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Someone must die before another can be born...

As sea levels rise and livable landmasses shrink, the Reorganized United States of America has instituted population control measures to ensure there are sufficient resources and food to sustain the growing population. Birth authorization must be paid for and obtained prior to having a child. Someone must die before another can
Paperback, 416 pages
Published December 1st 2014 by CreateSpace
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David Estes Thanks so much for the question, and I'm so glad you enjoyed Slip!

To answer your question, there are a couple of reasons I decided to break the Slip …more
Thanks so much for the question, and I'm so glad you enjoyed Slip!

To answer your question, there are a couple of reasons I decided to break the Slip Trilogy into three parts. First, I didn't really want a thousand page novel. Personally, as a reader I don't really like when books feel too long, and would rather have a long series broken into pieces. Also, YA books generally don't do very well if they are considered too long. Second, as a fulltime self-published author, I also have to make a living from my book sales. Generally this means I give away a lot of books for free or $0.99, and then hope that the sequels sell well enough to make some profit from the time spent writing, editing, publishing and marketing the series. Honestly, if I wasn't a series writer I'm not sure I'd be able to have a fulltime career as a writer and I'd be back in a job I didn't enjoy, so I feel lucky to have this opportunity! Thanks for your question and your support!(less)
David Estes Ha! It's not meant to be as my cover artist drew my character, Benson Kelly, from scratch, but I can see the resemblance. Thanks for the question!…moreHa! It's not meant to be as my cover artist drew my character, Benson Kelly, from scratch, but I can see the resemblance. Thanks for the question!(less)

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Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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It's so sad that this book is not as known as The Hunger Games or Divergent... Because THIS BOOK deserves much more praise and a much bigger audience... This book deserves all the stars imaginable...


This book will certainly make you think. The author explores the difficult stage of life in a society so different from ours. You will realize, yet again, that you should be thankful for living in a world like ours, where moral values still coexist with the human race. This book did not make me dread
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Estes has proven he can really change things up as a writer. I've read a few of his other books and I was intrigued with how different this one was. Mostly male perspective. Third person. And a gnarly plot, different than any of his others. Oh, and I think that the writing here is some of his best yet. It's always neat to see how writers evolve.

Here's just a few of those great lines from the story. There were so many I stopped high
Dannii Elle
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. Thank you to the author, David Estes, and the publisher, Createspace, for this opportunity.

This is the first instalment in a science fiction trilogy, set in the dystopian, fictional future of our own world. Rising sea levels and diminished resources means the human species is under threat of extinction. The only way to save the entire human race is to sacrifice a few. The ruthless government organisation, known as P
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What happens when the government has the authority to choose who can have children? What happens to the value of human life?

Welcome to the future United States of America, now called RUSA (Reorganized United States of America). Rising sea levels have shrunk down our land mass, and there is now a finite number of resources for its citizens. The government solves this problem by controlling the population. To get pregnant (legally), each couple receives what's called a "Death Match", and when that
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin


This book is rough. It's filled with evil people... well mostly. This form of government only allows you to have kids if you have a Death Match to someone that is dying or getting ready to die, only then can you have a child to replace this person. If a child is born without one of these then the child and/or the parents are killed. This is all in the sake of saving food etc. If the child lives undetected past 2 years-old they are considered a Slip. Before
David Estes
Nov 27, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
SLIP is FINALLY out! I know a lot of you have been waiting months for this release, which was originally planned for June, but better late than never, right? Plus, the extra time allowed me to finish the sequel, GRIP, which I decided to release on the same day as SLIP!

"Someone must die before another is born..." That's the tagline for the series and it alludes to the fact that SLIP is a world of population control, where an "Ideal Population" is set by scientists and then "population neutrality
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Slip is written by David Estes, and is the first book in the Slip Trilogy. It is a fast paced dystopian sci-fi thriller geared for a young adult audience and older.

The book opens up to a view of the now Reorganized United States of American. After natural disasters have changed the landscape of the country and the scare of food shortage has been numerically assessed, the government has determined an exact population
Karen’s Library
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

When I found out that David Estes was writing a new book series, this time a futuristic sci-fi dystopian, I was thrilled as the genre is my favorite and Estes is a superb story teller.

Estes, as usual, has written another amazing tale! This new series is set in a future St. Louis. Because of global catastrophy, the land masses have shrunk and there is only enough room in the Reorganized United States of America for a limited popul
Chris Dietzel
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Note: I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

Slip has an extremely intriguing premise: a dystopian world where strict population control is enforced via brutal means. Rather than take a satirical approach to the idea (2BRO2B by Vonnegut) or a sociological approach to it (Huxley's Brave New World), Estes takes the approach of a young adult quest. It has a well-crafted world, the full spectrum of characters, and a lot of action.

Two things in particular stood out for me w
Caffeinated Fae
I received this book in exchanged for an honest review. Honestly, anytime David Estes is willing to give me a book to read I'm going to have to jump at it. David is quickly becoming one of my favorite Young Adult Dystopian authors.

Slip is a great book with some extremely well written characters. I found myself engrossed in this novel and I really enjoyed the personality of all of the characters. It was nice to see so many different personality types in a book.

The main plot of the book is very
May 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-dystopia
3.5 stars.


Plot- 7.5/10
Characters- 8/10
Writing- 8.5/10
World Building- 8/10

TOTAL- 7.9/10

Review- Slip was the 9th David Estes book that I have read, and while it may not have been my favourite, I still enjoyed it. One thing I can say with certainty is that Slip is the most thought-provoking book that Estes has written yet. The novel stayed in my head long after I finished reading it.

Slip is set in a scary dystopian
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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I have read and loved every single book by David Estes, so when an ARC came up for his newest dystopian, I jumped at the chance to read it.

Slip is a futuristic dystopian where the government uses extreme measures of population control due to the limited livable land left on Earth, and couples who want children need to apply for it. They will receive a "death match" - someone who is likely to die in the near future, free
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

I am a big fan of David Estes his books and the blurb of this book sounded really good and I couldn't wait to read it. I was lucky enough to receive a copy for review. Slip is a book about a dystopia society where someone has to die before a new one can be born and what happens when someone's Slip through that system.

The story is was really carries the most weight in this book. This book is plot-driven and it was the story that wanted to keep me
Michael Long
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Slip, ice has melted and oceans have risen. In what was once the United States, only half the land remains and resources are scarce. A strict program is in place that mandates that a new person may only be born when someone else dies (called a death match). Unauthorized births are dealt with as soon as possible, and those exceeding age 2 are called "slips" and hunted down with high priority. In the midst of this is Benson, a slip who initially has no name, no friends, and spends his days in a ...more
Nicholas Adams
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This fantastic story slipped right under the radar (pun intended)

I downloaded this book when I came across the synopsis and became intrigued. I had no idea how the story would suck me in on such a personal level. David Estes takes the reader into a well-developed world that has lost sight of the value of human life. Taking you through the eyes of a child that grows into a young adult through the masterfully written pages, you will also feel what it might be like to be a non-person. I look forwar

I seriously can’t get this book out of my head, and I finished it a bloody week ago!

I cannot express how much I enjoyed this novel. It brought forth a very interesting concept and Estes, once again delivers a wicked and beautiful story filled with laughs and cries. Let me start by saying I was so very fortunate to receive an eARC of Slip, but worry not because it will be available for purchase December 1st, 2014. The first half of the book may be considered ‘
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: July 8th 2017

"I AM weak. We all are. Only through our positive thinking and actions do we become strong. Even the weakest person in the world can become the strongest in their own mind."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Tracy Fenwick
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I loved the concept of this book from the start. Following some natural disasters the US as we know it (now called RUSA) has been reduced in size and is experiencing problems with the resources available. In effort to resolve the situation they set up the Department of Population Control (or PopCon for short) and identify the ideal population number to keep the country running. Births & pregnancies are now regulated and only au
Lauren Stoolfire
As the result of global catastrophe, the Reorganized United States of America only has room for a limited population with a zero percent increase - couples hoping to start a family must get a successful Death Match to be authorized to have a child. In other words a person has to die before another can be born. What if one unauthorized child slipped through the cracks of the Department of Population Control? A child with a father who knew all the loopholes and the right way to exploit them? How f ...more
Oct 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Read this review and more on my blog

I received a free copy of Slip for a honest review.

Slip is the first book in the Slip trilogy.

Slip is set in the future USA, or Reorganized United States of America as it is called. The RUSA is forced to control the population due to lack of land and food. You have to apply to have a child, otherwise both you and the child will be killed.

Slip didn't grip me as much as i wanted it to. The story line is a great idea, but it felt like it took too long to get to t
Elizabeth Armstrong
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I ended up really enjoying this book. It took me about 75 pages to really get into it but I am so glad I stuck with it. It's message on the value of every life is beautiful and applicable. It is different than many other YA dystopia type genre I have read this year. Go read it! Great job David! ...more
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, ebook, young-adult, arc
Amazing. You can find my review here:
Katy H
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of David Estes, Dystopian Fans, Y.A. Fans
Recommended to Katy by: David Estes
*I was gifted this book by the author in exchange for an honest review through the Goodreads book group David Estes Fans & Y.A. Book Lovers Unite*

Wow - the instant I finished this book, I was officially convinced of one thing: it's powerful stuff! On par with Suzanne Collins or Veronica Roth powerful IMO.) Estes managed to convey current environmental, socio-economic and political problems in a way that was not only understandable, but also interesting and most importantly, the characters were r
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hot. Damn.

This is me after reading Slip. Just a little confused and tired and a little high-strung, all because of one book.

Slip heartbreakingly gives a scenario where there's absolutely no freedom with life. A death means that another baby is permitted to be born. It's called Death Matches, but the flaw in the system is that the Death Match could live despite the odds and the child born wouldn't be allowed to live.

With the relentless way the government sets out to get rid of Unauthorized Beings
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

Ideally, I'd give this book 4.5 stars. While I can't quite give it 5... it was much better reading than I was expecting it to be and it was really easy to form emotional connections to most of the characters.

The world described in this book is particularly difficult to read about, but is actually something I could see happening in the distant future. The idea of Death Matches is an especially diffic
I received this e book free from the author in exchange for a honest review.

This book was amazing. I have only read other book by David and it may be a bit premature to say this is his best work. But this book was so gripping that I'm going to say it is his best work to date. This is one of my top books I read this month. And I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.

This is a well written dystopian novel set in the Reformed United States of America. Global warming has resulted in los
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
David Estes is my new favourite author!!! I first came across David's work earlier this year in the Dwellers series, where I was engrossed right from page 1 of the first book. So when the opportunity to receive this book in exchange for a review came about I couldn't pass it up. And boy was I glad I didn't.

I loved the futuristic aspect of it, hover-boards, food tablets, eye scanning for identification, money on life cards just to name a few. David has really created an interesting futuristic wor
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25-4.5, definitely.

You know, I'm quite stunned that given the number of books I read every year, and the portion of THOSE that are dystopian fiction, I have never before encountered this series. How could this BE?! How is it even POSSIBLE??! I'm active in the Goodreads community ... it simply escapes me how I managed to have remained oblivious to this series. Well, until NOW!

Oblivious no more! Holy moly people! I looked at the cover 1st. Those banners about the new laws in effect in the RUSA?
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-galley
3.5 Stars
He has no name, no life outside of the compounded house he calls home, only his father who warns him the world is a dangerous place, and Janice, the woman who cares for him regardless. Benson lives in a world where births are regulated and approved. The sea levels rose, leading to a shortage of produce, land mass and a society of strict laws to adhere to. In order to give life, you must be provided with a Death Match, in a dystopian society where population control brings fear and injus
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had been stuck on my TBR since forever really. I'm really glad I finally gave it a chance because lately I've been reading lots of Fantasy/Fiction YA books but I missed Sci-Fi so this refreshed me quite a bit. I enjoyed it so much I finished it in 4 hours.

THE WORLD: It's a dystopian world where humans have overpopulated the world. When I say world I mean USA because let's be honest, it's always USA... anyway, so USA Government, called Department of Population Control (PopCon), decides
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