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This is an alternate cover edition for 9781943696000

Gold Medal Winner: 2015 Wishing Shelf Book Awards, Teenager Category
Indie BRAG Medallion Winner
Honorable Mention: 2015 Reader’s Favorites Book Awards, Teenager Category

Join or Fight. Escape or Die. Love now. Lose Forever.
A heartrending, dystopian tale of choices and control from the multi-award winning science fiction au
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Paperback, 205 pages
Published July 24th 2015
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J. Saman
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is realistic feeling sci-fi that takes place in a post-apoloclyptic dystopian world where outcasts or "plebs" live in communities. Isaias is a strong and inherently good character who is stuck trying to sift through layers of issues and problems. He's trying to study for a test in the hope that it will help him become a citizen of the city and leave the slums. His friends are blowing themselves up with bombs, though they say they're against doing that. Is there someone benefiting from all t ...more
Julie Drucker
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I have to say right off the bat that I have enjoyed every one of the books I have read from Mr. Cardona. I believe he is an up and coming star on the book scene and he is talented in many genres. I received the e-book for this one and literally gobbled it up; in fact he sent me a slightly revised copy also and so I read that one as well to compare. I see a lot of potential in this book to become a series of books. I preferred the ending to the first copy more than the revised one because I felt ...more
Julie Simons
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting. Engaging. A thriller at points. The romantic sub-plot is tastefully and beautifully written. It brings innocence and hope to an otherwise dank, dreary world where a stringent government has imposed such oppression on the outcasts of its society that their lives of filth and fear are no longer worth living. On a sidenote, but a very important one for me with teen fiction, the love story, language, and plot elements stay clean throughout. As for the story line, it blends current crise ...more
Laura
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dystopia, Adventure, Crime, Fictional Societies
If you like Dystopian societies and tales about life after a massive world change,
If you enjoy books that make you think, I strongly recommend that you read this novel.
The main characters are young adults, the children of the disadvantaged society, called plebs, the population without rights. They are being programmed, trained to think like citizens of the accepted society.
Another kind of training is happening in pleb society. The "Free Thinkers" are the dissatisfied, angry population willing t
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Winifred Morris
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a chilling story in the best tradition of SF, which distorts the world we live in just enough to emphasize its horrors. A must read!

I was given a review copy and was thoroughly impressed by the power of this book, which takes you deep into the head of a young pacifist as he struggles to make sense of this world where nothing is as it seems. If he studies hard and passes all his tests, will he become a citizen of the city and escape the slum in which he lives outside its walls? Then will
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Ann Girdharry
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this story, Isaias is a strong young man who finds himself unwittingly in the opposing camp of the elite where he must use his own wits and intelligence to survive and discover the truth about the split society he lives in.
Isaias is in love with Jessia - who is unobtainable and remote. However, there are strong and magnetic moments between them and their attraction and the circumstances which keep them apart are excellently portrayed. This is one of the highlight of the book.

The other highli
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Reader Views
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
COMMUNITY 17

James Cardona
SJI (2015)
ISBN 9781943696000
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (01/16)


“Community 17” by James Cardona is an intense novel that takes readers deep into the degradation and control of a dystopian society. Isaias, a teenager and a pleb, dreams of escaping the slums of his community. In his dreams, he marries Jessia and lives in a small home in the city, surrounding by their children. To achieve these dreams Isaias must do well in his studies and pass the programming e
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Ryan Michael
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Community 17 by James Cordona is a young adult dystopian novella which follows the main character, Isaias, who aspires to free himself from the slums of Community 17. The mystery of Community 17 unfolds one chapter at a time, revealing enough information to keep me interested in what would happen next. The writing style also allows for fast reading, which I liked as I am often time poor and enjoy a story with plenty of action. There is a romantic relationship underlying the main plot, between Is ...more
Flewts
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received a free copy of the advance version of this book in exchange for an honest review. In fact, the author kindly shared a later, revised version as well.

I usually am not a fan of dystopian literature. I like optimistic, happy endings, but the truth is that the world is not always the pretty place I'd like to live in. This novel explores some current issues our world is grappling with: terrorism, what motivates people to participate in it, and how others fight it.

The main character is a te
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Om Chand
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is yet another masterpiece from the author of Under The Shadow Of Darkness. The book was so engaging that I red it in one sitting. Jessia and Isaias sell scrap for living and want to escape the slum lanes of Community 17. But it's not as easy as it sounds. The dreams can inspire but can't necessary become a reality. In this dystopian tale that sends waves in your spine, James Cardona yet again proves his reputation as a great storyteller. It's highly recommended to the readers of dystopian ...more
Jessamy
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intense novel of a young man caught in a world of starkly different societies

There are citizens and there are plebs. One young man is striving to become a citizen through testing and programming, the only way to get out of Communiy 17. He comes to the attention of the Agency, a militant force of the city as well as the Free Thinkers, a rebel group of plebs. Both want to use him. Who does he trust?
Kevis Hendrickson
Community 17 is the first book I’ve read from award-winning author James Cardona. Due to his accolades, I went into reading this book with high expectations. Although, there were a few things I took issue with, overall, there is no denying that this book has something important to say and does it convincingly.

This story revolves around a downtrodden teenager named Isaias. It’s not enough that he faces the same growing pains that any adolescent male does during this very difficult and transitiona
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Carol March
This is a dystopian YA novel set in a slum called Community 17 after an unspecified holocaust. The main character, Isaias and his love interest, Jessia, both high school age, live in a rat-infested slum of shacks and decaying sewage. They attend school run by the Agency, dubbed Programming, so they can pass their tests and become citizens. Citizens are purported to live in better circumstances, although we don’t see them. The plebs in the slum are subject to constant surveillance, a la 1984. Som ...more
Robby Charters
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Growing up in the slums of dystopia, Isaias has two choices: 1. Strive to pass all the tests and make it into the "utopia" (just on the other side of the barrier, but where contrary opinions aren't tolerated); or 2. join the "Free Thinkers" who have somehow inherited the ancient 21st century custom of using a bomb vest to get your point across. Things aren't fair, and Isaias knows it. His only chance for happiness is to stay in school and possibly become a citizen, hopefully along with his very ...more
Billy Buttons
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was entered and was a GOLD MEDAL WINNER in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:

Title: Community 17
Author: James Cardona
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 28
Stats
Of the 28 readers:
Editing 10/10
Style 9/10
Cover 10/10
Plot 10/10
Total 39/40
28 would read another book by this author.
20 thought the plot was the best part of the book.
5 thought the characters were the best.
3 thought the setting was the best part
26 thought the cover was good or excellent.
28 though t
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D.C. Triana
James Cardona has written a brilliant dystopian society where we follow a young man, Isaias, who lives in the slums of Community 17. He dreams of having his own home and having children with a young girl named Jessia. In order to do this he needs to get out of the slums and his only way out is passing a series of exams that are given by a group called the Agency.
His goal is interrupted when a friend, Edra, decides to blow herself up outside the gates of the city. Edra belongs to a group of peopl
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Kimberly C. Winslow
Engrossing!

This book sucks you in and doesn't let go! Original, well written, great characters, pacing, and plot. I raced through this book and look forward to reading more from this talented author. Entertaining read well worth the time!
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a review.
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David Richardson
An interesting and unusual book. Slow in spots, then very fast paced in others with lots of strange twists. I thought the ending was a little strange, but that's just me. ...more
Ricky Kimsey
So So Dystopian Tale

I found this novella a so so dystopian tale that failed to excite me. Perhaps the failing is me rather than the story itself.
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James Cardona received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Delaware with a minor in Religious Studies.
He enjoys all things creative including the typical things such as drawing, painting, music and creative writing; and the not-so-typical such as building robots and writing computer code.
James has written five books and is planning on writing many, many more.
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