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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Jo Bristol has a tick ... she has visions of killing people. Los Angeles is under attack from cyber terrorists, and in an effort to stop them, the city uses spy drones to seek out civilians with brain abnormalities and adjusts their brains to remove any criminal tendencies. Jo has spent her life evading the drones and having her brain be manipulated by keeping her tick a s ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 446 pages
Published February 28th 2015 by RockRose Books
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Jennifer D
I love dystopian/sci-fi novels, even when they confuse the hell out of me and Tick did just that, but not in a way to make me not like it. I was a satisfied confused if that makes sense.

Jo wants nothing more than to be an artist in a world where brain “ticks” are “taken care of”. And boy does she have a whopper of a tick. Jo zones out and has visions of killing people, so many that shes completely numb to it. She has never acted on these visions, it’s just something that is part of her life.


4.5 stars..

Tick is the debut novel of Allison Rose. It is classed as a YA/Dystopian however in my opinion this book crosses more genres and can also be classify as a contemporary, psy or thriller.

The main character is Jo, who has an incredible artistic talent but also a dark secret. She has visions of brutally killing people. And there is no pick as to who it will be. She is trying to avoid getting noticed and 'adjusted' by drones patrolling an unstable America, whilst trying to find her directi
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I gave my copy of “Tick” to an avid reader I know after I'd finished it, telling her that it was aimed at young readers, but transcends both category and genre, and I thought she'd like it. Four days later, she called me a “brat” for leaving her hanging and swore she wouldn't give me the book back until I give her a copy of volume 2.
“Tick” is a cliff hanger. But unlike so many stories that leave the reader wondering how a tense and convoluted situation will be resolved, this story left me far m

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I Was Fortunate to win this through Goodreads First Reads, right from the start i was hooked. You think you'll like a book but then you actually like it and it's amazing and has great plot and character and it makes you so glad you read the book. I LOVED EVERYTHING. i didn't put the book down until the last sentence, Jo is now in my top fave characters. I Felt crazy thinking she was c
This book brings apocalyptic to another level.
I enjoyed how fast-paced and vivid the story was. I had a love-hate relationship with the main character Jo, she was both selfish and selfless. I personally like when an author takes the time to make up their own words/slang that adds to the story, which Allison Rose works to her advantage. I love the concept of some people having ticks that effect them differently and the take over a technology company. All in all, this book has so many great
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won this book through Goodreads First Reads. This book was fantastic! Great characters. Great plot. It was a great take on the dystopian genre. I look forward to reading more in this series and from this author.
Cayt Landis
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
Tick by Allison Rose tells the story of a teenager named Jo Bristol. Jo is a relatively normal high school student who wants to be an artist. Or at least she seems that way to everyone on the outside. Inside, Jo has a secret, a tick; she sees visions of herself violently killing those around her. These visions and their implications disturb her and Jo must keep her real self a secret or risk being "adjusted". When her visions increase and begin to seem like they might become reality, Jo has to f ...more
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May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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A well executed dystopian novel. I cannot wait for the next two installments.

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Sunshine Somerville
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Starting this book, I thought it would be a typical YA Dystopian SciFi story, and I was happy enough with that.  But every time I thought I knew where the story was going, it took a swerve and headed in a new direction.  I was NEVER bored with this book, and there were so many twists that the plot pulled me in and kept me reading.  The characters are great too, and I was impressed with the author's ability to stay so focused on showing us everything going on in Jo's mind.

And about Jo.  I imagine
Samantha Dragon
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won this book from first reads. I loved it, I thought it was such an original book. I think that the reason that I loved it so much was that it wasn't a romance novel. A lot of young adult novels have lots of romance in them and I'm not really a fan of romance. I really liked Jo, I love the idea that art can make a real difference in someones life. I cant wait for the second and third books. ...more
Jan 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book was 430 pages of pure confusion. They never explained why she was having these delusions or what the weird slang was or even how the society worked. I powered through this because I was too far in to quit, but oh boy it was a disaster.
Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
Rated 3.5 really.

Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA.

Pros: Not your usual dystopian. Never a boring moment. Romance plays a very small part in the story (which I think should be the case with a sci-fi book).
Cons: Main character is not easy to empathise with. Near-future L.A. and lead's relationships would have benefited from a little backstory.
WARNING! Very graphic violence and gore.
Will appeal to: Those who like action, conspiracies, stories about redemption, and tough
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a sci-fi fantasy novel set in a dystopian future, suitable for young adults and up.

The world is highly regulated and people are constantly being scanned for any brain anomalies. The fear is that any anomaly could be a precursor of a terrorist, so surgery is performed immediately to rid the person of the abnormality. However a major side effect of the surgery is that it robs the person of their creativity and unique spirit. This is why Jo, an avid painter, is constantly on the lookout for
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Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Other than 3 or 4 typos/errors I enjoyed this book a looootttt. I did feel some of the pacing was off and was much more dramatic than I anticipated. But I cannot wait for the second book!
Would've finished it sooner but alas I had work interference!
Hope it's out soon!
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Allison Rose is a Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy novelist from Los Angeles, California. Much of her debut novel, "Tick", is set in a futuristic version of her hometown. Having begun as an aspiring screenwriter and director, she strapped on an electric guitar and tried her hand as a songwriter before discovering her love of writing fiction novels.


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