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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  134 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Jade, a headstrong young woman, lives in an irradiated wasteland. She struggles each day to protect her younger sister Pearl, a sweet girl who was born mutated. Their life is tough, but Jade is determined to survive.

One day, Jade returns from a supply run and finds her sister missing. She knows one of two groups is to blame: the fascist society that lives underground, sco
Published July 13th 2015 by Aberrant Minds Publishing (first published May 13th 2014)
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Michelle Bacon
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Dystopian adventure

Living in underground tunnels because the surface is not livable and yet a creature called The Shadow is on the hunt commanded by The Queen. Pearl and Jade are sisters and only one is not irradiated. Will Jade save her sister before she dies at the hands of The Queen?
Karyn Folan
First the disclaimer: I received a copy of Irradiated from in exchange for my honest review.

This book was tough for me. I wanted to like it-- and there were aspects of it that were compelling for me--but on the whole I just couldn't quite enjoy it.

I'm a huge fan of the post-apocalyptic/dystopian genre and enjoyed the author's vision of a desolate future with a poisoned, sun-baked atmosphere. The combination of the air quality and the sun's incessant rays cause mutations in childr
Stephanie Embry
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took me a while to finish by NO fault of its own; my kindle had issues part way through.
I finally finished it though and I'm excited to start the next.

Literally my only negative is that I wanted to know more about whatever catastrophe that created this world. Otherwise, this book is fantastic. Someone else compared it to HG Wells and that is spot on. Also, the very literary, poetic style puts me in mind of some of those great "new weird" writers that are getting shoved into the "Litera
Alicia Huxtable

Quite the ride. And an enjoyable one too. The characters and storyline meshed really well and at a good steady pace. Worth the read for sure
Kenneth A. Mugi
Irradiated is a novel about how far love and the need to survive will push people. Sometimes it makes them do terrible things, sometimes it spurns them into a charitable acts they might not live to regret. Whatever the situation, Irradiated asks the reader questions. "How far would you go?" it queries. "Do you truly love your brother, your friend? Even at the brink of despair, will you push on, hatchet in hand?"

S. Elliot Brandis provides no easy answers or simple characterisations. The residents
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, apocalypse
Good enough. Some interesting mutations. Bit icky in places. Well, maybe a lot icky in places. Nothing stellar or mind blowing, and while I'm intrigued what exactly happened to cause the difficulties prefacing this story I'm not intrigued enough to carry on with the series I don't think. Also if there was a lot of icky in the first book, I'm a bit dubious about this escalating in the following books. Didn't sign up for torture scenes - just sayin'. ...more
Julie Powell
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this well-written dystopian /post-apocalyptic story about a destroyed world of irradiated and Shadows.

Though Jade isn't irradiated, her sister, Pearl is. They escaped the tunnels but life is extremely difficult, picking through the ruins for survival.

This tale is not original in its idea but the characters are fascinating and the divisions make for a good plot. It is disturbing in many ways, however, there was still room for love, loyalty and kindness.

I would read the next books but fu
Brenda H
3 stars
Desiree Putaski
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The world has gone to hell… we don’t know why… we aren’t ever told…but it doesn’t really matter. My guess would be that it was some sort of nuclear war that ended everything as we know it, because radiation is causing children to be born with strange defects. Many fled to the tunnels beneath the city and that’s where they’ve been living for who knows how long, but there are also those on the surface and they are mutated because of their exposure or their parents exposure.

Jade was born in the tun
Kathryn Svendsen
Irradiated is the future Earth, the result of global warming and some other catastrophe such as a nuclear war which has left the world in a barely liveable state. Most of the surviving people live underground, and those who have been irradiated (individuals with strange mutations) live on the surface of the planet.

The story begins when Jade is sent away with her just-born baby sister Pearl to live on the surface to escape the fate of irradiated offspring born to those who are part of this underg
Michael Hicks
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
S. Elliot Brandis is the type of writer that immediately makes me jealous of his style and strong authorial voice. He has a ridiculously strong command of prose and is utterly methodical in his deliberate word choice, using every word and turn of phrase for maximum impact. Descriptions are lively and on-point, and he’s able to crack up the evocative sense of place and nature to 11. He is, without fail, an awesome wordsmith.

IRRADIATED is the first book of an ambitious trilogy. The setting is post
Jul 31, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank the author for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Providing such does not sway my review in any way.

A unique take on the post-apocalyptic world; part fantasy, part dystopian, part Grimm's fairy tales, but altogether original material in a genre that has become very popular and sometimes over saturated with the same type of story lines. The sun comes into play and is part of the story in a way that I never considered. In som
" I suppose it's a dark world."

From the prologue, a treacherous and uncertain world is set for eight year old Jade and her newborn sister Pearl. Pearl is given to Jade and she is told to run, get out of the only home she had even known. Jade and Pearl must escape from the darkness and safety of the Tunnels and go to the surface, Pearl was born irradiated, mutated because her father spent too much time in the sun. Years later, Jade, Pearl and two other surface dwellers have made a life for thems
A.B. Shepherd
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So remember when I told you I asked my Australian Writers group to pitch me their dystopian novels? Well this is another one that I purchased based on their recommendations. Irradiated is the first of a trilogy. Book two, Degenerated, is also available now, but book three is yet to come.

In the world of Irradiated, something horrible has happened. We are never told what, but most would assume a nuclear blast or some sort of nuclear fall-out because the world above ground is no longer safe for hum
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
I received this book from the author and Paranormal Romance and Author That Rock.
Irradiated is a short scifi post-apocalypse novel.
When Jade was given her baby sister and told to run and escape from the tunnels. Now thirteen years later, her sister Pearl is coming of age. Pearl has sucker caps on her arms and hands, her skin is coral pink and her dreams are filled with strange nightmares. Pearl doesn't understand these dreams but soon it becomes apparent that they mean something. Two groups of s
Barb McKinley

Why a 3 rating you may ask....I am still not sure if this is earth after some cataclysmic event or a different world all together. I would have liked more background information. I feel as if I started in the middle and missed the 1st book.

That aside...I enjoyed the book. It is an interesting take on radiation. I think that the characters are interesting; however, suffer from a lack of development. I was starting to get into what was happening and BOOM end
Allan Walsh
Irradiated is about Jade and Pearl. Two sisters fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world. Pearl is different, she has a mutation. When Jade comes home to find Pearl missing one day, she sets out to find her.

The Bad Stuff: This is a dark world with some mean characters and yet for some reason I felt it was more suited to a YA audience.

The Good Stuff: This book is well written and has some good characters. The world is gritty and S.Elliot Brandis sure knows how to create a mean antagonis
Sep 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could probably make this 3.5/5. In fact I was tempted to do so and round up to 4 since this is a self-published novel and although there are a few errors I didn't spend the entire book wincing (as can be the case).

This is quite fast paced and a quick read (perhaps a bit too quick as some ideas could have been fleshed out more for me). It's not always an easy read. The author writes beautiful descriptions but some scenes are on the gruesome side. The concept of this post-apocolyptic world is q
Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
I really couldn't get into this story at all. At 12% are started skimming to get through it and just see what happened. Not out of any real interest as to what happened to the characters, but more of an inane need to "finish" the story. Even though I didn't really read it and just skimmed through it. I will not be continuing with the series, just didn't grab my attention. In addition, I have a really hard time with mutant type stories, even X-Men, and I'm a comic book fan. It just didn't ring tr ...more
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is going on ?! This is a great read with fully developed characters, quick pace, nice action and a hook to keep you looking forward to the next installment. But I felt like I was always one step behind! I would have loved to little preface explaining what had happened to the planet, how long ago and where were we! Hopefully, the next book gives a little background - maybe Pearl can dream a little of the past and answer my questions. Enjoy!
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, I would like to thank the author S. Elliot Brandis for giving me this book for an honest review. The story-line is good and unique in its dystopian genre. The characters are well developed and written. The world building is good. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Irradiated,if you stop and ponder what could happen to our planet, you will love this book. Pearls is a irradiated girl with some strange deformaties and. An ability to see things in her dreams.Will not give the story away. Read it and you will learn of Pearles deformities and her abilities
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

If you are looking for a good post apocalyptic book, that gives a new version of the end of the world, you have found it! I would recommend this to anyone who loves these type of books! Very well-written and a quick, easy read.
I like the description of the dystopian city and the mental strength of the main character in her journey to save her sister. There are parts that I skim read near the end that could benefit more conflict/tension in the scenes (because the plot is somewhat straight forward).
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent world building and characters. Mostly read this while on break at work. Will probably get the rest of the series once I get through more of my backlog. Reminded me of the old Fallout 1/2 setting. Just in terms of setting and possible mutations to everything.
Sabrina Walker
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The story was intriguing and kept me hooked. So far it seems like a fresh storyline. I truly love the character of Pearl. Her suction cup mutations made me think of a starfish. I'm definitely buying the next two books.
Joel Brow
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good short story

You wouldn't think one could fit an entire novel into 160 pages, but S. Elliot Brand is did just that. There is a lot of information packed in here. The story loses nothing from its length as Elliot's descriptive abilities are outstanding. Give it a go!
P.K. Tyler
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
If you haven't read the Irradiated Trilogy by S Elliot Brandis you are missing out. The only thing I don't like about these books is that I didn't think to write them first. Book 1 is free and you literally cannot not go wrong here. ...more
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good story. Clever creation of a world, painted a vivid picture without overwhelming the reader with details and buildup. Fair brutality.
Tony Barkley
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A really good story, it was well written. The characters were well thought out and all played a big part to the story.
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