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Step into a world which is both magically fictitious and shockingly real, to follow the lives of Tamsin, Ellie, Arun and Charlie; a refugee, native, occupier and economic migrant. Watch them grow up during a halcyon past, an everyday present, and a dystopian future. And be prepared to be amazed.
Paperback, 354 pages
Published October 22nd 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Occupied was a very unique read. I wasn't really sure what to expect. Based on the cover, I probably wouldn't have picked this book up, but I am glad that I got a chance to read a copy for free with the Read & Review Program.

Joss Sheldon has written this book in 3 stages of life: Child/Adolescent/Adult. From there we are told 4 different characters stories for each stage of life. We follow the characters of Tamsin,
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
The story and narration was wonderful. Start by the cover I never thought the story would tell about the distress and hardship, but somehow it tell the reality in life. It will make us think about our world, there is no future which is not built in the present. I liked the way the book was split into the section of age and characters. It help us to understand the story from different perception.

I like the most in Childhood day. Its the most happiest time, when the kid still having a lot of fun e
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 stars
This book broke my damn heart. It is an incredible look into the complexities of societal issues, particularly in regards to issues surrounding refugees, migrants, religious tension and the power that is controlled by money. We see this through the perspective of four different characters, Tamsin, Ellie, Arun, and Charlie. We get to know them during three different life stages, childhood, adolescence and adulthood. I definit
Jun 26, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

Firstly I want to say this book is completely unique, and in that I found it quite difficult to review. This is not the type of book I would normally read, so from the first I was out of my normal comfort zone with the subject matter, however I persisted.

Occupied is the story of 4 people – Tamsin, Ellie, Arun and Charlie. The book is broken into three main sections – Childhood, Adolescence and finally Adulthood, which takes us through t
Charlotte Jain
May 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Occupied was powerful and captivating, but I found that the end of the book fell a bit flat when I was expecting the narrative to escalate even further from the first two sections. Showing the story play out across different ages of the same children made for an interesting ride, and the contrast between eras was insightful. The lasting message of the novel also wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, although I understand its foundations within the reality of the world. That aside, I thought Occupied was ...more
Gina Basham
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I don't want to like this book. It is hitting a little too close to home right now. A sick and twisted view of the world we live in. Not for the faint of heart. Gbash
Blake Sabor
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Occupied is an exceptional novel that tackles the problems of our “post” colonial world. To label our current word a post colonial one, would be a grave mistake. Occupied labors to strike down this notion through the fictional ties between two extremely different places. Reminiscent of the Israeli and Palestinian relationship over the past several decades, we gain insight to just how different the haves and have-nots go on. We bare witness to young people growing up in a world where there opinio ...more
DarkRaven Reviews
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful thought-provoking story of religious and cultural differences. Here we encounter four main storylines about ancestory, hardship and tragedy among other important issues. This book even though it has main stories has lots of little stories buried deep within the plot. The characters are beautifully created and I too became inquistive at listening to Papa's stories in particular so that I had to carry on reading it. Great storyline and would definitely recommend to all considering purc ...more
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book honestly makes me realise that our lives are so wasted.

My 3rd sheldon book and have to say I'm a bit of a fan. Not a great motivator for the weekly grind but a bit of an eye opener into the seemingly hopeless world we inhabit. For many years now I've felt uneasy about the direction our world is taking and this book conjures up all the horrors that may await if we carry on in our current trajectory. Sadly it's not even what may happen but what is happening. Occupied illustrates the futi
Nathalia Bainbridge
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. It’s like putting the world we live in, in front of a magnifying mirror. The absurdity of it all, our numbness and compliance. I loved everything about this book. Second book I read this year by Joss Sheldon.
Manon Minassian
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very catchy, couldn't put it down! Very interesting mix of genres. Filled with humanity whist still delivering a frightening critique of our 'modern' society
It's surprising, really well constructed, overall super enjoyable!
Apr 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I thought this book was going to be about occupation. It was, but it was also so much more. A very worthwhile read.
Michael Lang
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a good book. I'm so happy i read this. The way it is written let me go through the entire book really fast. The story made me think a lot. I extremely recommend it.
Uli Vogel
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This narrative cannot be shelved easily. Something off the trodden paths. Its style and language remind me of The Little Prince.with a gradually intensifying whiff of Orwellian dystopia. Amazing mastery of tone, chillingly repetitive, painfully laconic choice of words. Very disturbing... Consequently, I've bought the three other books by Sheldon. ...more
Stephanie Jane
I don't recall being as excited about an indie author book as I am about Occupied since I read Alison Habens' The True Picture two years ago! In my opinion Occupied is that good and I am so grateful to Joss Sheldon for gifting me an audio copy of his book. Describing the swift and total change of a country from peaceful rural idyll to greedy dystopian metropolis within the lifetimes of our four protagonists, Occupied cleverly depicts all aspects of their homes, work and families. I loved the cir ...more
Connie Anderson
I just finished this incredible book; then I sat in pure awe. I needed time to process the fantasy yet reality of this book. That is what also took me so long to read it. I won't even dare to give away the ending. I fear, with the choices of Presidential nominees, if nothing huge changes and fast, that Section Three of this book may happen to us all. It is such a profound and poignant book. It really makes one really think and understand our world, and that what goes around, comes around.

I reall
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I enjoyed every aspect of this book. Every minute I was reading, it gave some kind of satisfaction. I do not know how to explain it, but I believe this is one book that is worth to read! Starting with the cover that is very intriguing and makes you want to start read the book right away, to the story itself. Once you start it, you can’t put it down. When I got the book, I was intrigued by the cover and the title right away, and while I did have some bad experience
Teaera Churchwell
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I originally sat down intending to read a few pages before moving on to do other work, two and a half hours later I finished the last page and stared blankly at a wall as I tried to process what I had just finished reading. The structure of this novel is incredibly unique broken into three main sections further subdivided into four chapters each one featuring a different main character as they grow through life's hardships. One of the more unique but most important aspects of this book is that e ...more
Bill Green
This was a challenge for me to review.

From the first, I could see that this is not my usual read, but it quickly grew on me. A story of Tamsin, Ellie, Arun & Charlie; four individuals, who cross paths in their lives. All of them the same in so many ways, but with their profound differences as well.

The time & place seems to be a fictional representation of the Six-Day War that erupted over the ancient lands of the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and Golan Heights. The stresses and conflicts of the cha
Jul 21, 2016 rated it liked it
I read another review on this book before starting this book and I want to start by saying I agree with their review and that is, this book is like no other book I have ever read, dare I say this book is nothing like anything you have ever read !
If you are the type of person who is curious on what's going on in the middle east and western civilization, or if you like to debate on how different societies are good and bad this book is for you.
I cannot tell you how many times I wished I had a high
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A lovely story, really wonderful.
I enjoyed the whole narration especially the deep cultural backgrounds and traditions. The inter-generational ancestry history and lesson is truly something I enjoyed, especially as I never had such luck in my childhood days. The absurd stories that usually goes with everything in the book were just a little too much, except that you'll understand that this is an adult speaking to a little child.
However, some part were not just realistic. Like the whole village
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is split into three sections with each section having four subsections. The main sections are childhood adolescents, and adulthood. The subsections are each named by character they are: Tamsin, Ellie, Arun, Charlie.I really liked the way the book was organized by age and by character it helped the story to blend together while still allowing me to understand the story from different perspectives. My favorite character was Ellie. I found myself understanding her the most and I enjoyed r ...more
Randi C-Kearse
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Overall, there were some very interesting and pertinent qualities to the story. Some of the circumstances were emotionally more difficult than others but it was very well put together. I felt that this book was very well written. Some of the content was harder to keep track of as far as the groups and their names, but only in the very beginning of the story. This was only because their names are so closely related.
The characters and scenes were very well developed and made it very easy to imagi
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Real, raw, intense and unexpected. That's what surprises the Occupied reader and that's how this book will conquer him. There is no mercy or compassion, facts as facts, they affect heart and stomach and can't leave us indifferent. Occupied will leave you breathless and will touch your emotions, even those that usually you don't want to be stimulated.
The uncomfortable truth seen through the individual lives, individual difficulties, emotions of these four characters will remind us, or will teach
Rizaldy Fernandez
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reality and fantasy. That is the best way to describe this book.

The book shows what average people doesn't want in a book. Hardship and negativity in reality. Characters are built up uniquely through what happened to them and how they cope up with it. If you can relate this book to our present times, you can see that it really must have happened in the past. And considering the wholeness of the story itself, there is a quaint thought of possibility that there is a much worst event that will happ
Adebisi Amori
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Occupied Was A Really Unique And Great Read.Honestly,the Cover Almost Put Me Off,but I Decided To Read It Because The Cover Was Kind Of Intriguing,though Wierd.(my Opinion).The Book Was Written In The Different Life Stages,childhood To Adolescence To Adulthood And We Follow The Lives Of Tamsin,Ellie,Arun And Charlie. Childhood Was Very Bright But Changed Along The Way.The Book Was Great And I'm Glad I Did'nt Judge It By The Cover.I Received This Book For Free In Exchange For An Honest Review. ...more
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was an amazing read; I had to recommend it to my friends. Throughout the entire book the scenes came to life in my head. The author wrote about the life aspects of the four main characters faced which is relatable to everyday life. I connected emotionally while reading and it had me thinking about our ancestors and what they had to endure to make the world what it is now. I would recommend this book to a lot of people because it is not your average story and it is educational.
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
it's a special novel , i have learn lots
no words can describe the amaze and beauty in which the book had been written
While it did take me 3 tries to get into this book, I’m glad I stuck with it. Occupied is a thought-provoking work. The three main characters, Tamsin, Ellie, and Arun, start off as kids, each coming from different backgrounds. As they age, they are pulled apart and their friendships set aside though they do occasionally intersect later in the story. A fourth pivotal character, Charlie, comes into the tale much later.

While this story qualifies as a satire, I did feel that I would have gotten quit
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really wanted to give this book five much to like. Made me think of the book being a modern version of Orwell's 1984. Follows characters from childhood through becoming adults. Some live as occupiers and others as occupiees. Takes a look at the psychological and cultural impacts upon both. The book also details the impact of consumerism and the impact of monopolies and advertising. This last part of consumerism and economics is driven home with the subtly of a sledge hammer. Good ...more
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Joss Sheldon is a scruffy nomad, unchained free-thinker, and post-modernist radical. Born in 1982, he was brought up in one of the anonymous suburbs which wrap themselves around London's beating heart. Then he escaped!

With a degree from the London School of Economics to his name, Sheldon had spells selling falafel at music festivals, being a ski-bum, and failing to turn the English Midlands into a

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