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Sometimes the strings that tie us down are the same strings that set us free.

Sixteen-year-old Pia has always lived in a mysterious facility where mechanical strings control her existence. She plays apprentice to her father, Gio, in performing nanotech designs for the Company, and she soon suspects there are diabolical human forces behind the manufactured reality of her wor
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Paperback, 366 pages
Published February 3rd 2016 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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This was me until I got to the end game! I had to know!

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***MILD SPOILERS***

Pia and her father Gio are inside of a compound, prisoners, on strings and they have to work in the workshop all of the time.

No one will tell Pia what is going on and she can't do anything she wants or her strings will attack her! Who is pulling those strings!!!

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She has a little Robot friend that I just loved. Pia calls him Fig because he's really tiny and he flies around, her father
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Jenny
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Be brave, truthful, and unselfish, and always strive to make the right choices, for you and for your loved ones. That’s all it means to be real, child, no matter who you are or what situation you are in. Do those things, and you’ll be as real as anyone."

The same three ideals that resonated so much in the original Pinocchio, and the Disney version, continue here in this modern Sci-Fi retelling of a beloved classic.

After all the retellings I've read in the last few years and seen hit the market,
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Karen
I am incredibly impressed with this completely unique and original sci-fi fairy tale retelling of Pinocchio! My mind was blown with Estes's take on this world of Strings and completely enthralled with Pia as a female "Pinnochio", her Papa, and Pia's "Jiminy Cricket", Fig!

Pia, who is attached to "strings" which control her movements whenever "they" want, seeks the truth of the strings and tries to gain her freedom from them. In the process, she has to protect her Papa at all costs and determine
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Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

You know how fairy tales are usually magical, romantic and fluffy? Throw all that away when going into Strings, for it’s a surprisingly dark, edgy retelling loosely based on Pinocchio.

The premise is about Pia and her father, who are confined by thick, black mechanical strings which constrict their movement at times. Everyday, they work on manufacturing intricate technology for a nameless Company. It’s
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Donna
“Maybe the most imperfect of us have a greater realization of the need for goodness and mercy in the world...We are more than what the world sees us as. Maybe we realize the great choice we have in this life: to be bitter and angry, seeking to build ourselves up at the expense of others; or to cast our lots in friendship and love and all the things that are right.”

I don't even know where to begin. I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK. SO. MUCH!!!
This has to be one of the best books I've read this year, and one
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Leigh
Wow! What a brilliantly crafted story David Estes has created in Strings! Who doesn't like retellings of beloved childhood stories? This is a fascinating futuristic twist on the cherished story of Pinocchio.

Pia is sixteen and lives with her father, Gio, in a mysterious compound. Together they work on nanotech projects for the Company. This is not the normal life of a teenager, but Pia is not like any other teenager. She and her father are tethered by strings attached to the ceiling of the compou
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Lauren Stoolfire
I received a free eARC of Strings by David Estes in exchange for an honest review.

Pia lives in a facility where mechanical wires, her strings, control her life. She is apprenticed to her father, Gio - who is also controlled by strings - and they design cutting edge nanotech devices for the Company. She quickly realizes that diabolical human forces control their strings - control them. The memories of her past has always eluded her, but she begins to take comfort in two new "friends" that have su
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Kelly (Diva Booknerd)


4.5 Stars. Engaging, enthralling and utterly enchanting. Love, love, love, love luuuuurved it.

Pia lives and extraordinary life, restricted by tethers within her concrete fortress. Along with her father, they live a life of solitude and slavery, little more than puppets on a string connected to a series of anchors where each of their bodies are controlled. Working as her father's apprentice, Pia spends her days in the workshop, tinkering and completing mechanical devices that command precision a
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David Estes
Feb 15, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
"Strings is a wonderful retelling of the Pinocchio story and a heartfelt coming-of-age tale. I was pulled in by young Pia's determination to free herself and her father, and I simply couldn't put this book down." –Rysa Walker, bestselling author of TIMEBOUND

After over a year without publishing a book, I'm so pleased to release STRINGS, my new dark YA SciFi Pinocchio retelling! I was exceptionally honored and fortunate to have the amazing bestseller, Rysa Walker, read and blurb STRINGS; and she l
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Karen
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sigh... I just finished the audio of Strings performed by Kate Rudd and wow, absolutely incredible!! This was a reread for me and listening to the book was a completely different experience and I loved every minute! That ending!! I highly recommend the audio of Strings!!

Original review:
I'm incredibly impressed with this completely unique and original sci-fi fairy tale retelling of Pinocchio! My mind was blown with Estes's take on this world of Strings and completely enthralled with Pia as a fema
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Casey
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult
Ah it was amazing :D I mean its a Gender swapped Pinocchio retelling?A tiny robot full of smartassary?A MC that I instantly like?YES YES YES

All Pia can remember since she was little is that she's lived in the compound with her father, building complicated robotics and projects. Oh and her life has been controlled by the strings attached to her body.

Pia has 15 strings attached to her, from her feet to her head they can control her movementst. Restricting or encouraging, playful or full of punish
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Lauren
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite-books
So this took me a lot longer to read than planned but it had nothing to do with the story. I am having the worst reading slump and it is taking me ages to read anything, my fellow readers you will know all about this. Anyway back to the novel, Strings is a modern retelling of Pinnochio and I must say this has to be my favourite retelling that I have read and it certainly surprised me. I dont know how David Estes came up with this retelling but it is complete genius. I have fallen in love with th ...more
Elora Mitchell
I'm not a big fan of Pinocchio. The easiest way to get me to shudder is to mention the Disney movie. Creeps. Me. Out. So when I saw David Estes promoting the release of Strings, I passed right by. And then some of my friends on goodreads started posting glowing reviews. So I looked closer.

The Good:
A Dystopian-esque setting hooked me from the get go. If you know me, my fave books or my writing, you know I'm a sucker for a good dystopian story. The main character is a girl, so that was an interes
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Kirstie Ellen
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sci-Fi/Dystopian Readers
Recommended to Kirstie by: TDHBox
4.5/5 stars

Initial Thoughts Upon Finishing
I really did not know what to expect of a Pinocchio retelling by oh my god this was amazing. I was so impressed with all the parallels drawn but also with how different the story is from the original. This is an absolutely page-turner of a novel that I highly recommend to sci-fi/dystopian lovers (and come on, a Pinocchio retelling? How can you resist that). Loved this so much and I really want to check out some of Estes other books now!



Strings
I have to s
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Think
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Yet another book by David Estes that I couldn't put down. This whole concept of his take on Pinocchio was so awesome to read! I just get more addicted to David Estes with every book of his I read. So, if you haven't figured out yet, I highly recommend this book as well as ALL OTHER David Estes books!

*UPDATE 2.18.16: I actually posted on my blog for the first time in over a year!!! And all for David and this awesome book! Below is the review I posted as well as link to my blog.

http://www.thinksbo
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Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
This is my favorite David Estes book yet. I really appreciated that it was a stand alone book because in the world of YA books that it becoming few and far between. Sometimes I find it more difficult to start new series books because I know I will have to commit to the entire series so standalone books are really refreshing sometimes.

I am a huge fan of strong female lead characters and Pia fit that bill well here. She was a wonderfully drawn out 3-dimentional character who I could sympathize wi
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Jodi Woody
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Let me first say that David Estes is probably my favorite YA author, and one of my favorite dystopian authors. So when he offered me a chance to read his latest book for free, I of coarse jumped on the band wagon. "String" isn't like his other books, not dystopian, or paranormal, but WOW! It is probably my favorite of his so far and I have read them all but one series. Mr. Estes has a way with writing his characters that makes you feel like you have always known them. They are flawed, loveable, ...more
Jan farnworth
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first David Estes book and i really enjoyed his take on the retelling of Pinocchio. The whole concept of strings being a way to save someone and that the characters of this famous story are really part of this whole company and are being controlled by 3 owners and how each of the different characters worked together to create this elaborate story that your just drawn in to and are lost in for a few hours. The author really knows how to draw you in and see things from a different angle ...more
Sheree Bonita
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I beta read this book and it was fabulous. Extremely clean, clear and very good writing. This book provides many moments of learning about human nature, which I truly appreciate. I will review more once I read the finalized version.
Sarah E.
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have all of David's books on my TBR and *ducks in hiding* hadn't read one of them yet until the opportunity to read Strings came along. I have so many books on my to-be read list and I'm struggling to read much of anything lately. But I really wanted to show my support for David and signed up to read Strings before its release date.

The very first thing that intrigued me about Strings was that it's a gender-bent retelling of the Pinocchio story. Pinocchio was never really high on my list of fav
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 ⇝LEAH⇜
Book Title: Strings
Author: David Estes
Narration: Kate Rudd
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling, YA
Source: **I Received an audible version in exchange for an honest review*


“Our strings tie us down, restrict us, force us to live a life we never wanted, a life we think we have to live, one we never chose for ourselves. But all strings, whether invisible or as clear as the tumbling spill of a waterfall, can be cut.”

Ratings Breakdown

Plot: 3/5
Characters: 2/5
The Feels: 3/5
Theme: 3/5
F
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Melissa Robles
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not the first time that I wish to get inside David Estes’ mind and explore all his crazy and absolutely awesome ideas for storytelling. I know there are MANY fairytale retellings out there, from Beauty and the Beast to Cinderella, and though there is no doubt each one is fantastic (at least the ones I’ve read), I have to say this retelling of PINOCCHIO (I know!!!) is one of the most imaginative retellings I’ve had the pleasure of reading.

First of all, the STRINGS. The idea of strings con
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Alyson Stone
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, science-fiction
Book: Strings
Author: David Estes
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars

I would like to thank David Estes for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I will admit that I did not realize that this was a retelling of Pinocchio until I read the summary, which was when I was about halfway through the book. I have never read a retelling of Pinocchio and I must say that I was very pleased. David did an amazing job with mixing the original tale in with the science fiction elements. This mixt
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Michael Long
A fresh, modern take on Pinocchio, this story follows Pia as she must complete work for an unseen employer while being imprisoned and manipulated by wires attached to her body.

I didn't read the synopsis before starting this book so I had no idea what it was to be about. At first I found the premise to be a little hokey but the story pulled me in and I was intrigued to find out more about the mystery of Pia's predicament. Her character was very intriguing and strong, and really pushed the story f
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Victoria Zigler
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again, David Estes has managed to spin a tale that will grab your attention from page one, and hold it until the very end, so that putting this book down before I was done felt like torture, and I couldn't stop thinking about it between reading sessions.

All of the characters are believable, the main character is easy to relate to, and the plot moves at just the right pace. On top of that, the story has a wonderful moral to it.

Five stars just don't seem enough to say how fantastic this book
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Sigourney
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review, kindle
A copy of Strings was kindly sent to me by David Estes in exchange for an honest review.

Sometimes the strings that tie us down are the same strings that set us free. Sixteen year old Pia has always lived in a mysterious facility where mechanical strings control her existence. She plays apprentice to her father, Gio, in performing nanotech designs for the Company, and she soon suspects there are diabolical human forces behind the manufactured reality of her world.

Though her childhood memories
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Holly
Okay, confession time! I’m not sure even David knows this, but....despite being in the Goodreads fan group for over a year, at least; despite pimping out David’s books at any and every opportunity; despite owning in print or ebook every single book he’s written; despite generally being a huge fan and advocate of David’s for several years now, I must confess: STRINGS IS THE FIRST BOOK OF DAVID’S THAT I’VE ACTUALLY READ. Gasp! I know, I know!! It’s embarrassing! I’m not embarrassed that I support ...more
Jenia
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Michelle Mcroberts
Jun 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: private-review
*I received a free audio download of this title from the author, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.*

I wanted so badly to like this book more. I have had varying opinions of Mr. Estes's work, but I really LOVED his dwellers series in a staying up too late, buying each one immediately after the next, could not put it down kind-of way, so I was really hoping to dive right into this one. I mean, a modern sci-fi re-telling of Pinocchio? Neat and new an
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Rachel
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Confession time: I've never loved the story of Pinocchio. For one, his name is about impossible to spell (gah!) and as a kid, the Disney movie adaptation literally gave me nightmares of having strings attached to ME. Which might be part of the reason why I found David's adaptation so brilliant.

After all, a sci-fi retelling of the story that incorporates the complete creepy feeling you get from strings that can control someone is perfectly fitting. And bringing the story to life in this new, uniq
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“Be brave, truthful, and unselfish, and always strive to make the right choices, for you and for your loved ones. That’s all it means to be real, child, no matter who you are or what situation you are in. Do those things, and you’ll be as real as anyone.” 0 likes
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