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World of Shell and Bone

(Glimpsing Stars #1)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  960 ratings  ·  122 reviews
In a world ravaged by a nuclear holocaust, Vika Cannon knows there are no guarantees: no guarantees of safety, no guarantees that your neighbor is not actually a spy for the government, and no guarantees you'll be allowed to emigrate to a new life in China.New Amana is dying. Food and water are scarce, and people suffering from radiation-caused mutations--the ...more
ebook, 200 pages
Published December 7th 2012 by Smashwords
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Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-adult, dystopian
Edit: It's been a few months since I reviewed this book and I'm deducting a star. I think I was really stretching with 3 because I wanted to like a book with a pregnant heroine and I didn't hate all of it, but things like "some pretty writing" shouldn't make up for poor plot and world-building and a gross misunderstanding of Feminism.

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World of Shell and Bone quite nearly made me give up at first. There are glaring problems I have personally with the
Carol Rubens
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adriana Ryan, you have truly outdone yourself.

The description of the book is already posted, so I won't bore you with that. I downloaded a sample of this book on my Kindle, not thinking it would be that great. It's only a $2.99 book, and the last three dollar book I bought was pretty awful. I mean really, truly awful. Needless to say, I wasn't expecting much. So you can imagine how surprised I was to find that this book was absolutely, utterly fantastic. I read a ridiculous amount of books, and
Brooke Moss
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was recommended to me by a friend, and I bought it as a courtesy to well as because the cover was so exquisite. And while I was expecting a good read, possibly a 3.5 or 4 star mind was officially blown. Like, to kingdom come.

Okay, so I can't even write a long, extensive review....not because I don't want to, but because I literally cannot wrap my head around this amazing book. I am baffled that it wasn't published by a big 6 publisher, especially when every book I
Feb 25, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I will not be seduced by a pretty cover. I will read samples.
I will not be seduced by a pretty cover. I will read samples.
I will not be seduced by a pretty cover. I will read samples.
I will not be seduced by a pretty cover. I will read samples.
I will not be seduced by a pretty cover. I will read samples.
I will not be seduced by a pretty cover. I will read samples.
I will not be seduced by a pretty cover. I will read samples.
I will not be seduced by a pretty cover. I will read samples.
I will not
Misty Baker
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite things to do, even now…as a 32-year-old mother of two, is sit across from my father at the dining room table and talk about books. My husband is not a reader, my dad…he reads almost as much as I do, so being able to “talk shop” with someone who appreciates the wild world of literary genius as much as I do is a special treat for me. But last Sunday something funny (and by funny I mean weird) happened. Hubs joined the conversation.

A quick fact about David, he is a pessimist.
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: must-read for true dystopian fans
The world is suffering from radiation sickness, poverty, and China is the new super power of the world, and apparently the only safe place. Vika lives in New Amana, formally North America, where she dreams of being able to emigrate to Asia. China only wants them if they’re healthy, if they can prove they’re fertile. New Amana is female-run and men are subservient, and aren’t allowed to learn to read or think at all. Women are given five chances to conceive before they’re sent to the gas chamber. ...more
Yeah. This is totally what would happen if feminists took over the world. Okay.
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Gah! Just Look at that cover. I’m in love with it. I keep going back to look at it again and again. What do you think of it?

When I started reading this book, I found myself comparing or rather identifying it with Eve (Eve, #1) by Anna Carey and Matched (Matched, #1) by Ally Condie. But as I progressed with my reading, I found World of Shell and Bone making its own place in the bookish world with an innovative world-building and an entirely different storyline.

The book hooked me right in and I
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
is this chick-lit? I don't know, but I stumbled upon this book via Amazon and it sounded interesting, and no, the cover didn't catch my interest! OK, I'm lying, but like your father used to say, "I read Playboy for the articles, not the pictures." This cover ended up eventually falling into that category as well.


As far as This book goes, it didn't come off as completely original, but it was fresh enough for me to finish it within a 24-hour period, and I usually don't do that with
Zoe Cannon
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The first thing I noticed when I started World of Shell and Bone was the writing style. Adriana Ryan has an undeniable way with words; she writes in a lyrical, almost literary style, while never letting the language overshadow the story itself. This is an atmospheric, beautiful book, even though the world it describes is anything but beautiful.

The story flowed smoothly from start to finish. There were no dragging parts, no places where I was tempted to put the book down. I bought it late one
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved World of Shell and Bone. Ryan did a great job of portraying a world destroyed by nuclear holocaust, with lyrical writing and deep, flawed characters. Every time you think Vika will be saved by some outside force, she's not, and she has to rely on her inner strength for salvation. Even if she manages to save herself and those she loves, it may not be the glorious moment she was hoping for. It was a very real book, and the only negative I found was that the ending wrapped up a little ...more
Dec 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
I really don't understand how this book got such good reviews. First of all, the story is pretty similar to others I've read. And it isn't pulled off nearly as well. The characters are shallow and predictable, the world-building is mediocre at best, and there are just too many holes or things left unexplained. Not to mention the story was incredibly predictable. There were times I wanted to slap some sense into the main character because even though obvious things were staring her in the face, ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, new-adult
Okay, first, can I talk about how pretty the cover is? The cover is what made me want to read the book in the first place. I LOVE the cover. Even though it really has nothing at all to do with the book.

The book had great potential, but none of the characters really felt developed to me. They were flat. I never felt attached to them, or really cared what happened to them. And in my opinion, Vika and Shale... I mean, I never saw the romance. At all. So... yeah. Definite potential, but needs some
I came across this book in my Amazon recommendations & the title & cover caught my eye. I downloaded the sample & as soon as I'd finished reading it, I bought the book. I had to know where this was going to go. I am happy to say that I enjoyed where it did go & I've found out that there's going to be another book to follow, so I'm looking forward to that.

There were some things that didn't seem very fleshed out & the progression of time was hard to get a handle on (save one
Genesis Blue
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, post-apocalyptic
Vika has always followed the rules of this post-apocalyptic world, even when her baby sister, Ceres, was taken away to the Asylum. Now, as an adult, she is fulfilling her purpose in society, working for the government and taking a Husband to procreate with. At first, everything is going well. If she gets pregnant, she will be able to escape the horrors of New Amana (acid rain, radiation, etc.) and go to China, where everything is perfect.

But then it all starts to fall apart and suddenly, Vika
Effie Trinket
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book? Firstly, I'd like to say that Adriana Ryan is an amazing author that needs to get this in physical book form with the incredible mind-blowing cover and everything. I don't really like buying ebooks, I tend to download them and I know it's bad but it's a way for me to see if I'll like the book so I can then get its physical form. But it's not the case with this one. Thanks to my goodreads recommendations, this baby showed up in the morning. I was intrigued by the ...more
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
"World of Shell and Bone" follows 20 year old Vika Cannon living in harsh New Amana, a country plagued by nuclear fallout after a terrible world war. New Amana's government values its citizens only for how many children they can produce; a woman gets six tries and then she is disposed of. If she is successful, she gets a ticket to go to China, a place allegedly untouched by the warfare. Vika has recently been "matched" with her husband, Shale, and she struggles with the inability to get pregnant ...more
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ok my actual rating would've been 4.5 stars.

Firstly, I nearly didn't read this book because of the cover and I'm not saying it's bad, in fact it's very good but, in my opinion, it screams "chic lit" or "not for boys". I fear it may put 50% of readers off...

This book is excellent, the writing is excellent as is the setting of the mood and pace. I would recommend it to anyone, male or female.

I always ask when reading, what soundtrack would accompany this novel? I'll go Bulimic Beats by Catatonia.

D'Arcy Rowe
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is an amazing book. It is dystopian, which I love and the premise here is that women are in charge because men have made a mess of things in the past. Men are very subservient and are not allowed to read or have any kind of job other than being a husband, taking care of their children (if the mother still wants him around) or as a maintenance worker. This book reminds me a little of Julianna Baggott's Pure because there are people in this book, called nukeheads, that are very deformed from ...more
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
The world fell into war. China won. New Amana, made up of North and South America, are under feminist rule and suffering from acid rain, contaminated air and the corruption of power. If you can produce a healthy baby for New Amana, they will let you go to China where you can be healthy and happy. (Or will they?) Failure to produce healthy offspring is a death sentence. Does anyone have the courage to do what is right and fight back against the oppressive regime?

It's a little bit matched with a
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was a journey of character and emotion. And not just for the main characters, Vika and Shale, but for Vika's mother, Moon, Ceres and others. Yet not once did I feel as though author Adriana Ryan took them out of the realm of how they would react to evolving situations. She draws a very vivid character and a very vivid world. Parts are dark, accompanied by suppressed emotions. To her credit Ryan doesn't shy away from the harsher side of living in a dystopian world. Too often the focus ...more
*Suzy (ereaderuser)*
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
This was a very quick read. And even though I have NO IDEA why this beautiful cover is on the book, I'll admit that it was what first caught my eye. And while this story didn't feel very original to me, I did enjoy it.
Lynn Gallo
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
meh.....I wanted to love this book with pretty cover and interesting plot, but there were too many holes and the story was just lacking. I still find the story line interesting... just wish the writing could have been better.
Feb 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
Wow this is a writing workshop book. First few chapters ok, not so much. I'd advise everyone to pass on this one.
Jan 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
maybe the kids will like it...
Kristina Campos-Davis
Apr 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book has an over simplistic view of the world! All feminists are lesbians, all men are rapists. It's shocking in its childishness!!

Dec 31, 2012 marked it as to-read
Woah! This sounds like a great dystopia. And such a pretty cover too!
Melissa Martin
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Safety is the cleverest illusion New Amana perpetrates. It is the rabbit pulled out of a back hat that, when you're looking away, morphs into a rabid wolf."

Imagine gray skies, acid rain, breathing in radiation twenty four hours a day and deformed "nukeheads" scavenging in the streets. Food and resources are fleeting and neighbors are turning on each other in hopes of gaining favor. Dissidents are being gassed. Strong citizens are desperate to emigrate to the first world country that is China.
Sandra "Jeanz"
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So first of all I should totally admit I messed up and read Moon which is 1.5 in the Glimpsing Stars Series first. But on a good note it definitely did not spoil my enjoyment of Bk#1 as Moon concentrates on "Moon" as the main character, whereas in World Of Shell And Bone the main characters are really the Cannon family.
So as I had read Moon previously I had an inkling I was going to love this book too! As I knew I already enjoyed S.K. Falls writing style, I will say my
This review and others can be found on my blog, She Has A Knack For It .

The description sounds intriguing, doesn't it? That combined with that pretty cover enticed me to read this book (still not sure how the cover relates to the book).

I really liked the first half of the book. I did find some parts a little far fetched. Basically there was a really big war, a nuclear war. Lots of men went off to fight and most of them died. New Amana is made by "feminist" women rising up to take the lead. I
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Adriana Ryan writes in beautiful Charleston, SC. A huge fan of spooky stuff and shoes, she enjoys alternately hitting up the outlet malls and historic graveyards.

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