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The Collective by [Hillard, Kenan]
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OVERVIEW

In his quest for revenge, Abel must confront a cunning tyrant, ruthless bounty hunter and charismatic warlord.

An ambitious dictator; Victor Xonox, is hell-bent on dominating the ruling class through manipulation and treachery.

The Mountie's precision with a firearm is only surpassed by the fear inspired by the whispers of his name.

A hardened, loyal army of mercenaries striving on the edge of the wasteland are commanded by the man known as Warden.

SUMMARY

Imagine a future America where the most precious resource is hoarded by eight wealthy families and walled cities comprised of towers draped in excess dot the landscape, outside those walls the masses are defenseless and left to the mercy of rogues, when Abel's father is executed for violating the news laws, the young agitator is set on a path of revenge that brings him into direct conflict with a ruthless mercenary. Can Abel be the catalyst to diminish the unyielding power of THE COLLECTIVE?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 555 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hillcorp, LLC; 1 edition (25 April 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00WPUZY2C
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 7 June 2015
By Liquid Frost - Published on Amazon.com
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Post apocalyptic future where water is the new gold and politics and corporations officially merge into houses of royalty. The Collective is the centralized power-base comprised of heads of families/territories with individual armies, production, and superior control over the masses in their district.

Basically, take human history of country/empire elite, introduce the United Nations, and you are close. Just add a Hitler-esq overall leader and you've got the setting. Some dictators are more ambitious than others and will do what is needed to rise in the ranking hierarchy.

Toss in outlanders whom try to live outside of the fiefdom system, add in some gangs, mix them with the masses that struggle to survive and you've got a recipe for revolution.

The story flows and definitely rolls hard and fast toward the end of, what I assume, is a series launch. The book can stand-alone, but it definitely leaves the door wide open for continuation. There are deaths, violence and minimum character development.

The latter may flesh out as the story continues. As example, Abel is the protagonist and we only really know that his family is poor, he was trained by his father to defend himself and hunt, and he is on a mission to take on a dictator.

I enjoyed the read. It has flavors of Hunger Games, The Postman, and Mad Max
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Coming of Age Post-Apocalyptic Action/Adventure 4 August 2015
By Dan Absalonson - Published on Amazon.com
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The Collective by Kenan Hillard | Book Review

This was one cool adventure. The last act of this novel really shines with brutal unrelenting action that leaves you reading as fast as you can just to keep up with the action. The beginning was really cool too. You delve into a dystopian world with the main character as he finds a way to make it without his family. In fact the only time I was a little bored was at the end of the second act where a bunch of info dumping took place about the powerful men who ran things in this cool post apocalyptic world. Those men are called The Collective and are who the novel is named after but the heart of the story is with a scrappy young guy named Abel. It was sort of interesting stuff and further developed the world building but it took me away from the main character's adventure and I really wanted to know what was going to happen next with him. It was a brief pit stop though and before long I was back in the story running and gunning with Abel. So overall it was an awesome ride through a desolate, quite interesting, and violent world.

Abel has a terrible tragedy happen to someone very close to him and is then sent away from his home to try and survive in a world were water is everything. Water is sparse and so it has a lot of value. Gangs run the towns and everyone gives them whatever they want out of fear. Abel however does not fear them and against Abel gets himself in and out of a lot of very dangerous situations with is awesome fighting abilities.

One of the things that shine in this novel are the fight scenes. I liked how Abel was an amazing fighter but it always felt like he could be killed at any moment. He was against odds that seemed like they would overtake him. I'm not saying he won every fight and I certainly don't want to spoil any of the story, but lets just say if you like action you're going to like this book.

Another cool aspect of this novel was the world building. There are the towns who must follow every rule on exactly how much water they're allowed and if they don't follow this there are dire consequences. That's where we start out. Then we go to the towns out on the edge of the society where gangs plunder through violence and fear. Then there is a holdout against The Collective where one man named Warden has built a safe but dangerous refuge for those who follow him. He was probably my favorite character. Not only did he rule over a group of people constantly trying to prove themselves in gladiatorial battles for him, he was an amazing fighter himself and he proves it many times in the story.

The end of the book to me was the best of it and you'll love rooting for the rebel fighters as they storm one of The Collective's bases and do all they can to try and take it over. Will they succeed? I guess you'll just have to read the book to find out? It's a real nice coming of age post apocalyptic adventure story. I'm glad I read it. Watch out, it gets brutal at the end!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dystopian sci-fi worth reading more than once 9 June 2015
By Kitty Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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This dark, deep, and fast paced post-apocalyptic novel drops you straight into the action and never lets up. Kenan Hillard has taken a common trope (desert world, water wars, ruthless dictators, lone hero) and crafted something intensely original. It's a crafty blend of dystopian Us vs Them and coming of age as Abel goes up against a seemingly untouchable elite. Victor Xonox is at the top of the ruling class and his family controls the water. In worlds like this, controlling the water is the same as controlling life. It is this power that lays Abel's father low for the crime of violating news laws. Now Abel is on a mission, and to do it he'll need help of the worst kind.

If you love character driven, dystopian sci-fi like Hunger Games or Elysium that champion the underdog against the elites then The Collective will be right up your alley. Well written and perfectly edited, it's the sort of gripping sci-fi adventure you can get completely lost in for days. Victor Xonox is brilliant as the villain you love to hate while Abel easily captures your sympathies as the downtrodden but unbreakable hero. This is one story I'll be revisiting again.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Hoping for a part 2! 12 November 2016
By Jennifer Hiles - Published on Amazon.com
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I really liked this book. The characters were well done and each had their own unique personality. The storyline was also unique and interesting. It literally made me thirsty for water everytime they talked about not getting enough! There was a lot of suspense and some interesting twists and turns. I'm really hoping for a second book! It was definitley left open for the possibility.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my drink of water 25 June 2015
By Judy Griffith Gill - Published on Amazon.com
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Kenan Hillard, in THE COLLECTIVE, utilizes a topical theme, the universal need for water and its growing scarcity. In this dystopian novel, the wealthy are all-powerful, and, not surprisingly, the poor suffer. If you don't belong to one of the five fiefdoms in this post apocalyptic America, your life has no value. Even if you do, the slightest error in pleasing your lord and master will get you killed. I found the plotting trite, the characters predictable, and the dialogue stilted. Others, of course, might enjoy the battles and cruelties depicted, but I found the story a poor imitation of some of the old historicals with steeds, knights, and armor replaced by modern vehicles and technology while reverting to medieval attitudes. It was hard slogging, but I finished it, and discovered the dialogue improving toward the end, though not enough to raise my rating.

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