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Book Gifted Find this and other Reviews at In Tori LexActual Rating Orpheus and Zimri describe the well known tale of boy meets girl across town and discovers the humanity in us all But the settin

Book Gifted Find this and other Reviews at In Tori LexActual Rating 4.5Orpheus and Zimri describe the well known tale of boy meets girl across town and discovers the humanity in us all. But the setting is a Dystopian world where Artists' are made for the wealthy through a surgery  that gives them a Acquired Savant Ability. In this world music is not owned, it is broadcast for a fee and anyone who recreates it is guilty of copyright theft. Orpheus and Zimri have natural ability's for music, when they meet begin to explore how to use it outside of the system. The writing and characters were very well done. Although some of the dialogue was cheesy at times. "Just a little brain surgery and POOF you wake up a genius. The hilarious part being, Plute parents pay for their kids to have the surgeries, then people like my father make a fortune off their talents, and we call this Art." This world is clearly an allegory for how our society treats celebrity's as demi-gods and celebrates art like everything else, according to it's market value. The most interesting feature of the poor side of town occupied by Plebe's is that they can only shop once a week at a store called Black Friday. In this store, shoppers risk being trampled and grab what they can. In this world Zimri and Orpheus have to confront the real injustices around them motivated by greed, with little to no resources. Zimri with her original music reaches out to the masses who are searching for something more authentic, while Orpheus struggles to go against his father's wishes.  "She underestimates the greed in the world. How much money feeds the beast. And the bigger it gets, the more money it takes to keep it going. It's viscous."The chapters were formatted as if the book was one long song, chapters were verses and included chapters called Chorus and Bridge. The book changes perspective between Zimri, Orpheus, and a omnipresent narrator who speaks during the chapters titled Chorus. There is some romance, but it wasn't forced or out of place. The ending is the only thing I struggled to suspend my belief with, but it does wrap up the narrative well. I would recommend this for fans of Young Adult, sci-fi drama's with some surprises and characters that don't disappoint.. Gifted is Ebook In Orpheus Chanson s world, geniuses and prodigies are no longer born or honed through hard work Instead, procedures to induce Acquired Savant Abilities ASAs are now purchased by the privileged And Orpheus s father holds the copyright to the ASA procedure.Zimri Robinson, a natural musical prodigy, is a plebe a worker at the enormous warehouse that supplies an on linIn Orpheus Chanson s world, geniuses and prodigies are no longer born or honed through hard work Instead, procedures to induce Acquired Savant Abilities ASAs are now purchased by the privileged And Orpheus s father holds the copyright to the ASA procedure.Zimri Robinson, a natural musical prodigy, is a plebe a worker at the enormous warehouse that supplies an on line marketplace that has supplanted all commerce Her grueling schedule and her grandmother s illness can t keep her from making music even if it is illegal.Orpheus and Zimri are not supposed to meet He is meant for greatness she is not But sometimes, rules are meant to be broken Here is a thriller, love story, and social experiment that readers will find gripping and terrifying.. Heather Swain lives in a crooked house in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, two children, a barkless dog, and two rescue cats She is the author of four novels for young adults, two kids craft books, two novels for grown ups, and numerous short stories, personal essays, and non fiction articles.. The best Kindle Gifted ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***Gifted by H.A. SwainPublisher: Feiwel & FriendsPublication Date: June 14, 2016Rating: 4 starsSource: ARC sent by the publisherSummary (from Goodreads):In Orpheus Chanson's world, geniuses and prodigies are no longer born or honed through hard work. Instead, procedures to induce Acquired Savant Abilities (ASAs) are now purchased by the privileged. And Orpheus's father holds the copyright to the ASA procedure.Zimri Robinson, a natural musical prodigy, is a "plebe"--a worker at the enormous warehouse that supplies an on-line marketplace that has supplanted all commerce. Her grueling schedule and her grandmother's illness can't keep her from making music--even if it is illegal.Orpheus and Zimri are not supposed to meet. He is meant for greatness; she is not. But sometimes, rules are meant to be broken. Here is a thriller, love story, and social experiment that readers will find gripping--and terrifying.What I Liked:This book surprised me! I have yet to see any of my blogging and reviewing peers read this book, and when I received it several months ago, I didn't know much about it. I was going into this story with a clean slate, which is sometimes the best way to experience a story. While some general ideas of the story are not unique to this book, the story was very enjoyable and I couldn't put it down, even until the ending.Zimri is a "plebe", a warehouse worker who lives with her grandmother. Zimri has a great voice, but in this world, no one is legally allowed to sing patented songs. But Zimri is determined to make music, and interrupt LiveStreams of concerts and radio streams is certainly one way to do it. Orpheus Hanson is a "Plute" and the son of Harold Hanson, who created Acquired Savant Abilities. ASA is purchased by the rich, and once the surgery is done, you wake up with a newly acquired ability. Hanson has control over the music industry, as most musicians have a music ASA (and Hanson has control over the profits made by those with ASA). Orpheus hasn't received an ASA, and he's not sure he wants one. But his father wants him to have the surgery so that Orpheus will be ready to take over the company. Orpheus and Zimri are on two ends of the social spectrum (Plute and Plebe), and their lives were never supposed to intersect. But together, they could change society forever.This is a science fiction thriller, which I don't think I was expecting! Granted, I didn't really read the synopsis (or if I had in the past, it was a long time ago and I forgot about it), and somehow I thought this was a fantasy novel. I love science fiction, and thrillers, and so this novel was right up my alley.The idea of this story isn't unique; we have this surgery that will make you really good at one thing (music, physics, writing, etc.), or perhaps two things (if you have the money). The Plutes are the elite that can get the ASA surgery, and they are celebrities and frivolous people. The Plutes are the ones that work in warehouses and poor fringes of the city, scraping by. The Plutes can't afford the ASA surgery, and many are not familiar with it. But everyone is familiar with Hanson's monopoly on music, and how singing and recreating music that is patented is totally illegal. The story is told from both Zimri and Orpheus's POV, first-person, alternating chapter to chapter. I really liked both characters! Zimri is reckless and unafraid of getting caught singing. She isn't a revolutionary, though her actions would make you think so. Orpheus is, at first, naive and frivolous like the other Plutes. When his father tries to force the ASA surgery on him, Orpheus runs away, and starts to work at a warehouse - which is how he meets Zimri. Orpheus develops noticeably, growing from a carefree rich boy to a hard-working man. He's always been kind and charming and magnetic, but as the story goes on, he sees how his Plute lifestyle was ridiculous.There is a lot of depth to both characters and their backstory. Zimri's story is told incrementally; at first we don't fully learn what happened to her father, and her mother, and what is happening with her grandmother. I like how information is gradually released, in a way that made the story flow better and make sense. The same goes for Orpheus's backstory - we don't learn everything about him in the beginning, and I think the story in general had more depth because of this setup.While the beginning was excruciatingly slow, the story picks up nicely and really gains steam. The climax was incredibly exciting and also terrifying! The story had been bumping along pretty smoothly and interestingly and then the climax popped up, and I was biting my nails! Well done by Swain there. As you can probably guess, the rising action of this book deals with a revolution that is taking place, one that eventually involves Zimri and Orpheus. This isn't a new concept but I liked its presence in this story.There is no love triangle. At first, it seems like Zimri and Orpheus won't be a couple, because there are secondary characters who seem to be into each of them (in Zimri's case, Zimri's best friend since childhood; in Orpheus's case, a rising starlet that has just had the ASA surgery, who would help his image). In any case, neither Zimri nor Orpheus like those people back (no feelings reciprocated), and when they (Zimri and Orpheus) meet each other, it's all Zimri & Orpheus from there. So, no love triangle, or anything of the sort. Zimri and Orpheus are super cute together! I like that Orpheus isn't an arrogant a**hole, and Zimri isn't a predictably snarky, feisty girl. Orpheus is kind and sweet and subtly protective, and Zimri is strong and tough but in a quiet way.Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this book! A weird take on surgically developing abilities, and how one person/entity can control everything. I'm not sure what drew me to this book months ago when I requested it, but I'm glad I decided to give it a shot!What I Did Not Like:I think my one complaint, and therefore, my biggest complaint, lies with the beginning of the book. If anyone saw my Goodreads, you'd see that I started this book on a Sunday and finished on a Tuesday night. That's actually a really long time for me to be reading a book - and I was supposed to have the review up on Monday. And I had only managed to read the first twenty pages on Sunday, nothing on Monday. The beginning is sooooo boring. I reread the first two chapters several times, and kept having to put the book down. Mentally, I just wasn't interested in continuing the story. Of course, I wouldn't ever not finish the book, and I certainly am glad that I kept reading (this is why I don't DNF!). But the beginning is very slow and very boring, and I could see others DNFing at that point, because of the slow beginning. Would I Recommend It:This book is perfect for those who like a mix of science fiction, thriller, and a cute romance. It's a standalone so all of your feels are taken for a ride within the book. I liked the ending a lot, and the book in general.Rating:3.5 stars -> rounded up to 4 stars. This doesn't seem to be particularly well-known or popular in my circles of the book blogosphere, but I really enjoyed the book! It's at least worth the read, if you're interested. I haven't read anything else by this author, but I will keep an eye out in the future!

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  1. Heather Swain lives in a crooked house in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, two children, a barkless dog, and two rescue cats She is the author of four novels for young adults, two kids craft books, two novels for grown ups, and numerous short stories, personal essays, and non fiction articles.

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  1. Review posted on The Eater of Books blog Gifted by H.A SwainPublisher Feiwel FriendsPublication Date June 14, 2016Rating 4 starsSource ARC sent by the publisherSummary from In Orpheus Chanson s world, geniuses and prodigies are no longer born or honed through hard work Instead, procedures to induce Acquired Savant Abilities ASAs are now purchased by the privileged And Orpheus s father holds the copyright to the ASA procedure.Zimri Robinson, a natural musical prodigy, is a plebe a worker at the e [...]


  2. Find this and other Reviews at In Tori LexActual Rating 4.5Orpheus and Zimri describe the well known tale of boy meets girl across town and discovers the humanity in us all But the setting is a Dystopian world where Artists are made for the wealthy through a surgery that gives them a Acquired Savant Ability In this world music is not owned, it is broadcast for a fee and anyone who recreates it is guilty of copyright theft Orpheus and Zimri have natural ability s for music, when they meet begin t [...]


  3. You can find this review on One Way Or An AuthorWhat if you were born into a world where it was illegal to do the thing that you love the most That s exactly what happens to Zimri in Gifted, a stand alone told through alternating first person POV s set in the near future We follow Zimri and Orpheus s adventure in the music industry and see them battle the blatant social stratification in their society, as well as discover who really deserves the music that is so preciously guarded by the leaders [...]




  4. Actual Rating 3.5 Disclaimer I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Full review to come as part of the blog tour.Books and Ladders Books Are My Fandom Twitter Instagram Bloglovin


  5. A dystopian with music, romance, and two characters who were never suppose to be meet GIFTED has a dual narrative that gives readers a clearer understanding of the different worlds both Zimri and Orpheus come from These two characters couldn t be any different Yet, there s something that draws the two of them together In world where people can be created to fit into their place in society, two teens are about to break all of their society s rules to follow their own dreams and aspirations In th [...]


  6. Actual rating 3.5 I ve read so many dystopian novels that I tend to be hypercritical of them The author MUST bring something new to the genre or I m not interested in it Thankfully, Swain does that, but in the big ways, Gifted is just like any other dystopia I have read In the future, the world belongs to those that HAVE the Plutes Those that HAVE NOT the Plebes live in squalor with barely enough food to eat and their entire reason for existence is to serve the Plutes Gifted is a love story betw [...]


  7. Imagine your parents to have to buy some type of procedure for you to be smarter than the rest of the kids Orpheus Chanson is the main character He has been raised in a privileged family, with lots of money His parents buy a procedure for him which will make him a genius When Orpheus meets Zimri, a natural music prodigy, they become friends and maybe even Although it is illegal for them to meet because Orpheus has gotten the procedure, and she comes from a non wealthy family I would compare thi [...]


  8. I feel like this book had a lot of interesting ideas, concepts, and characters, but I almost wonder if it should ve been longer I think time needed to be given to those characters, the unfamiliar world, the relationships, and the ending At the same time, this was not an action filled book, so making it longer and keeping it engaging could be hard It was an enjoyable and unique book with cool characters, however, and I m glad I read it.


  9. I was surprised by how much I loved this book I stayed up almost all night reading it It s a fun and exciting novel and demands that you finish as soon as possible.For me, the characters are the most important part of a good book H A Swain nailed it Both protagonists have so much depth to them, and their backstories are interesting and well developed I adore them Zimri is a tough yet bright young girl who s always helping others She has a deep passion for music and singing and is unafraid of get [...]


  10. I struggled with whether to give this book four stars or five stars Ultimately, I believe that five stars is truer to the book s worth in my eyes The one problem I had with the book was a few of the dragonfly passages Some of them seemed forced contrived and pulled me out of the story I understand the symbolism and juxtaposition with the drones but felt that it didn t work smoothly Otherwise, the book was wonderful This is a dystopian novel set in the near future though Taylor Swift is mentioned [...]


  11. Who owns music That s the question in H.A Swain s Gifted In a world where the music industry has been taken over by brain surgeries and a Simon Cowell eque overlord of music mogul, society has been divided into the haves and the have nots, the Plutes and the Plebes If you re a Plute, you have everything at your disposal and you can have an ASA, Acquired Savant Abilities, surgery done to make you into music s next star However, if you re a Plebe, you do not know that world because everything has [...]


  12. The girl has it bad Music is inside her and Nonda always knew it would eventually find a way out.For Orpheus Chanson, genius is an everyday occurrence In his world, the human brain has been fully mapped, and the elite are able to afford pricey Acquired Savant Abilities ASAs , which are surgeries that rewire the brain into becoming genius in one or two areas Even though he s a little on the fence about getting an ASA himself, his father owns the patent for the musical ASA as well as a copyright o [...]


  13. What upsets me about the lower ratings of this book is because I know it is rooted in how intelligent the book is It has a solid plot, it has interesting twists and characters and real tension, and it really takes on music as something to be made into a commodity and something to be used as a formatting tool I love this book I will shout my recommendation of it from rooftops and lawns, in grocery stores and streets Please read it I would love, love, love to discuss it


  14. This was one of those books that you start reading, get a few chapters in and stop I however, finally forced myself to read it and after 2 days I ve already completed the book I found the written to be very poetical and loving music myself thought this book was very captivating It is considered a romance novel, a genre which I generally don t like but I absolutely enjoyed this book


  15. So I m looking at the very few other reviews on Gifted and not a lot of them are in depth as to how the reader felt about the book Huh .It s my time to shine cracks knuckles I have one thing to say before anything else KEEP READING The beginning is slow, I know, but don t stop IT GETS BETTER.Now then Since this book just came out this year, 2016, I ll give a basic summary to keep us all on track because Lord knows if you want to figure out anything in this book you have to pay the fuck attention [...]


  16. What a very interesting book This was very different from Hunger, but I like that both books occur in the future Swain does a very good job describing new technology and the way it works Although I wasn t too fond of the book when it first began, it got much better as the pages were being flipped I enjoyed that the book revolved around music and fighting for a good cause I liked the small love that was between Zimiri and Orpheus, but it wasn t touched much on Sure the romance was there, but I do [...]


  17. The book wasn t bad once you got into it but it was one of those books where it takes literally FOREVER to get past the first chapter It took me three months to get past the first couple of pages because the way it was worded and the things that the author talked about sort of bored me and I had no desire to read the book.But I will say that the book was quite good AFTER the first few chapter and I suggest that you don t read this book if you don t have the patience to read slow starting books.


  18. A little dystopian romp through the future, 100 years from now It took me a few chapters to get my head wrapped around the unusual acronyms used by this future society where the music industry is a highly regulated money machine filled with surgically created gifted artists But once I was in that world I found the story and characters quite captivating Anytime an author tackles surgical brain modifications I find it disturbing, especially when it s a real possibility in the near future.


  19. Really of a 2.5 but I didn t get very far so I rounded up The blurb is misleading so far it s less about the ASAs and about music copyright Also the beginning is almost entirely info dumping I just wasn t really connecting with it the main characters felt kind of one dimensional and they didn t really have any flaws, but I still didn t like them.


  20. It took me a few chapters to get into the rhythm of this book ha ha pun not intended The difficulty may have had something to do with wrapping my head around the sci fi terms, or maybe because of the YA style Before I knew it, I was involved with the characters and wanting to know what would happen next This book had me sitting on the edge of my seat and cheering at the end


  21. Gifted is a great book It s about people s intelligences I really love the way this book is written in many different perspective s I suggest this book to anyone who enjoys dystopian, futuristic books.









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