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Aletheia

(The Seventh River #1)

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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  131 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Nearly two decades after the fall, the transcendent city of Iris is the only place rumoured to have a cure to the disease that decimated the world. Beyond Iris, are the remnants of the old world, crawling with the Depraved. Infected with Lethe, they no longer remember the people or dreams they were once willing to fight for and are left instead with familiar voices that wh ...more
Paperback, 518 pages
Published September 7th 2017 by Cloud Kitten Publishing
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Megan Tennant I'm glad you're excited! Aletheia will be available for pre-order soon (you can follow me for updates), and will be released on July 7th. I'll be post…moreI'm glad you're excited! Aletheia will be available for pre-order soon (you can follow me for updates), and will be released on July 7th. I'll be posting some trailers over the next few months, and will be doing a cover reveal in mid-April on my Youtube channel. Also, keep your eye out for giveaways!(less)

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Ashley Nuckles
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was more of a 3.75 stars for me, so I rounded up. I'll post my full review written here when I upload a review video to my channel! ...more
Lexi Biondi
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Nina
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Note: I received this book in exchange for an honest review, however all thoughts and opinion are my own.

I really enjoyed this book! I must say I was a tad bit nervous going in because I haven’t been able to find any good dystopian stories lately, but this one delivered! I thought the world building was one of the strongest elements because it really is so hard these days to construct a dystopian society without it being compared to bigger classics like the Hunger Games, Divergent, or Legend. B
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Iris
Feb 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
I... I don't usually like dystopian, and I don't like reading about plagues, and also the fact that the city is named Iris is weirding me out, but also I've been following the author for ages and EVERY TIME she talks about it I just NEED to read it because it sort of sounds amazing! Even though I hate plagues and dystopians...

(Okay but actually I DO think I'll like this, despite not being a fan of the genre.)
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Blaire Hammond
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Aletheia by Megan Tennant: SPOILER FREE REVIEW!
*I was sent an Arc ebook copy of this in exchange for a free and honest review*

Its been four days since I finished this incredible book and I'm still reeling. To say I'm in desperate need for book two in The Seventh River series, titled Red River, is an absolute understatement! This story is full of action, mystery, love and conspiracy and I truly adored every moment of this book!

Aletheia follows the story of 736, a young Nameless woman forced to do
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Camille Dent
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
**I received a free PDF version of Aletheia for review. However, this does not affect the honesty of my review**

Check out my full video review here: https://youtu.be/99xTBQ9007Q

Aletheia is about a post-apocalyptic community, Iris, fighting for their survival against the diseased world outside. Their population is divided into seven divisions of specialized labor, though a new mysterious eighth has been announced at the beginning of the book. Our protagonist (736--each division member is given a
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Beth Martin
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian

Aletheia follows a young woman only known by her number, 736. She lives with the other numbered and nameless people in an underground compound. In exchange for the cure to the awful disease which has ravaged the human population, she gets to live as a slave working to support the utopian city above ground.

The settings in Aletheia are beautifully described and intricately detailed. There's everything from breathtaking cities to crumbling sewers crawling with zombie-like people infected with the d

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A.J. Torres
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is a New Adult Dystopian novel book 1.

Book Cover: 4* - All righty, so a book with this kind of cover never really grabs my interest, especially right off the bat. If I saw this book in a store, facing me on a shelf, I would just keep passing it until one day I'm eventually curious enough to find out what it's about, BUT, but, but, but, I will HIGHLY admire the symbols on the cover. Both the iris flower and triangle is the symbol of the religion in the society that we are following in this b
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Layla Barnes
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had forgotten how much pain a good book can cause.

There is nothing quite like the physical heartache you get when you care about the characters so much and so deeply that their pain becomes your own. When you are rooting so hard for two characters that your chest is heavy and empty when they are pulled apart. When you are so invested in the character that you are the character, and you not only want them to survive, but you need them to.

It has been so long since I’ve read something that made m
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April Sarah
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, owned
* I received this book for an honest review.

Video Review: https://youtu.be/eNhe_eVwVrs

It is safe to say this book had me all over the map with my emotions. There is just so much packed into this read and if there is one thing that creeps me out, it is diseased riddled humans.

Once I really got into the story I couldn’t put it down. I needed to know what happened even when I was grossed out beyond belief or devastated at what just happened.

The greatest thing about this read is that Tennant did n
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Dave Wickenden
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Move over Suzanne Collins. Megan’s debut dystopian novel is the first in a series that follows the plight of a future survivor known only as 736 from a worldwide virus. Cured of the disease, she and others are virtual slaves to the society that saved them from a horrible degeneration. 736 must use all her cunning and skills to fight for the freedom of her fellow captives in this high tension story.
With today’s advances and exploration in gene therapy and DNA manipulation, this novel speaks to a
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McKayla DeBonis
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*i was given Alethia in exchange for an honest review*

Another dystopian book that has stolen my heart! Wow.
In just the first few pages, I knew this book was going to be an amazing 5 star read!

I’ll have an extended review on my website in a couple days, mckayladebonis.com
Steven Partridge
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Aletheia was... weird.

Not gonna lie, I was trying to stretch myself out of my usual reading comfort zone with this book. I knew about the author from YouTube, and she gives great advice for writers. Her BookTube videos are on-point, and she seems like a genuinely good person. Because of these reasons, I decided to read this book.

From the get-go, I have to say, I usually HATE books written in first person and in present tense. What's more, it's a dystopian novel. So... that's a thing.

The book mee
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~Cyanide Latte~
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a grim, strongly-written dystopian that tugs heartstrings.
Let it be known that I don't write this review lightly and that the opinions expressed are my honest thoughts. I first stumbled across Megan Tennant's Twitter account some time ago and followed her mostly due to a mutual interest in writing. For some time I watched her tweet about the book she was working on and her progress with it, and gradually I began to get excited to see her efforts come to fruition. Seeing another person so passionate about writing tends to be infectiously inspiring. When ...more
Janelle Garrett
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
There were so many good elements to this story it's hard to know where to start. I'll start with the plot itself. It's a cross between The Walking Dead, Hunger Games, and Red Rising, in all the right ways. There's zombies, uprisings, and YA elements that blend really well together. The author does a great job of not info dumping, but getting you acquainted with the world through the story, as opposed to just throwing a bunch of stuff at you.

The characters themselves were interesting and unique.
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Michele Evans
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was absolutely spellbound once this book got its hooks into me. It took a few chapter to get in, but once it started, there was non-stop page turning till the end.

In this story, a horrible disease has taken over the world. A prophet was given the means to create the cure and created a city, safe from the destruction and aftermath of the disease. But only those he deemed worthy could have a place in this city. Volunteers could get the cure, but the disease robs them of their memories of their f
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A.P. Mobley
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a long book, and I rarely pick up long books from authors I've never read before. However, I follow the author on YouTube and from her writing videos and what she said about 'Aletheia' on there, I eagerly waited the release of this book.

First off, I will say that I believe this book is on par with 'The Hunger Games' and 'The Giver'. Those are two of my favorite dystopia novels, and I think anyone who loves the genre will be obsessed with this.

The world building in this book is incredib
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Ashley Muriello
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! Every second of it kept me on the edge of my seat and I could not put it down. The thing I enjoyed most of all, was that I actually liked the main character for once. I have been reading so many books with Mary Sue characters, that 736 was a huge relief. She was a likeable character who had equal strengths and weaknesses, She didn't have every man and woman fawing over her, and her personality was likeable and at the same time very realistic. I loved the romance in the sto ...more
Nikki Yager
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
Fantastic read! Had a really difficult time putting it down, especially in the 2nd half
Emily Luebke
I was nervous about giving this 2 stars ("it was ok") because this is an Indie book, but then I saw how many 5 star reviews it has so I know it'll be fine. A couple outliers like me won't tarnish it.

It took me AGES to get all the way through this book. Partly because I was reading on my phone, the ultimate worst way for me to read anything. The other reason though... You might see some reviewers saying it takes the book a few hundred pages to get going etc. For me this story didn't get going unt
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Lindsay Bilgram
Not giving this a star rating because I don't know what I'd give it... ...more
Harrison Lamb
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A dark, gripping, realistic dystopia for fans of Suzanne Collins and Veronica Roth.

Aletheia by Megan Tennant is an impactful debut about love, loss, trauma, survival, sacrifice, and identity. Deep in a seven-storey underground compound, thousands of nameless people are slaves to the city of Iris above, and the Prophet who provided them with the cure to the memory-stealing zombie bug that tore society apart in exchange for their servitude. 736's job, as one of the nameless, is to scavenge for rar
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Natalie
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
While I was sent this book in return for an honest review, I can honestly say it was truly an amazing read!

Aletheia is a sci-fi /dystopic story about a girl known as 736. In this world, the nameless work underground, serving the city and people that brought them the cure to a disease that destroys one's ability to make new memories. The disease takes away memories, the cure takes away their freedom.

Firstly, THE WORLD BUILDING. This is one of the few sci-fi novels I've managed to get into. The at
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T.A.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Set in a dystopian world where a deadly virus has decimated much of the human race, Aletheia takes readers on a grim but thoroughly gripping ride from the first page to the last. The story is told from the perspective of protagonist 736, a girl with a number instead of a name, which is all-too befitting of the role she has been given in society. Tasked with recovering various useful items from the ruins around the city of Iris where only the most privileged live, 736 faces the infected Depraved ...more
April
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I finished reading this book weeks ago and haven’t gotten around to writing a review until now simply because I had trouble putting my love for this book into words. Now that I’ve had some time to think on it, I’m finally here with a review.

First off, I will say that I had a little bit of trouble getting into this book. The problem being that it’s written in first person present tense. I’m definitely more of a third person past tense kind of girl. I will say, however, that I got used to this wri
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Holly Gardiner
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to read this book as a beta reader, and while I found it difficult to get into it initially I found myself completely absorbed by it very quickly. I finished over a month ago and I'm still thinking about it, what's going to happen, and how Much I got attached to these characters. Has a very similar feel to divergent and the hunger games, I would highly recommend to anyone who is a fan of dystopian YA Fiction! Can't wait for it to be published so I can read it again ...more
E.J. Dawson
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am not a fan of the swathe of YA Dystopian books that have trended through the last few years but decided to give this a read and enjoyed it immensely. It catches the sense of true desperation and fear, and the stakes are set high enough to leave the reader weeping. There were a few instances that were hard to follow, and I got lost, a few typos, but the author makes up for this with the gritty setting, excellent character development, and twisted plot. Overall a *very* dark YA that has a far ...more
Holly King
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read a beta version of this book, so things might have changed when it comes to the published version.
I loved it. Characters I could root for and a story line that took me up and down on a roller-coaster. If you are squeamish or are particularly sensitive, this might not be the story for you, but you can deal then its definitely 100% something you should invest your time into reading.
Joey Paul
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'd heard about this book all over and I was intrigued by the blurb so picked it up. It starts right in the middle of the action and I was pulled it. It was an amazing story, beautifully told, with a balance between the fearful and the hope of a future. 736 was an amazing lead and I loved being inside her head as she learned all she did, grew as a character and became what she was. I was blown away by just how good the book is, and would highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good dystopian. ...more
Donna
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well...apparently I’ve become a lover of dystopian fiction. I read this at bedtime and I couldn’t wait to go to bed so I could find out what happens next...and now I still can’t wait to see what happens next. I can’t wait to see what Megan Tennant has in store for book 2.
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Megan Tennant is an author, Youtuber, and all around creative. She has a bachelor's degree in biology, which she now uses to write realistic alternatives to the traditional zombie diseases and weave intricate sci-fi worlds. Whether it's books, videos, programming, or photography, she is always creating new and exciting things. ...more

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