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Flash Point

3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  571 ratings  ·  126 reviews
A population hooked on televised entertainment. The chance to win millions of dollars. A producer who will do anything for ratings. One girl who doesn't know she's being fooled...

Amy had college dreams - until the Collapse destroyed the economy and her future. Now she is her family's sole support, desperate for any job. When she finds herself in the running for a slot on a
Hardcover, 502 pages
Published November 8th 2012 by Viking
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After reading 500+ pages, I have to ask. WHAT THE HECK ARE PHANTOMS?!? Can someone please tell me? Kress set up the beginning by making a big deal out of these things, and I guess they kind of lead Amy into her decisions, but I can't tell if they're voices in her head or shadow-like things. And the book alludes to some genetic code, but I'm not sure if they're some sci-fi thing or paranormal gift. And for something that has such a significant impact on Amy, they disappear for a good chunk of ...more
Short version – This book sucked. Nothing happens. Not a damn thing. Then suddenly the author seems to remember they are writing a book to interest people and something happens. Then the book is over. Save your money and buy a book where something, ANYTHING happens.

Long version – I was really looking forward to this book, it’s embarrassing just how much. I wanted to love it so much that I pre-ordered it months before it was released. Then I started seeing a lot of bad reviews and had an “uh oh,
Oh wow, Flash Point was not what I expected. I tend to always check goodreads and read a couple of non spoiler reviews of books I am starting right now and what I found was that there barely was any reviews. However, what convinced me was the review written by Gabby from Chapter by Chapter (Review here). So while I was excited from reading Gabby's review, I was also a bit wary from the lack of reviews as well as the review copy being around 500 pages long. Even with that, I really liked the idea ...more
Jeannette Brown
I'm thinking about sending my brother-in-law Ryan flowers for recommending this book. It was one of those rare books where I found myself reading it all night long (I looked at the clock and it was 5am!!) Really, really, really good. Ryan, said it's kinda like the hunger games with lots of interesting twists and turns. It was SO good and such a quick read! I would recommend this to any of my friends who enjoyed the hunger games!

I'm surprised that Nancy Kress isn't more popular considering how GR
Charles Shingledecker
Jul 14, 2014 Charles Shingledecker rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adult readers, Social SF fans
Wow! I suppose I could stop there, but what good would that do anyone skimming the reviews?

Let me start off by saying I had NO idea what to expect with this book. I've heard of Nancy Kress and am aware of the multiple SF awards and nominations she's received but I've never read her. I've also been somewhat disappointed with a few of my recent reads within the YA genre. Not this time. This book was an amazing, exciting, page turning read that I could NOT put down. Few books have kept me awake at
This is the story of a poor teenager selected for a reality show that continually throws her into strange or dangerous simulated experiences. The rest of the world watches the scenario and votes on how she probably responded. As the show ratings start to dip, the simulations get scarier.

Kress is known for her ability to create near futures that are frightening, exciting, and plausible. Her attention to the social and economic consequences of technological progress sets her work apart. Unfortunat
Ever started a book and been like, "I want this?" Only to get to the end and be like, "Never mind, I don't want this anymore?" That happens to me sometimes. And it unfortunately happened this time.

So I saw this book at the library with this absolutely amazing cover of this girl who looked ready to kick butt, against a backdrop of neon advertisements and screens and stuff. This book was called Flash Point by Nancy Kress, who's written a couple things I liked before. And when I read the summary, I
Very interesting reading, especially compared to the Divergent series I am reading at the same time. Both are "Dystopian Girl Fanfic", as a friend put it. I thought this one would be right up my alley because it's about someone competing in a reality show where the pressure keeps increasing to drive up ratings, and survival-strategy situations are one of my weaknesses. However, there's actually not much strategy here, and not nearly as much competition as you would expect. It's kind of The Hunge ...more
For the most part, this book was awesome. It felt like a more realistic version of Hunger Games. Totally unpredictable.
There were problems, however. (Which is why I didn't give it five stars.)
First of all, the ending was not at all satisfying. I think part of it is Kress's ability to write unpredictably. It's great for starting out, but trickier with endings. Although she attempted to bring it all together, the conclusion felt random and thrown together.
Second was Amy's "special ability". It was
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The synopsis of this book really piqued my interest as it sounded like a highly engaging dystopian novel, very Hunger Games-esk, as it were. But in reality, it’s actually nothing like The Hunger Games, which I found refreshing, further adding to the uniqueness of this novel. However, my feelings toward the novel are a bit mixed.

While the beginning of the novel helped set the stage, I have to admit that it moved a little too s
Unlike others I did not find the characters flat at all. In fact, I think the author did a very unique thing. Since everything is seen through the eyes of the main character only, we view the characters through HER eyes and she views things very one dimensionally. It is only as time goes on that the actions of her fellow contestants begin to color her views as to what type of people they are that she realizes that they are NOT what she originally thought. The handsome hero is a spi
Shiloh (Fantastic Reading)
The economy has crumbled, nearing Great Depression levels. The middle class is all but gone, leaving only a massive struggling lower class and a small, incredibly wealthy upper class. America is dying, foreign interests taking over. The public is simmering, on the edge of a massive revolution--a flash point. In the midst of this chaos, a TV network is planning a reality show which places people in dangerous situations and allows viewers to bet on the people's reactions to these situations. Amy i ...more
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In the near future — a future that is a little too close, and a little too plausible for comfort — the economy has collapsed and the US as we know it is starting to change. There is no more middle class. You are either well off, or you’re not, and those that are not really struggle to keep their heads above water. Amy, the main character, is doing everything she can to take care of her ailing grandmother and her kid sister, but things aren’t looking good for them. They have no insurance, and can ...more

This is definitely a book for fans of The Hunger Games. As you can probably tell from the synopsis, the premise for this book is very similar to THG – I wouldn’t say that it’s ultimately a bad thing, but it does result in it being very easy to draw comparisons between the two. Unfortunately in this case, I felt a little like it led me to feeling a little like Flash Point was a watered down version of a very popular book.

However, that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the book. On it’s own meri
An interesting look at the US after an economic collapse. A network sets up a reality show where the contestants aren't immediately aware they are being filmed. This probably could have worked set in present day, as well.

While touted as YA, there was some cursing that I haven't seen in YA before. Not that I'm a prude about language - ask my best friend! - but for some, it might be an issue.

I found Amy's "phantoms" irritating and not germane to the story at all.

Some of the plot surrounding Violet
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Kaylee Nope

This Book Was AMAZING!!! "Flash Point" is a gripping story, presenting us with a scenario of a post-apocalyptic United States. I loved how Amy's sister was intertwined into the game show at the end. However, there was no much-needed explanation of Amy's "Phantoms" and it seemed Kress left a few too many loose ends hanging. Violet' part in this was never really fully explained, there was really not any information on the collapse, we didn't even get a full pi
Jill Heather
It's a fun book -- I really enjoy the dystopian reality show genre, apparently -- but I kept getting pulled out of the story by all the brand names. Only for clothes and web services, oddly; electronics were talked about in very generic detail.

It's altogether a little silly, and the Bad People Who Get Their Comeuppance vs the Bad People Who Are Dropped is a weird thing for the book, which is all about how people (except perhaps the narrator) are complex. But it's still a fun, very fast, read.
I don't know how many times I can say this but I always feel compelled to repeat myself before writing a review that the author may stumble upon and find depressing because it isn't "glowing with praise".

So here it goes: I don't hate! It just wasn't my cup of tea. Try again I Promise I'll keep reading. Capeesh?

Moving along now...

Amy gave me a migraine, and I mean that in the most literal sense. I just took three Excedrin's in the hopes that my eye will at least stop twitching with how badly I w
Ashley Fetterman
So when I first ran across this book, I was interested but not entirely so. So I’ve had this book lurking on my Kindle for about two years or less. But I’ve never really picked it up until a day ago. I’ll say that it was interesting and captivating at first, as I forgot what it was about originally. What I did not expect was the deeper meanings and more seriousness behind the book. I had come into the book, perceiving that it was about a girl that wanted fame and what lured into something she sh ...more
Okay, I was a little iffy about reading this. There are a lot of things that I hated about this book. I just kinda went Huh at some parts.

1. The Collapse.
I didn't really understand it. All I got was that the economy was down under and all everyone was dirt poor. But this didn't show in the book. All we really read bout was the rich part. I mean, if the economy is down under then shouldn't it alright if you were just getting by by being in middle class. All the stuff I read about was stinking ri
There was some stuff that I really liked about the book, like it's unpredictability at parts, and the characters. Other things I hated, like the phantoms... They were a little too convenient for me. Also, the language was a bit much. It's like Kress assumes that there is not a single soul left in existence that chooses to keep language PG.
Fred Hughes
What happens when you get 7 young people, put them in intense situations, and then ask the public to guess how each of them will react to that situation with the chance to win $5,000,000 if you are correct ? You get the new reality show - "Who Knows People Baby - You ?"

Well that's the theory, but our protagonist Amy is not impressed when the first situation is sprung on her without warning. A man has been stabbed in an alley and when she goes to help him he tries to attack her. Except it's all a
This book was paced brilliantly but seemed a bit underdone in spots. We never had an explanation for the main character's visions, the political story arc seemed like it was an afterthought, and the character's obsession with fashion was a bit random (coming from someone who closely followed fashion as a child, without access to media of any kind, I'm not sure I buy the character being able to identify every piece of haute couture she sees.) Still it was a fun read. Formatting-wise, the paperbac ...more
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
That was a strange read. Had so much potential but fell & fell hard. Sad when a book you're looking forward to leaves you wondering what the heck that just was? Full review to follow.
After the first couple of chapters of Flash Point were going pretty stale I read the goodreads reviews, most of them negative and I totally agreed with the points, most of them already evident from the beginning of the book. Surprisingly though, I did quite like it. It's far from perfect or amazing but the pace and characters are pretty consistent. They were supposed to be 'two dimensional' I guess with more than one personality type though it wasn't done very subtlely so it was a bit jerky unti ...more
I thought that this book was an okay book. The beginning it is about this girl named Amy. She had dreams of going to college, until the Collapse destroyed the economy and lessened her chance. Amy is desperate for any job that will help support her younger sister named Kaylie and very ill grandmother. I thought that Amy was doing all the work and Kaylie was doing nothing that makes enough money but I guess that was the point. When she finds a job on a new reality TV show called Who Knows People, ...more
Sierra Abrams
Jul 01, 2012 Sierra Abrams marked it as to-read
Ummm Hunger Games, anyone?
Taylor Pedigo
This book was very good, and very well written, it had very descriptive detail like I could see the person in my mind. She did a very good job of telling the readers how, what, when, and where everything was happening. Over all the book was very interesting, I didn't get some of what she was trying to say, but she had very good detail. The book was about a girl who needed some money for her family, so she went to a job interview, and became an actress, and she didn't know what she was going for.
I was quite disappointed when I finished this. I found the concept super interesting, and considering how fond I am of dystopias, I picked it up expecting something really cool.
Alas, I did not get it.

The main plot line is about six teens who are part of a new TV show, which revolves around "predicting behaviour"- basically, the TV network puts them in unexpected situations and whichever viewer accurately guesses how they react, wins millions of dollars. However, this book just went downhill. As
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Nancy Kress is an American science fiction writer. She began writing in 1976 but has achieved her greatest notice since the publication of her Hugo and Nebula-winning 1991 novella Beggars in Spain which was later expanded into a novel with the same title. In addition to her novels, Kress has written numerous short stories and is a regular columnist for Writer's Digest. She is a regular at Clario ...more
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