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A Few Lives Lost

4.88 of 5 stars 4.88  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Thomas loves the outdoors. He doesn’t love battling the unforgiving elements and relentless deprivation in a minute-to-minute struggle for survival. What teen would? But when the United States collapses suddenly and regional authoritarian powers establish their rule, he is forced to make a terrible decision for his future, and more importantly, that of his younger sister. ...more
Paperback, 1.00, 422 pages
Published January 15th 2014 by The London Annie Press (first published December 19th 2013)
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In a fallen country, the United States of America are united no longer. Instead, each state vies to get ahead, causing civil unrest as borders are closed and citizens are deprived of their basic rights.

The book opens with Thomas, a fifteen-year-old boy on the run from the state authorities. In addition to his ten-year-old sister Abbi are two other runaways - the foster kids from down the street - creepy, tattooed, and pierced Devany, and her loud-mouth little brother Remy.

As it proves that stat
Steve Justice
Apr 03, 2014 Steve Justice rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
A Few Lives Lost is described as Young Adult fiction, and while it is true that the main character does indeed fall into that category, to pigeon-hole this novel as only suitable for young adults would be doing it an injustice as I believe this is an incredibly well-written novel that would be enjoyable to readers of any age.

The story of Thomas Madison, his younger sister Abbi, the older punk girl Devany Ryder and her younger brother Remy could be summed up as a survival story as they try to es
Excellent book. Thought provoking, attention grabbing, didn't want to stop reading to do pesky things like sleep. I look forward to more from this author.
Ju Ephraime
'A Few Lives Lost' started off to a slow start for me, but it very quickly picked up steam and I found myself captivated. I have to confessed I’m not one for YA books, but the author presented the work is such a way that it could go either way. A move which I thought was brilliant. As a case, the detailed description of the different states in America preparing for war, bought the adult element into the story. The pacing and character development was on point, where the author introduces the rea ...more
K. Lamb
With such an influx of books on the market today it is easy to get lost in a sea of literary options. What book to read? If you enjoy Dystopian novels, I recommend A Few Lives Lost. You easily become immersed in the story line of four young children and the misery that becomes their lives as they trek across country in a desperate attempt to find a new home--a better place--than the one that left them orphaned and abandoned.

In a mere heartbeat these minors move from adolescence to adulthood. It
Mariah Percy
Feb 27, 2015 Mariah Percy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mariah by: Jared Percy
"A Few Lives Lost" by Jared Percy is a great book. I love how four kids went all the way to Wyoming. I never would've imagined a romance happening either. For the author to think of this is great! At some parts it was gross like when one of the boys hand got torn to shreds. I loved how they used boy scout survival techniques to tell what day it was, to filter water and what time it was. I never could've done that. Not only is this book written by my brother it is also quite possibly the best boo ...more
Melinda Kelly
The next great dystopian trilogy! J. Glen Percy brought the suspense in the first book of the Tyrranny Trilogy! I was completely wrapped up in the characters, their personal stories and the ultimate journey this story took them on. This author is very descriptive and it allows you to submerse yourself in the do not just read this book, but you actually can be a part of it. A Few Lives Lost has a lot of suspense, survival, and guns...but it also has deep relationships, humor and true ...more
Sydney Cleary
This book was phenomenal, it being a debut novel made it even better. The book started off a little slow making me question if I should stop. By chapter 4 I was so glad I didn't. This book is well written and the characters are believable and so are the plot-twists, which, came so often I felt as though I sometimes couldn't put the book down and may have had to read it until early morning due to suspense. This dystopian society made me think long and hard about government then and now. I won thi ...more
Mckennah Percy
The book "A Few Lives Lost " is a very good book .It makes you think a lot about real world problems.Once you have read this book it will make you think a lot more in depth about many things in the united states.The first chapter is a little boring talking about the story.After the first chapter it gets so more interesting. Every time you pick up the book to read you never want to put it down.I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read books that make you think.I'm super excited for book t ...more
With the primary characters spending most of the story in the wilderness, you'd think it was mostly about survival in the outdoors. But you'd think wrong. This novel provides a mix of subject matter including big government, individual rights, survival, family, respect, freedom, and responsibility. Working with others you don't quite understand. A retelling of some real life historical events, even. The very description offered explains that we will examine what it means to grow up free. Freedom ...more
Craig Furchtenicht
A Few Lives Lost is by far the most original contribution to the a Dystopian genre that I have read to date. The concept of States waging war against each other and oppressing its own residents is a truly unique twist. It is 1984 meets Red Dawn with an American Civil War sense of tragical desperation allnin one.
The love aspect, between the main character and a girl as well as his younger sister is inspiring. I also appreciated the fact that when prompted to resort to violence Thomas does so with
Bethany Hagen
This is a story about survival, friendship and family, a book set into a war-torn America that reminds me of John Marsden's When the War Began series or even of movies like Red Dawn. While the characters are teens, the detailed prose and thoughtfulness of the novel will endear it to adults as well, especially adults interested in survivalism and prepping. A tense, fast-paced read.
Anna Scanlon
The writing in this book was absolutely excellent and the premise was amazing. It was quickly paced, well-written and extremely thought provoking. This author definitely deserves more accolades and praise. Excellent job.
Jason Orcutt
J. Percy comes out of nowhere and brings more perspective on young love than is found in The Hunger Games. Running, shooting, kissing... Finally. It insights the desire to help cirizens of America take a stand.
Excellent read. A fast paced book that kept me captivated from the very beginning. The author tells the story in such a way that is both thought provoking and exhilarating. Best book I've read in a long time, and I am looking forward to the second one!
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J Glen Percy is a product development engineer in the bio-medical field who lives, works, and plays in the greater Kansas City area. Born and raised in Casper, Wyoming, upon graduating high school, he promptly left home in pursuit of future opportunities. Years of hard work and perseverance at the University of Kansas were rewarded with a distinguished degree in aerospace engineering and a positio ...more
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