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(New Eden #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Librarian's Note: this is the updated cover; the original cover edition also exists.

Dane, in line to become Southshaw's thirteenth Semper, knows of the nuclear war that devastated the Earth three hundred years ago. He understands the Book of Truth and has heard his father's sermons every Sunday since he could walk.

But as his sixteenth birthday approaches, he's faced with a
Paperback, 196 pages
Published January 28th 2012 by Create Space (first published January 21st 2012)
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Lynn Vannucci
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read this on the new reading app, Radish - and I loved it so much! An engrossing YA adventure about the human race 300 years following an apocalyptic event - and how, even after the apocalypse, the human race still hasn't figured out the on-going problem of race relations. Highly recommend. The first in a trilogy and I can't wait for the other two to be available on Radish. ...more
J.R. Schuyler
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Semper is a fun, well-paced book that lies somewhere between science fiction and fantasy. The main character, Dane, is a bit dense at times, but given his upbringing, I can hardly blame him. As the series progresses, I get the sense he will grow as a person and start to overcome his shortcomings. I enjoyed reading about the other characters too, especially Lupay and Freda.
The book is written in first-person present tense, which can be hit-or-miss for me, but the author used it very effe
Aug 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Hundreds of years in the future, when Earth is left near-barbaric due to a technology implosion, a young man named Dane is dreading the duties and responsibilities his sixteenth birthday promises. On Dane's birthday, he will become "Semper" - the new leader of the Southshaw people - and will be forced to choose a wife. While hunting near his community, Dane encounters an alluring mutant-girl, whom he witnesses being captured by ghost people - a people rumored to slaughter children and eat them a ...more
Angela Oliver
This is a very professionally written book (first person, present tense) and is utterly engaging. I devoured it in a matter of day/s and it kept me hooked right up to the very end. The world is well rendered, and the plot well-paced and interesting, keeping you looking expectantly for the next book. The characters were well developed, I especially liked Dale's clumsy 16-year old approach to well... communicating with girls and his own lack of confidence. His bumbling nature and tendency to put h ...more
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awesome-people
When I got my book I was expecting a simple, young adult fantasy tale. I am a big fan of dystopian adventure tales and this turned out to be one.

One of the things I thought was most interesting was the world building. Dudley creates a robust dystopia with several different cultures. You get some taste of an apocalyptic past and see how the religion and belief system evolved post world-tragedy. Some of my favorite parts were the hints the author gave about how the world evolved over a dozen gener
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-books
Really enjoyed this fast-paced YA dystopian novel. The main character is sometimes frustrating in his inaction/puzzlement, but overall it was a great read. Very quick with pacing--sometimes hard to keep up with everything that is going on. Keeps you on the edge of your seat and turning pages. Two great female characters and an interesting secondary character I didn't expect to see continue as part of the action. ...more
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I almost passed this one up, that would have been a HUGE mistake. This book is fast paced and it just simply draws you in through excellent character development, plot, and about everything else one could want in a book. I have found three great books within the last few months. Wool, Echo's Remnant, and now Semper. Semper, is just one of those that you won't put down till the last page. ...more
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED Semper. It is a compelling story with many satisfying twists and turns - and ARTFULLY written. The descriptions drew me in - simply brilliant. Couldn't put it down! I highly recommend this for a great and entertaining read. Not just for teenagers! ...more
Jim Defrisco
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
This is Peter's first novel, and I thought it was great. It's a coming of age story targeted to young adults, but is enjoyable for kids of all ages :-). It is the first book in what will probably be a series. If you liked the Hunger Games, then you will probably like this book. ...more
Kathy Harrington
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Oh this was a really good book. I especially loved the 3way love affair. You usually find 1 girl/2 guy so this was a nice change. I can't wait to see where the next book takes us. ...more
Pamela Murrey
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is not normally my type of book. The genre isn't my style. But it was well written, with some twists and turns. It says it's book 1. I hope there is a book 2.
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Peter rarely uses his electrical engineering degree from UC Berkeley these days. Instead, he writes adventure and fantasy fiction, short stories, and poetry for people with a sense of adventure (or a sense of humor). He has a day job as an executive in Corporate Social Responsibility, running a huge corporate volunteer program and the nation's largest employee charitable giving campaign. In his ca ...more

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