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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  45 reviews
There is only one rule: Never leave the settlement

Nobody remembers when human civilization fell to the living computer known as the Interspace. Trapped within its massive expanse, what remains of humanity struggles to survive. There are no maps to the outer grids, and drones patrol the network. Escape is impossible.

Except seventeen-year-old Sol can access the network's sec
Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published May 20th 2018 by Fine Fables Press
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Mel (Epic Reading)
There’s nothing special about this story per say. And yet it feels special. It’s really all about one girl and a man fighting for the impossible. And aren’t we all fighting for the best and maybe the impossible everyday?

Some amazing representation here. Our lead gal has epilepsy and struggle in her dystopian world. From drones, AI, not-safe areas; this is already a world fraught with danger. Add onto that the possibility of have a seizure at any moment and you definitely have the r
✨Brithanie Faith✨
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!
Release date: May 20th, 2018

Human civilization is not what it once was. Supplies are running low, and the only rule at the settlement is that you can never leave. At the risk of being caught, and killed by the Interspace drones for trespassing, Sol, a seventeen year old girl with epilepsy risks everything to go on a supply run where she meets Echo, a mysterious stranger who just might hold the answer to shutting down Intersp
Miranda Reads
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing

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The Written Review

"We're at a tipping point, Sol. You feel it too, We don't have a lot of time left."
Seventeen-year-old Sol has lived her entire life on the settlement - no one is allowed in or out.

The Interspace, the sentient computer, is in control of their lives and the remaining huma
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, ya, kindle, dystopian
A new dystopian novel.

Using a tried and true trope, Anela Deen spins a wildly original adventure.

An advanced predictive AI coded and loaded with all of the worlds electronic data becomes sentient. Generations after apocalyptic events decimate the human population, the "Interface" holds the remnants of humanity within it's walls with a mutual non-destruction accord.

There are only 40,000 people left in all the world. Prisoners, they are kept separated and secluded in 12 small groups. Provisions to
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, arc-s, sci-fi
Even the best of prisons was still a prison

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3 / 5

Try to picture this: humanity, inside a massive living computer on the surface of the Earth. I don't know about you, but I couldn't really imagine it, so my mental picture whilst reading Failsafe was mostly blank. But other than that I thought it was super cool and engaging and I even liked the romance!

"You keep thinking if I sit still it'll make the seizures go away for good. That's not how it is, and I refuse to be useless because you feel
Robin Bonne
Page turner dystopian romance! I spent all afternoon reading to get to the end, which I loved because it felt satisfying.

Echo and Soleil meet while Sol is out scavenging supplies for her settlement. They embark on a quest to shutdown the Interspace, a sentient computer that has taken over the planet. Echo, a Failsafe, is being pursued by The Override, a hateful robot cylon-like being. Soleil has visions of the drone schedules and Interspace schematics while she is sleeping, so she helps guide E
Faith M ✨
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of The Matrix and cute robot love stories
Actual rating: 3.5

I received this eARC on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way.

"I am the Failsafe."


The Writing and Worldbuilding

The writing style was really hard to get used to at first, I gotta admit. It is first person and very much stream of consciousness, which was difficult to adjust to. For instance, the word "craptastic" is used. And besides that, the first chapter was extremely rushed. I thought there'd be an
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arc provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Anela Deen and Xpresso Book Tours !!) 

GOD this is probably the most torn i’ve ever been about a book EVER.

Failsafe: A Novel follows our main character Soleil, Sol for short, who is a young epileptic girl living in a futuristic dystopian society where an AI called the ‘Interspace’ has taken over the government and basically the entire world. a lot of people have died for it (like, billions of p
Jes Reads
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been blessed! Recently I've been lucky enough to read some pretty incredible books and I'm so happy to say that Failsafe by Anela Dean was another one of those books!

Firstly I loved the plot of this book. It follows our main character Soleil who's struggling to find her place in the world while simultaneously trying to adapt to having Epilepsy. Which would be a lot easier if she didn't live in a world completely controlled by computers following the attempted extinction of the entire huma
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: solid, ya, dystopia, scifi
This story summary sounds dangerously derivative: a rebellious teenage girl sets out to topple the monstrous Skynet overlord her society has lived under for generations, and finds love along the way.

Happily, the reading experience doesn't feel like that at all. This book was good!

Sol has a voice that feels real: just the right amount of sarcasm to be interesting and distinct and seem like an actual person, without crossing over into being annoying and off-putting. Echo is a fairly standard Cas
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m not gonna lie, I was mesmerized by this book from the first page. I’m a sucker for dystopian novel plots. The world building was great, I felt like I was in the Matrix for a little bit. I love how the author made the main character so strong and defiant. Especially in a world where no one has ever felt the air or seen a sunset. She asked questions when no one else did.

Our main character is named Soleil. Sol for short. She is almost 18 years old and lives in one of 12 settlements that are sti
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book easily towed me in, and left me wanting more of the story. Inclusiveness is a thing with YA nowadays, and Anela Deen is one of the people who did it well in my opinion. Sol's epilepsy certainly has influence - on her choices and chances before, and on what she and Echo are going to do - but she does not let herself be stopped by it.

I received a free copy in return for an honest review.
Nicholas Williams
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Failsafe is so much fun to read. Our FMC, Sol establishes herself strong right from the start of the book. She's charming, funny and is proactive throughout the story. Her budding friendship with the male lead, Echo also offers tons of laughs and warms your heart. Their relationship is my favorite part of Failsafe and kept me engaged throughout. I felt connected to both of them at the end.
The plot is also very enjoyable. It's fast paced and the pages turn very easily from the very
I received an ARC from Netgalley for a honest review. Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for providing me the free copy of the book.

Failsafe is a post-acopalypstic novel revolving around our protagonists, Echo and Sol, who embark on a journey to shut down the machine which controls humans, The Interspace.
Sol is a normal human, who's scavenging resources in order to feed her settlement and fighting against Interspace. She gets dreams which map the whole place inside Interspace for
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was surprisingly amazing! As with many dystopian novels, I figured it would be an adventure, dappled with violence and a smattering of gore, with a sprinkle of forced romance...but this book far exceeded my low expectations!

Sol is a special young lady, living in a post-apocalyptic settlement, but unsatisfied with the cards she has been dealt. She has been diagnosed with epilepsy and struggles to find her purpose in her community and within her own skin. In her daily life, she tries to
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-finished
To be honest, it was more like 4.5, which I'll elaborate on in a bit.

Disclaimers: I was given a free ARC of Failsafe through Netgalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. Spoilers ahead!

Okay. How do I properly express my love for Failsafe without becoming a gushy mess? I don't think it's possible. First of all, the character development...

I started out not loving the main character, Sol, because she, like many other disabled characters in books I've read, thought she was less of a person
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I recieved an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

WOW. Just hats off on this one. I freaking LOVE and adore this book. I am so thankful that I got to read it. Sol and Echo's relationship feel organic, natural and funny. The world building is great, and you at several times in the novel feel the pressure Sol and Echo goes through. The pages turn so freaking fast in this novel and it's a good and fast read (I am supposed to be in bed, but I just couldn't put this one down!)

I sta
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free copy for an honest review*

This is more of a 3.5 stars.

I loved the post-apocalyptic setting and the sentient machines taking over and controlling the humans; the MC having epilepsy is treated with care and attention, the writing high-lights how the treatment from her parents and her community is stifling and controlling, without the author sounding preachy.
The overall idea is great and very well done, I would have preferred it to
Apr 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi, arcs, 2018-reads
Another great synopsis that can’t hold the weight of the actual source material.

“Failsafe” takes place in a dystopian future where the human population is on its last leg thanks to technology called The Interspace, once created to be a tool now controls everything with deadly force and the only way to stop it is to upload the codes granted to the failsafe, a quiet and slightly robotic man named Echo with the help of Sol, a survivor living in the settlements with the gift of seeing the mechanics
Marianne Van Gelder
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Failsafe is what science fiction should be! If Matrix met Hunger Games, this would be their brain child.
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-author

I am bumping this rating up to 3 because of the protagonist with a disability and the unusual relationship.

Failsafe is a book with an interesting premise. Set in a post-apocalyptic world in which an artificial intelligence named the Interspace, along with her minion in terror, The Override, have become sentient and seized control by overthrowing the government. The resulting chaos has wiped out large segments of the world's population. Food shortages abound and in her small community, So
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After a war between the Interspace AI and humans, the Armistice allowed human settlements inside the Interspace, but they’re forbidden from leaving their small part of the network. When the food deliveries abruptly stop, however, Sol (short for Soleil) feels she has no choice but to go searching for the missing shipments. She has an eidetic memory and has been having strange dreams where she can see the network’s schematics, so she’s able to anticipate where the Interspace’s enforces, the drones ...more
Kristy Halseth
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this as an Advanced Reading Copy. I was a bit nervous about it. I've not been happy with most of the YA books for which I've signed up or the Science Fiction novels for which I've signed up. I got into this one very quickly and loved it. Not to say it was perfect. But compared to the other I have to give it 5 stars.

I found the characters interesting. I thought Sol was well developed as an older teen with a disability that people seem to use to try to control her or limit her. She buys
Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

After finishing this book, all I can say is: I WANT MORE! Failsafe was different compared to other sci-fi novels I have read. The idea is so unique and different. I have a crazy fascination with A.I. and what would happen if it rebelled and became smarter then its human counter parts. Anela explored this in her novel as well as the message that love has no bounds.

After learning she has epilepsy everything that Sol had hoped for her future is
Arden Belrose
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who love YA Dystopian/Sci-fi novels with romance that makes you feel all fuzzy
I received a free copy of this book thanks to the author/Xpresso Book Tours and Netgalley. This does not affect my opinions.

You know that moment when you have to give yourself some time to absorb that a certain story's ended before moving on to other ones? This was one of them.
I felt this strange sense of loss and happiness after reading it and I just had to lose myself in some C-drama 'cause I simply had to give it some respect. And closure. Yes, that's what I need. Closure.

Failsafe by Anela Du
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, hidden-gems, arcs
This review can also be found on my blog:
Also thank you Hidden Gems for an eARC copy of this book!

So, the book begins with Sol running around the network, because she delivers supplies between settlements since she seems the schematics in her dreams. Even with this in mind, she still ends up getting discovered by drones who would have killed her on sight if it weren’t for Echo coming out of nowhere and saving her. They end up coming to an agreement that if she wil
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Wow! How do I start?

I found this to be an intriguing and fascinating story of man vs computer in a world overrun by the Interface and the few thousands of surviving humans kept isolated in 12 separate settlements. The Interface is responsible for providing them with supplies, but these have suddenly stopped.

A young girl, almost eighteen, called Sol, goes out into the desolate wasteland of the Interface to get supplies for everyone from the abandoned supply trains. She is able to avoid drones du
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, sci-fi
I’d forgotten how much I love a good adventure novel until I started reading Failsafe. The book follows a 17-year-old epileptic girl living in a dystopian future, Soleil, on her journey to save the world. Or at least try. She has some help in the form of a boy/robot named Echo. They set off on a journey to take down the big bad, an AI who goes by “The Interface.”

Just based on the premise I’m sure you can help how much fun this book was to read. I’m a sucker for dystopian YA with a little bit of
J.K. Ullrich
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: the author provided me an advance copy of this book for my honest review.

Failsafe delivers a fun, fast-paced cyberpunk ride for YA fans.

Sol’s likable voice draws readers in from the the story’s lead sentence, mitigating the narrative’s expository sections. I appreciated meeting a heroine with a medical disability. Usually the unique trait that genre fiction protagonists possess is a boon: magical abilities, lineage steeped in destiny, or some other enviable advantage. Thumbs-up to D
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. With how our technology is changing and advancing this story is just one of many possibilities that could happen. Always a fan of fiction with a touch of the what could really be.

Sol is a young girl with a condition that took away the career she was destined for from birth. She has always known she was different. In a world that machines rules and humans live in small colonies love is not in the cards. I loved how the author presented Sol as feeling the need to defy her fate
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