Far From the War

Far From the War Esther Casey lives on Orcas Island This is off the coast of Washington She earned the right to become a page for the US Government in Washington D.C by submitting an essay and being nominated by Congressman Kamerlin The page program is pretty strict with strict rules You earn 15 demerits and you are sent home One morning, while in the page house, tanks moving into Washington D.C were heard and woke everyone up Following that, was the introduction of Marines who were assigned to the pages as security The pages try to keep going on in their assignments as normal, but this is difficult when there is military in Washington D.C When the president, who has left the capital, declares war against the military already in the cities across the U.S., Esther decided it is time to leave and head home She tries to leave via the airport near the capital, but everything is closing due to the war She ends up making her trek across the U.S with her friend, Gwendolyn Farmer.I really liked this novel At first, I wasn t too sure about it but then after I started to read it, I got hooked The way the novel was written, it is easy to understand what was happening and the emotions the characters were feeling I found myself believing that Esther and her friends were really in the middle of a Civil War I was always wondering what would happen next and would she get to Orcas Island I could easily see the confusion between the two sides, the Arnies and the Pinkos, and see how both sides thought they were in the right An astounding read, Payne really surpassed my expectations and I cannot wait to read.I Like Esther s witty humor in this book From reading it, she seems like a person that I would like to know The experiences that are told in this book during the war are some that you would expect and some that I didn t even think about It makes the story seem real Esther doesn t use her social standing as a crutch She is from a wealthy family and she doesn t act like that is all that matters and will get her anything she needs Esther doesn t follow the social norms liking Gwen for a friend even though they were on opposite parties in the page house.I Did Not Like The cover I am one who usually judges a book by the cover and if a book doesn t have a good cover, I won t necessarily give it a chance I understand the reasoning for the cover I just thought it was a little drab Stories about war are not supposed to be colorful, I guess Colin I just do not like his character. I have been at a loss for words ever since I finished reading Far From the War I don t even know where to start when it comes to describing my feelings and reactions to this book So, I ll start with the one image that has stayed with since I finished reading children collecting brass shell casings I can t even quite pinpoint why that image has stayed with me It certainly wasn t the most horrifying or vivid image in the novel But maybe that s exactly why it has stayed with me because it s not horrifying in the usual sense that we say things are horrifying, and because it s not something you expect to see in a war novel But in its own way, it is horrifying to see children collecting brass shell casings It portrays innocence on their part, and perhaps a fascination with things that are out of the ordinary Kids don t always understand the true impact of war And I think that s what makes this scene so horrifying To see a boy excited about finding shell casings, and getting to keep them, when he probably doesn t what they are is frightening to me I feel like I m not even explaining very well why I find this image so frightening and beautiful.To be honest, it s hard for me to write a review about this novel without wanting to analyze it Far From the War is a novel that needs to be read and discussed, not just by bloggers or by people who really like to read, but also in schools I can already picture how many people would argue with that statement, but frankly, I don t care Far From the War is an important novel, and it deserves to be treated as such.I admit there were moments of confusion for me I think if I were to read through the novel a second time, the majority of that confusion will be cleared up Part of me wonders, though, how intentional those moments of confusion were But again, that leads me to start analyzing the novel, which I don t want to do.I think the most terrifying thing about Far From the War is how realistic it is I have no idea if we re headed toward another civil war any time in the near, or even distant, future But Far From the War shows how it could happen, and the fact that this novel takes place in present day America doesn t just make it terrifying, it makes it one of the most interesting and captivating dystopian novels I ve read The detail throughout the novel is incredible The characters are great, and I can t wait to see how they develop further in the next novel I m not sure it s completely accurate to say I loved this book for some reason, it just sounds wrong to me when I say that But, I did thoroughly enjoy Far From the War, and I would love to read it again soon, so that I can really let my analytical side come out I love novels that force me to think, and Far From the War definitely does that for me I can t wait to see where Jeffrey David Payne takes us next. I went into Far From the War after a string of dystopians I didn t read much of the summary before I accepted the request I knew it was set in the future and involved a second civil war in the U.S At first I was daunted in the first hundred pages you have a lot about politics It s stuff the average person can understand Couple that with Jeffrey David Payne s very distinct writing style that is characterized by an expansive vocabulary, and I was than intimidated.With that being said, I adored this book and am really glad there are two to come The very serious subject of war made much of the text somber or tense, but I also was surprised with fun bits of humor laced in character dialogue.I ve not read anything like it before As I said, Payne s writing style is unique, not the typical YA that I ve read It s descriptive in a refreshing way, the kind that illicited an I never thought about it like that His nature descriptions were beautiful At times I was aware it was written by a male because it was different and objective than anything I would ever think It s told in third person limited, focusing on Esther s point of view A compelling main character, she is very by the book when it comes to making a difference through politics, willing to work hard to advance She had few friends back home but possesses a great wit, pulling sarcasm out of her pocket when needed Esther lacks serious emotions until the war begins, and then, she keeps them in check to survive There is a great animosity that exists between the Democrat and Republican pages when Esther arrives in D.C., which is almost encouraged by the behavior of the adults in charge The tensions foreshadow what is to become of the nation Military rogue forces Attacks on federal treasury buildings Constant air assaults A president in hiding No one is safe as the war moves from the capital to the south and west even civilians become desperate and barbaric Esther figures out what matters quickly her friendships, and most of all, making it back to Orcas Island off the coast of Washington Train delays, lack of cars to rent, grounded planes, and military barricades cause her journey home to turn into months instead of days Along the way, she makes and loses friends, wanders through the wilderness near death, and must use a gun to protect herself from sex deprived men and ruthless robbers.The plot had several turns I didn t anticipate I enjoyed it when Esther accidentally reconnects with one of her former page friends in another state At times it seemed impossible that she would ever see her parents again Phone and e mail communication with her parents is impossible, so she is on her own About two thirds of the way through, I became completely absorbed with the story as Esther encounters romance with a boy from McAlester, OK, which is near me who I wish I could meet in real life It was nice that they had different backgrounds, money wise, but none of that mattered to either of them, especially during wartime I had wondered if any romance would be included at all, but it makes sense that Esther was focused on making it through one day to the next The way the author described some of the scenes with them together may not have been as detailed as I usually like, but the scenes were still sweet and Esther like I would recommend this book for the gorgeous writing style alone, but it is a book both boys and girls would enjoy because of its lasting impressions upon the mind Instead of Don t let history repeat itself, it s like, This is what could happen if we re not careful Favorite Quotes It was as if the city were on pause, stopping to commemorate some important moment in ritualistic silence, taking a breath This moment of silence, this moment devoid of man made things, ended as it had to, and restored to the city its usual soundtrack of shouts and machines It s an odd thing when the vision for one s life collapses, when a dream dies Those who ve never had dreams might imagine it to consist of despair, depression and prolonged bouts of purgative weeping The death of a dream is, in fact, far less dramatic It consists of a sudden feeling of foolishness and embarrassment, a sense of being childish, usually recognized by the dreamer as maturation rather than capitulation With the glare out of her eyes, she could finally read the officer s name It was something heavily laden with consonants and unpronounceable, a telemarketer s nightmare, Polish or Russian maybe You never went to parties or anything Not those kinds of parties I m not sure why, but hanging out in the woods with a bunch of d bags drinking cough syrup was just never my idea of a good time You show me a boy my own age that doesn t waste half his life playing video games, and I ll marry the bastard on the spot. Honestly, I don t even know where to begin with this review I expected this book to be a good read, perhaps even average, but I quickly found that it was so much than that Far From the War tells the story of Esther, a strong female character and her internship at the House of Representatives as part of her goal to become involved in politics one day As the government, politicians, and military become completely corrupt and everything pretty much shuts down, Esther s experiences show what an absolutely frightening world this would be and how every person is basically left to fend for themselves with little chance of survival With his writing, Payne creates a shockingly complex yet very believable state of the world for the characters I think it definitely fits into the category of books you could read over and over again and notice something new each time, because there s just so much going on I was slightly on edge while reading because honestly it frightened me a bit how realistic it all sounded, and how it seemed that we could very easily end up in a similar situation Many parts of the book were somewhat disturbing and graphic as they described the violence and corruption taking place, and I could feel my stomach turn a few times while reading, but these scenes were necessary to get the point across and not overdone or exaggerated, in my opinion Just a warning for those of you who may have a hard time reading about such things The whole topic of the novel is somewhat disturbing, not in an overtly grossed out kind of way but in a way that really gets you thinking about the state of things and just one possibility of where we might end up if things ever took an awful turn for the worse.The first chapter was a bit mundane, but after that it started picking up, and I was drawn in I found many aspects of the book refreshingly unique, such as the setting of Esther s internship and the overall turn of events that took place I experienced a whole multitude of emotions while reading, from excitement and happiness about the relationships she formed along the way, to fear and horror when everything seemed utterly hopeless, and even tears of joy at the end It is very rare that a book makes me feel such strong emotions as this one did, and even rarer that a book will make me cry.I d go as far as to say that Far From the War has earned a spot among my top ten favorite books, because it was just that amazing I am very eagerly awaiting the second book in the trilogy, but sadly it s not due to be released until next July So for now, I will just have to strongly recommend this novel, as I know it s one of those that will stay in the back of your mind and keep you thinking long after finishing it I don t even feel like my review adequately captured all of my feelings about the book, but if it sounds at all interesting, please do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. 3 1 2 starsOriginal review from Little Book Owl I will admit that I have never read a book based around politics and war I was surprisingly pleased with it, though, and thoroughly enjoyed reading it The beginning was just a little slow for me I am completely clueless and politics and all that, even so considering it is American politics, so I was confused with all of the technical and political parts explored towards the beginning.Esther was an interesting character to follow I loved her wit and humour Whenever Esther engaged in conversation with others, she managed to pitch in and provide some funny one liners I also really admired her boldness, bravery and determination When it came to the war aspects, Esther s mind was set on survival She was determined to get home and did whatever it took to get there Not once did she consider giving up On the other hand, when the love interest was introduced, Esther took the initiative to make a move herself I loved seeing the roles reversed with their relationship, and it was done in such a way that the male was not deemed as any less of a man , so to speak She was bold and did not hesitate to take chances I loved the relationship between the two characters Although I felt it was a little rushed, I understand that the story occurred over a long period of time, and it skipped forward a few months every so often.The people Esther met and befriended on her journey home added so much depth to the story, and unfortunately tragedy and pain for Esther She grew so close with a select few, and the war ripped them away from her This was bitter sweet Payne crafted lovable and humorous characters, and just as you grew attached to them alongside Esther , a sudden turn of events would take them away The action in this book was quite graphic and gruesome This was shocking and confronting, but I did not have any issues with it, in all honesty I liked how Jeffrey Payne did not attempt to hide the harsh nature of war It assisted with the realism and visual impact of the novel, but for those of you who may have an issue with this, be wary of the fact that it gets a little bloody I would not recommend this book for younger readers, because of this factor It is set during a civil war, and the conflicts Esther faces are described in a little bit of detail I loved how the book ended It wrapped up quite nicely, yet still leaves you wanting to know what happens next, and how things turn out with the love interest The second book, The Mail Still Runs is released next year, and I am really looking forward to continuing on with the story Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review. With little understanding of American politics I found the initial portion of the book slow paced and at times perplexing This back ground is essential however, as it places our protagonist in a unique position to witness the growing political unrest first hand Once war is declared the pace builds quickly and the resulting story is impossible to put down as my red rimmed, sleep deprived eyes can testify.Esther is a complex and flawed character, a combination of determined political ambition and idealistic naivety I didn t immediately warm to Esther at times she was proud and superior and I particularly disliked the dismissive manner in which she spoke to her parents But she is also exceptionally patient, open and honest to a fault She has a remarkably well developed vocabulary, beyond anything I was capable of at eighteen or even now I have to be honest that I needed to utilise the dictionary feature of my Kindle on than one occasion But Ester is not your average teen She is a gifted student who has been selected from thousands of applicants to undertake the once in a lifetime opportunity to serve as a republican intern in the United States House of Representatives Initially desperate to leave home and experience all her internship has to offer, Esther is quickly disillusioned with the page program and the senators she had previously admired and aspired to be like The turning point in our character s development, and my relationship with her, came when she had to choose between her future political career and her integrity From that point on she displays amazing mental and later physical resilience as she fights her own battle to survive the war and make it back home.Unlike other dystopian stories I have read, Far from the war is set in fairly contemporary America This is the story that bridges the gap between society as we know it and the warped Utopian visions and dystopian societies of futurist fiction There are no fantastical technologies or extreme societal rules allowing you to maintain a degree of detachment While the violence is not gratuitous, it is harder hitting for its realism and as such I would recommend that those with a sensitive disposition proceed with caution.Verdict I urge you to persevere with this book as following the slow burn of trilogy scene setting, you will be rewarded with a devastatingly realistic dystopian journey through modern war torn America that will leave you thoughtful, and just a touch nervous.Parental Note Contains realistic depictions of war including dead bodies, graphic injuries, murder, rape and the destruction of cities.Caroline.4.5 5http bigbooklittlebook.blogspot.com This book is not like your typical dystopia book, where you already see the fall of humanity and the rise of a new oppressive government This shows what happens beforehand, and what s scary about this book is that it could possibly happen When you turn on the news you see our current leaders you can imagine something like what Esther goes through to actually happen.Personally, I feel like the book should have been called FAR FROM HOME because the majority of the book was her journey getting home, but FAR FROM THE WAR is good enough.The beginning I felt like the character s were a little flat, like people were just going through the motions, not really showing interest Esther was the kind of character that is focused and has one goal in mind, and you just want to jump in and give her some fun She was so serious But later on in the book you start to see the way war changes her, the way war changes everyone.I feel like Jeffery captured the fall of humanity so well He takes you from the country s capital where everything is semi together, to the West coast where the war grows increasingly and people go to their savage behavior It actually gave me goosebumps and I almost wanted to just stop reading.For me, the character s development really surprised me I thought this book would be a complete disappointment, but I was taken aback by the way he just started making these character s three dimensional and believable.The reason it got a four is because there was a lot of things that moved really fast, like some relationships I mean, Esther knew a guy for one day and it was like she was in love or something And the same happened with her friend, and I just kind of scoffed at that And there was the ending It leaves you in a cliffhanger, because now you really, really want to read the next book, but the problem with the ending, and I ll try to say this with as little giveaway as possible, is that it didn t get the emotion I was looking for I was really surprised by what happened and I was expecting something else, but it was really an anticlimax.I was expecting and felt that the author fell back a little in the writing I could almost see why he did it, and it s pretty scary, but still I wanted some tears, some joy, some disbelief something Instead I got the same monotone voice that spoke in the beginning A little disappointed there.Another thing that bothered me was the cover For a young adult book I wish they would have done with it, like put some of the symbols that are expressed in the story with the eagle and swords, but I can tell you that story is a lot interesting than the cover.I thoroughly enjoyed the story and can t wait for the next book to come out, next year in July. WIN A COPY OF FAR FROM THE WAR HERE Enter here Far From the War was a battering, brutal story of war Honestly, it leaves me wanting to be active and make sure nothing like that ever happens But the shocking reality is that it does happen How many stories do we hear on the news of revolutions and fights for control The strength of this book was the fact that it didn t shy down from the aspects of war We met soldiers from both sides, we learnt of the obliteration of several cities There were violent and painful deaths There were good people, bad people, desperation, hope There was an appropriately large range of characters each with their own quirks I feel like crying right now thinking this is what people go through Esther is the main character here She s strong, smart, and seriously witty I liked Esther in the way I like a role model She was so incredible and knowledgeable all the time I couldn t relate to that part Esther certainly doesn t have it easy What she goes through It s a heck of a journey So much sorrow and tears.With all the death, you d expect this book to be a sad story You know, the kind of book that is heart wrenching and makes you tear up With dramatic scenes and the whole nine yards While there was plenty of material to make this a sad story it was of a survival story If you have nightmares, are squeamish or queasy, you may have trouble with Far From the War It s very much smart a story for mature audiences.Plot and interest wise, this book had me hooked I learned early on to pay careful attention to what s happening and I m a daydreamer so sometimes I wander off to another world Not with this book I reread certain parts to get the full impact The story had me addicted and reading far into the night I do have to mention the little problems I had too though First, Esther didn t feel like a normal teen She s 17 and serious, yes, but she never really ever mentioned anything that someone in my generation would know She used some language but some parts of her character had me thinking, Hmmm, really I wasn t always convinced of her emotion That may have been due to the fact that the story was written in third person so that we saw what was happening but didn t get overwhelmed I could disregard this easily enough though Basically, Far From the War surprised me in the best possible way It was a fulfilling story of war, peace, love, hate, and everything about life and survival I was thoroughly compelled to keep reading until the satisfying end The world needs stories like Far From the War 4 stars, This isn t your normal dystopian novel These days when you think dystopia you think books like The Hunger Games or Matched Those are all fantasies This book is not Instead it s a realistsic, awesome story about a bad ass girl from Orcas Island I m always excited to read a book about that takes place in Washington, so I was eager to read this one, although only a tenth of the story actually took place there From the very beginning I loved the character of Esther She was funny She was intelligent She was totally 3 d And something I was also very surprised about this she was a Republican There are almost no Republicans here in western Washington The entire story I was enthralled by her and almost all the other characters They were all so funny My favorite part of the novel was the dialog Every time anyone opened their mouth it was pure gold It was funny to the power of ten, I loved it This book had two major flaws The first being the typos I know this is a self published book, but still, this guy needs some editors There was every kind of typo in this book The other major flaw in this book was the absence of a back story for three quarters of the book When it did appear, it was so unbelievable Perfect pacing and deft plot development make what may at first seem impossible all too real.5 5Cover Comments I do not like this cover, at all It doesn t draw you towards the book I do however like the gold frame. Economic Ruin And Partisan Rancor Have Pushed America To The Brink Of A New Civil War Esther Is Caught In The Middle, Serving As A Page In The United States House Of Representatives When Rogue Politicians And Military Leaders Stage A Modern Day Coup D Etat When The Coup Turns Violent, She Abandons Washington, DC For Home She Must Learn To Survive On Her Own As Transportation And Financial Networks Fail, As The War Disrupts Food And Water Supplies The Result Is A Cautionary Tale About Political Extremism And The True Cost Of War

Jeffrey David Payne began writing at age seven when his work was selected for the Missouri Young Author s Conference Since that time he s studied Mathematics at DePaul University, Nuclear Engineering at Naval Nuclear Power School, and co founded a software company whose technology provides logistics support for some of the hottest entertainment properties in the world His technical writing has b

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