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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  62 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
It’s been ten years since a virus wiped out the adult population. Across the world, opportunistic kids worked to reestablish order through the creation of uneasy, fractured territories.

A decade later, the rules are changing.

Desperate to stop his western territory from coming apart at the seams, Connor Wilde sends his oldest confidante to negotiate with the leader of Campbe
Paperback, 394 pages
Published November 8th 2013 by CreateSpace (first published November 6th 2013)
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Elizabeth Hunter
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I will preface this review by letting you know that CS Starr and I have been friends for years. In fact, she very generously helped to edit my first book, A Hidden Fire, which should tell you how much respect I have for her as a writer and an editor.

And it would be dishonest of me to say that I didn’t enjoy her debut effort, Campbell, more because I know her. But that’s only because I’ve known for years how effective her writing is, and I’m so glad I finally have a chance to share it with my rea
A. Bookzilla.
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll start this review off by saying I don't read a lot of dystopian novels (this is maybe my third). That being said, I really loved Campbell. I kept telling myself "one more chapter" and before I knew it, I finished the book.

The blurb attracted me because ages ago when I was younger, I used to watch that NZ-ish (I think?) show "The Tribe", and it sounded a lot like it. I loved that show! (I mean, find one person who didn't have a crush on Lex. ONE PERSON. You can't, because everyone had a secr
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Probably one of the best New Adult fictions I have read this year! What attracted me to this book was the fact that it was an New Adult Dystopian. I have read plenty of Dystopias but never one written for New Adults, because of this wonderful book I plan to go search for more.

It has been years since the virus struck and killed off the Adults in this world C.S. Starr has created. Years later, two individuals stand to make the world a better place for the kids, Tal
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Digital review copy provided by author in exchange for fair and honest review.

Campbell is one of those books you don’t expect. I can’t say I loved it, yet I was glued to it. Gripping, unexpected and unapologetic it takes you on a complex and often harsh journey of learning and discovery that will leave you craving for more. It tells the story of the post-apocalyptic world where adult population has been wiped out by a virus ten years before.
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to read this since I have been following her writing for a few years now. I found this to be an interesting idea of a dystopian world. I found that I was spending equal time laughing, being drawn into plots, and being horrified that I've babied my five year old too much and he'd have no hope of taking care of himself if this ever happened. Hey, I'm allowed to be morbid at times, I'm a mother!

Coming from a background of reading her fanfiction, I did find that I was unable to picture
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is incredibly interesting and extremely well written. While not my genre of book at all, I still couldn't put it down! CS Starr has such an amazing way of telling a story, the characters are interesting and well developed and there's always the perfect balance of detail. I find it remarkable that she is just getting around to publishing her first story. She’s been posting stories online for years. She should have started publishing some of them long ago. I expect many more great thing ...more
Sarah See
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
A free copy was received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Campbell is a New Adult dystopian novel set in the landscape of North America. To be honest, this book is nothing like anything I’ve ever read before. This book was so unique that I have to say, I was completely hooked till the end. Before I read the book, I read the summary of it and was prepared in my mind for some kind of story where a virus overtakes the adult population and the remaining survivors travel from one end
Sandra "Jeanz"
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
First of all this would be 4.5 Stars if .5 Star existed. (Please note one of my New Years Resolutions was to be "tighter" with my Stars not give 5/5 so often!)

I was looking forward to a decent post apocalyptic read, after being contacted by the Author and being asked to review her book. I still love being asked to read and review a book, someone actually would like my opinion on their work!
When I first began reading I was a little put off by some of the rather crude language, I'm
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from my good friend C.S. Starr just before she dove into rewrites and edits... sorry I'm so tardy with this review C!

I'll start by saying I don't usually read this kind of book. I like fluff, fairy dust and happy endings. Campbell is definitely not any of those things. It is a gripping, shocking, fascinating and realistic look into a world without grown-ups. To compare it to something, I would say this century's "Lord of the Flies"... with better writing and character developme
Rochelle Roth
I received this book from the author C.S. Starr for an honest review. Now, if you know me at all you know I love dystopian books but most of them are based on teenagers or younger kids so I was very excited to have the chance to year an adult version of one! Campbell is about mostly the United States and Canada after a disease (never really was explained) wiped out everyone 14 and older ,which left kids under the age 14 to fend for themselves. This book takes place 10 years later when the United ...more
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: january
I went back and forth for a bit on reading this book, although I'd read material from CS Starr before and knew she was a great author. Dystopian fiction isn't really my thing, but after reading other reviews of the book, I took the plunge. I'm glad I did.

After a slow start, the pace picks up significantly with Tal's second visit to Campbell - from which point I had a hard time putting it down. The story sucks you in suddenly and without apology. The characters, their relationships and the chaos
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian, series
Over the past couple of years I’ve had the privilege of being a pre-reader for several author friends, and CS Starr is one of them. Over time I thought I started to get a feel for how her brain worked, but there were so many little bits in Campbell that I didn’t see coming. It was certainly a page turner, keeping me guessing and biting my nails for these kids.

“It’s been ten years since a virus wiped out the adult population. Across the world, opportunistic kids worked to reestablish order throu
Aleksandra Gniazdowska
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Captivating and smartly written, Campbell offers up an uncomfortably real commentary on (our) western consumerist lifestyles set in contrast to the very current survivalist trends, all while entertaining the reader with just the right balance of conflict, action, and romance.

Campbell has hit the perfect mix of relatable characters, snappy and honest dialogue (profanities included), great plot twists that keep you at the edge of your seat and enough of a back-story to leave you satisfied with th
Barbara (VampAngel)

I'm friendly with the author online and have been for some years. I had the pleasure of reading most of this book when it was still a draft and she was looking for opinions about it. I loved it then and I'm sure I'll love the new and improved published story. It's original and fun and the author is very talented. I have enjoyed her writing for years and I'm so happy and proud that she finally published her first book. I hope you enjoy it too and if you do, please spread the word about
Stephanie Caffrey
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was one that if I didn't have a 6 month old baby who was teething and needed me to take care of him, I could have read it in one sitting. It was that good. The plot was interesting, moved quickly, and kept you on your toes. C.S. Starr tells a story that spans a decade, but does it in a way that helps propel the plot forward, rather than seeming like an info dump of background plots.

The story, that's almost like "Lord of the Flies," on steroids, really makes you think about what if som
Margaret Tomasik
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Terrific read. I didn't do anything else but read once I downloaded this book. C.S. Starr takes the reader on a marvelous ride. Her writing style is "heart felt" and she has created an amazing cast of characters. I can't wait for book 2 to find out what happens.
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story and can not wait for the next book. C.S. Starr writes such great characters that you that you, as a reader, develop a relationship with. This book is a must read.
Cherye Elliott
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

My review is two sides. The beginning I understand the author was giving background information on the main characters and then they are leaders of part of the North American continent? The flow in the beginning of the book was confusing. Then it clicked.

Other than the first chapter or two it turned into a good but different kind of story. Still have lots of questions about how this came about....maybe in book two.

Favorite quote: “What kind of validation are you looking for? Do you want
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
I discovered CS Starr through her fan fiction writing, and I enjoy her thoughtful blog posts. When I read the synopsis for her first original work, I was unsure as to whether I would enjoy it, and unfortunately, my ambivalence remains. Set in a not too distant future, when a virus has killed everyone aged over 12, a Lord of the Flies type scenario has developed in North America, with the territories divided between various groups and run along stereotypical lines (Canada appears to be socialist, ...more
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I recommend this to readers who have wanted more from New Adult. It's got the drama and voice similiar to popular New Adult novels, but it's a futuristic survival tale instead of straight contemporary romance, plus it is thought-provoking—unlike most New Adult. My full review is available at wrapped up in books.

Disclaimer: the author is a friend of mine and gave me the book to review, but this doesn't effect my opinion.
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was an experience. The setting, the characters, an interesting and complex romance. Looking forward to what comes next!
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