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The League

(Sulan #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Sulan Hom can’t remember life before the Default—the day the United States government declared bankruptcy. As a math prodigy, she leads a protected life, kept safe from the hunger and crime plaguing the streets of America. She attends the corporate-sponsored Virtual High School, an academy in Vex (Virtual Experience) for gifted children.

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Published June 2012 by Pixiu Press
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Jun 12, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Sulan is a maths genius! She is one of an elite group that go to Virtual High School. Her father is a top scientist and her mother is a retired mercenary. When the government failed, mega corporations have basically taken over and despite who her parents are, Sulan still has to survive on canned food and lives in a small apartment. Life is tough but what makes it tougher is the Anti American league. They are an organization run by Imugi, they bomb schools, destroy food shipments and are overall ...more
Nay Denise
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Sulan is a very interesting YA Dystopian/ Cyberpunk novel. This is a medium paced book. I enjoyed the action and cyber aspect and I loved Sulan so I gave this book a 4.5 star rating.

Sulan Hom lives in a new world where America has failed its citizens, Global takes over and has Anti-American League killing students, workers and more. Sulan has witnessed the killing of a college student and wants to learn to protect
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I recieved an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The League started out the way I expected it to. The box offered no big surprises if I am honest, but that doesn't mean it's a bad book. I enjoyed this one and the relationships forged seemed funny, quirky and even a big... awkward at times which teen relationships can feel like. Well, at least mine dine. I would also like to point out that the book is full of some stereotypes and it doesn't become different. All in all, I'd
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
In Sulan by Camille Picott the government has pretty much failed and mega corporations have stepped in to run things. The world is a pretty rough place with America having fallen way down the ladder in terms of power. Even a well to do family, like Sulan's, rarely sees fresh food. They live off of rationed cans that are provided to them because her father is a very important scientist. There is also an Anti-American League that bombs schools and destroys food shipments in order to keep America ...more
Arlene Ang
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a huge fan of cyberpunk, but Picott's highly entertaining and witty YA novel completely won me over. Every chapter springs its own surprise and ends with a perfect cliffhanger that won't let you put the book down. Sulan's character is also a real gem. Her tenacity in the face of adverse circumstances — from being vertically challenged to dealing with villains — makes you root for her every step of the way.
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Make more please!!! I need to know if Gun and Sulan see eachother again irl or in Vex ! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING THE BOOK!!! I want more please make more!!
Joe Jungers
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
An entertaining read.

I liked it enough that I'm going to find & read the sequels.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thoughts and Plot

Sulan is the daughter of one of the top scientists for Global and a retired merc. She never knew America before the Default, the day the US government declared bankruptcy and closed down leaving the country to the mercy of corporations. What she knows is that a few top corporations are in charge of safety and security for their employees and respond to emergencies when needed. So when the Anti-America League blows up a University Global responds by creating more virtual school
Saundra Wright
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In a dystopian future where the fortunate Americans live in isolated, fortified enclaves with paid mercenaries for safety, the unfortunate live in refugee camps, and yet no one is safe outside, a new threat has risen. The Anti-American League, at first it was the food supply from other countries being bombed. The new target is schools, and fifteen year old Sulan is afraid! Sulan had been home schooled until she began attending VHS, a school where as a math genius, she meets students of similar ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Since the time I wanted to read this series, pity that the volumes 0.5 & 1.5 are not available in digital.

We find in this first volume Sulan who at sixteen does not remember his life before. This is a prodigy of maths, hence his attendance at the virtual high school for gifted children. There will be attacks against the United States Sulan will want to fight to survive.

A first volume filled with suspense and twists, a captivating story with endearing characters.
Samyuktha Ell
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story is impressive. You just can't guess what could happen next. Book 1 in the series and it's really good. I am thinking it could just get better from here.
Steve Isenhower
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Fantastic start to a new series. Sulan is fantastic! Billy, Hank and Taro are a great team. Starting the next book now.
Lan Chan
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I can sum up my thoughts about Sulan: Episode One: The League in one sentence: Traditional publishing is in serious trouble. I don't know where the industry is going to go when authors like Camille Picott are starting to choose to self publish. Sulan is such a high adventure, easily accessible story that I didn't come across many of the issues I tend to have with other YA novels. That's got to be saying something when you guys know how picky I can be.

The Basics
Sulan's world is a world like no
Michael Ronn
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. A lot. There are so many good things to say about it, so I'll break my review into categories:

Cover: Beautiful. Along with the other covers in the series, they look fantastic. I can't wait to see what a Sulan box set would look like.

Story: Original yet familiar at the same time. I thought the opening of the story was awesome. Imugi was an interesting villain, and the author sets the stage for more interesting villains in future books. I won't spoil it, but the story is
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I’ve read one book by Camille Picott before, and I enjoyed it. I was sure I’d enjoy Sulan, but I loved it!

How am I supposed to concentrate on anything when I’m worried about getting blown up or shot in the head.

Sulan lives in a dysptopian world. She lives in the time following the Default, where large corporations dealing in arms and weaponry dominate. Her father works for one, with his crazy math self.

Sulan keeps her affinity for math quiet. Despite being a prodigy, she purposefully keeps
Jessica S
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, ebooks

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book for this tour. This did not affect my review in any way, nor am I being compensated for it.

As I mentioned above, what really got me interested in this book was the blurb. The first thing I noticed when I read it was that the main character is Asian (or at least has an Asian name). I then found out that the author, Camille Picott, is actually a Chinese American. Yay for diversity! It really did make me very happy to see that in this book. However, I
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Man! What a book, it totally took me by surprise. I typically go into a book with little to no expectations. If you are familiar with me you know I rarely read the book blurb. Im shallow and I read books based on their covers for the most part. I dont remember what drew me to Sulan however it seems the odds were in my favor.

Sulan is basically just a math whiz. Trying to survive post Default. She is luckier than most her dad is famous for his mind and her mom is a former mercenary. She goes to a
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sulan, Episode 1: The League is a different sort of book. I went in expecting a science fiction book but this one was just so much more. It just really caught me up in the story and I found myself completely in love with each step of the story.

The author did an incredible job with world building and character creation, along to go with a plot that was action packed and intense for the full last quarter. The entire novel was easy to soak in and never boring, constantly progressing with character
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In general, I try to stay away from self-published books, so I began this one with a little trepidation. Except the more I got into in, the more I enjoyed it, and about halfway through I really couldn't put it down.

The story takes place in a dystopian world, where the United States has gone bankrupt. Corporations compete against each other to take the place of the government, by schooling children or protecting the public. Yet due to the activities of the Anti-American League, most people never
Ginny  Gallagher
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Gin's Book Notes

4.5 Stars
I'm about to reveal that I'm a bigger dork than you originally thought. I love Mortal Kombat. It is/was one of the few video games that I could play. I lovedthe characters, the fighting, the missions, and the battle to save the realms from takeoverby Outworldemperor, Shao Kahn. Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade were my favorite warriors. Several issues of the comic books and the movies take up space on my do not touch shelf. See told
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is so cool! Unlike anything I've ever read.
Full review to come.

I haven't read anything like this book, and I think it's amazing!

This Dystopian/Cyberpunk novel takes place during a crisis that hit the US, and the main character is Sulan, a 16-year-old math prodigy. No kidding you guys. This girl can solve any complex equation without using a calculator, and she does it in less than 10 seconds. Cool, isn't she? Her skills are very impressive and that is why she's not safe. Apparently,
--Review courtesy from Book & Movie Dimension a Blog--

When read Sulan's overview thought there was a real magnificent story to be found here. And was right. Sulan (Episode One: The League) centers on a girl who's a math prodigy named Sulan. The world that she lives in is that perhaps of our own, maybe possible future. Her world has problems ever since America declared bankruptcy and terrorists who hate American have taken advantage of this. Terrorism led by Imugi have come to televise live
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sulan, Episode 1: the League by Camille Picott is the first book in a new YA dystopian/cyberpunk/dystopunk series. It follows sixteen year old Sulan Hom and her friends. While Sulan is sheltered and protected to some extent, there is still the real possibility that the Anti-American League will attack. Sulan and her friends use "virtual experience" or Vex to attend a corporate sponsored high school for gifted children and to interact with each other socially. In fact, a large part of the action ...more
Rebecca Graf
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes a young adult book can be too.....young adult, but when you find one that could please the young adult crowd and the adult crowd, you have a winner. I think I found that in Camille Picott's Sulan.

This is the story of a young girl in a futuristic world with America bankrupt and at the mercy of terrorists. She wants to be able to be more than the math genius she is. She wants to be able to be like the superheros she watches on television. Sulan wants to be able to protect herself.
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very readable-read it all in one night because I had to know what happened next!

As I said, I liked the sound of this book but once I actually picked it up, I struggled a bit. Sulan wants desperately to be a warrior, to have fighting skills and I've always been a bookworm so I did not understand her desire. If I had her mathematical skills, I'm pretty sure I'd be content. Just saying. I was also having trouble imagining the virtual experience Sulan undergoes. While I've read and seen other
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Sulan is a great little book. I guess you could call it a bit fantasy, a bit sci-fi, a bit cyperpunk, a bit dystopain, a bit doesn’t fit into a convenient pigeon hole so let’s call it everything. And it worked.

Sulan lives with her mother, attends a virtual school for gifted students and feels the weight of life’s expectations on her shoulders due to her father’s
Erika Messer
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love Sulan as a character, she is strong-willed and independent and knows what she wants. Smart as a whip in a lost world, she wants to learn to fight but her mother who has seen so much violence and death refuses her at every turn. So when Sulan turns to Touch, which is a Vex technology to learn alongside her best friend, she has to do it without her mothers knowledge or consent. It turns out that her Vex training comes in very handy though when the attacks come. Sulan as a character is most ...more
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read a book. I try to figure out what happens before it happens. In this book, I predicted quite a few things right. Other things caught me completely off guard. The plot went decently smooth. Sulan is worried because the Anti-American League, a terrorist organization, keep blowing up different schools and organizations. Sulan wants her mom to teach her self defense. Her mom is adamantly against it. The whole time when I was reading, I kept thinking if they keep blowing up things, how ...more
Dianna (SavingsInSeconds blog)
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sulan has it all: Dystopian, virtual world with some gutsy teens plus a government conspiracy in the works. It's all so interesting! Sulan is a short book, too; easily finished in one day. The basics of the story remind me a little bit of Divergent. Much of it seems realistic even in today's world view. In light of the recent terrorist killings and political unrest, the world of Sulan Hom isn't completely far from the truth. The gap between the rich and the poor is much more exaggerated than in ...more
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Camille loves to read, write, eat, and run obscene distances. (Not always in that order.) She considers sleep to be highly over-rated.

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