan rated it really liked it. I can sum up my thoughts about Sulan: Episode One: The League in one sentence: Traditional publishing is in serious trouble. I don't know where the industry is going to go when authors like Camille Picott are starting to choose to self publish. Sulan is such a high adventure, easily accessible story that I didn't come across many of the issues I tend to have with other YA novels.
That's got to be saying something when you guys know how picky I can be. The Basics Sulan's world is a world like no o I can sum up my thoughts about Sulan: Episode One: The League in one sentence: Traditional publishing is in serious trouble. It boggles my mind the amount of research and imagination that has gone into writing this book. I can see dystopunk taking off in a big way. Though I'm not a huge fan of sci-fi, I think Camille has done well to make the science is Sulan accessible to the layman reader. Especially since I can really see the world going in this sort of direction in the near future.
A great deal of care has gone into the world building in Sulan and I think that is reflected in the slower pacing of the first half of the book. Though this isn't necessarily a bad thing, the story does take a little bit of time to really rev up but it's well worth the wait for the thrilling second half. If I had one complaint about the world building, it would be that there isn't much explanation of how the world really works outside of Sulan's immediate surroundings.
It would have been nice to see what life for the underprivileged was really like. Though I'm sure these themes will be more clearly explored in later books. Camille's writing was one of the aspects I enjoyed most about Sulan. I'm not big on huge literary tomes and while overly pretty writing is okay sometimes, I am all for accurate metaphors and succinct sentences.
I flew through the book in a matter of days and that's saying a lot for someone who reads at a snails pace. So often minority characters are portrayed in a very stereotypical way. I don't know why I was so worried. Camille does an excellent job of creating a heroine with depth and although the story has strong Asian influences, the theme is not rammed down readers throats every few sentences as a lot of other stories do to overcompensate. For all intents and purposes Sulan is a normal teenager struggling to balance other's expectations of her against what she wants for herself.
Sulan manages to have a healthy and close relationship with a female friend who isn't secretly a plot device in disguise. Not sure how I feel about that at the moment, but I will say that if this is where the story is going, it's getting there at a respectable pace. No insta-love in sight. Whilst I am not a big fan of love triangles, I can see the merits in both boys and would be interested in seeing how the romance plays out.
The Smaller Players: I would have to say that some of my favourite characters in this book are the minor ones. One of them especially I won't reveal who for fear of spoiling the story is so hilarious and vivid that I wouldn't be surprised if Camille knew someone like that in real life.
That Camille is able to give him such animation in such a short part of the story is incredible. In fact, the only character I didn't really feel was fully fleshed out was Imugi. He doesn't have much page time and we never get a real sense of the motivation behind his devastating attacks. I get the feeling he won't be the big bad of this series at all. The Minor Details I really enjoyed reading Sulan and these points are probably just me being really nit picky but there were a few things which didn't quite ring true for me. For example, Sulan is a math prodigy and has managed to achieve a perfect score on her Vex school entrance exam.
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I'm not sure how she does this unless the entire exam is based on math. Which I don't think it is considering the vast array of talents exhibited by other students. Also, I'm still at a loss as to why Sulan's mother refuses to let her train to defend herself. It would seem like a logical step considering the dangers Sulan faces in her new world.
On the whole, I really enjoyed Sulan and am looking forward to the next books in the series coming out. Anyone who enjoys dystopian or cyberpunk and is tired of the cookie cutter YA novels being published these days should really give this book a try! Mar 28, Michael Ronn rated it it was amazing. I enjoyed this book. A lot. There are so many good things to say about it, so I'll break my review into categories: Cover: Beautiful. Along with the other covers in the series, they look fantastic. I can't wait to see what a Sulan box set would look like.
Story: Original yet familiar at the same time. I thought the opening of the story was awesome. Imugi was an interesting villain, and the author sets the stage for more interesting villains in future books. I won't spoil it, but the story is exec I enjoyed this book. I won't spoil it, but the story is executed well. There were a few twists and turns, and while they were good, they didn't blow me away especially the Morning Star reveal.
But they were effective and they kept the story interesting. The ending was good, too, and it left off on a good cliffhanger. I only had one gripe with the storythe gavs biomechanical dragons that can fit people inside were just weird, and it felt like they were thrown in just to have a dragon in the story. I get it that it's an Asian influence , but it was a bit unsettling, particularly the way the author described them.
It didn't seem like they belonged in the story. But that's a minor quibble, and hopefully they play an important role in future books. Characters: Great. I liked Sulan. I appreciate the author using Asian main characters--there aren't many of them in books these days. Sulan, her mom, her dad, and Taro in particular really shine, and they feel distinctly different from most other characters I've encountered.
Characters make or break YA, and this cast was highly memorable, without exception. The author does an excellent job of weaving in Asian culture in the book, too. Writing Style: The writing style is spare, using a good mixture of action and dialogue. The author keeps things moving, too, which I appreciate because most books out there are bloated with narrative description.
There's none of that here. In fact, I finished this book in less than a day, which is a credit to the author's style. The book was a joy to readthe descriptions, dialogue, and action were all fresh, and I could see the world of the book as the author described it. Also, I read the book on my Kindle Fire while listening to the audiobook version narrated by Karen Savage.
The narration was good, too, but I thought that the narrator did an awesome job with the character voices. Especially Sulan's mom. The mother-daughter conflict reads well, but it sounds even better in the audiobook! If you buy the book, you have to do the Immersion Reading, too, if you can. It was great. Writing Quality: Excellent. These could be easily fixed. Otherwise, the book was edited superbly. The book formatting was also excellent, on par with the best ebooks out there. Overall impressions: This is an indie book that is definitely worth reading, and probably the best YA I've read in a very long time.
If you're looking for a page turner with great characters, great writing, and a great immersive reading experience, you have to buy it. I will be reading Episodes 0. Aug 17, Charlie rated it really liked it. Sulan lives in a dysptopian world. She lives in the time following the Default, where large corporations dealing in arms and weaponry dominate. Her father works for one, with his crazy math self. Sulan keeps her affinity for math quiet. Despite being a prodigy, she purposefully keeps herself on the low side of the gradebook.
She attends school in a virtual world in order to keep her identity and location a secret, as do all of her classmates and friends. After witnessing the horror that Imugi, leader of the Anti-american League, wreaks across the United States is enough for Sulan. She wants to defend herself, but her mercenary mother refuses to teach her….
I am not going to be the girl with a hole in her head, or the girl with a bomb in her bed. I am going to be the girl with the gun. Sulan takes some severe risks to protect herself, and in the process meets someone who is pretty crafty in such a high tech world. Pent-up rage. Violent tendencies. Sulan is in for the ride of her life! The hype, the fear and the world building drew me in, but the characters are what made this book. Hank and Sulan have as solid a relationship as can be had, being virtual classmates and all.
Hank and Billy are so geeky in their competitiveness, that turns out to be a cover for them both! Sulan finds herself in the middle of an overthrow, along with Hank and Billy, and her rescuerer Taro. The dialogue between characters was strong and fitting, and that drew me into the relationships between the characters. Sulan now lives in a world that is going to change vastly and quickly. I want to see what happens to Sulan and her friends. Jul 09, Jessica S rated it really liked it Shelves: ebooks , arcs.
This did not affect my review in any way, nor am I being compensated for it. As I mentioned above, what really got me interested in this book was the blurb. The first thing I noticed when I read it was that the main character is Asian or at least has an Asian name. I then found out that the author, Camille Picott, is actually a Chinese American. Yay for diversity!
It really did make me very happy to see that in this book. However, I 3. I get it in the context, and of course, there are reasons why that stereotype exists but gahh! There's more to people and society than math and science, people! There's a really interesting cast of characters in the book, and I really enjoyed reading about them and seeing their interactions with one another.
I like Sulan's fierceness and her determination. She kicks ass! I loved Billy and Hank, both separately, together, and with their interactions with Sulan. It's fun and yet realistic. Hank's anxiety over school is especially well done, as is her relationship with Billy. And while I'm okay with Gun as a character, I am not a fan of how quickly Sulan began to rely on him. I just love the way they interact. It's not smooth, and they clash a lot, but you can really see both of their sides of the safety and training debate.
I think it represents a mother-daughter relationship fairly accurately, considering Sulan's age and the world in which they live. My last point about characters is that I feel as if they all should have been more fallible. It often felt as if they were invincible or something, and I'm just like no! The book is fast-paced and engaging.
It was a quick read for me, though I felt a bit shaky about the world-building. There's just something that continued to feel off for me, and there was a lot I was confused about for a good portion of the book. The technology is much more advanced, but they're not always explained fully. The book's not perfect, but it's not bad either. There were a few "twists" that were extremely predictable and took away from any of the suspense namely the reveal about who Midnight is, as well as the frog business near the end of the book.
Overall, I enjoyed the book, but there's a lot that keep me from loving the book the way I had anticipated. Oct 06, Autumn rated it it was amazing. What a book, it totally took me by surprise. I typically go into a book with little to no expectations. If you are familiar with me you know I rarely read the book blurb.
Im shallow and I read books based on their covers for the most part. I dont remember what drew me to Sulan however it seems the odds were in my favor. Sulan is basically just a math whiz. Trying to survive post Default. She is luckier than most her dad is famous for his mind and her mom is a former mercenary. She goes to a Man! She goes to a virtual school with kids from all over. My husband the amazing man that he is was taking care of me and looked at me and said sounds like Avatar. Thats what it reminded me of.
Only ive never really seen Avatar. Tired of being afraid of the Anti American League Sulan goes into Vex cloaked and into the Cube so she can learn to fight she must get noticed by a team while doing the meat grinder in order to keep fighting.. She maintains a B average though she could easily be the top student. She tries to hide her gifts from everyone.
Fat lot of good that does her. Sulan teams up with Gun in Vex and they train everyday for months. Until Sulan is captured and put on Auction along with her best friends. Oh and this is where things get crazy awesome. Basically non stop action. I cant wait to read the next book there were some many things left unsaid and undone. And I feel like a huge ass because I want to share so much more im struggling to contain a great many things but trust me this book is one you need to read.
Sulan, Episode 1: The League is a different sort of book. I went in expecting a science fiction book but this one was just so much more. It just really caught me up in the story and I found myself completely in love with each step of the story. The author did an incredible job with world building and character creation, along to go with a plot that was action packed and intense for the full last quarter.
The entire novel was easy to soak in and never boring, constantly progressing with character Sulan, Episode 1: The League is a different sort of book. The entire novel was easy to soak in and never boring, constantly progressing with character growth as we learned about the world. Sulan was an excellent character and while a bit too headstrong for her mothers liking, she makes sense.
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They live in a dangerous world and being able to protect yourself is a handy ability. She gets lucky and finds someone to train with her. Maybe not quite to the extreme we get here, but you never know! Maybe more like the full second half of the book.
I even drove around extra long one day when listening because I was desperate for a good stopping point. The studio quality was good and after a short while I fell into her voice. The end of the book was kind of perfect. I highly recommend this one! Aug 05, Shoshanah rated it it was amazing. In general, I try to stay away from self-published books, so I began this one with a little trepidation.
Except the more I got into in, the more I enjoyed it, and about halfway through I really couldn't put it down. The story takes place in a dystopian world, where the United States has gone bankrupt. Corporations compete against each other to take the place of the government, by schooling children or protecting the public.
Yet due to the activities of the Anti-American League, most people never In general, I try to stay away from self-published books, so I began this one with a little trepidation. Yet due to the activities of the Anti-American League, most people never venture out into public if they can help it. Instead most interaction is virtual in a world where you become your avatar. I thought the society Picott created wasn't just exciting to read about but also believable. I think it would be difficult for all government worldwide to become bankrupt, but the virtual world, with the virtual interactions is basically already happening.
While we may not become our actual avatars, we do have a lot of our interactions virtual now. My biggest complaint on the book is kind of picky, but it's one aspect I was really looking forward too. Our character, Sulan, is a math prodigy, and I was really looking forward to a few good math jokes. By the end of the book she is able to use her ability to get her out of a tight situation.
Except what she does isn't really possible in our world. I can let that go and think that technology has advanced enough to make what she does possible, but I can't let the math go. Everyone is so impressed by what she does mathematically and to do it she has to solve an equation quicker than she's ever done. Except what she does, doesn't involve an equation, nor is it really that hard.
Basically she's doing high school geometry. Now there was some equation dropping halfway through the book that involved math I learned in my upper level college class. I don't necessary remember how to solve it, but I do remember learning it in our Boundary Value Equation class which we lovingly called "Soap Bubbles," which was an application of the math. But I wish the extra smart math she used at the climax, was actually extra smart math. But with that complaint aside, I still did enjoy the book.
Yes, parts were predictable, but I still needed to know what happened. And while the book doesn't really end on a cliffhanger, it definitely feels like "to be continued. All opinions expressed are my own. Aug 02, Ginny Gallagher rated it really liked it. This review was originally posted on Gin's Book Notes 4. I love Mortal Kombat. Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade were my favorite warriors. Several issues of the comic books and the movies take up space on my do not touch shelf. See told y This review was originally posted on Gin's Book Notes 4.
See told you Hunger and crime are rampant. Corporations are in charge of security, order, and the rebuilding of America. The awesome characters, fighting scenes, and the battle to save the world are all the elements that made me reminiscence about my love of Mortal Kombat. The technology of this future world is out there but not so over the top that you can't easily imagine it.
I think it takes a very gifted writer to incorporate technology into a story that is believable and yet advanced enough to make you wonder at its possibilities. This episode of Sulan is jam packed with action, character growth, and world building. The story is an easy read and keeps you turning pages to find out what will happen next. My recommendation This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Sep 03, Jiha rated it really liked it Shelves: tour , reviewed , read-in , scifi-dystopia. This is so cool! Unlike anything I've ever read. Full review to come. No kidding you guys. This girl can solve any complex equation without using a calculator, and she does it in less than 10 seconds.
Cool, isn't she? Her skills are very impressive and that is why she's not safe. Apparently, Im This is so cool! Apparently, Imugi the antagonist is determined to kill all the brilliant minds of America to prevent the nation's reconstruction. So, Sulan knows that she's in danger and finds a way to learn how to protect herself. Avatars and Virtual School.
I'm not familiar with the Cyberpunk genre, so I found this book very, very captivating. Sulan goes to a virtual school, and it's not like those boring online courses. It's so much more! Students are able to use Vex Virtual Experience ; they have their own avatars which they can control with their minds, and they get to interact with each other like they're actually attending school.
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Yep, technology is incredible! I think the world building is amazing, and I just love how the virtual system works. However, I feel like this book is a bit short because I want to explore the world more and there are many things that I'm curious about! Nerd and Badass Fighter. Sulan is an amazing heroine. I like that she's strong-willed, and that she's determined to learn how to fight, even though her mom doesn't want her to.
She knows that she won't stand chance against Imugi if she doesn't know the basics of self defense, so she undergoes a not-so-safe training. Although she lacks physical strength, I like that her brilliant mind makes her a deadly opponent. There is a little bit of romance, but it doesn't focus on it.
This novel mainly centres around Sulan's training and the battle against Imugi. And there are some great action scenes; I especially love the one at the end.
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Jul 29, Cassandra rated it it was amazing Shelves: cyberpunk , young-adult , favorites , romance , sciencefiction. And was right. The world that she lives in is that perhaps of our own, maybe possible future. Her world has problems ever since America declared bankruptcy and terrorists who hate American have taken advantage of this.
Terrorism led by Imugi have come to televise live executions of important Americans in society. Sulan knows as an intelligent individual she's part of the United State's future and that the terrorist would want to get her. In hopes of never becoming a target Sulan trains with illegal technology to be a non-stop force to be reckoned with. Leading her to meet a charming yet mysterious guy named Gun.
Sulan now has the tools to fight back but the secrets her mom hides brings Sulan to meet Taro a young mercenary that reveals a shocking truth about her mom. It's something she could've never guessed. Something that just makes Sulan Episode One: The League such a memorable and fresh read is the use of a science fiction cyber world with coll fighting scenes and moves by some of the characters.
Sulan essentially lives in Vex Virtual Experience. Many people aren't as lucky. The reason she is allowed to and be protected from the growing violent pace of the United States is she's as mentioned before a gifted child. Throughout our lives we know talented children are revered so we see that in Sulan. Very smart use Camille uses to make her book. The notion of gifted children. Camille not only gives readers a fun story but there various characters that are well developed where as readers your quickly drawn in.
And it really is a complex world. The novel allows both hotblooded Sulan and her protective mother to be essentially right, and I appreciate the level of observation that went into that. I had classmates exactly like this in high school and I recognize them well. Sulan is set in San Francisco, and it has a distinct Bay Area quality to it — the multicultural atmosphere, the social focus on technology, and more grimly the collapsing infrastructure and strong class divisions.
Two disclaimers: One, as usual, a review copy was provided by the publisher. A positive review was not specified, and all views expressed are my own. Two, the author is a friend of a friend, though I do not know her personally.