Saturday, September 7, 2019

The Pale by Clare Rhoden - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

The Pale - Chronicles of the Pale #1

The Outside can be a dangerous place.
But so can the inside.
It’s been years since the original cataclysm, but life has been structured, peaceful, and most of all uneventful in the Pale. The humachine citizens welcome the order provided by their ruler, the baleful Regent.
However, when one of their own rescues a human boy, Hector, from ravenous ferals on the Outside, their careful systems are turned upside down.
As Hector grows more and more human-strange, the citizens of the Pale grow uneasy.
What will happen when the Outside tries to get in?

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My Review
The Pale is the first book in the Chronicles of the Pale series, and it's definitely a wild read. I did struggle with getting into at first, because there is a lot to take in and keep track of, but after a bit, everything started to click in my head and make more sense to me. I found myself curious and wanting to know more.
The Pale is set in the future. There was an event known as the Great Conflagration, and now the world has changed. The book focuses on four main groups of characters. 
There's the humachines of the Pale. They're a mash-up of humans and machines. Their city is walled, and they tend to keep to themselves. Anything or anyone that wanders too close is usually killed or taken in to be studied/recycled for food/upgrades/etc. They're ruled by a woman known as the Regent.
Then there's the Canini. They're intelligent wolf-like dogs that can mindspeak to one another and some humans. They also have opposable thumbs. They mainly keep to themselves, but will run with the humans if necessary.
There's the Tribes, a group of humans who live in the South (I believe) and trade with the humans of the Settlement. Some of the tribe can mindspeak with the Canini and use it to learn about what's going on in their new world.
And there's the Settlement, a town of humans who follow a strict code where only those deemed worthy are allowed to procreate and live a more comfortable life. 
The book jumps into things with a humachine named Tad discovering a wailing human child outside the gates of the Pale. His mother is dead (killed by ferals), and he's all alone. Tad decides to bring him into the Pale, which doesn't sit well with the others, but they figure they can use him. He's trained to work with Tad, but the more he grows, the more human he seems, even with the modifications the Pale provides. What happens when the Regent decides Hector and Tad are no longer worthy of being citizens of the Pale? You'll have to read it and find out. 
I don't want to give too much away, because I know I'll spoil things, so I'll just say this: If you enjoy though-provoking, intelligent dystopian fiction, you'll want to check out The Chronicles of the Pale. Although the first book was a bit slow to get going (at least for me), and I struggled a bit, I found it intriguing and engaging, and by the time it ended, I was eager for more.
I'm rating it 3.5 stars. 

Author Bio –
Clare Rhoden is a writer, speaker and reviewer inspired by politics, culture and the march of history. Her thought-provoking stories and popular characters inspire hope and optimism through challenging times, with novels ranging from wartime history to the dystopian world of the Pale.

Social Media Links –
Instagram: @clarerhodenauthor
Twitter: @ClareER

Giveaway to Win Signed Copies of all three Chronicles of the Pale books & wolf-dog toy made by Borchetta Plush Toys of Australia (Open INT)
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