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3.47  ·  Rating details ·  179 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Ima is just a teenage girl trying to make it in The Dome, an encapsulated, 5-mile radius of downtown Chicago that remains after natural disaster has overtaken most of the earth. When she meets a hooded figure named Vaughn at a party, he takes her on a whirlwind escape that jolts her from her current reality into Silicon City, where humans are upgraded, currency is clout, a ...more
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Spaulding House
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Jul 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
I really, really liked the concept and the world, and wanted to love the book. However, I found the writing to be incredibly unpolished. There are numerous typos, weird sentence structure, gaping plot holes, too much to just gloss over. Leonelle's next two books need solid editing, because whoever did this one just does not cut it.

I didn't like Ima/Cinder's complete 180 from being this meek, abused follower to suddenly being the biggest BAMF resistance-leader around in this completely new, unfa
Laura Beth
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
The 1st 10 chapters are good - just waiting on an email from the author to get the rest. (getting impatient!! )

4/6/12 - Initial reaction after finishing: WTH!?!? How in the world could you end a book like that? Storyline is great and totally unique (with the exception of 'Come with me if you want to live' - LOL!). Just cannot believe the book ended the way it did. No idea what I am going to rate it. Going to have to sit on it a bit.

4/10/12 - Updated Review
For me this is a perfect example of 'don
Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it
I loved the prologue, which made me eager to devour the book. However, to my disappointment a bulk of the story never mentions the prologue again. Instead of an sci-fi with a mad scientist acting "God," creating and observing his artificial human creations, I get a young adult love, action, "dystopian" story. Don't get me wrong, it is a fun read, but I still can't help being a bit cheated. While fast-paced and entertaining, it falls slightly short in almost every aspect. Nonetheless, it was an i ...more
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
I don’t think I’m cut out for Young Adult books. Maybe that's why I didn’t enjoy Monica Leonelle’s new novel Socialpunk as much as all the other reviewers out there. I had high hopes for this dystopian/sci-fi tale, which is one reason why it breaks my heart to post this review. Monica is also a sweetheart, and I’m loathe to rain on her parade. That’s reason number two. But I agreed to give an honest review as part of her Socialpunk blog tour, and by God that’s what I’m going do. Now on to the pl ...more
Mar 31, 2012 rated it liked it
This review originally appeared on Books, Bones & Buffy.

This is a hard review for me to write, because there is so much to like about Socialpunk. It’s creative, engaging, and filled with clever ideas that make it a unique read. It has also received lots of great reviews from the blogging community. But my overall reaction after reading the book was that it felt unfinished, like a first draft that had potential but needed a lot more work before it was ready to be published.

Socialpunk takes pl
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Socialpunk was a fun read, I didn't want to put the book down while I was in the middle of it. I haven't read any "cyberpunk" style books before (that I can think of off the top of my head), but I did enjoy this one. It seems to me to be a fairly traditional, post-apocalyptic, sci-fi novel and love story. I can see a lot of parallels to other sci-fi stories spanning the years from Logan's Run to The Matrix, including an almost verbatim reference to The Terminator movies. I have nothing against f ...more
Gwynn White
Apr 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, sci-fi, dystopia
Monica Leonelle provided me with a copy of SOCIALPUNK for me to review as part of her blog tour. She did this because my blog reviews are a bit different to most. You see, my blog is written and managed by the characters of my novel Cursed.

So this eighteen-year-old, fictional Seth's take on Socialpunk:

Word has got out into the blogosphere that I like to read Sci-Fi. The result? Monica Leonelle has asked me to review her book Socialpunk. Cool title, by the way.

And the cover? Hmm . . . Sorry, bu
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ima lives in The Dome. You can't leave The Dome. She doesn't remember her younger years-the years she wasn't at Dome. Her best friend in the world is Dash and it's become awkward between them. See she loves him but can't tell him. He even sets her up with Nahum who is new to The Dome.

Her father is controlling and hurts her if she goes too far while her mother decides to do nothing while her daughters in pain. She runs away to go to a concert- her father hot on her trails but she makes it there w
Julie(Reading By The Beach)
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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"If you want to live, come with me"

I was extremely excited to have the chance to delve into Socialpunk because I have never read a "cyberpunk" book before, at least I don't think I have. I have to say that I was not disappointed. I was constantly intrigued as I followed Ima on her adventure!

I found Ima to be a great character, she had the potential to sweep me away, but she wasn't quite there. . . ye
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, blog-tour
*more accurate, 3.5*
Review originally posted at Willing to See Less

Socialpunk grabbed me with its prologue. I read it when I was first contacted for the blog tour, and I really wanted to read more. It was well written, had a dark antmosphere and nicely set the foundations for a mysterious and exciting futuristic read. Even though the POV shifts, it doesn't lose the freshness in voice, and only picks up speed as we follow Ima, Dash, Nahum and the rest of the gang on a journey that will shake up
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
DISCLAIMER: I received this book free to review on my blog, so this post has also been posted on this blog link: http://theworldofmyimagination.blogsp...

I haven't read many books that dealt with futuristic Earth worlds (no, I haven't read Hunger Games), and in fact, I read a blogger recently who compared this book to Hunger Games. And from what I've read about the book Hunger Games, he is probably right. The only comparison I can make with this book and more recent ones I've read is Player One b
Apr 07, 2012 rated it liked it
I wasn't sure what exactly I was getting into when I received an email to take part in a blog tour for a cyberpunk novel. I don't think I've ever read a cyberpunk or even a steampunk book before, and I hated The Terminator. So, I was extremely surprised at how much I ended up liking Socialpunk.

Socialpunk was slow to start, and it took me a couple of tries to finally get sucked in. But waiting at in a salon that made me dizzy from the polish and dye fumes for over two hours for a friend gave me t
May 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Originally posted on The Tiny Book Nook

Last week I posted an excerpt from this book on my blog. It was a mysterious prologue and when I read it, I was hooked immediately. I could not wait to immerse myself in this new book.

My overall impression - it’s a good read.

Leonelle delivered an interesting plot. It’s not lacking the element of mystery and it’s exciting.

At 275 pages, Socialpunk is a quick read. It’s well paced, there’s a great balance of background info and adventure. I found that there wa
 Lady Krishna
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on my blog
Journey with Books

Socialpunk is the first work of Ms. Monica Leonelle I've ever read and I must say that I had a very nice time reading this. Socialpunk is a book that is full of excitement and futuristic ideas that is pretty much surprising.

The plot of the book was very unique. I must admit that I'm not good with Sci-fi Futuristic fictions. I rarely enjoy them because usually, the futuristic and scientific terms dominate the whole book which just con
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Like every other first installment in a trilogy there was a lot of build up. Unlike every other first book, Monica Leonelle was actually able to give the reader the back story in pieces while still providing lots of action, a new world setting, and a splash of romance. The prologue gives us a look into this new world and it's creator. We learn that he has created a son who he intends to give to one of his creations to make her happy in her last months of life. Then we meet the that creation, the ...more
Sarah Hall
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Warning: This review may contain spoilers!

SocialPunk can best be described in my opinion as a Sci-Fi love story. Now normally I don't care too much for Sci-Fi novels, but this is one that I could not put down. The story may not be that long, but it is very well written. It's a fairly easy read and can be read in less then a day. The story is told through the eyes of Ima who lives in 2052 in what Ima thought was The Dome City, also known as Chicago. The story starts off with the introduction of h
Trevor Kidd
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie-fiction
Socialpunk delivers on its promise of young adult oriented, dystopian fiction with a love (triange? square? pentagon?) thrown in for good measure. It's full of teenage angst and all of the other things that make young adult novels so popular right now. With the right marketing, it's sure to be a hit.

The Good: Socialpunk delivers a fast-paced young adult adventure full of dystopian themes and teenage angst. The world that Leonelle creates is engaging and refreshing. Artists are the economic drive
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
First of a trilogy, this novel is about a near-future world ravaged by environmental collapse. As usual, things are not always what they seem to be.

Ima is a teenage girl of Asian ancestry living in the domed city of Chicago. Leaving the city is forbidden, because outside conditions are so bad. It is the year 2052, and Chicago is cut off from the rest of the world, because satellite access has been lost. Ima sneaks out of her parent's apartment, and attends a downtown party with Dash, the love of
Nikki McCarver
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow. This was definitely a different type of book with a very unique storyline. We begin our adventure with two pretty troubled teens. Ima as a horribly abusive father and a mother who just blends into the background and ignores everything. She pretty much tops out on the I have a suck-a** life list...hands down. Her best and only friend, Dash is her neighbor next door. She would crawl through the connecting air-conditioning vents to visit with him when her father got to out of control. Ima has ...more
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Socialpunk (Socialpunk #1)
by Monica Leonelle (Goodreads Author)

Product Description (From Amazon)
Ima would give anything to escape The Dome and learn what’s beyond its barriers, but the Chicago government has kept all its citizens on lockdown ever since the Scorched Years left most of the world a desert wasteland. When a mysterious group of hooded figures enters the city unexpectedly, Ima uncovers a plot to destroy The Dome and is given the choice between escaping to a new, dangerous city or st
Apr 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Socialpunk (#1) by Monica Leonelle
high school & up

Ima is attending a rave type party with her best friend and long time unrequited love Dash. While at the party she makes a new friend (rare occurrence for her) and is freaked out when violence erupts and no one seems to care. She and her new friend Nahum are lead out to safety by a mysterious stranger who is surprised to discover that Ima is an actual, living person. When they arrive in Vaughn's city they learn that Ima's domed city of Chica
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Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's kind of funny... now that I think about it.. when I was first offered the chance to read this book the Prologue was included.. that was my first glimpse inside of the book. I was hooked! However, upon getting the book I quickly realized it wasn't what I was expecting.. and that's not to say it was a bad thing because I do really enjoy YA books but I wasn't expecting that.

I easily slipped into this world that was created by the Author and lost time reading the book. It was a very quick read
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book surprised me with just how great it was. What I mean by this is, the blurb just doesn't quite do the story justice. This review is not going to be easy to write, so I apologise for any accidental spoilers.

Ima, who has an abusive dad and is in love with her best friend Dash, is one of the hundreds of thousands of people who live in The Dome. They think their lives are normal. They are wrong. They think they live in 2052. One night at a concert, things go horribly wrong when someone blow
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Background: Ima/ E (for short) lives in a Dome after horrible conditions made it unlivable outside, at least that is what she has been told. She has a horrible father who beats her and only a few real friends. When all of a sudden everything she knows gets thrown out of order, most of her friends die in an explosion and she is rushed away from the scene with 2 boys she barely knows.

Review: First impressions-- I had no idea what was going on, the prologue really through me for a loop. It starts w
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow. This was a non-stop thrill ride. I need to think about this some more to write it up.

Socialpunk is the first book in a trilogy and let me tell you, it is one action-packed storyline so expect a cliffhanger that really leaves you hanging in the middle of the action! This book is the set-up, the world building and the character explanation, but don’t expect something with a slow build like a fantasy novel. This book hits the ground running and you need bionic implants to keep up. My mind is s
Apr 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Socialpunk is the first ever cyberpunk book that I had a chance to read and I must admit, I liked how the genre works. The earth as we know has completely changed and Ima lives in the domed city of Chicago with no transportation to go in or out of the city. After all, out there is just a vast wasteland and communication with the outside world is out of the question.

Socialpunk begins when Dash, Ima's best friend, help take her to the club to meet someone. Things get awry and out of control at th
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Socialpunk is edgy, fun, and hard to put down.

I must admit that at first I was confused. I wasn't sure what was real or what was not in this world that Monica Leonelle created. Things got scrambled and it took me a while to orient myself. But never fear, because as the story progressed we learned more information and things started clearing and that is when this book hooked me.

Ima is the type of character that you may not like at first, but she grows on you. She starts to find her backbone and
Anni (Tea in the Treetops)
This review was originally posted on The Oaken Bookcase, 19 April 2012. Visit to win awesome prizes (ends April 30)!

I really enjoyed reading this book – the action just keeps on rolling and I found it very difficult to stop reading!

At first, Socialpunk looks a lot like another YA dystopia I read recently, Divergent. Like Divergent, Socialpunk is set in a future Chicago, cut off from the rest of the world. There’s some jumping on trains and joining of social groups, here called a “hash” rather th
Andre Farant
Apr 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Ima, E to her friends, lives in Chicago, one of America’s dome cities of the future. Her family life is less than pleasant and her relationship with her best friend, Dash, is complicated. Following an apparent act of terrorism, Ima and Nahum, a boy she just met, are introduced to a hidden world—and forced to entrust their lives to a group of misfits and rebels who call themselves the Socialpunks.

I’ll admit that, at first, I worried that Ima might suffer from Bella-itis; she seemed weak and entir
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-cups
I have to say, Socialpunk surprised me a lot. From the moment I read the prologue for the first time, I was thrown into a very unique world that I never thought I could go to. The take on world, reality and Earth that you find in this book is completely new to me. I think it's very daring to take that path, but I do believe the author made a great job.

It's a very fast-paced novel and I felt that every page brought something new. I loved that it really kept me on the edge of my seat and it was re
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