THE DIMENSION THIEVES, Episode 1

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Imagine a world where tyranny ruled– where free will was a foreign concept–a Once Upon a time…

   “Free will had been thrown from society’s highest cliffs decades ago and Force often felt he was chasing nothing more than a filmy ghost of it.”

A world where lower classes, the homeless, and even criminals are droned–made into living robots without a consciousness or perhaps even a soul…

These servants had been people once, before they’d been droned. It couldn’t be so easy to just strip out a soul. It couldn’t.”

Where a ruler could become so power hungry and paranoid that even the middle classes fall to his voracious hunger for more–even those in his inner circle.

Imagine an Earth, perhaps in the far future–perhaps not, where technology and corruption converge, wreaking havoc on civilization.

Something strange is going on behind the scenes, something that teeters between science and the supernatural, when the President’s mechanic opens a portal to another dimension and allows another version of himself into this world.

Meanwhile, Force Steele–in the midst of human oppression and a brutal autocracy– is the voice of quiet rebellion. When the woman he’d hope to make his expected disappears during a period of mass dronings and murders, he risks everything to find her and keep her safe. Only to find that in the end, his father, in the name of the President, has been spearheading the widespread terror.

Misty Provencher’s The Dimension Thieves, Episode One begins in a society that is reminiscent of The Capitol from the Hunger Games. Where the trend in literature seems to lean toward a female point of view, Provencher’s Force Steele is a refreshing male protagonist. He is easy to like and his upper class and highly politicized upbringing doesn’t taint his compassion or his sense of right or wrong. Like a political thriller, the tension is palpable from the start and doesn’t ease up even at the end of the episode.

The Dimension Thieves is a serial novel. (What’s serial fiction?) If you are a fiction binge reader, serials may be sweet torture for you. HOWEVER, the good news is that Misty has six more episodes in this series!  So binge to your heart’s delight!  You won’t be sorry!

Buy The Dimension Thieves, Episode 1

Are you a Serialized Fiction type of Girl?

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What is Serialized Fiction?madame_bovary

Serial fiction was all the rage during the Victorian Period.  Books like Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Dune (okay, not a Victorian-but I was surprised to see it was a serial,) Madame Bovary, Great Expectations, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and The Secret Garden all were written as serials.  Periodicals containing the next chapter in a saga were purchased for pennies as readers got their next fiction fix.

Now, the resurgence of the serial is mostly driven by time and our culture’s need for instant gratification. Amazon and other online book vendors can offer you an easy book binge with the click of a button. Not only can you devour an entire series without the inconvenience of a midnight, pajama’ed trip to Wal-mart–praying that they have book #4 of your current addiction (and so what if its only the hardback…I’ll pay $24 for my next fix!) you can read episodes where the perk is that you don’t have to wait a year to read what happens next to your beloved heroine and newest book boyfriend. Often the turn around is weeks instead of months.  Authors release their installments in regular intervals and because each installment tends to have its own story arch, you often get chunks of riveting fiction full of tension.

Would I like Serialized Fiction?

If you have your favorite television show that you tune in weekly to watch, you just may be a serial fiction type of gal.  Why is that? Because television series ARE serialized fiction. If you love the anticipation of the next juicy thing to befall your t.v. characters, you may enjoy the sweet agony of serialized fiction.  Here, the anticipation is key, because this kind of fiction always leaves you wanting more.

However, if you are the type to not read a novel series until you know its finished so you can binge read over a three day weekend, serials probably aren’t for you. In fact, you may consider it a cruel form of torture to be left with a cliff hanger and a two week (or longer) wait to get resolution (and most likely another cliff hanger!)

Have you tried serialized fiction? What are your thoughts?

Want to try serialized fiction?

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