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The Rising Storm

(Paradigm #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  310 ratings  ·  156 reviews
What if the end of the world was just the beginning?

15-year-old Alice Davenport was a loner and an outcast before the Storms swept away everything she knew. Saved from the ravaged remains of London by the mysterious and all-powerful Paradigm Industries, her fierce independence and unique skills soon gain her recognition from the highest levels of command. But their plans t
Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published April 4th 2018 by Bookouture (first published June 10th 2014)
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THE RISING STORM is the first book in the new Paradigm Trilogy – and what a great scene setter it is. The good things about Dystopian novels is that it frees the author to follow their own particular ideas on how dreadful a society can be – so there is no right or wrong to world building. So the challenge is to place characters in your world that the readers are going to relate to, who they are going to care about. Ceri A. Lowe produced not just one, but two main characters who had me cheering t ...more
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I got sent this book in exchange for a honest review, all my opinions are my own and thank you so much to the publishers for sending me this book!

The world in this book was so beautifully crafted and the setting was so intriguing and I wanted to learn more about this place.
The book was such a good read and was a very plot driven book and that's why I think I couldn't really connect with any of the charcaters which was a real shame because I would have loved to give this a higher rating
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I was going to hate this book. I thought it was going to be a rehash of the same book I've been reading over and over for the past three years. Consider me surprised.

Dystopian series usually focus on the end of the dystopian society. This one focuses on the formation of one. Teenaged Alice is put in charge of building a new world after freak storms ruined the current one. And then there's Carter: groomed to one day be the leader. But while he's been frozen the political climate has ch
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had been dying to read this book as soon as I heard about it from Bookouture, and it’s safe to say it was worth the wait! Once I picked it up, I couldn’t stop reading it.

I’m a sucker for all things YA/dystopian lately, so The Rising Storm was right up my alley. It’s a cracking opening to a series, setting up the characters nicely, and with some really interesting story arcs.

I really enjoyed the pace of The Rising Storm. Nothing is out of sync in terms of how the narrative jumps between charact
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got this novel through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. My copy being an ARC, some things in it may be different than they are in the published book.)

I'm not sure what to make of Paradigm. On the one hand, while its cover is terribly reminiscent of Divergent, and while it also deals with a dystopian world, it does so in a different way than what is usually seen in similar novels: the reader is actually given to see both the dystopian society and its origins, through the eyes of Ca
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Every expedition of any kinds requires sacrifices and sometimes they are one too many. But survival calls for it everytime...

This is the experience of Alice who has seen the world getting destroyed by the Storms till Paradigm Industry rescues her and trains her to build their own community of survivors for the next generation, but a functional community with no creativity, no music no books (horrors)


90 years later, Carter is awakened from a cryogenic sleep, when the Industry decides it is
I requested through NetGalley to receive this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This is my first disclosure. My second disclosure is that I am a thirty-something reading a YA book so I am not it’s intended audience.

“You have five minutes of this life left.” - The first line of the book is a great opener and really draws you in. But then just a few sentences later it mentions something about the over thirties which gets my back up. “If he could keep himself together, then surely th
Hannah Quinn
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What would you create after the end of the world? Cleverly winding together two compelling characters' story lines as they approach this question from very different view points, Paradigm is an exciting and wonderfully written debut novel. For fans of dystopian fiction who are looking for something much less formulaic and a little more grown up than a lot of its competition. The world of the Industry is an eerily plausible and seductively logical background to a great story, beautiful details an ...more
The Review:

“This book is proof that you shouldn’t judge things just by what they’re billed as. What could have been a cheap ripoff and cash-in attempt on the popularity of The Hunger Games and Divergent instead is something that shines, and is full of its own originality. The Dystopian Young Adult genre may be overcrowded right now – but Paradigm is something that’s worth checking out.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

What if the end of the world w
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dystopian and YA are two of my favourite genres so I was excited to get suck in to the first book of this trilogy. I loved how the story was told over two timelines: Alice at the point of the world’s collapse and Carter in the future that has adapted to the new way of living and is oblivious to how the world was before the creation of the Paradigm society.

In all honesty I preferred Alice’s narrative; witnessing the devastating effects of the vicious storms that rip London apart and how ten year
Marta Cox
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sometimes I see a book and the very fact that opinion is divided fuels my interest. This story goes back and forth between Alice from the past when the world as we know it changed and then forward to Carter a boy awoken from a cryogenic sleep. Essentially we see how Alice rises up against all odds to become a fabled scout of what is known in the future as the Industry . She’s bright, adapts easily and yet there’s a softness to her that recognises others have needs.
Yet it’s Carter who dominates a
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Opening with a bang, THE RISING STORM by Ceri A. Lowe keeps up the energetic pace with this compelling dystopian novel.

After abnormal storms change the world as we know it, Alice is needed to rebuild civilisation but things are not always as they seem and soon Alice is not sure which world she wants to inhabit - the old or the new. While at the same time Carter is being trained to be a future leader and he is determined to be the best that this world has ever seen but when he witnesses how harsh
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, ya, dystopia, sci-fi
This book is pretty amazing. An apocalyptic story about the beginning of the end and the end of the beginning. There is so much about Paradigm that made this enjoyable. The story was really original and the characters had such different viewpoints and strengths. This story shifts from one timeline to another, both riveting in their delivery.

This story covers the end of the world as we know it through a girl named Alice. A storm brings floods so bad civilization is forced underground. The survivo
This was an enjoyable read. I particularly enjoyed how the story is told through two people, Alice and Carter. Alice, shows us how the world Carter lives in came to be. Carter takes us on a journey informed by the past but looking to the future. In many dystopian stories I read, I’m often left wanting in the “How did we get here?” department. Sometimes it comes in later books (if in a series) and other times, it’s never to really be seen or mapped out in a way that makes much sense. So, many poi ...more
Renita D'Silva
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this amazingly well written, lucid book about what is to come for all of us if we are not careful. It deals with the end of the world as it is now, and it sounds all too real. The two main protagonists, Alice and Carter are beautifully realized. Carter’s determination is admirable, he believes in the Industry, he trusts that he is meant to be Controller General and he never loses sight of that vision. Alice’s bravery, her toughness and her vulnerability, her fierce loyalty to Jonah and her ...more
Stefani Sloma
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can also read this review on my blog, Caught Read Handed, HERE.
Actual rating - 7

What I thought:

I’ll admit: I was first drawn to this title on NetGalley by its cover’s similarity to that of the Divergent series (though it is kind of a rip-off, isn’t it?). Then I read the summary. It sounded fascinating, like a unique and interesting take on dystopian fiction. I was really excited when I was granted access to the e-ARC.

I wasn’t disappointed in the book, but I think my hopes were a little too h
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another year, another dystopian. Ceri A. Lowe’s Paradigm, however, is something to look out for. Paradigm is able to do what many other dystopias in the genre fail: credible world building. Being a debut I went into the book without expectations—I had nothing to compare it to—however, I was pleasantly surprised by the descriptive and flavoursome writing. This book manages to differentiate itself from all the other fish in the sea. Initially, the blurb alone managed to pique my interest. Whilst I ...more
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked half this book. Specifically, the half that dealt with the actual apocalyptic event.

I loved Alice and reading everything she went through. She was a butt kicking character who just rocked!

I did actually enjoy reading the contrast between Alice's days and our present day story with Carter. Most interesting was what the intentions of the originals were - rather than what history tells us in Carter's day.

But I didn't like Carter's story.

It was too generic YA dystopia with a little baby mak
Kathy Cunningham
Ceri A. Lowe’s PARADIGM is a post-apocalyptic thriller told from two alternating viewpoints –Alice Davenport, who witnessed the end of the world when she was eleven, and Carter Warren, who has always wanted to be part of rebuilding it. But Alice and Carter are telling stories separated by eighty years, and their very different ways of looking at the world (both the world before the so-called “Storms” destroyed life as we know it, and the world after Paradigm Industries recreated it) are distinct ...more
Joann M
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, sob-stories, arc
I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

What a fantastic book! We begin right in the middle of the action, thrust into the world of the novel, and Lowe sets an excellent pace for revealing the rules of her society. The novel is told from the perspective of Alice, an eleven year old girl who survives the storms of 2015 that effectively destroyed life on Earth as we know it, and Carter, a fifteen year old boy 87 years after the storms who has been brought up in the new so
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens/YA readers, Dystopian fiction fans
Shelves: young-adult-read
I was really let down with this one, I had really been hoping for something spectacular to come of the ever popular Dystopian worlds craze, and that this one would really stand out as incredible. It didn't, it was so boring for the most part, yawn.....

What if the end of the world was just the beginning?

Alice Davenport awakens from a fever to find her mother gone and the city she lives in ravaged by storms – with few survivors.

When Alice is finally rescued, she is taken to a huge underground bunk
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I will have to admit that the only reason why I picked up this book was because of the cover and how much it reminded me of Divergent cover. But even though they are both Dystopian novels, there is zero comparison.

From the very start, Paradigm introduces us to Carter, teenager who is getting down at the Catacombs to be frozen until the Community will need him again. The way it was described was really interesting because right off the bat you're not really sure what's going on and it catches yo
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
After the craze of The Hunger Games and Divergent series, I have been itching for a new dystopian series for quite some time.

Along came The Rising Storm, book 1 of the Paradigm series. I was a bit apprehensive at the start as I have such high expectation for the dystopian genre. It’s literally one of my favourite genres and so I was concerned that might not live up to expectations. I was glad that it did.

There are many reasons why this debut novel by Ceri A. Lowe was such a compelling reading. F
First off, the cover is a blatant rip of Divergent. That needs to go if the powers that be expect anyone to take this seriously.

We've all read the YA books about the dystopian societies that focus on some rebel teenager that decides it time to put an end to things. Paradigm is a dual timeline, following Alice - tasked with leading the first team above ground in five years after a superstorm wipes out most of the planet and makes it uninhabitable - and Carter, 87 years later, waking up from a fif
Anna (Unquenchable Reads)
Alice Davenport wakes up from her fever alone. Her mother is gone and a storm has ruined her city. There are only a few survivors. 87 years later, the storm still controls the city. Carter Warren knows that it’s his time. Time to awake up from the catacombs. He never died, he just went into hibernation with everyone else who was ready. Now, in the present, Carter wants to become the Controller General. But he isn’t the only one who wants to be it. He is a contender in the competition for it.

Rebecca Coslow
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dystopian lovers
I received this book through Net Galley in turn for an honest review.

I really, really enjoyed Paradigm. I initially thought it would be just like every other dystopian fiction out there right now, but I feel like Ceri Lowe raised the bar with this one. I normally despise books that come from two different perspectives - but this one was different. It's smart. It's well written. It's an easy read that doesn't feel like cotton candy. It was interesting to see a dystopian from not only the "rebel"
Donna Maguire

I love books that fall in this genre and having previously devoured the Maze Runner and Hunger Games series I was very keen to get my hands on this book, it sounded right up my street and having read it now I am so glad I got a copy of the first book in this trilogy!!

It is a very easy read and although I am an adult I will fully admit to having a love for YA books - the plot in this book was great and I was hooked straight away. It was a complete distracti
Joanne Roberts
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this down! I became totally involved in their lives of Alice and Carter and am on their edge of my chair waiting for the next book. I love how this book is so close to a reality we could all be facing, even though that reality is terrifying. I needed to know more and really fell in love with them characters. ...more
Jill Cunliffe
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
absolutely brilliant! I couldn't put it down but didn't want it to end, can't wait for more. ...more
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When Ceri isn’t writing, she’s a self-employed project management consultant specialising in financial services. She lives in Bristol, England and has various obsessions including all things Spanish, renovating houses, travelling and her dog, Pablo.

In the last few years she’s won the Global Short Stories annual prize, the Flash 500 Award, the Story Star Publishing Prize, the Exeter Short Story Pri

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