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(The Spencer Nye Trilogy #1)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  65 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Spencer Nye can’t control the rage bubbling under her skin over the world around her. The trouble is, by the year 2102, the world has solved most of its great problems. Without hunger, war, greed, or even money, people obsess over the glamour of the Culture Industry and its mega-celebrity Idols, who vie for followers over the social networks of Connect.

But Spencer discover
Kindle Edition, 227 pages
Published September 3rd 2011
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Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, arc
Suspense takes us in a future where everything is at our fingertips. Anything you have ever wanted can be easily gotten without having to lift a finger. And, not a far stretch from today, everyone is connected through a social network that is constantly connected by nodes in your eyesight.

When I first started Suspense I was really intrigued by the world this book was set in. It started with sudden action and mystery. However, I found myself getting very confused. I didn't understand the bit abo
Robert Duperre
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.7 out of 5

In certain ways, Facebook has become an integral part of my life. I spend way too much time on it, conversing with friends, making connections, sometimes simply passing the time. It’s become a useful tool, but also a slightly frightening one. If you were to think about how connected everyone is through these bits of data flowing invisibly all around us, it would be very easy to come up with a nightmare scenario where we not only use programs like this as a tool, but they beco
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"Universe Idol"

It is year 2102, and the world as we know it is now a digital paradise. 10.1 billion people are united through a marvel simply called "Connect"--a super-enhanced version of today's Internet--only this program is built into every single person on the planet. Through a small metal disc, a "node", on the right side on a person's temple, people can access Connect with little more than a thought. There are even greater wonders of technology. Complex machines known as "Molecular Synthes
Sep 10, 2011 rated it liked it
This review originally appeared on my blog, Feeding My Book Addiction:

Prolific self published author Jason Letts steps away from young adult fantasy and paranormal romance to try his hand at writing a young adult dystopian trilogy. The first book, entitled Suspense, introduces readers to a world without problems. Hunger, poverty, and even war are no longer plague humanity. Everyone lives in prosperity and a comfortable peace as all of their needs are met
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
First, let me just say that I haven’t read a great deal of dystopian YA lit, but after reading Suspense I’m hooked on the genre. In Suspense, author Jason Letts has taken the idea of a dystopian future, and by adding his own brand of humor, action, twists and turns, he’s created one of the most original stories I’ve ever read. This book is truly a page turner…seriously, I read it in one sitting and every time I told myself “Just one more chapter”, I’d get to the end of that chapter and something ...more
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Original review from Little Book Owl

Suspense was an entertaining, and very unique story. There is so much action, and this picks up almost immediately and the fast-pace helped in making this book a quick and easy read. The world in which the story is set, is digitally advanced, full of intriguing technologies and devices including "Connect", which is pretty much the ultimate social networking/internet database, the ability to defy gravity and walk on walls and molecular synthesisers which can
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Suspense is based in an interesting dystopian world that doesn't seem too far stretched from where we are nowadays. Everyone adores "idols" living in a big mansion and the people of this society even identify themselves by the idol they support (which includes amongst others a movie starlet, an older woman who is a teacher to the younger children and a tech geek).

Other major differences from the world as we know it includes "Connect" a device all people have implanted in them that serves as a c
Grace Krispy
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love the world created in this story, it draws you in from the first page. As soon as I started the book I realized we were in a different world than I know, with the personal nodes, the connect system, and the idols. I love how this world was implied rather than explained, and I gradually figured out what made this world tick. The idea of Connect, sending messages simply by thinking and finding the information you needed in front of your eyes in a split second, was really easy to visualize ye ...more
Oct 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
I made a discovery about myself while reading Suspense. I takes me a while to get into dystopian novels. It has nothing to do with the writing or the characters. It just takes me a while to wrap my mind around these unique, futuristic worlds. That being said, once I got into Suspense, I really liked it.

The book centers around Spencer Nye and her friends. The world Letts created for Suspense is perfect at first glance. It doesn't take long to discover though that nothing is perfect. Spencer lives
Maya Lantz
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Suspense was enthralling from the minute I started reading. It is aptly named as it is full of suspense at every turn. In the futuristic world Jason Letts has created there is no need for money or even working as everything is provided for you. The main thing that matters is your status and that of the Idol you follow over a social networking site called Connect. Spencer Nye is willing to fight for what she believes in; her Idol Cleary Mintz. This fight takes her to the brink and back, fighting ...more
My Rating: 2.5 / 5

First thoughts:
While I'm completely in love with the idea of a story involving this kind of dystopian society and even though I read really positive reviews about Suspense, it wasn't the right story for me in the end. I would have preferred a little more romance and a little less action, but at the same time I'm interested in finding out what will happen in this world.

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The idea of Suspense sounds really special and is a wonderful basis for a great novel. It's alrea
John Mann
Mar 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Action sci-fi fans
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Dec 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Originally posted to Pawing Through Books on 12/29/11

When reading the description for this book I thought it sounded like a good and new take on a dystopian society. While reading I found myself thinking that some of this did sound feasible in the future.

Lets face it our society is obsessed with celebrities, so why couldn't a future where we have a few Idols happen? These are the people that everyone follows and looks up to and in some ways obsesses over. Also, we are a bit addicted to technolog
Jackie Miller
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I had never heard of this author and wasn't sure what to expect. I seriously loved this book! The title, Suspense, really has a double meaning. It's the nickname of the heroine, Spencer Nye, plus the story is full of suspense from beginning to the end.

The plot is amazing. The world the characters live in is one where everyone is constantly connected to their social network by nodes implanted in their heads. It dominates most every part of how they exist. There are machines that create everythin
Melissa (The Reader & The Chef)
Interesting. Exciting. Suspenseful.

Suspense is a wonderful book created by Jason Letts. It’s original, action packed and with excellent characters.
The story takes place in the year of 2102, where Idols are followed for entertainment, food and objects are obtained without breaking a sweat. Oh, and you can’t forget about the immediate access to “Connect”, the internet/facebook/twitter, right from inside their human heads.

Spencer Nye finds herself trying to make a difference, by thinking and being
Jenny  (hades2) (Chocolate Chunky Munkie)
I was given a copy of this book to review from the author.

Suspense is a fast paced and edgy thriller. It does border on the weird and wacky at times, but then again this is a dystopian book so anything goes really. It really brings home how a society depends on social networking. I liked the futuristic feel of this book, you kind of think it’s possible that this world could happen.

I will say that it did take me a few good chapters to get into this book, at times I felt it pretty hard going. But
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun read.
It was different and fun and super unique. It is a great start to what I think will be a very promising series.
If you love kick butt heroines, a little mystery and even a sci fi edge then this is a book you really should try!
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Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: action, futuristic, gory, scifi
The protagonist of this book was so incredibly hard to relate to that I almost put it down within the first few chapters. Luckily the action started and caught my interest.

However, this book's true accomplishment was its unique social structure. 'Suspense' takes Facebook and Twitter to dizzyingly terrifying levels.

Will I read its sequel? I have yet to decide.
Sep 22, 2011 marked it as to-read
I don't really want to read this, I added it just so I could express my outrage at the sudden spate of YA books trying to jump on the Hunger Games bandwagon. Even the cover of this one looks similar. Get your own ideas, JASON LETTS.
Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Some weird combo of Hunger Games, Uglies, and Aliens. It was... not as good as it could have been. But it was free, so I wasn't expecting much.
Just couldn't get into this book. I couldn't really see the whole premise as at all plausible. I really tried to finish it, but decided it was just wasting my time.
Dec 29, 2011 rated it liked it
A little weird even for a science fiction book... Still enjoyed reading it though.
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