Dissension by Katie Salidas @QuixoticKatie Book #1 in a #Distopia #Vampire series

Dissension (Chronicles of the Uprising, #1)Dissension by K.A. Salidas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dissension is a paranormal dystopia novella and book #1 of the Chronicles Of The Uprising series.

The prologue opens with a description of the end of the world on December 21st 2012. Few survived, but those who did were forced to work together for survival. Vampires came out of the shadows and in the beginning collaborated with humans.

One hundred years later, the vampires are slaves to the humans who use their weakness to sunlight as a weapon against them. Near the Pacific coast, in New Haven City, Mira has been imprisoned for almost thirty years. She’s forced to be a fighter in a Gladiator style arena with many others, who suffer daily torture and humiliation at the hands of humans. Mira longs to escape.

The faint whiff of hope is offered by Regent Lucian Stavros. Mira is right to be suspicious, especially when she finds herself being part of a medical experiment, but Lucian insists he wants to help Mira.

When Mira refuses to entertain the crowds in one last arena fight, she pushes the authorities too far, but luck is on her side and she takes the slim chance to freedom and the hope of reaching the mythical place of sanctuary for the supernatural.

Recommended for those who enjoy the supernatural and futuristic dystopia genre. The story is continued in book #2 of the series.

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Book Description

The great cataclysm wiped almost all life from the face of planet Earth, but tiny pockets of survivors crawled from the ashes, with only one thought: survival, at any cost.
But not all survivors were human.
In the dark, militant society that has risen in the aftermath, vampires, once thought to be mythical, have been assimilated and enslaved. Used for blood sport their lives are allowed to continue only for the entertainment of the masses. Reviled as savages, they are destined to serve out their immortal lives in the arena, as gladiators.
And there is no greater gladiator than Mira: undefeated, uncompromising…and seemingly unbreakable. When an escape attempt leads Mira into the path of Lucian Stavros, the city’s Regent, her destiny is changed forever.
Lucian, raised in a culture which both reviles and celebrates the savagery and inhumanity of vampires, finds Mira as intriguing as she is brash. An impulsive decision – to become Mira’s patron – changes more than just Lucian’s perception about vampire kind. The course of his life is altered in ways he could never have predicted – a life that is suddenly as expendable as hers.
Can Mira prove to Lucian that all is not as it seems? Can Lucian escape centuries of lies, bloodshed, and propaganda to see the truth? Or will the supreme power of the human overlords destroy them both?

About the author

Katie Salidas is a best-selling author known for her unique genre-blending style that led to the award-winning Paranormal Dystopian Thriller: Dissension.

Host of the Indie YouTube Talk show, Spilling Ink, nerd, Doctor Who fangirl, Las Vegas Native, and SuperMom to three awesome kids, Katie gives new meaning to the term sleep-deprived.

Since 2010 she’s penned four bestselling book series: the Immortalis, Olde Town Pack, Little Werewolf, and the RONE award-winning Chronicles of the Uprising. And as her not-so-secret alter ego, Rozlyn Sparks, she is a USA Today bestselling author of romance with a naughty side.

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