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Ten Days

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  48 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Ten Days is a New Adult romance, based on the short story "The Machine Stops" by E.M. Forster.

Nineteen-year-old Cally isn’t like the others. In her society, the Machine caters to every whim, ensuring people don’t have to leave their pods. But Cally and her best friend Marshal find themselves drawn to how things used to be, when people lived on the surface of the earth and
Kindle Edition, 187 pages
Published May 9th 2013
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Jenn Dattilo Watts
May 20, 2013 Jenn Dattilo Watts rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult, sci-fi
3.5 stars for Ten Days. This is a retelling of a short story by E. M. Forster according to the author's note. I've never read the original story so no idea how close to the original idea this one is, but props to Ms. Mayfield for the retelling.

This was also my first foray into the "new adult" category that has recently come out. I wasn't sure what to expect in regards to how different it would be from "young adult" literature, so this could be regarded as a learning experience for me. The sexua
S.J. Pajonas
Sep 30, 2013 S.J. Pajonas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, arc
I received an ARC of this for an honest review.

Ten Days centers around a society dependent on The Machine for their every need. Each citizen spends their days repressing their baser emotions and coming up with great ideas to further the society along a long evolutionary arc. The Machine takes care of everything: food, water, cleaning, transportation, communication, etc. Citizens have little to do but think.

Cally, our heroine, though, does not fit in. We get to see her life through her eyes and
Melanie Hooyenga
Imagine a world with zero physical contact and patches that prevent you from feeling any emotion. Now imagine you're a teenage girl who's suddenly feeling all the feels and you have no one to tell you what's going on.

Mayfield's Ten Days tells the story of Cally and Marshal in a post-apocalyptic underground world controlled by The Committee. While there are a lot of books in this genre, Mayfield does a wonderful job capturing the intense feelings of first love -- a big reason that I love reading
Nevaeh Lee
May 10, 2013 Nevaeh Lee rated it really liked it
Ten Days is a well-written debut sci-fi/dystopian novel that will be a favorite among anyone who enjoys this genre, and even those who don't. It reminds me of the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver, Matched by Ally Condie, and going way back, The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. And yes, those are all YA books. This could also probably pass as YA, though there is one scene that would be more appropriate for mature audiences.. However, the language and sex are both pretty tame by NA standards.

Cassandra Mello
"There is a solution for everything that ails your body or mind. The Machine graciously provides anything you could possibly need - no need to look elsewhere." ~ The Book of the Machine

"The day had been perfectly civilized. And perfectly dull."

Cally and Marshal are best friends who grew up together in a futuristic world where isolation is considered the highest form of refinement. At age 12, they were separated and lived in individual pods in colonies, and are still in that situation when we mee
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I was given this book for my honest review.

This was one of those books that make you think what if the world was really like this. With the way that technology is going now it very well could be. This was a very enjoyable book that made you realize that sometimes you have to step back and look at how things use to be and what can happen if we all forget that. This book kept me intrigued from beginning to end and I did not want to put it down until I was finished and then it had me wishing that t
Hannah (Broc's Bookcase)
One of these books which makes you wonder what our world is going to end up like in the future, with all the technological advances currently going on int the world. Cally and Marshall were very likable characters and kept me reading. The book kept me interested from page one and I was really disappointment upon finishing it as I wanted more!!!

David Sergey
Solid 3-3.5 stars, well above average and great debut. Well written and easy to read, but at same ending is rather depressing if you think about the fact that kids are left in a wild with weak immune system, no antibiotics and no contraception. Somewhat naive in its anti globalism and anti technology.
Marilyn Brant
Sep 05, 2013 Marilyn Brant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED this story!
Olivia Mayfield's TEN DAYS was beautifully and compellingly written. The well-drawn characters and their realizations about their society have stayed with me ever since I read the story this summer. It's made me anxious to read more of her work. Highly recommended!
Jan 15, 2014 Cindywho rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sf, ya
As a retelling of "the machine stops" it was pretty good, as a young adult romance, it was a bit awkward. The phrase "watery smile" was used more than once and I found myself wondering if the protagonist was drooling...
Jim Cangany
Jul 07, 2013 Jim Cangany rated it really liked it
A gripping tale that combines elements of City of Ember and Logan's Run with a New Adult romance. Mayfield is an author from whom I look forward to reading more.
Oct 27, 2013 Cori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I loved this book but the ending! I had no idea it was a cliffhanger and I'd have to wait for the next one!!!
Sep 02, 2013 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book on a whim and I raced through it. What an excellent story. Highly recommended.
Jan 07, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia, scifi, kindle
I liked this. It was a quick, easy read. It read younger than I anticipated it would.
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Olivia Mayfield has been an unabashed fan of romance since she was a young teen, secretly devouring her mom’s Harlequins. She has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing, as well as a Master’s degree in English, and lives with her family in Ohio. In her free time, she loves reading, shopping, wearing absurdly high-heeled boots, cheesecake, singing karaoke, and harassing her friends. Visit her webs ...more
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